The Marvel Cinematic Universe is about to get a whole lot bigger. In a recent podcast interview, Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige has confirmed that even the characters that debut on Disney+ — such as Moon Knight, Ms. Marvel, and She-Hulk — will eventually pop up in movies after their respective shows. Speaking on The Hollywood Reporter’s Awards Chatter podcast, Feige confirmed that despite debuting on Disney+, those three characters would, in fact, pop up in future MCU films shown only in theaters, presumably post-Marvel Phase 4.
Speaking on the podcast, Feige addressed the trio of green, mean lawyering machine Jennifer Walters AKA She-Hulk, resurrected mercenary Marc Spector AKA Moon Knight, and Kamala Khan aka Ms. Marvel.
“Some characters we’ve announced like She-Hulk, Ms. Marvel, and Moon Knight you will meet for the first time on a Disney+ show and then they’ll go into the movies,” Feige said, “but the MCU will now go back and forth.” Does that mean we’ll have to start calling it the Marvel Extended Universe like its rival DC?
These three new heroes will join shows like WandaVision, Loki (both set for Spring 2021 releases) and The Falcon and The Winter Soldier (set for Fall 2020) in a new Marvel landscape where heroes exist in the TV world while the movies work on moving to Phase Four. How this “back and forth” will work will remain to be seen, though the Scarlet Witch and Loki’s reported importance to Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness seems like a good first test case. How other characters, especially the newer ones, will move between the media could scratch the itch for Marvel fans bummed that Netflix’s Defenders never got to hang out with the Avengers.
Disney+ launches on Nov. 12