Over the course of the Infinity Saga, Marvel contained its movies in Phases. They tended to end with an Avengers movie… or, an Avengers movie, followed by a lighter palette cleanse (like Ant-Man in 2015, and Spider-Man: Far From Home in 2019). Fans grew to pay attention to the projects that Marvel Studios chose to begin and end a phase, but with Phase Four, things look different. For one, television is now in the mix, as the MCU also includes streaming and the fresh programming on Disney+.
That makes this Friday’s WandaVision the first story of this new Phase, and when Kevin Feige was asked during a recent Marvel press conference what he thinks that the tone of the show says about what to expect from the rest of Phase Four, he replied:
“Shuffle” is a key word for the entire entertainment industry as it deals with the fallout from shutdowns created by the pandemic. Major companies have been figuring out how to handle their slates, with studios like Warner Bros. making a compromise between theatrical and streaming, and Disney+ putting unexpected films on its streaming service because theaters still aren’t fully operational.
And yet, “unexpected” is a key term that Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige chose when he went on to explain:
Having seen the first three episodes of WandaVision, I can confirm that it in no way feels like a film that was chopped up for Disney+. These are episodes that all are building toward a bigger story. And you can begin to trace that journey on Friday, January 15, when the first two episodes of WandaVision drop on the streaming service, and Phase Four gets underway.
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Sean O’Connell is a journalist and CinemaBlend’s Managing Editor. Having been with the site since 2011, Sean interviewed myriad directors, actors and producers, and created ReelBlend, which he proudly cohosts with Jake Hamilton and Kevin McCarthy. And he's the author of RELEASE THE SNYDER CUT, the Spider-Man history book WITH GREAT POWER, and an upcoming book about Bruce Willis.