Marvel fans now have a good idea of where the MCU is headed in its post-Infinity Saga story, now known as the Multiverse Saga. With an incredible range of projects that started with 2021 Wanda Vision and will end with the dynamic duet of Avengers: Kang Dynasty and Avengers: Secret Wars in 2025, this new range of films and series is not lacking in thrills.
2022 will mark the end of phase 4 with Black Panther: Wakanda Forever before Phase 5 brings a dozen new entries through 2024, starting with an epic trio next year Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania. From there, the story will only get more intense and exciting with teams for the Thunderbolts and the Fantastic Four all leading to an inevitable Multiversal War to close out Phase 6.
While fans are still waiting to find out everything that has yet to be announced for release over the next three years, knowing where the MCU is headed paints a much clearer picture of how this massive story is progressing. Ahead of the MCU’s return to animated, live-action storytelling this month, one of the company’s top producers also shared his thoughts on what makes the multiverse saga so special.
Marvel Producer Teases the MCU’s Multiverse Saga
Speaking to Variety, Marvel Studios Head of Streaming, Television and Animation Brad Winderbaum shared his thoughts on what makes the MCU’s Multiverse saga so exciting for the MCU and teased the incredible storylines. coming.
In discussing how animation I am Groot the series connects to the guardians of the galaxy movies and whether future animated series will have similar MCU connections, Winderbaum explained how the whole multiverse saga opens up “so many other roads” to use for stories.
He noted how the multiverse allows “alternate paths and other takes on the characters” to explore in “in unforeseen and unexpected ways”, notably through the animated projects which will use the Multiverse concept as its “guiding light:”
“I think what’s particularly amazing about the multiverse saga is that you can take so many other roads. We’ve been experimenting for a long time at the studio with how to tell stories that unfold in a linear way, but also go back in time , and being able to show how the MCU can flourish in the past. But what the multiverse does, it allows us to look at alternate paths and other takes on characters, which is, of course, what what happens in comics as different artists, different writers, different storytellers work with characters. You see them develop and grow in unforeseen and unexpected ways. And that’s something that guides us as we do projects more animated.
Will all MCU animated projects be multiverse stories?
MCU fans got their first real taste of the multiverse in Phase 4, with old heroes and villains playing starring roles in Spider-Man: No Way Home and new variants shining in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. These films, as well as the Loki series on Disney+, opened fans’ minds to what could be achieved through the multiverse on screen, and it will only expand from there.
With Winderbaum teasing how different versions of the same characters will play a role in the multiverse saga, it only opens the floodgates for how crazy things are going to get over the next two years. Finally, this incursion which began in Doctor Strange 2 will lead to universes colliding and battling in the fifth and sixth avengers movies, expanding the MCU to levels never seen before.
While this story doesn’t really get too crazy until the end of Phase 4, fans will start to see the effects of the multiverse before too long because Avengers: Endgame moves further into the past.
It’s interesting to hear that the multiverse is treated as one “guiding light” for Marvel’s animated projects, perhaps hinting that these stories will only be defined as Elseworlds stories rather than directly tying into the main MCU. Marvel’s animation has yet to properly transition to live-action, and its future projects all appear to be set in their own universes. Therefore, those hoping for animated stories to be set in Earth-616 or directly tied to the events of the movies may want to hold their breath, especially since MCU animated projects were left out in Phase 5. .
That’s not to say that these multiverse stories won’t be amazing, as the concept will indeed open up endless opportunities for the franchise going forward.
The MCU will continue with She-Hulk: Lawyerwhich begins streaming on Disney+ on Thursday, August 18.