MARVEL's MULTIVERSE is the Key to Phase 4 - and to Movie/TV Crossovers, Says FEIGE

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness
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Marvel's Chief Creative Officer Kevin Feige says that Marvel Studios' TV series will play a key role in developing the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe - as will the concept of the Multiverse.

"The multiverse is the next step in the evolution of the MCU and Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is going to crack it open in ways that will have repercussions for a Disney+ series before it that's not WandaVision and for movies after it in a big fun way," Feige said in an interview at Brazil's Comic Con Experience convention, according to ComicBook.

The unnamed series Feige is referring to is presumably Loki, which Feige previously stated would tie into Multiverse of Madness.

And speaking of Disney+ shows, Feige took the concept of tying movies and TV together one step further, saying that the two mediums would interlink "for the first time" - which could be interpreted as a subtle snub of Marvel television programming like Netflix's Defenders shows and ABC's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., all of which were sold significantly on the premise of existing in the MCU, but aside from the first couple of seasons of AoS prior to Feige gaining Marvel Studios' independence from Marvel Entertainment in 2015, never delivered on the narrative promise. 

“Disney+ is going to give us this opportunity to tell even deeper stories with characters you already know and love…in a new type of cinematic way that we haven’t done before," Feige said in the panel (via Omelete). "We’ve already started shooting two of them and they’re very, very special.

"And it all, for the first time, will interlink. So, the MCU will be on your TV screen at home on Disney+ and interconnect with the movies and go back and forth. It’s exciting to expand the MCU into even bigger and better heights.”

Marvel Studios is reported to absorb Marvel Television in the coming weeks, with Feige overseeing both film and TV productions.

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