Doctor Strange’s ‘Multiverse of Madness’ Will ‘Crack’ The MCU ‘Open’ With This Concept

Marvel has one of the biggest franchises in the world, and isn’t going anywhere, any time soon. But between Captain Marvel, Avengers: Endgame, and Spider-Man: Far From Home all premiering before the end of July, the MCU’s been on the down-low. However, the end of the year is full of announcements. The next movie is Black Widow and is set to premiere in May and Marvel president Kevin Feige has more to say about the rest of Phase 4.

Kevin Feige at the 23rd Annual Hollywood Film Awards 2019.
Kevin Feige at the 23rd Annual Hollywood Film Awards 2019 | Amy Sussman/FilmMagic

The multiverse will be a major key for the MCU moving forward

In an interview with ComicBook.com, Feige said that the multiverse important moving forward. While this was already known, he added which upcoming show and film are instrumental. “I always wanted to do time travel, which we finally got to do in Endgame,” Feige started. “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.”

The only Disney+ shows premiering before WandaVision are Loki and The Falcon and The Winter Soldier. Considering Loki is set to come out right before the Doctor Strange sequel, that’s probably the show Feige is referring to. As Slashfilm pointed out, Feige also already confirmed Loki would tie in with Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.

Feige touched on how far Marvel Studios has come since 2008 and the first Iron Man

When we first started the MCU, it was all about Tony Stark. Introduce the world to Tony Stark and that Iron Man armor. Then [we] went on to teach people what Asgardians were and learn about super soldiers then bring them together in Avengers. I’ve always loved space movies and I’ve always loved big intergalactic tales, which is why we did Guardians and the audience came with us so we could do a movie like Endgame.

The next big “master plan” is on its way

With the importance of the multiverse and the continuation of the MCU, the question about the next massive battle is always on the horizon. Something Endgame-like. Feige said that those plans are taking shape, but that it also takes time. 

“The MCU is all interconnected, but we really focus on one movie at a time,” Feige said. “We’re going to make the best Black Widow movie we can possibly make, the best Eternals movie we can make, the best Shang-Chi, the best Doctor Strange, Thor, Captain Marvel, Black Panther…and keep evolving their stories… Then, yes, it is always fun to see them come together in a master plan. Which is, I promise you well-underway.”

Feige is banking of people not knowing much about ‘The Eternals’

After Black Widow comes out in May, The Eternals is set to premiere in November of 2020. It stars Kit Harrington, Angelina Jolie, Richard Madden, Brian Tyree Henry, Salma Hayek, Gemma Chan, and so many more. It’s an underrated comic book gang, but that’s what Feige is banking on.

“Your [sic] reaction about not being familiar with the Eternals is perfect, because most people weren’t familiar with Guardians [of the Galaxy] and believe it or not there were people that were not familiar with Avengers or with Iron Man,” Feige told Bionic Buzz in 2018, according to ComicBook.com. “So for us, its finding great stories whether people have heard of them or not and bring them to the big screen in as amazing a way as we can.”

If you’re a fan of Marvel, the MCU’s universe is only going to get bigger. So expect more characters to cheer on and villains to snap away.