If You Want To Understand The MCU From Now On, You Have To Watch All The Marvel Disney+ Shows

November 12 is bringing about one of the biggest launches Disney has done in a long time, if ever. That’s the date Disney+ is set to launch, bringing fans around America a reported 7,000 television episodes and 500 movies. That’s way more media than anyone could ever hope to consume, but it’ll be right at your fingertips way before the holidays. 

With the sheer amount of new content coming out as well, it’s a little daunting when you try to think of how many shows there will be to keep up with. Now Marvel boss, Kevin Feige, says that the Marvel shows will be essential to keep up with the future of the MCU. 

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Disney + logo on display, in preparation for Disney+’s launch on Nov. 12, 2019 | Chesnot/Getty Images

Disney+ will be essential in order to keep up with the MCU from here on out

In a lengthy Bloomberg article that examines Disney+ and all it took to create the streaming platform, Feige explained how the original content will be a must-see for fans. “If you want to understand everything in future Marvel movies, he says, you’ll probably need a Disney+ subscription, because events from the new shows will factor into forthcoming films,” the article said. 

Without the new Disney+ shows, viewers won’t understand future movie canon. “I’m not sure we’ve actually acknowledged that before,” Feige said. “But it does.”

So far, two different shows will directly affect the ‘Doctor Strange’ sequel

Feige even gave an example and said that the upcoming movie Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness will be impacted by what occurs on Disney+ shows. “Scarlet Witch will be a key character in that movie, and Feige points out that the Loki series will tie in, too,” the article said.  

The Doctor Strange sequel is set to come out March 7, 2021, with WandaVision and Loki set to premiere that spring as well.

There’s already a long list of upcoming MCU films and Disney+ shows to look out for

This might be rough news for casual watchers and fans. Not everyone is up-to-date on the lore and backstories of the MCU’s most well-known heroes, and they don’t want to be. As some commenters on Yahoo! wrote, some people just want to watch a movie without having to do “homework” ahead of time. 

To give you an idea of just how packed the MCU and Marvel Disney+ show lineups are, check out the list below, with dates included.

  • The Falcon And The Winter Soldier Fall 2020
  • WandaVision Spring 2021 
  • Loki Spring 2021
  • What If …? Summer 2021
  • Hawkeye Fall 2021
  • Black Widow May 1, 2020
  • The Eternals November 6, 2020
  • Shang-Chi And The Legend Of The Ten Rings February 12, 2021
  • Doctor Strange In The Multiverse Of Madness May 7, 2021
  • Spider-Man 3 July 16, 2021
  • Thor: Love And Thunder November 5, 2021

That’s 11 shows and movies premiering at the same time, with the shows having roughly between 8 – 10 episodes each. That doesn’t even include Black Panther 2 and Ant-Man 3, which don’t have release dates yet. 

Iger says Disney+ is “the future of media”

Whether you feel overwhelmed or very excited, Disney doesn’t seem to be backing down from this massive streaming site. Disney CEO Bob Iger told Bloomberg that there isn’t as much risk with Disney+, thanks to the built-in audience it already has. 

“It feels absolutely vital for us to do this,” he said. “This is, no question about it, the future of media.”