2019 was already a massive year for the Marvel Cinematic Universe but it looks like 2020 might trump that. There still hasn’t been an official announcement for the Phase 4 films but, so far, we know that we will only get two films next year. Going by various reports, those films will most likely be The Eternals and Black Widow. Yet, we will expect a lot more content from Marvel Studios as we will also be getting our first Disney+ streaming mini-series by then as well.
We have no exact time table but with Falcon & The Winter Soldier reportedly going in production by November, we can expect it to air in the summer of 2020. This will be one of the first shows that are heading our way, even a Deadpool series is being considered, so we can expect quite the variety of shows. There has always been the debate with the Marvel TV-produced shows if they matter to the larger MCU and it seems that Marvel Studios wants to make sure this isn’t an issue with their Disney+ projects, as producer Mary Livanos points out.
“They will directly affect the rest of the Marvel Cinematic Universe in some very real ways. That’s what makes the opportunity to segue into the streaming space so attractive to us at Marvel Studios.”
She also makes the comparison of these mini-series acting like a multi-issue story that weaves into the larger picture. It gives smaller characters a possibility to develop and even weave some plot points that will become relevant in future projects. Daniel Bruhl‘s Zemo is rumored to appear in the Falcon & The Winter Soldier which could easily tie-in with the rumored Thunderbolts trilogy that is being planned. They could set-up the eventual conflict for why Zemo would end up joining the Thunderbolts while also developing Falcon’s potential role as the future Captain America. These series influencing the films also opens the question of how the upcoming WandaVision and Loki series will influence any future projects.
What do you think of the Disney+ series influencing the films?