Did you know that this is the longest span between Marvel Cinematic Universe projects since the franchise began back in 2008? That’s right — prior to the pandemic, the biggest gap between MCU films was the two-year stretch between the release of The Incredible Hulk in June 2008 and Iron Man 2 in May 2010.
And while WandaVision may not “technically” be an MCU movie, it’s certainly shaping up to be something just as massive, as the recent profile in Entertainment Weekly highlighted just how crucial this series is going to be to the franchise’s Phase 4.
Not only did EW describe WandaVision as “Marvel Studios’ key to the future,” but studio president Kevin Feige confirmed that the series “will directly set up the 2022 film Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, with Olsen’s witch playing a key role alongside Benedict Cumberbatch’s sorcerer.”
Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige confirms that WANDAVISION "will directly set up the 2022 film 'Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness', with Olsen’s witch playing a key role alongside Benedict Cumberbatch’s sorcerer."
The multiverse is coming 👀
— Post Cred Pod (@PostCredPod) November 10, 2020
As we’ve discussed many times on this here website, the MCU is diving headfirst into the multiverse as a handful of their upcoming projects seem to be tying into its launch. First and foremost, there’s the intertwined WandaVision and Doctor Strange In the Multiverse of Madness, which literally has “multiverse” in its title. Then there’s the upcoming Spider-Man 3, which will not only feature Doctor Strange AND Jamie Foxx’s Electro from The Amazing Spider-Man franchise from back in the 2010s, but there are RUMORS that either Tobey Maguire, Andrew Garfield, or BOTH could be popping up at some point. Finally, there’s Ant-Man 3, all of his quantum realm chaos, and the impending introduction of Kang the Conqueror which could, potentially, lead to the first hint at the Fantastic Four.
There’s also the other corner of the MCU which appears to be taking a more mythical and mystical approach, with projects such as Shang-Chi, Eternals, and Moon Knight. The bottom line is the MCU is about to be a whole lot weirder than we’ve ever seen it before and that’s an excellent thing.
While no release date was confirmed, WandaVision still looks set to drop in the coming months, whether that be December 2020 or January 2021. Either way, we won’t have to wait much longer for what will be the first entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe since 2019’s Spider-Man: Far From Home.