Another lovely batch of questions from Omelete‘s interview with Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige at CCXP 2019 in Brazil revealed that both WandaVision and The Multiverse will have a larger impact on the MCU than previously suggested.
The outlet basically asked Kevin if WandaVision/The Multiverse will be how mutants are introduced into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Oddly enough, he doesn’t directly even speak to the mutants mentioned in the first question or even when they’re alluded to in the second question.
OMELETE: In the comics, Wanda has such a rich variety of powers connected to the mutants…
FEIGE: “Having the opportunity to tell more of their story and what Wanda can do, more of what makes Vision, Vision.”
“Most importantly reveal a name I’m not even sure we’ve said in the MCU, but we absolutely make a big deal about in the show, which is that Wanda is, in fact, the Scarlet Witch and what does that mean that she is the Scarlet Witch.”
“That’s what we play into in this show in ways that are entirely fun are entirely funny somewhat scary and will have repercussions for the entire future of Phase 4 of the MCU.”
OMELETE: WandaVision is connected to [the next] Doctor Strange film. Is the Multiverse a way you can connect maybe other franchises that were not at Marvel before?
FEIGE: “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 wide open in ways that will repercussions for Disney+ series before it, that’s not WandaVision, and for movies just after it in a big fun way.”
It sounds like Loki will indeed tackle the Multiverse as well given it was said to be connected to the Doctor Strange sequel and there is already talk that actress Sophia Di Martino is playing Lady Loki in the show.
We also have to assume that Doctor Strange 2 will lead into stuff like Jane Foster becoming Lady Thor in Thor: Love & Thunder, could Lady Loki also factor in the Thor sequel? We’ll have to wait and see I guess.
When asked about mutants being in these projects Kevin got uncharacteristically mum on the subject and basically didn’t even address it directly, uncommon for him.
Normally, Feige would flat-out say they weren’t ready to introduce mutants and here was a little more coy than usual. Kevin was quite clear back in July at San Diego Comic-Con when asked about stuff like the X-Men that a main team movie was years away as they only recently just got the rights to the Fox properties.
However, he did give mutants (not X-Men) a shoutout on stage before wrapping-up the Marvel presentation at SDCC this summer.
Many of us just assumed he was talking about Ryan Reynolds’ Deadpool movie which is looking like a sure bet given that Deadpool was the only character saved from getting completed rebooted and Ryan recently teasing a future announcement (possibly for Phase 5).
There is a strong possibility that shows like WandaVision or Loki and films such as Doctor Strange 2 could be the entry point to introduce mutants into the MCU via The Multiverse or the reality-bending powers of Scarlet Witch.
If we did get a little “flexible” with Kevin’s quotes, we could make the leap that the Multiverse being the next step in “evolution” potential is a hint it could be connecting to mutants, but that would be pure speculation.
WandaVision is currently filming with a release date planned in the Spring of 2021 (alongside Loki) before the May 7th, 2021 release of Doctor Strange Into The Multiverse of Madness.