Is ‘The Falcon and The Winter Soldier’ a self-contained story, or will it branch into the MCU?
Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige says fan theories will be something to watch
Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige said over the weekend that “The Falcon and The Winter Soldier” will have an impact on the Marvel Cinematic Universe — but he cautioned fans about having too many theories.
What’s going on?
Feige spoke at a virtual global press conference over the weekend for “The Falcon and The Winter Soldier,” which included stars Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan, too.
Feige said the show will impact the MCU moving forward — but maybe not in major ways.
He said Stan’s Bucky Barnes and Mackie’s Sam Wilson are essential to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. So the show will matter. But, he said, not every moment will change the game for Marvel.
- “It is hard to navigate every fan theory that’s going to pop up. Not everything” is going to be earth-shattering, he said.
- He said “there can be character shifts that have massive, massive implications for the future.”
Not every moment has to shift the MCU, either, Feige said. Character experiences can also have benefits.
- “What’s great about the Marvel characters is grounding something as crazy and extraordinary and science fiction and fantasy and supernatural as the MCU can get ... in the character experiences,” Feige said at the press conference.
Fan theories for ‘WandaVision’
Feige’s comments come weeks after multiple fan theories sprang up for what happened in “WandaVision.” For example, many people wondered about the identity of Monica Rambeau’s aerospace engineer friend. Some theories said it might be Reed Richards, the real name of Mr. Fantastic of the Fantastic Four, and that he’ll be played by John Krasinski.
There were also theories that Magneto — played by either Ian McKellen or Michael Fassbender, who played the character in the 21st Century Fox film — would show up, too, as according to ComicBook.com.
While fan theories may spring up from “The Falcon and The Winter Soldier,” it seems Feige wants fans to remember that not every cliffhanger will reshape the MCU.
Blame ‘Infinity War’
I wrote about this idea a few weeks back. Fan theories for “WandaVision” were out of control right at the end of the show, which led to some disappointment from fans. But as I wrote, “Infinity War” may have caused that problem. That MCU film had been so epic that there was no way a simple show like “WandaVision” could measure up to the hype. Even “Avengers: Endgame” couldn’t reach that level, either.