Marvel fans have spotted a drastic shift in some territories on Disney + that appears to mark a definitive break between the MCU and other Marvel productions, which would not or no longer be considered canon.
Since its inception, the Marvel Cinematic Universe has come a long way on its own without especially taking into account the various Marvel series such as Marvel: Agents of SHIELD or Agent Carter.
The productions of these series, which were broadcast across the Atlantic on Hulu, ABC or Netflix, nevertheless considered themselves in the same universe since many references to characters or events of the MCU slipped into these series.
But Kevin Feige, president of Marvel Studios, has always had a clear direction and a very specific plan for the MCU and even more so with the new series from Marvel Studios available on Disney +, like WandaVision, Falcon and the Winter Soldier and soon Loki.
During the presentation of the new Marvel series at the CCXP in Brazil, Kevin Feige had confessed to the media half-heartedly Omelete in 2019 that the old Marvel series weren’t really considered canon in the MCU:
“Disney + will give us the opportunity to tell even deeper stories about characters you already know and love. For the first time, everything will be linked.”. This statement already confirmed that the MCU stood out even more from other Marvel serial productions.
Heroes from the old Marvel series in the MCU?
With the merger of Marvel Studios and Marvel Television, Kevin Feige has full control of the MCU’s serial universe. With this huge universe, some fans hope to see heroes from old Marvel series in the MCU, like those from Netflix, Daredevil or Jessica Jones.
With the rumor madness surrounding the casting of Spider-Man: No Way Home and the setting up of the Multiverse in Phase IV of the MCU, there’s a whole world of possibilities opening up for characters in the Marvel series.
The site The Hashtag Show claimed a few weeks ago that Kevin Feige and Disney are planning to recall Krysten Ritter (Jessica Jones), John Bernthal (Punisher), Charlie Cox (Daredevil) and Vincent D’Onofrio (Kingpin) to reprise their roles in various productions.
Vincent D’Onofrio had even expressed some interest as for a possible return to Marvel and since the Marvel series from Netflix now belong to Marvel Studios, this comeback is possible. But this information has not been confirmed by Kevin Feige or by Disney.
Old Marvel series and MCU movies have very little connection through the characters, except for James D’Arcy, who played Edwin Jarvis in Agent Carter, who reprized his role in Avengers: Endgame. , and Samuel L. Jackson (Nick Fury) and Cobie Smulders (Maria Hill), who made little cameos in the Marvel: Agents of SHIELD series.
Disney + seems to have decided on the question
While Marvel Studios and Disney have reclaimed all of the franchises and characters in the Marvel Universe, except Spider-Man which remains shared with Sony, and the possibilities to mix worlds are endless, it looks like Disney + marks a definitive break. between the old Marvel series and the MCU.
These are users of the platform in Brazil who recently spotted and posted on Reddit the prioritization of programs in the Marvel universe on Disney +, in Brazil and in other international territories, with very distinct categories.
Series like Marvel: Agents of SHIELD, Agent Carter, Inhumans, and Runaways are categorized “Marvel Legacy Movie and Series” with the films X-Men, Deadpool and the Fantastic 4. In the United States and in France, these series are in the category “Marvel Series and Special Live-Action Productions” while the above-mentioned films are in the category “Marvel Legacy: Movies”.
Moreover, on Disney + at home, the main category “Marvel Universe” only lists movies and series from the MCU. This categorization then comes across as a pretty clear signal from Disney and Marvel who don’t seem to consider the old Marvel series as canon in the MCU.
For the moment, the vagueness remains and confirmation from Kevin Feige, Marvel and Disney is long overdue. But if the old series are not considered canon, nothing prevents Marvel Studios from using the same actors to play certain characters and to wipe out the past by not mentioning the events of the old series.
Phase IV of the MCU should inevitably answer these questions.