What surprises you about Marvel movies
Avengers + X-Men: the Marvel multiverse is here! But what's so great about it?
+++ Opinion with Spoilerm on the 5th episode "WandaVision" +++
Superhero comics know no boundaries: Heroes and heroines are revived at will, their stories are crossed with each other and told all over again when a story is completely exhausted (or sometimes only five years later).
Not even your own reality is insurmountable: Regardless of whether it's Marvel or DC, different versions of superheroes have long met.
The story trick behind it is simple: all comic stories exist in a common multiverse made up of different parallel realities, ready to go. I would have loved to be at the party that celebrated this simple and lucrative idea after it was born.
Next stop: Multiverse
For the filmmakers and series makers from Marvel and DC, the “Multiverse” concept is now the next big step. He was already gone in the TV series of the Arrowverse when the two different Flashes (Grant Gustin from "The Flash" and Ezra Miller from "Justice League" & Co.) met.
In the upcoming movie "The Flash", the Bat men Michael Keaton and Ben Affleck can knock each other on the cape, in Marvel's "Spider-Man 3" with Tom Holland the previous spider men Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield also swing through New York and “Doctor Strange 2” have the official title “Doctor Strange In The Multiverse Of Madness” for a reason.
The content of this film is being prepared in the great Disney + series “WandaVision”, the latest episode of which surprised people with an “X-Men” crossover.
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Welcome to the MCU, Quicksilver
The "X-Men" cinema films were made under the umbrella of the former Fox Studios and thus outside the responsibility of Kevin Feige, who is responsible for the films and series of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. In terms of content, the "X-Men" films are not linked to the films about the Avengers - and yet at the end of the new episode "WandaVision", Evan Peters suddenly appears in front of Wanda's door as a lightning-fast, gray-haired mutant Quicksilver.
The business aspect of this huge surprise - Disney first had to buy its competitor Fox - is much more complex than the substantive reasoning might turn out to be:Quicksilver may just be the brainchild of the mighty Wanda, who keeps a whole small town under mind control in the series.
Regardless, sooner or later it is guaranteed that characters switch between realities, which is then explained with magic or the power of an infinity stone or some old invention that came to mind in the toilet the bored Tony Stark.
The multiverse: everything can, nothing has to?
The key is:There are no more narrative limits when it comes to crossovers of different heroes and heroines. The old Marvel series around the X-Men and the Spider-Men become part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, without that initially being the plan.
It's a bit funny: Kevin Feige and his team have been racking their brains for years about how they combine their Marvel films about Iron Man, Captain America & Co. - a complex undertaking that failed competitor Warner / DC - and suddenly the crossovers are much easier. It's magic!
Fortunately, Kevin Feige will know that the crossovers are not of great value in themselves, apart from the quickly fizzling surprise effect.
Of course, it's a huge thing for fans when the most popular X-Man after Wolverine suddenly appears at the door of two MCU characters and, fittingly, this also happens in a sitcom scene, as sitcoms are known for acclaimed cameo appearances (how often at "Friends" and Co. Stars just outside the door). But what is still decisive is the stories that emerge from the meetings.
The first big cinema meeting of the Marvel heroes (and one heroine) in "The Avengers" was so great precisely because worlds collided here: A disparate bunch of big egos had to pull together. That was the core of this story, which director and writer Joss Whedon spiced up with wonderful teasing between the characters - and the funny fan service (what actually happens when Thor's hammer hits Cap's shield?) Was only part of the set.
It's about the story, it's that simple
The concept of the Marvel Cinematic Universe worked because the characters' meetings weren't gimmicks, but an integral part of the story - which ultimately led to a confrontation in “Civil War”, in which the viewer didn't know who to keep your fingers crossed for, so understandable were the opposing motivations for the break.
Kevin Feige has indicated that in the future, too, his primary concern will be the stories themselves. Of yahoo he was asked if fans can look forward to a crossover between Marvel and "Star Wars". That's a pretty obvious question, after all, both brands are controlled by Disney - and if heroes like Quicksilver and the old Spider-Men are allowed to switch between realities, why not let Luke Skywalker knock on Doctor Strange at some point?
“If someone had asked me 20 years ago whether any of what is happening now is possible, I would have said, 'I don't think so.' But as for a 'Star Wars' crossover, I really don't think so . I see no reason for that. "
We'll speak again in 20 years. Let's hope Feige has stood firm until then ...
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