Kevin Feige: “Traveling through the Marvel Multiverse is very, very dangerous”

As Spider-Man: No Way Home prepares to release, the MCU boss describes to Premiere the rules of the multiverse.

What could possibly be going on in the Marvel Cinematic Universe after an event of the magnitude of Avengers: Endgame? What else do we have to say once you’ve brought together absolutely all of the company’s superheroes in a case of time travel and half-universe annihilation? Two years and a pandemic later, the MCU was back on track – not in theaters, but on Disney + – with Loki and What if …?, series full of promises of parallel worlds, more or less evil doubles, alternatives to reality and absolutely disproportionate stakes (the survival of all the universes, just that).

A dizzying concept, widely raked by science fiction literature and Marvel or DC comics, which for decades have been juggling these parallel worlds where absolutely anything is possible. A film adaptation was therefore only a matter of time and it was the Weaver who was chosen as the first explorer with Spider-Man: No Way Home, the sequel to Homecoming (2017) and Far From Home (2019). His secret identity revealed by Mystério at the end of the previous film, Peter Parker (Tom Holland) will ask Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) for help to make the whole world forget that he is the Spider. A spell that messes up and Strange will open the door to parallel universes, plunging Peter Parker into a nightmare of unheard of proportions.

A few questions remain: does the death of a character still have a meaning if his carbon copy from another universe can take his place? And if everyone is interchangeable, how do you identify with characters? What impact can any story from the studio have? On the phone, Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige assures First than ” everything and everyone matters. But we are very aware that the multiverse is a double-edged sword. We don’t want people to think that every character is replaceable, and that a new version can be found with the snap of a finger. It’s not that easy to travel through the multiverse: it’s very, very dangerous. And very rare. This power should be used with great wisdom and parsimony. The idea is that the pleasure of the spectator also passes by the discovery of the rules and the limits of the multiverse during the next films. Even characters in the MCU know very little about the subject. The multiverse cannot take over and undo everything: this concept must add dramaturgy, conflict, emotion and humor.

The interview with Tom Holland and a focus on the multiverse can be found in the issue of Premiere currently on newsstands, with Matrix Resurrections on the cover. Spider-Man: No Way Home, December 13 at theaters. Trailer

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