Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige says the release dates for WandaVision and other MCU Disney+ shows were only delayed by a few weeks.
Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige says the Marvel Cinematic Universe Disney+ shows were only delayed by a few weeks. Phase 4 of the MCU will be new in many ways, but one of the biggest changes coming to the shared universe is Disney+. Marvel was tasked with making several shows exclusively for Disney's streaming service. Throughout 2019, Marvel Studios announced plans for ten MCU Disney+ shows.
The initial plan was for The Falcon and The Winter Soldier to be the first MCU Disney+ show released. For the longest time, the series had a fall 2020 release attached, while WandaVision was later moved up from early 2021 to late 2020. Marvel's Disney+ slate then planned for Loki, Marvel's What If...?, Hawkeye, and Ms. Marvel to arrive in 2021. Meanwhile, She-Hulk and Moon Knight were expected to arrive in 2022. However, delays to production caused by the coronavirus pandemic meant 2020 came and went without any MCU Disney+ shows.
These delays were part of larger Phase 4 changes implemented by Marvel Studios in 2020, but the Disney+ shows being delayed wasn't as significant as some might expect. While speaking to the NY Times, Feige said that the release dates only changed "by a matter of weeks." Marvel's current plans include WandaVision debuting on January 15, followed by The Falcon and The Winter Soldier on March 19 and Loki sometime in May.
Feige's suggestion that these shows only took a few weeks longer to come out is only partially true. For a show like WandaVision, the current January release is only a few weeks later than the best-case scenario of the previous December 2020 release. Loki was never given an official release window before, but it coming in May 2021 means it likely is coming in the same time frame as Marvel always planned. However, The Falcon and The Winter Soldier had a much bigger delay than a few weeks. Even without a specific August 2020 release date ever confirmed, the show's March 2021 release is ultimately a seven-month delay.
While fans have had to wait what seems like an unbearable amount of time for the first MCU Disney+ show, the rollout of them will not slow down once it begins. WandaVision's nine-episode first season will keep new MCU content arriving weekly from January to early March. Once The Falcon and The Winter Soldier begins, it should lead fans right up to Black Widow's current May release. Loki's debut in May will begin a stream of new content through the beginning of the summer, and Marvel's What If...? will likely begin shortly after. With multiple other shows planned for 2021 and 2022, including newer announcements like Secret Invasion, Ironheart, and Armor Wars, the wave of MCU shows will be constant.