A recent interview with Spider-Man: No Way Home writers Chris McKenna and Erik Sommers has revealed that, despite their films’ purported dedication to being interconnected, communication between Marvel’s various productions appears to be virtually non-existent.
This apparent weakness in Marvel’s grand strategy was touched upon by the pair during a recent interview with TheWrap.
Asked by site reporters Adam Chitwood and Drew Taylor how Marvel’s schedule shuffle in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic affected their conclusion to the first MCU Spider-Man trilogy, McKenna recalled, “‘When we started breaking the story and even started writing the script, we followed ‘Doctor Strange 2’ in the timeline.”
“So then during pre-production, things got pushed and changed,” he explained. “We were supposed to start shooting in July of 2020 and it became November of 2020, our release date got pushed from July 2021 to December 2021 – there were a lot of things flipping around.”
“Originally we were writing this where Strange was gonna be involved but it was after the events of ‘Doctor Strange 2’, and so where is he where is his head, and so that’s something that we were kicking around.” McKenna continued. “And then now it seems to be more of like, ‘oh this actually gets him interested in pursuing the multiverse as a concept.’”
It is in discussion of this subject that Marvel’s apparent lack of intraproduction communication makes itself known.
Pressed by Chitwood and Taylor as to whether No Way Home’s multiverse-cracking finale had any relation to the conclusion to the first season of Disney Plus’ Loki, which saw reality rewrite itself in the wake of Sylvie’s stabbing of He Who Remains, Sommers professed, “We were already down this road when that ‘Loki’ finale happened.”
In further indication of Marvel’s lack of planning, Sommers added, “We all felt like, this really helps. This is great, because it shows that there is trouble in the multiverse.”
“Whether certain things that were happening in ‘Loki’ line up in terms of the timeline exploding and is that the same time that Doctor Strange is casting the spell, I don’t know,” he admitted. “There is, I’m sure, the Marvel talking points to that. But we were aware of a lot of the different things that were going on, and could we draw on those, how it would be affected by this thing, but ultimately we had our own giant story bear to wrestle with.”
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