Marvel’s Loki on Disney+ and the upcoming Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness along with Kevin Feige’s new Star Wars film, have all been put in the hands of writer Michael Waldron.
Waldron had already worked on hit shows like Community and Rick and Morty before coming in and putting together a writer’s room for Loki.
That went so well that Feige chose him to write the script for Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness and now he’s doing the Star Wars story for Feige as well.
For fans, there is usually concern when it comes to who is directing or writing a film. The results as of late have been very hit or miss like The Mandalorian compared to The Rise of Skywalker. So it’s quite important to know where a key development figure is taking inspiration and their understanding of what makes a franchise appealing to fans. Stray too far from formula and you could have a big problem.
In an interview with GQ, Waldron explained how the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) differs from a franchise like Star Wars and why those differences matter:
“I think the success of the MCU is, for all the amazing science-fiction and concepts and all that stuff; ultimately the success is built upon the characters, their humanity, their very relatable conflicts, friendships, and the family that is the MCU.
And I think Star Wars, at its best, is a story about family. Han, Luke, and Leia were a family; you love seeing them together, and you hated it when they were split apart. It’s great characters. That’s nothing new. I am not going to blow anybody’s mind with that headline—but that’s my biggest takeaway.”
Thankfully, Waldron seems to have a grasp on what makes each franchise work. Hopefully that will give us better films. Star Wars is on the right track with The Mandalorian and it’s mostly because it seems to feel more like the franchise. Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni seem to understand what works and how to bring family into it–The Mandalorian and Grogu is a fantastic example.
Understanding why something is popular or why fans love it so much is key to success. Change can happen, but it has to happen within the established expectations and fiber of a franchise.
Favreau and Filoni get that and understand that how to take the elements, worlds, characters make the work feel authentic and right.
Moving forward it seems that, at least with Kevin Feige’s charges, it is important to get it right with these stories, themes and characters.
Let’s hope this will lead to better results.
The GQ article has a lot of great information in it about the processes behind Loki and Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness. You really should give it a read!
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