We know Marvel Studios recently broke away from Ike Perlmutter and the Marvel TV/Comics goons.
This weekend at Comic-Con also saw Marvel Studios launch their own social networks and change their movie intro from comic book footage to film footage (further distancing themselves from Marvel TV/Comics).
Now it's learned the Doctor Strange movie will be introducing the Multiverse, which is Marvel's collection of alternate timelines and universes.
Could this be Kevin Feige's way to use the same characters in the Marvel movies that are currently on TV?
For example, Marvel TV recently announced the car version of Ghost Rider (that no one's thrilled about) will be on Agents Of SHIELD. Possibly going the "Multiverse," route would mean Marvel Studios could use Dan Ketch or even Johnny Blaze. Likewise, Marvel Studios could then use a different Daredevil (etc.) in the movies. Update: Another possibility is that Feige could simply be sticking Marvel TV in the multiverse, which would free up the characters for movie use.
Another bonus with the Multiverse is that Marvel Studios could use already existing movie characters (i.e. Iron Man) using different actors and costumes (similar to what WB and DC are now doing).
CBR reports Doctor Strange director Scott Derrickson confirms the Multiverse:
"What the comics did was, they brought with Doctor Strange an extra dimension into psychadelia, mysticism, and spirituality and all these very 60's things and broke open the Marvel comic book universe into the Marvel multiverse. I think 'Doctor Strange' is going to be the beginning of the Marvel Cinematic Multiverse. It's really serving the same function that the comic did."
Back a few months ago even saw Charlie Cox, the Daredevil actor in the Netflix series, hint there could be a Marvel Multiverse where Marvel Studios would use a different Daredevil actor for the films:
"Marvel TV and Marvel Studios are two very different things. Even if the character were to appear in that film, that doesn't necessarily mean that I would appear in that film.
Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn even confirmed the divide between Marvel Studios and Marvel TV a while back stating there is no connection between the two:
"There is Marvel TV who is pretty disconnected from Marvel Film, which is owned by Disney, and that's really not connected at all."
So hopefully that means we could still see Norma Reedus as Ghost Rider after all.
"Hell yeah. It would be a blast," Reedus said about potentially playing Marvel's Spirit of Vengeance. "Do I get a skull face that’s on fire and all that stuff? F--k yeah. I’m down.”