For many years, the MCU has established itself as a truly universal success. Marvel releases changed the perspective of theaters and secured billions of dollars at the box office. However, currently, everything indicates that the MCU is losing steam, both in cinematic premieres and streaming releases.
After the premiere of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever After, the MCU officially ended its 4th Phase. With this, Phase 5 of the MCU encompasses all films (and series) that will be released until the first half of 2024.
Among these awaited releases, the films Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, Captain America: New World Order and Blade stand out, in addition to the Agatha: Coven of Chaos and Secret Invasion series.
With Phase 5 of the MCU already in place, we show below 7 evidence that indicate the loss of influence of the Marvel Cinematic Universe; check out! (via CBR)
In recent years, MCU productions have come to rely excessively on jokes and moments of comic relief. While winning over younger audiences, these jokes are seen as unnecessary by many viewers.
Some recent MCU projects, such as Thor: Love and Thunder, for example, exaggerate in good humor, which also ends up damaging the most serious moments in history. Furthermore, the over-the-top comedy also lessens the emotional impact of the plots.
MCU doesn’t do its characters justice
On social media, many MCU viewers accuse Disney of “wasting” Marvel characters. The accusation is blunt, and if we stop to think about the most powerful heroes in comics, it makes complete sense.
Captain Marvel is a great example. Even though she is one of the most interesting and powerful heroines in comics, the character plays a much less important role in the MCU. The same can be said for Scarlet Witch, who was “retired” after Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.
The quality of Netflix series
The Marvel universe on Netflix – which is now also part of the MCU – got off to a flying start with the release of Daredevil and Jessica Jones. This shared world also features acclaimed series like Luke Cage and The Punisher.
However, with the debut of productions like Iron Fist and The Defenders, the quality of productions declined exponentially, leading to the eventual cancellation of the Marvel universe in the MCU. It remains to be seen whether the continuation of the series on Disney+ will follow the same style.
Spider-Man Shows The MCU’s Limitations
Spider-Man is, without a doubt, the MCU’s most beloved hero. All Peter Parker films guarantee great box office, but at the same time, they demonstrate the technical, narrative and authorial limitations of the MCU.
Due to the complex contract between Disney and Sony, Spider-Man movies find legal limits on what they can (or cannot) show. In addition, some fans and experts criticize the dialogues of the Spider’s stories, seen as “excessively juvenile”.
Hulk is no longer interesting
In the early MCU movies, Hulk was one of the most important characters. The hero’s plot was marked by the duality between the peaceful Dr. Bruce Banner and the Green Giant. However, after the release of Avengers: Ultimatum, the character simply lost its grace.
As the current Hulk is “Professor Hulk”, Banner no longer suffers from the brutality of his savage counterpart, establishing himself as a far less important figure. The character lives interesting moments in the She-Hulk series, but not even the creative production was able to take advantage of his full potential.
Fans Left the MCU After Avengers: Endgame
Avengers: Endgame masterfully ended the Infinity Saga in the MCU, ending with the defeat of Thanos and the death of Iron Man. In addition to being acclaimed by specialized critics, the feature also secured the best box office of all time.
However, after Avengers: Endgame, the MCU ended up losing the thread, investing in numerous productions and introducing dozens of new characters. With that, many people “lost patience” with the MCU, abandoning Marvel films shortly after Endgame.
Box office also hurts MCU movies
Even in one of the most troubled times in its history, the MCU continues to release true box office hits. Marvel movies, even criticized by fans and the specialized press, always get great box office numbers.
Profit, however, is a double-edged sword. As Marvel directors know that the films will have an audience, regardless of quality, the incentive for innovation is extinguished. Therefore, the MCU features end up getting repetitive and clichés, always following the same successful formula.
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