in its first 10 years of filmmakingMarvel Studios created a myth that persists to this day: “We Trust Feige,” and fans would cheer, as if praying against evil instead of quasi-social relations and a man worth hundreds of millions of dollars.that idea Marvel movies It’s all built on a single thing that’s been planned for a decade, and it’s almost as important to its success as its films—and now, in the current era, its lack feels palpable.
The first three “phases” of Marvel Studios film distribution –Retroactively known as “The Infinite Saga” In terms of its decisive core conflict – it’s all built around the teasing of a single climactic payoff. iron Man Ushering in Samuel L. Jackson’s Filmmaking That Changed Blockbusters Forever Singular, sequence after credit Attract Tony Stark, played by Robert Downey Jr., to the most powerful superhero team on earth. From there, film after film, all the pieces slowly fall into place: the Avengers are formed, their greatest threat Thanos is revealed, and the hunt for the six Infinity Stones and the gloves used to manipulate their mighty power begins Yes, persevere, and finally come to the conclusion and Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame.
No matter how diverse the movies Marvel puts out, there will be little tidbits, either in the movie itself or as part of those end credit scenes that are already there now, promising that it’s all about something, regardless of the fact that it’s before that, A movie may seem irrelevant.It’s simple: Thanos and the Infinity Stones are a unique threat that beats over and over again until he finally lets himself in Infinity War. This is one thing you can point out to anyone, die-hard comics fan, movie fan or complete newcomer – that’s why you have to watch every movie and that’s why it all matters because it build to this.
Thanos has been completed and the dust has settled (literally), and now in the “Phase 4” era, the Marvel Cinematic Universe is bigger than ever, metatext or otherwise. The studio’s interconnected releases are no longer limited to the box office — when they do, they overwhelm and dominate the changing world that has been rocked by years of global pandemics, and as the onslaught of Disney+ streaming shows, the story is on the rise Debuts on screens big and small. The universe itself is also now bigger than ever, as the story goes deep into the concept of the entire multiverse of Marvel stories, with alternate realities and characters spanning not just one but many realities . latest entry from canon, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madnessseems to have suggested a upcoming events– The final loose adaptation of the 2015 Marvel Comics soft reboot secret warwhich saw the death and eventual stable reconstruction of the publisher’s multiple realities.
However, stage 4 Feel It’s different than before, and not just because it includes a mix of TV and film distribution formats. If Thanos was the minor but ever-present driving force that drove the MCU’s first decade, there’s really been a lack of something like that for a few years in Phase 4.The Avengers didn’t need to unite as a team, the survivors parted ways End Gamebecause no single threat has yet overshadowed all of these disparate stories — characters like Sam Wilson, Wanda Maximoff, and Natasha Romanoff are all isolated in their own stories. Rocky Introduced the concept of multiverse as a concept, Jonathan Majors’ Conqueror Kang As a potential successor to Thanos’ throne, although we know he plans to appear in the next Ant-Man and the Wasp Movies, other than that, he hasn’t made an appearance, like Thanos started after the first The Avengers. This concept of pluralism is the closest to a unified construction of Rocky, what if?, Spider-Man: Nowhere to GoNow Crazy Multiverse –but even if Doctor Strange Already starting to threaten its existence, something as nebulous as the existence of alternate reality doesn’t draw all these movies to something like Thanos and the Infinity Stones.
This sense of aimlessness feels odd to audiences who have been trained for over a decade to connect the dots and see how each version of Marvel connects to the others. The well-crafted illusion that Marvel and its producers planned a long game 10 years in advance – and while it persists, no matter how many times the evidence proves otherwise – is really always just an illusion – when almost No mention of hallucinations. moon knight passing by There’s only a single explicit reference to another Marvel property, though showing something like Rocky, Wanda Visionand this The Falcon and the Winter Soldier Both are major characters in Marvel movies, and their stories are isolated from each other and as a broader whole.From Eternal‘ Harry Styles as Erosarrive crazy multiverseof Charlize Theron as Clea. Movies and shows also rarely feel like they’re talking to each other – no one mentions it casually Eternal orgasm with a frozen corpse huge cosmic entity Sitting in the Indian Ocean, for example, it feels like some people would at least discuss what it looked like after the naval battle of New York The Avengers. Doctor Strange Hear Wanda Maximoff’s story event Wanda Visiondespite a passing reference to Westview itself, the movie arguably re-enacts her character arc in the series, for better or worse, in such a way that it doesn’t really matter that you’ve seen the show beforehand.
After this decade of Project Unreal – more specifically, because of it, every Marvel release is basic Even the most casual fan, since all the parts are built on a grander whole – this relative dissonance can seem negative to a fan who has, The studio does this on purpose, trained to enjoy these connections and consume as much Marvel fandom as possible, no matter where it’s released. But if anything, Phase 4’s lack of cohesion in this regard is a benefit, as it feels closer than ever to the world of its comic book source material.Superhero comics, for better or worse, are wild medium entry, if only because of the sheer depth and history behind the characters, there are countless stories and retcons in their names.But to read 21st century Marvel comics, you really don’t have to. everything Company launch. You can chase characters you like, teams you’re interested in, and individual storylines and events that catch your attention, because while characters can move between titles and different social circles, you don’t have to know the whole planet – 616 Cares Spider-Man or X-Men case. (the latter is a perfect example Now, in the age of comics, making reading easier than ever X-Men Comics where the world doesn’t care what other superheroes are doing. ) After the daunting initial thought of dipping your toes into such a vast medium, it feels liberating to be able to pick and choose what is important to you.
Perhaps this is the direction the Marvel Cinematic Universe is evolving as Phase 4 continues to flourish. Of course, there will always be fans who follow every show and movie and enjoy the Easter eggs and the ties that tie them together, no matter how loose. There will always be events that culminate in bringing these heroes and villains together in multiple movies, just as comic books have their own full line of events. But now it’s easier than ever to get into the parts of the MCU that interest you the most, following a show, a movie, or even a character without having to understand the whole bigger picture. As Marvel tries to redefine its universe in a post Thanos world, the real definition it needs may not be one at all.after all a big multiverse there.
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