Cinemacon 2022 is happening now and during a Disney presentation Kevin Feige revealed that Marvel heads were going to a retreat to plan out the next decade of the MCU after the convention. Apparently they haven’t done one in three years, which explains the disjointed feeling of Phase 4 and the lack of direction that the original MCU seemed to have.
The current day MCU has been running for about 14 years, starting with “Iron Man” in 2008. “Avengers: Endgame” wrapped up the first three phases of the MCU in 2019. Since then there have been movies and shows, some considered late “Phase 3” and now “Phase 4” is where we are at.
It seems like they are finally going to plan out another decade long arc that takes people into 2032. With X-Men and the Fantastic Four back in play I can almost guarantee they will factor heavily into a plan moving forward.
So far the purpose of Phase 4 seems to be content for Disney+ and the goal to shift focus away from the core Avengers and onto new characters. Iron Man will shift Iron Heart, the Incredible Hulk will be She-Hulk, Kate Bishop will likely be Hawkeye and so on.
Disney has been introducing various new characters and receiving vastly different fan reception.
“The Eternals” bombed hard in the box office while “Shang-Chi and The Legend of the Ten Rings” fared better. “WandaVision,” “Loki,” “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier,” “Hawkeye,” and “Moon Knight” have all done fairly well, but only “Moon Knight” was “new” to the MCU audience. As we move along that might change as more and more characters are “new.” We don’t know how “Ms. Marvel,” “She-Hulk” and America Chavez are going to fare. It could easily cause fans to “burn out” or lose interest.
It’s going to be hard to keep fan attention for another ten years, bringing in the X-Men and the Fantastic Four could help, but they are going to have to start setting up another large arc.
Since the last over-reaching plan ended almost four years ago, I would have thought they had the next ten years planned out before now.
I guess not.
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