Hey there, Marvel fans! If you’re wondering why the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) hasn’t been as smashing as it used to be after “Endgame,” you’re not alone. Let’s dive into a few reasons why things might have slowed down a bit.
- End of an Era: “Avengers: Endgame” marked the end of a major storyline that spanned over a decade. Many beloved characters said their goodbyes, and it felt like the conclusion of a big chapter. This left fans wondering what’s next and, to be honest, it’s hard to top such a monumental event.
- New Characters, New Stories: After Endgame, Marvel introduced new characters like Shang-Chi and the Eternals. While these heroes have great potential, they aren’t as familiar to fans as Iron Man or Captain America. It takes time to build a connection with these fresh faces. There has also been a major problem of not getting to see these new characters on a yearly basis, some of the new faces we haven’t seen in years since they first appeared!
- Pacing and Expectations: The MCU used to release a good pace of films per year that seemed to fit well with what fans wanted. However, in just two years of Phase 4, they released more content than ever before. As a result of releasing too many projects and promoting so many to come, it’s caused a burnout of long fans. This also has caused a less than built-up world of new characters which we don’t see much of. Some of us have only gotten teases. There have also been some storylines we haven’t heard of what came of them for over 3 years now.
- Streaming Takes the Spotlight: Disney+ and other streaming services have become a huge deal. With shows like “WandaVision” and “Loki,” Marvel is expanding into the streaming world. This is awesome, but it also means fans have to adjust to a different way of consuming content. This has also added more content to watch for films that seem to have a lack of following events. Such as Wanda’s character change and lack of story to why between where she was left in the TV show until almost a year later with Multiverse of Madness.
- COVID-19 Impact: The pandemic hit the movie industry hard, including the MCU. Delays in production and changes in release schedules caused a bit of a hiccup. This affected the momentum and excitement that fans had before. It also has had long-term effects causing many projects to get shuffled around and many others being rushed to hit release dates set.
- High Expectations: Let’s face it, “Endgame” set the bar incredibly high. It was a masterpiece in many ways. Living up to that level of epicness is a tough task for any franchise. Many fans are not happy to see new faces and together with what some would say has been poor writing and poor choices by the studio to hit marking numbers and release dates has put a bad taste in many fans’ mouths.
- Diversity and Representation: Marvel is making commendable strides towards inclusivity, introducing more diverse characters and storylines. While this is a step in the right direction, it might take time for everyone to get used to these new narratives. Some may say that have taken over with many woke-like elements being added to make every growing market happy while pushing their core fans to the side in favor of a large audience.
So, what does this mean for the future of the MCU? Well, there’s no need to worry too much. Marvel is full of talented creators, and they have exciting plans in store. As new movies and shows come out, we’ll likely see a resurgence in the hype.
Plus, let’s not forget, that every franchise has its ups and downs. Remember when people thought “Iron Man 2” wasn’t as good as the first? Look how the MCU bounced back from that!
In conclusion, the post-endgame period might seem a bit slower for the MCU, but it’s important to have patience and an open mind. The Marvel universe is vast and always evolving. Who knows what awesome adventures await us in the future?
So, fellow Marvel enthusiasts, let’s stay excited and keep supporting our favorite heroes, old and new! The best is yet to come!