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Here’s Why The Future Of The MCU Is Bright

Marvel’s Phase 4 is underway and despite what you might think, the future of the MCU is bright. Here’s why we think Phase 4 is setting up for BIG things.

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Why The Future Of The MCU Is Bright

With Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness releasing in theaters last weekend there has been a lot of confusion surrounding the larger direction of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Many fans thought it would connect loose ends, when instead it has been focusing on a fairly contained story.

All of Marvel’s phase 4 (aside from Black Widow) has told a completely different type of story. A story that is disconnected from all of the other MCU projects. If the vocal fans on the internet are to be believed, a lot of people don’t like it. However, don’t count Marvel out just yet there is a lot of good that can come from the future of the MCU. These disconnected stories allow for more characters to be explored, different styles of filmmaking to be showcased, and less of the same movies over and over again.

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Oscar Isaac as Marc Spector in Marvel Studios’ MOON KNIGHT, exclusively on Disney+. Photo by Gabor Kotschy. ©Marvel Studios 2022. All Rights Reserved.

Having this more “disconnected universe” lets Marvel fans learn about so many new characters — something that Phase 4 has already started doing. Audiences have been introduced to Moon Knight, the Eternals, Shang-Chi, and Kate Bishop. On top of that we have gotten to explore past sidelined characters more in depth than ever before, allowing for a emotional connections to be formed.

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The Future Of The MCU Is Bright

For example, Loki, Hawkeye, Sam Wilson, Bucky Barnes, and Doctor Strange have all been showcased in Phase 4. If we were so focused on these interconnected stories all the time we wouldn’t to dive deep into the emotions and consequences of these characters so this loosely connected universe works super well in my opinion.

The next big event in the MCU is likely going to be Secret Wars, which means the MCU needs to continue to give fans a wide variety of characters — both new and old. Without getting too deep, Multiverse of Madness set up a lot for this story line with terms like incursions.

Marvel President Kevin Feige confirmed that it was Loki and Sylvie who opened up the multiverse, which also leads fans to think Secret Wars is coming sooner than later.  The MCU needs a lot of characters to pull off a Secret Wars and this loosely connected universe is the perfect way to do it.


(L-R): Xialing (Meng’er Zhang), Shang-Chi (Simu Liu) and Katy (Awkwafina) in Marvel Studios’ SHANG-CHI AND THE LEGEND OF THE TEN RINGS. Photo courtesy of Marvel Studios. ©Marvel Studios 2021. All Rights Reserved.

This new phase has also show fans different aspects of the MCU rather than general cosmic and grounded things. Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings gave us the first real fantastical movie in the MCU, but also combined it with epic grounded action. The Eternals tells a story set in both the past and present. It also brought in a whole slew of new characters. Spider-Man: No Way Home’s multiversal story allowed for Marvel to use “cameos” as essential parts of the storytelling and threw in a lot of Jon Watts’ signature styles, including one of the best final battles in the entire Marvel Universe.

Out of all of the Phase 4 movies, Black Widow felt the most like it fit in with the Infinity Saga. This is largely because of the basic story which took place during the Infinity Saga timeline. The film also seemed to lack directive flare, something that has been very prominent in the MCU’s phase 4. The rest of the Phase 4 films have all felt extremely different when compared the Infinity Saga — which just helps prove that the future of the MCU is looking bright.

The best of the best in the Infinity Saga are really good movies, but most of them are your average blockbuster popcorn flicks. Now, the MCU is giving fans deeper and more unique stories. 

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It can be assumed that Phase 4 will stay on this track, and the future of the MCU isn’t going to deviate much from these early stages of Phase 4. Thor: Love and Thunder looks like it is going to be one of the most outlandish MCU movies. On top of that Black Panther: Wakanda Forever and Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania will likely be disconnected from other projects for hte most part as well.

It might seem like right now there is a lot going on at once in the MCU, but with multiple movies and Disney+ shows coming each year, Marvel isn’t just building up a new universe, they are building a multiverse.

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