MCU is surely starting to disappoint its fans. The only reason for this is that the MCU isn’t what it was 10 years ago.
The only focus Marvel had was to make movies; not to build a franchise but to actually entertain people and give them something to cheer about. They didn’t have to provide content just for the sake of introducing new characters.
With the end of The Infinity Saga and Disney buying Marvel, all of a sudden, MCU chooses to deliver 8 projects a year. Keep in mind that quantity is not a problem, the lack of focus is.
That brings me to conclude 5 Main Reasons why the MCU is disappointing its fans:
1 – Phase 4 was all about copying the Original Avengers
I’ve always mentioned since the beginning of Phase 4 that Marvel Studios will rain fire characters and then decide later which ones to choose for Avengers. The result is:
Every original Avenger now has a counterpart which honestly, means nothing to me. All of them are just a cheap copy of the original Avengers. None of them can ever be as promising and as relentless as the OG’s were. Instead of this Marvel could have stuck with the approach of introducing new characters like Shang-Chi and Eternals.
2 – Weak Plot for Phase 4 MCU projects
The plot for most of the Phase 4 projects has been weak. Phase 4 movies although with fairly average plots, have worked out for Marvel.
- Black Widow shouldn’t have been made in the first place. This whole point of that movie was to handle the torch to Yelena Belova.
- Shang-Chi was okay but it was way below the benchmark MCU set for origin movies with Iron Man and Captain America.
- Eternals was not at all worth the hype.
- Spiderman: No Way Home is best movie of Phase 4 only because of 3 Spidermen. Remove, Andrew Garfield and Toby Maguire and you’ll see that there were a few problems with this movie.
- Doctor Strange: In the Multiverse of Madness was the second best movie of Phase 4 but still it could have been a lot better.
- Thor: Love and Thunder was a pile of garbage. Marvel shouldn’t have greenlit this movie in the first place.
- Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is good movie but because it focuses on Wakanda dealing with the loss of its King, there’s nothing much exciting going on in this movie. Shuri as Black Panther doesn’t hit as strong as T’Challa did.
But when it comes to TV shows, things are not the same. Except Loki and WandaVision, I feel that all the Disney+ shows have been terrible and have offered the audience nothing. The plot for all the shows doesn’t have anything but keep the show stalling only to offer a middle finger in the end.
3 – No Character Development
This was the strength of the MCU in The Infinity Saga and is partly responsible for making Marvel Studios the brand it is today. Sadly, Phase 4 lacks Character Development for all the new characters that have been introduced. The new characters are either already developed with word-building (Shang-Chi) or are too perfect to connect with (She-Hulk).
This is also something that the MCU will continue with Phase 5 and Phase 6. You can easily see that when writers write the script, the focus is on the plot. When they reach midway, the writers realize that they have to develop characters as well.
So, they mess up the plot as well as the character. The result is an average movie full of VFX that earns profit solely because it’s under the banner of Marvel Studios.
4 – Absence of Villain / Weak Villain in Phase 4 of MCU
I believe that the stronger the villain is, more is the fun for you to see the protagonist (hero) make himself ready for the villain. Phase 4 has had some of the worst villains (TFATWS, Hawk-Eye and Ms. Marvel), very weak villains or villains who changed their heart in the climax.
Villains were there just for a formality and that there purpose was too weak for them to remain bad, so they changed sides in the end.
Only Marvel Studios is to be blamed for green lighting such mediocre projects.
5 – Lighter Tone
This point is much more applicable to Disney+ shows. Except Loki and WandaVision, the theme for all the TV shows has been on the lighter sides.
This means that the fighting scenes had too many edits and there was hardly any blood in the fight to make the scenes seem real. Violence is not the point, keeping it real is. Marvel is so focused about getting the PG-13 rating for its every project, that it may have totally ignored the fact that the audience may not enjoy surreal scenes.
To make the matters worse, Marvel has made Daredevil children friendly. Daredevil while fighting with the goons on the street will make sure not to break their bones. He will only slap them hard enough that a pill of Advil or Aspirin can cure them. He will be kind to them.
The Superhero genre is already reached its saturation because of Marvel and DC. It’s important that Marvel comes up with quality projects so that the audience doesn’t get bored. Phase 5 and Phase 6 has some pretty interesting projects that can re-align your faith in the superhero genre.
I’m hoping that Marvel bounces back with its upcoming movies.