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MCU Phase 4’s A Mess: We Wrote About It, Kevin Feige Admits It!

MCU Phase 4’s a total mess. Thor: Love and Thunder was a letdown if I had to sum it up in one word. Ragnarok was supposed to be the predecessor of this film. It’s certain that many fans will come at me to express their admiration for the film, but in all honesty, it didn’t measure up to the hype. What else could it be than a complete letdown?

When it comes to a new franchise, the issue is not with the transition from one phase to the next, but rather with how the franchises are structured. Rather than a fresh beginning, Phase 4 of the MCU seems to be a kind of indemnification or damage control. I believe it is fair to have a judgment regarding Phase 4 now that we have seen a large portion of what it has had to offer.

It’s perfectly fine to admit that I could be a touch too severe. Phase 4 of the MCU, on the other hand, seems to be a disappointment when contrasted to the MCU’s long and storied history. And to no one’s surprise, Marvel Boss Kevin Feige has finally admitted that MCU Phase 4’s a mess.

Kevin Feige Comes Clean

For the third time, Kevin Feige presided over the studio’s Hall H presentation, during which he announced a slew of Marvel Cinematic Universe projects, including two Avengers sequels slated for release in 2025. Unlike the Infinity Saga, the MCU’s Phase 5 and Phase 6 feature a similar plot structure, but the projects are being delivered at a quicker rate this time around.

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Feige’s Phase 5 slate revelation makes sense since Black Panther: Wakanda Forever finishes Phase 4 this autumn, but he went farther down the road to set out their overarching Multiverse Saga ambitions with the introduction of Avengers: The Kang Dynasty and Secret Wars. After keeping long-term plans under wraps for as long as possible is a trademark of Marvel Studios, it was surprising to see the producer already speak about Phase 6.

Phase 6 plans were published to provide the fans a “guide point” early on, so they can see how their current programs and movies are paving the way for future projects, Kevin Feige noted when he was asked why he had revealed both Phases 5 and 6 at the same time.

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To make these disclosures so much ahead of time suggests that they’re well aware of how badly Phase 4 failed to expand on their plot. For those who haven’t heard, Phase 4 of the MCU has been widely criticized for being fragmented and lacking a clear narrative direction.

By announcing two more Avengers films, Marvel Studios has officially put an end to the fears of fans that the studio is losing steam after Infinity Saga’s conclusion. Given that both Avengers: Infinity War and Endgame weren’t revealed until the middle of MCU Phase 2, these two prospective Avengers films should have been unveiled somewhere around Phase 5.

Phase 4’s Problems May Be Solved By The Multiverse Saga

In order to reassure the world that Marvel Studios knows what they are doing, they laid out their chronology for the MCU’s Multiverse Saga. Many feared that Marvel’s cinematic universe had already peaked with the Infinity Saga, which was compounded by the fact that many Phase 4 films do not follow the same narrative path as previous films.

When it came to predicting what Marvel Studios’ next major crossover event will be before Kevin Feige made his Comic-Con pronouncements about Loki, Spider-Man: No Way Home, and Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, it was hard to tell. There are still a number of MCU Phase 4 flaws that need to be addressed, including tone difficulties in several of the films, along with worsening visual effects. In order to answer them, we must aggressively address specific critiques in the next months and years.

As of right now, it’s impossible to say whether or not MCU Phase 5 will suffer the same problems as Phase 4. A sign that Marvel Studios is paying attention to its fans is Kevin Feige’s unveiling of the Multiverse Saga at San Diego Comic-Con 2022. If nothing else, knowing that the groundwork laid forth in MCU Phase 4 will lead to a gratifying reward should be more than enough to entice viewers to stick around for Phase 6.