Look, it’s not any main secret that the MCU is caught in one thing of a rut proper now. After such a robust, regular begin, Marvel films had been flying with out a hitch basically up till Avengers Endgame.
Since then, the Marvel Cinematic Universe has struggled to discover a hit, and branching out into streaming hasn’t made issues any higher. Issues have gotten overly advanced and inaccessible, and rewatching the Marvel films so as has turn into an more and more insurmountable activity.
The very best Marvel characters have been killed off, and the mess of Marvel’s Section 5 with its multiverse tales has made upcoming Marvel films appear successfully directionless. The latest Daredevil season 4 chaos is the proper instance of how issues simply aren’t working.
However, trying to the horizon, that could possibly be set to alter. The writer of the upcoming tell-all guide MCU: The Reign of Marvel Studios, Joanna Robinson, has spent years digging into the behind-the-scenes work that’s gone into the MCU and has uncovered some hints on the future alongside the way in which, and Avengers Secret Wars is the important thing to all of it. Talking on The Watch podcast (1:09:17), she stated Marvel overseer Kevin Feige needs the brand new film to function a “gentle reboot”.
“That’s precisely what Secret Wars is. Now we have a quote from Kevin Feige form of implying as a lot. Like, Secret Wars will function a gentle reboot by which they will prune every thing,” she stated. Clarifying her feedback, she defined, “That’s to not use a Loki-ism. [He’s going to] prune every thing that’s not working and simply preserve what’s, or convey again folks you thought had been gone endlessly.”
That gained’t be a full shock to anybody who is aware of the obscure overview of the Secret Wars plotline. Within the Secret Wars story, totally different realities collide (serving because the grand conclusion within the MCU of the Multiverse arc) seeing a number of variations of well-known characters from many separate universes come collectively to revive actuality. It’s, successfully, the proper jumping-off level for a gentle reboot, and for the MCU that comes on the excellent time.
It may function the introduction of a brand new Iron Man, Captain America, and Black Widow, every recast with totally different actors (or maybe even bringing again acquainted faces, to some extent). Concurrently, the studio will have the ability to erase characters and plotlines that haven’t fairly labored out, whereas retaining what has the potential to determine this new MCU actuality. Possibly, if we will get so far, the MCU will as soon as once more have the ability to make a number of the greatest films of any given yr.
That is all backed up by the ultimate chapter of Robinson’s novel (through Display screen Rant) which tells us that Feige plans to maintain the MCU going for a really very long time, however understands that he must rein issues in and preserve it beneath management. It reads, “Because the MCU spilled over into streaming packages and the Multiverse Saga, Feige needed to study totally different classes from the comics: how superheroes periodically wanted to be rebooted, the way to cease variants and spinoffs from spiraling uncontrolled, how an annual mega-crossover occasion may unify a disparate line of characters.”
Being trustworthy, that seems like exactly the sort of shake-up the MCU desperately wants. There’s merely an excessive amount of (the identical drawback that Marvel was confronted with within the comics) and it must refocus on plot strains and characters who actually work. When the Avengers Secret Wars launch date arrives, it seems like we must be anticipating a drastic change and maybe some real enchancment.
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