The year 2022 was still an extremely successful one for Marvel standards: Despite the ongoing corona pandemic, films like Thor: Love and Thunder, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever or Doctor Strange 2 quite handsome to celebrate success. And the series division in particular was filled with numerous projects DisneyPlus expanded. Almost every month a new film or series came out. Despite this, phase four of the MCU never the quality or at least approach the stringency of the plot, as was the case until Avengers: Endgame. Phase 4 was, for lack of a better word, on huge mess. This was not only noticeable in the often confusing plots and inevitably built-in references to other films in the series, but above all in the fluctuating quality of the computer effects. According to a report, the whole thing could change now Change plan for the future of the MCU: Fewer films and series, but with better quality. And that’s exactly why there should be agreement in 2023 and 2024 shifts come from already announced projects.
Focus on quality instead of quantity
As Alex P. of The Cosmic Circus writes: “As it stands at the moment, there are some plan changes at Marvel. This means that we may have to wait longer for the release of future projects, which will ultimately focus more on quality than quantity. Therefore, you cannot expect that the schedule of 2022 with at least one new Marvel project every month will continue in 2023 or 2024”.
Of course, that initially sounds like the right decision: if the producers, screenwriters or effects artists have more time, the end results are better. The poor computer effects that many fans have noticed recently in some Marvel projects such as Black Panther: Wakanda Forever or Thor: Love and Thunder are mainly due to the little time Marvel effects studios are given to finish the CGI in the film .
That’s why such projects, similar to the video game industry, always have a crunch. Another reason for the quality fluctuations in the MCU is likely to be Disney CEO Bob Chapek, who has since been replaced. He only took over the division from Bob Iger in 2020, who had previously held power at the Walt Disney Company for years. Iger has returned this year, which probably means another change of strategy at Marvel.
What does the future hold for Marvel?
We already know about Marvel’s plans up to the year 2026: “Ant-Man” is to be continued next spring. “Guardians of the Galaxy 3” will start on May 3rd and “Spiderman: Across the Spider-Verse” a month later. The Captain Marvel sequel, titled The Marvels, is slated to hit theaters on July 26th.
There are already some projects for 2024: There is supposed to be a new film with Captain America, “Blade” is to be continued despite production difficulties, and “Deadpool 3” will also be released in cinemas on November 8, 2024. For 2025 and 2026 we can expect a new Avengers series and the “Fantastic 4” are returning.
Whether all of these release dates will be met is, as I said, still in the stars. We’re likely to see some shifts in the future, which shouldn’t surprise anyone with launch dates four or five years in the future. What do you think of the rumors about Marvel: Do the films and series benefit from more time or can’t you get enough of all the superheroes? Feel free to write that in the comments!