The Marvel Cinematic Universe is about to enter Phase 4, which starts with Spider-Man: Far From Home. The next film in the MCU will be Avengers: Endgame, which will follow up on the events of Infinity War. After that, the MCU will start to lose some of its core heroes. Luckily, there are some things that can be done to save the MCU before it’s too late.
The MCU’s Phase Four films are not going to introduce any major new characters or world-changing events, which would be a great way to draw audiences back into the series. While there is a chance that Black Panther: Wakanda Forever will tie into Thanos’ Snap, the other upcoming installments of the MCU aren’t even slated to take place in the Snap and Blip period. Those are the two movies that could make or break the MCU.
While Phase 4 of the MCU hasn’t revealed any new major characters or world-changing events, it is wasting its most exciting time period. It doesn’t even acknowledge the possibilities of a Snap-Blip crisis and instead focuses on the story lines that will follow it. This lack of focus on Phase 4 is a sign of an increasingly frustrated audience. But the good news is that despite its flaws, the MCU is still on track to release movies in this era.
This is a great example of how the MCU is wasting its most interesting time period. The MCU timeline has always been tied to real life, and Endgame pushed it five years into the future. The MCU doesn’t have a complete timeline, and it’s letting these events slip by without acknowledging them. In addition to this, Phase 4 has ignored the narrative possibilities of Thanos’ Snap.
The MCU’s Phase 4 projects have not yet suggested any major events or new major characters. In fact, a few upcoming movies in the MCU take place during the time between Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame, while advancing the timeline five years, ignores the thrilling potential of Thanos’ Snap by not taking the time to address it. There are no upcoming films set in this time period.
While Phase 4 projects have not yet suggested any major events or new major characters, they have at least hinted at the consequences of Thanos’ Snap. WandaVision’s death revealed that Monica Rambeau was not present when her mother died. In Falcon and the Winter Soldier, the Flag-Smashers’ plan to restore society was mentioned. It seems that there’s been no attempt to address the fallout from Avengers: Infinity War.