Black Panther 2, Shang-Chi, Black Widow… did Phase 4 help?

Phase 4 of the Marvel Universe in theaters has concluded with Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. Is it a big failure or a fresh start post-Game over succeeded ?

Black Widow, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, The Eternals, Spider-Man: There’s no way back home, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, Thor: Love and thunder And Black Panther: Wakanda Forever make up the seven films of this Phase 4. They are joined by the eight series VandaVision, Falcon and the Winter Soldier, Loki, What happens if…?, Hawk eye, Knight of the Moon, Miss Marvel, She-Hulk: Lawyer. As a bonus, we also received a short film Werewolf at nighta miniseries My name is Grootand a future Christmas mini-movie Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special which will serve as an epilogue to this Phase 4. It all came out within two years.

This Marvel blockbuster series comes after three phases that have characterized the vast superhero saga since its inception in 2008 with Iron man. Until then, it was the fight against Thanos in an era called The Infinity Saga that occupied our heroes, with Phase 4 now begins The Multiverse Saga. It is very good set VandaVision on Disney+, followed at the cinema by the boring barbouze Black Widowthat opened the door to this new world. For this story between dimensions, Marvel has launched a media plan which takes place both in dark rooms and on the Disney+ streaming platform. More and more Marvel then, but what was the point?

The Gaga Multiverse

After the war against the Mad Titan Thanos, Tony Stark’s death, Captain America’s retirement, a great eleven-year page of superhero slapstick ended. What he had to follow therefore inevitably created expectation, and the Multiverse concept was a great opportunity to play with the codes of a well-coded universe. Reveal to viewers, and heroes, that there are other worlds with different characters, whose choices have led them down other paths, I promise a playful and recreational journey that rewrites the mythology built by Marvel Studios.

However, after Black Widow, VandaVision And Falcon and Land Soldier of boredom, the Multiverse still didn’t show a big toe. It was necessary to wait Loki and Kang’s revelation in its final episode that he hopes for a revival of the franchise from the comics. But when one of the best glimpses into Marvel’s multiple worlds is found What happens if…?is one of the worst series in the MCU, there’s enough to be disappointed. Doctor Strange 2 And Spider-Man: There’s no way back home only presenteda shaky glimpse of what the idea of ​​an infinity of parallel universes can offer. This Phase 4 therefore passes through a (too) long introduction of a concept that should really be exploited Avengers: Secret Wars.

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness: Photo, Patrick StewartToo crazy this Multiverse

space for young people

After a decade with the same cast, contracts are getting expensive for Marvel. just up Game overRobert Downey Jr was paid $20 million (plus a large percentage of the film’s takings), compared to $500,000 for Iron man (and 0.02% of cinema receipts). So it makes sense for the MCU to score a change in his gallery of characters for younger and therefore economically less expensive actors. And it is probably one of the best outcomes of this Phase that, if she has failed to make a transition in her intrigue, she has at least managed to renew his superhero thrombinoscope.

Whether we like it or not Miss Marvel, Hawk eye And Black Widow, the actresses Iman Vellani, Hailee Steinfeld and Florence Pugh certainly represent the greatest forces of this Phase 4 by their talents and the freshness of their games. The apathetic Shang-Chi also brings new folklore to the MCU and the excellent supporting role Katy, played by Awkwafina. Werewolf at night it’s also full of promise for that other world of terror it seems to usher in.

Unfortunately, many of these projects suffer from writing or staging weaknesses – when it is not both – how Knight of the Moon And She-Hulk: Lawyer who proudly sit at the top of the list of “great characters that Marvel has adapted anyway”. The pinnacle of futile toil is reached with debilo-kitsch Thor: Love and thunder who managed to bring Mighty Thor, played by Natalie Portman, into the MCU to reduce it to a ridiculous character sidelined in its finale.

Miss Marvel: photo, Iman VellaniThe breath of fresh air

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This is the great lack of this stage, Kang the Conquerorof which Jonathan Majors embodies one of the variants in the finale of Loki. The anti-hero has to resume his MCU big bad status after Thanos is well warmed up. But, aside from the God of Mischief series, the villain was conspicuous by his absence. Nevertheless, Loki announced an interdimensional apocalypse with Kang from alternate realities that would jeopardize the universe.

There is no way to go home was released six months after Thor’s brother series and featured as its main threat a torn Multiverse that has brought all of Spider-Man’s iconic enemies from his other adaptations. Despite this ideal premise to land Kang, it will stay away from any plot element. In the movie Doctor Strange, it’s the same joke, the villain never appears and not the slightest mention is made of him. Where ? Who is he ? What is his plan? Across seven films, eight series and one short, Marvel says no more than when it was revealed. One wonders why it was introduced to us so early and the interest of linking series and movies.

Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania : Photo Jonathan MajorsA little long this hide and seek

Of this Phase 4, therefore, we do not keep much that brings grist to this Saga of the Multiverse. We will not even count on Black Panther: Wakanda Forever which in no way concludes this fourth chapter of the Marvel universe at the cinema (and on Disney+). No other doors are opened by the film’s conclusion, the only clues we have as to what will happen in the war against Kang. come from Marvel Studios’ schedule announcements.

It will therefore be necessary to trust Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantummaniathe first feature film of Phase 5, to bring the greatest revelations about Kang the Conqueror, who stole the show from Ant-Man in the trailer.

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