Kevin Feige, the head of Marvel Studios, has finally acknowledged that MCU Phase 4 is indeed a shambles, confirming previous complaints of the series. Following the release of the MCU’s Infinity Saga, Marvel attended San Diego Comic-Con the first time until 2019 this month.
Feige led the studio’s Hall H presentation as per usual, introducing a bevvy of initiatives that extend all the way to the MCU’s Phase 6 films and television series, with back-to-back Avengers movies coming out in 2025. The Infinity Saga’s storytelling structure is used here, but the projects are being released more quickly.
The San Diego Comic-Con 2022 MCU presentation is looking ahead. Feige moved deeper in the future with the introduction of Avengers: The Kang Dynasty and Avengers: Secret Wars to set out their overarching Multiverse Saga ambitions, which makes sense given that Phase 4 closes with Black Panther: Wakanda Forever this autumn. It was unexpected that the producer would discuss Phase 6 so soon, given that Marvel Studios is notorious for keeping long-term intentions a secret for as as long as possible.
When questioned about the decision, Kevin Feige noted that Marvel revealed its Phase 6 ambitions so early on to give fans a “guide point,” or the notion that everything they have done up to this point is heading to something.
They are conscious of how badly Phase 4 has performed in terms of advancing their interwoven storyline since he felt forced to make these disclosures years before their debut. For perspective, it should be noted that the most recent iteration of the MCU has drawn criticism for being haphazard and aimless, and such criticisms were not without foundation.
Fears that Marvel Studios is slacking off after the Infinity Saga have been completely allayed by Feige’s announcement of Avengers: The Kang Dynasty & Avengers: Secret Wars. To put things in perspective, Avengers: Infinity War & Avengers: Endgame, which concluded MCU Phase 3, weren’t revealed till the middle of Phase 2, thus these fresh announcements ought to have appeared somewhere in Phase 5.
The Multiverse Saga can solve MCU Phase 4 Issues ?
Marvel Studios is subtly assuring the world that they know what they’re doing by releasing their chronology for the Multiverse Saga of the MCU. It’s no secret that there were worries that the MCU had reached its pinnacle following the Infinity Saga, and it won’t work that it’s hard to detect a distinct narrative through line throughout most Phase 4 films.
Even though Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, Spider-Man: No Way Home, and Loki have a common theme, there wasn’t enough information to predict what Marvel Studios’ next major crossover event would be until Feige’s comments at Comic-Con.
Unfortunately, this doesn’t address all of the difficulties with MCU Phase 4, including tone issues for some of their films and VFX that seems to be growing worse. Only by deliberately addressing such particular criticisms going future can they be remedied.
It’s unclear at this moment if Phase 5 will have the same drawbacks as MCU Phase 4 did. Kevin Feige’s unveiling of the Multiverse Saga at San Diego Comic-Con 2022, however, shows that Marvel Studios is paying attention to their fanbase and responding appropriately.