Fans have had an extra-long wait for Phase 4 of the MCU to finally kick-off. Following the game-changing events of Avengers: Endgame, this next chapter of the MCU promises to shake things up quite a bit with all the exciting projects already announced. However, it’s hard not to already be thinking about what comes next.
With a mixture of old and new heroes, the path of Phase 4 is still unclear. That means it will be up to Phase 5 to really define where the MCU is heading in the future and how it will continue to grow. That is a lot of pressure to put on Phase 5 and there are a few things they should keep in mind about what to do and what not to do.
10 Improve: Establish A Universe Storyline
The Infinity Saga was the kind of storytelling all other cinematic universes have been trying to pull off. Starting in Phase 1, the threat of Thanos and the power of the Infinity Stones were introduced and it provided an exciting storyline that connected all the films and led to a giant climax.
While it seems like Phase 4 might just be attempting to get their footing with this new chapter, Phase 5 will have to establish where the cinematic universe is heading. What is the new threat and when will the Avengers assemble again?
9 Avoid: Sticking Too Close To The Formula
One of the main criticisms of the MCU is that, despite the different heroes from different backgrounds, the films tend to feel quite familiar. There is clearly a formula established with these films and most superhero movies.
The formula has clearly worked out well for them thus far, but by the time they get into Phase 5, even the die-hard fans might be looking for something new. The MCU will need to learn to loosen their structure and take more risks with their storytelling.
8 Improve: Diverse Talent
Phase 4 is making it clear that the MCU is committed to include more diverse talent in their films, both in front of the camera and behind, and that can only be seen as a good thing. With a more varied group of voices involved, there will likely be much more interesting work being developed.
Phase 5 should continue to make these strides, especially with the X-Men likely to be introduced. With so many characters in that part of the Marvel universe, there are so many diverse stories that can be told within the context of a big superhero blockbuster.
7 Avoid: Ignoring The Shows
Phase 4 will be introducing an exciting new aspect to the MCU with a variety of shows premiering on Disney+. These will include series that will explore supporting characters, like Falcon and the Winter Soldier and WandaVision, as well as introduce exciting new heroes, like Moon Knight and She-Hulk.
It has been said that these shows will tie directly into the movies, however, we’ve heard that promise before with the Netflix shows. While the show format might make it hard for fans to keep up with everything, the MCU cannot cut these shows out of the loop now.
6 Improve: Embrace The New Characters
Avengers: Endgame did a great job of saying goodbye to some of the heroes who helped kick off the MCU. However, it did a lesser job of helping to establish the heroes who would step up to take their place.
Heroes like Doctor Strange and Captain Marvel have their fans, but the MCU needs to start putting them front and center. Likewise, with interesting heroes like Moon Knight set to be introduced, the universe should start establishing them as the new faces of the MCU.
5 Avoid: Don’t Just Recreate The Original Six
The original six Avengers will be missed, but that does not mean they should be brought back anytime soon. Captain America should stay retired and Iron Man should stay dead. And that also means they should not just be recreated with new characters.
Phase 4 already looks to have replacements for Captain America, Black Widow, Hulk, Thor and Hawkeye set up. While some of these characters could be fun, it would be a mistake to think they can just throw in similar characters to recreate the popularity of the original heroes.
4 Improve: Bring In Fan-Favorites
The void left by Captain America and Iron Man will be tough to get over. While Phase 4 looks to be dealing with that loss with a mix of new and old heroes, Phase 5 should start looking at some of the big names that could draw fans in.
Daredevil will be available to work with once again and they would be silly not to find a way to fit him into the universe. Likewise, the return of the Fantastic Four and X-Men should be major focuses for Phase 5.
3 Avoid: Getting Overcrowded
The introduction of the X-Men is very exciting but it does present some huge challenges for the MCU. Introducing the entire mutant community into the universe will make the already crowded MCU even bigger.
Having so many characters and storylines to keep track of will be very difficult. They will have to be careful about how many new characters are being introduced while also starting to think about getting rid of some characters.
2 Improve: Smaller Teams
It is notable to point out that there is no Avengers film scheduled for Phase 4. While many fans expect the heroes will assemble again in Phase 5, there might be a wiser path to take.
Fans certainly love the team-up movies, but they don’t necessarily need to be on the scale that we saw previously. The MCU could do a Marvel Knights team-up or a Young Avengers film. This will avoid having to bring all those established characters together and allow for smaller stories.
1 Avoid: Trying To Top Endgame
The moment all the Avengers charge into battle together at the end of Endgame, it felt like the culmination of the entire cinematic universe to that point. It really doesn’t feel like the MCU can recreate a moment like that again. And that’s okay.
There are still plenty of interesting stories to tell, characters to play with, and worlds to explore. The MCU would be better off going forward with the understanding that Endgame is behind them and it can’t be topped in terms of superhero battles.
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