It is evident that Marvel Studios has been affected by the reception of MCU’s Phase 4. The post-Endgame era was quite a mixed bag of several projects that either missed the mark or were too easy to forget. The studio’s solution to this is a makeover for Phases 5 and 6.
While fans loved Spider-Man: No Way Home and Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, many films were buried under the piles of numerous projects within Phase 4. Eternals and Thor: Love and Thunder were poorly received, and no one remembers what came next after these.
MCU Phase 4’s Unsatisfactory Performance Blamed On Poor Quality
Fans speculate that the culprit behind Marvel Studios and Disney’s decline in appeal is their concentration on quantity over quality. How many movies and series have been released over the past two years? Viewers found it challenging to catch up, lots of new character introductions, and new episodes to watch every week… it gets overwhelming.
Perhaps Disney’s strategy was to maximize its streaming platform, Disney+, since it follows a watch-on-demand program. These shows coming up almost every quarter greatly affected quality. Now that former Disney CEO Bob Chapek has cleared the room, and Bob Iger installed in position again, Marvel Studios is looking to make some significant changes.
In a report from The Cosmic Circus, Marvel has been aware of the cold reception fans gave to Phase 4. Both concerned studios will now re-evaluate their future project releases as a “preventive measure to assure quality control”. This time, they will look into quality over quantity.
The newly introduced format Special Presentation has also been reportedly gaining traction amongst audiences who prefer one-off series that does not take too much time yet proved to be top-quality. Despite the changes that Marvel is planning to lay out, Phase 5 will more likely bring a similar number of projects lest any cancellation of shows occurs.
What’s Next For MCU’s Phases 5 And 6?
Nothing is certain yet, but the only series established to release in the near future are Daredevil: Born Again and Agatha: Coven of Chaos. Other projects known in progress include Wonder Man and Vision Quest. Given Marvel’s rich treasure trove of stories and characters, it would be difficult to determine if the studio will be able to present everything in time before Avengers: Secret Wars arrives in theaters.
But, so far, Marvel taking a step back and reassessing its moves is an indication that they value audiences’ satisfaction and the quality of its programs. Fans can only hope that Phases 5 and 6 will be much better than Phase 4.
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Source: The Cosmic Circus