Going experimental with its 4th phase, Marvel has tried out many options, including the mini-series format, an animated series, and the expansion of the multiverse. The studio has received mixed reception for many of its projects including Thor: Love and Thunder and Loki Season 1.
It has also diversified its cast, a gripe many fans had for the MCU. They introduced Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings and Ms. Marvel, enhancing their Asian roster. They also renewed Black Panther for a sequel, to honor the late Chadwick Boseman.
Fans did not like Thor: Love and Thunder!
Despite getting average reviews and a great haul at the box office, many fans regarded Thor: Love and Thunder as a failure. It introduced Christian Bale’s Gorr into the universe but it seems like the actor wasn’t enough to carry the film, despite the presence of Natalie Portman and Chris Hemsworth.
Amongst all the criticisms, misplaced humor and underutilization of actors were rather common. The movie’s director Taika Waititi however confirmed that he had creative control over the film, similar to Sam Raimi in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness which too polarized fans.
Marvel’s latest venture into the Hulk family She-Hulk: Attorney at Law, has also been criticized for its unnecessary humor and an unsympathetic protagonist. Despite the director stating that she had a lot of creative freedom, the result seems rather disappointing.
Mark Ruffalo defends the films
Starring in Jessica Gao’s She-Hulk: Attorney at Law and Taika Waititi’s Thor: Ragnarok, Mark Ruffalo has some understanding of how both the creators function. He defended the choices made by stating that creators have more control now, while speaking to IGN, the actor expanded on the same:
“..the one thing about marvel is they pretty much let the filmmakers make the film they want to make I mean sometimes it doesn’t work out… and I do feel like she-hulk sort of does say ‘hey we’re open enough and free enough and we’re interested enough to really go anywhere…'”
Furthermore, the actor commented on the third installment of Deadpool, as Real Steel director Shawn Levy has been hired as the director. He’s confident that along with the creative control, Ryan Reynolds and the director have what it takes to satisfy the Deadpool fans.