After months and months of the usual Mafia-level secrecy, Disney and Marvel Studios unveiled what Phase 4 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe looks like at this relatively early stage: the projects that will become the next slate of films in a shared universe that’s made $22 billion worldwide over the last eleven years.
And it wasn’t terribly overwhelming. True, the response in Hall H was predictably manic, but at this point Kevin Feige could probably reveal a Rocket Raccoon movie starring an actual raccoon and people would go insane.
The fact is, the vast majority of the projects revealed to us had already been revealed or leaked over the preceding months anyway. The only surprises were the subtitles of some of the films, the casting of Shang-Chi and a few of the Eternals, the revelation of Natalie Portman’s role in the next Thor film, and the last minute, post-credits-style stinger of Mahershala Ali’s casting in a Phase 5 Blade reboot.
It’s not just the predictability of Feige’s presentation, though. There are some issues raised by what we know so far about Marvel’s Phase 4 offering. But it’s not too late to fix them… oh, and spoilers for any and all of the Marvel movies released so far may appear in this article like wild Pokemon. Gotta catch ‘em all.
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