10 Ways The MCU Isn't For You Anymore

We've all had enough.

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For the Marvel Cinematic Universe to have become as successful as it is, the series couldn't just churn out consistent movies. Audiences will grow tired of any series if it becomes formulaic, even if it maintains a high standard.

To avoid suffering from superhero fatigue, Marvel CEO, Kevin Feige, has done all he can to keep his projects fresh.

During Phase Four, major changes were made to the franchise's status quo. Storylines from the Disney+ shows have been integrated into the MCU films. Characters like The Mandarin have been retconned. In the last few months, Marvel Studios has officially begun incorporating heroes from 20th Century Fox like the X-Men.

Although this major shift is welcome by many, there are some that find such changes highly problematic.

With nearly 30 entries in the saga, it's starting to become difficult to remember who everyone is. Sometimes, you feel like you're watching an MCU feature for the sake of continuity, rather than because you actually want to.

If you still enjoy Marvel, that's great! But if you feel like the movies don't give you the same thrill as before, the MCU may not be for you anymore.

10. You Need To Watch EVERYTHING

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Recently, watching films in the MCU is starting to feel like a chore.

Even though Captain Marvel received less than glowing reviews, people flocked to the cinema to see it. But Marvel fans weren't watching Captain Marvel because they wanted to. Because the film came out one month before Avengers: Endgame, moviegoers felt like they would miss out on the overarching story if they didn't check it out.

This has become such an issue, even the Marvel actors find the franchise confusing.

Michael Douglas couldn't follow the script for Ant-Man and the Wasp upon his first reading because he didn't know the titular hero appeared in Captain America: Civil War. As a result, the Oscar-winning actor had to watch the Captain America sequel to understand what had happened in between both Ant-Man films.

This problem is snowballing since the Disney+ shows and the films are intersecting more and more. If you don't have Disney's streaming service or haven't watched WandaVision, you are going to have SERIOUS problems following Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, for example, since the stories are fundamentally interwoven.

Because of this, you can't help feeling like you are sometimes watching a MCU feature out of obligation, rather than enjoyment.

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James Egan has written 80 books including 1000 Facts about Superheroes Vol. 1-3 1000 Facts about Supervillains Vol. 1-3 1000 Facts about The Greatest Films Ever Made Vol. 1-3 1000 Facts about Video Games Vol. 1-3 1000 Facts about TV Shows Vol. 1-3 Twitter - @jameswzegan85