Marvel looks ahead to a new phase
The pandemic handled the release calendar, however Marvel Studios goes back to theaters with its pop-culture qualifications securely undamaged, having actually released a trio of buzzworthy series including other Avengers-connected characters — “WandaVision,” “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier” and presently “Loki” — for Disney+, its moms and dad business’s streaming service.
Still, unverified characters constantly present a bit more of a danger, and the 2 movies due in the next 4 months will be followed by a stable stream of follows up: In order of the business’s release strategies, Spider-Man in December 2021; Physician Strange, Thor, Black Panther, and Captain Marvel in 2022; and Ant-Man and the Wasp and Guardians of the Galaxy in 2023.
In the eyes of lots of Marvel fans (including this one), possibly the best chance provided to Marvel moving forward depends upon taking something old and making it brand-new once again — or rather, getting it right after frustrating adjustments.
Disney acquired Fox’s entertainment assets two years ago, and has already announced a Fantastic Four revival, a title with a very long reach that, along with X-Men, seemingly creates a host of possibilities to excite longtime Marvel fans.
As one of the original film Avengers, saying goodbye to Black Widow and its star Scarlett Johansson (actually introduced as the character in “Iron Man 2” more than a decade back) does indeed seem like closing a chapter of Marvel’s world-shattering run over the last 13 years.
With much of the original team having moved on, it’s a somewhat different Marvel now, and a long way back to when the company gradually assembled the pieces of “Avengers,” an audacious gamble at the time.
As the climactic battle in “Endgame” made clear, the cast has actually grown considerably since Marvel’s cinematic beginnings. For that reason and others, the business still looks plenty effective as it marches into this next stage.
Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.