From must-see to someday, maybe
The steady post-endgame decline in phases 4 and 5 is really reinforcing for me just how remarkable Marvel's run from Iron Man to Endgame truly was.
This entire MCU franchise feels like the Dukes of Hazzard when both actors left and they got "cousin" replacements that vaguely resembled the Duke boys to just keep churning out plots in a kind of Mad Libs format. It's honestly too bad they won't allow writers to do something interesting with these characters instead of, what sounds like, holding them to a formulaic model. I say pitch your Watchman idea....THAT I'd watch (hell, I wouldn't be able to look away if I tried! Sorry Eric's Mom...) :)
First: what is Redbox and is it available outside of the United States?
Second: This was completely inevitable. You can't keep making this stuff and expect that it will always be high quality material. Not when it keeps being made by filmmakers with guns to their heads held by people whose top concern is making $$$$$ for themselves and their idiot shareholders.
One of the best episodes of "The Powerpuff Girls" involves the title characters being repeatedly cloned via the chemical that made them what they are without their permission so that the one that done the deed can make money off the clones. They end up beating the villain (of course), but it almost costs them their lives when he drains the chemical from their bodies.
Craig McCracken and his production team knew for a fact that you have to proceed with caution when you build and maintain a superhero universe, because it won't live and thrive unless both the producers AND the audience believe it can work. Whereas Disney and Marvel clearly have forsaken the audience and put a hole in the boat of their own making...
I know I'm late to the party on this one, and also Loki isn't a Marvel film but a TV show, but...
I'm really enjoying season 2. Episode 4 has THE best cliffhanger I've seen in a long time. So, maybe the end IS in sight for the downward spiral?
I can always hope.
For me, the best thing to come out in the MCU lately was the Loki TV series. His story arc, from the first Thor movie to the TV series is fascinating. I also really liked WandaVision. Given, I’m 69 and remember the style of TV shows they referenced each week.
I have zero plans to watch Ant Man 3. Thanks for verifying what I already suspected.
I liked the scene with the army of ants in Ant-Man 3, but the rest of it... yeah. Okay, not great. I didn't want to agree with you because I'm a superhero movie nerd to my core (I even watched Supergirl, the movie) but after She-Hulk and then especially after Secret Invasion....yeah. Breaks my heart, it really does.
I'd say that, like all empires, the MCU has overextended itself and now struggling to hold all its component parts under control. The Streaming Expansion in particular seems to have led to audience fatigue. Though at the same time, I think the post-Endgame years have been more experimental. I mean, I kinda love both MOM and Eternals, both of which were quite controversial and polarizing yet way more interesting than the traditional Marvel movie.
A very fair summary of where Marvel find themselves. They should have stopped after Endgame as the name suggested
Guardians 3 got a lot of praise but it was just OK and the new TV show, Secret Invasion was so awful even Samuel Jackson couldn’t save it
You nailed the Medium Day Fanfare panel - great job! I was thrilled to see you and Simon on the screen.
Marvel's fall from grace is more of a plummet to mediocrity. Barbenheimer is breaking box office records because both movies offer something fresh and compelling, two traits Marvel hasn't been associated with in a while.
I hold a different view regarding Blade. Wesley Snipes' remarkable performance as the half-undead sword wielder paved the way for the MCU we know today. Mahershala Ali is perfect to resurrect the Black superhero and potentially revive the Marvel brand. The likelihood of either happening is slim unless Kevin Feige can get the script right.
Just so sad...