I think I'm done with the MCU except for Guardians 3 after this. The movies just don't work for me anymore. Spiderman was the only thing in phase 4 that I cared for and most of phase 3 was average with 3 really good movies and a huge dud. The rest of phase 5 doesn't excite either. I can't get worked up for Captain Marvel 2 later in the year, assuming it doesn't get pushed back for the 5th time. They're just not giving me the feelings that the movies in phase 1 and 2 did. So I'm thinking that it's best for me to move on and just cherry pick the film here or there.
So, I was listening to a podcast today that talked about how bad this phase was… and are we looking back with rosey glasses at the past.
Phase 1 was Iron Man. A classic. But then Incredible Hulk. Really meh. Iron Man 2… big letdown. Thor… decent at best. Captain America, solid. Ends with whatever thought was a massive bang at the time with the Avengers, but hasn’t aged quite as well.
So, Phase 1 had one certifiable classic. One movie beloved at the time and still really good. The rest pretty mixed. 2 great, 1 okay, 3 really mixed.
Phase 2 was Iron Man 3 (incredibly divisive). Thor 2 (awful). Winter Soldier (awesome). Guardians (awesome). Age Of Ultron (meh). Ant-Man (solid).
So Phase 2 had 2 classics, 1 rock solid, 3 really mixed.
Phase 3 had Civil War (awesome), Doctor Strange (meh), Guardians 2 (good), Spider-Man Homecoming (good to great), Ragnarok (good to great), Black Panther (awesome), Infinity War (awesome), AntMan 2 (solid fun), Captain Marvel (bad), Endgame (classic), Spider-Man 2 (really good)
These were the glory years… 11 movies in 4 years with 4 bonafide classics, 4 more that are floor level good and lots of people rate great, 2 okay and 1 bad.
Then Phase 4… Eh… they definitely diluted the brand here with all the mediocre TV shows. Wandavision and Loki were good to great. The rest were pretty disposable. Movies… Black Widow… meh. Shang Chi was good. I loved Wakanda Forever and Spidey 3 is an all-timer. Eternals was awful. Thor was mixed at best. Strange was fine. Which leaves Guardians. So, that’s 7 movies, where I thought 2 were great, 1 was good, the rest were mixed.
This phase was also just missing comic star power. MASSIVE Characters died on and off screen. And this next phase will suffer from lack of Star power too. I don’t see Marvel truly returning to anything close to its heyday (if at all) until the Fantastic 4 and the X-Men are brought back into the fold.
But the first two phases were bumpy rides and yet Marvel kept chugging along until it hit its 3rd phase prime. We just went through a new beginning phase and another that looks kinda bumpy.
But phase 6 has a Deadpool/Wolverine movie that everyone is salivating for, Fantastic 4 and big team up movies with a couple yet to be announced.
All of which is to say… This entire post is pretty pointless.