Disney’s Bob Iger recently emphasized the importance of prioritizing quality over quantity in a statement. The decline in the quality of recent MCU projects and Disney films is attributed to the rapid release of content, not superhero fatigue. In 2023, Disney might end the year without a billion-dollar movie for the first time since 2014 (excluding pandemic years).
Marvel Studios faced a setback with ‘The Marvels,’ the most recent MCU release, marking the first MCU film to fall below the $100 million mark domestically. Despite being one of the Studio’s most expensive superhero movies, it underperformed. The decline in quality extends to Disney+ shows, with the exception of ‘Loki’ Season 2, hailed as a masterpiece.
With over 20 projects on the release schedule, some in post-production and others affected by the SAG-AFTRA strike, the MCU is reassessing its strategy. Rumors suggest that in 2024, the Studio might release only ‘Deadpool 3,’ considering its significance in the Multiversal Saga and as a means to restore faith and excitement in the franchise.
According to reliable source Daniel Richtman, Marvel Studios is exploring potential Disney+ series featuring different characters. The lineup may include The Punisher, Ghost Rider, Alpha Flight, Runaways, Jessica Jones, and select members of the X-Men.
It appears contradictory to Iger’s stance, and if the rumors hold true, the MCU might incorporate more characters, risking neglect, mistreatment, or apathy from fans. The franchise seems increasingly crowded, but there’s potential if some of these projects become Marvel Spotlight series—Disney+ shows accessible without prior MCU knowledge. Fans have voiced concerns about the overwhelming amount of homework needed to follow everything.
The first Marvel Spotlight series, ‘Echo,’ initially faced skepticism but has generated optimism with its recent trailer release, offering a breath of fresh air.
Concerning the rumored series for specific characters, the MCU is gearing up for the introduction of the X-Men, while Jessica Jones had a significant presence in the Defenders Saga, receiving mixed reviews. The Disney+ policy appears contradictory lately, but the outcome remains to be seen.
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