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The Downfall of the MCU

The Reality

By Alexandrea CallaghanPublished 4 months ago 3 min read

There has been lots of comments since the MCU released Endgame about Marvel no longer producing anything of quality. Phrases like “superhero fatigue” “go woke, go broke” and “quantity over quality” get thrown around a lot and they are all wrong. Those phrases have actually no actual validity to them whatsoever. The MCU is the same as it's always been, very little has changed.

1) There is no such thing as superhero fatigue

Are superhero movies actually oversaturating the market? Statistically the answer is a huge, resounding no. Superhero movies have never exceeded 1% of the overall movie releases in literally any given year. The other main argument that seems to feed into this one is that too many of these films require viewing 10 other movies and tv shows in order to understand what is happening. This is also complete bullshit. Of the movies that have been released since Endgame (arguably the only film that required full viewing of the franchise) if you’ve seen the previous 2-3 movies of a specific individual part of the franchise then you are fine. For the most part these films are very good at catching the audience up so that anyone can enter the franchise at any time. So this argument is also invalid.

2) Quantity over Quality is also not a thing

We reiterate in this section that there are really not that many projects being released. Things are not being rushed. What the general public seems to wildly misunderstand is that this current phase and phase 5 were being developed BEFORE Endgame was even released. And then we had COVID where everyone had all the time in the world to write, develop and foster ideas. Not to mention the fact that every phase has had bad movies. It’s not any different than phases 1-3. Let’s not forget that ⅔ of the Iron Man trilogy is trash. Argument invalid.

3) Go Woke, Go Broke has been proven wrong over and over again.

First of all this has never been true in any form of media ever. Manga is quite often women led and its industry could devour the American comics industry. When Jane Foster became Thor in the comics the book was #1 for 16 weeks despite the angry fanboy baby letters to Marvel. From the top 10 highest grossing movies of the year 4 of them could be considered “woke”, Titanic is most definitely a chick flick and the highest grossing movie this year (and 14th highest of all time) is a movie by women and for women. So, the argument invalid.

The reality here is that there is nothing wrong with the MCU, the quality is the same as it always was. The problem is the fans. MCU fans on the internet are now the equivalent of the Star Wars fandom. There are of course things to criticize in individual movies, but as a whole the MCU is great and anyone saying otherwise just likes to hate things. In fact most of the people saying these things never watched superhero movies to begin with. Despite the fact that superhero movies are some of the best movies of all time, and definitely of the year. Into and Across the Spiderverse are unmatched. Guardians of the Galaxy 3 is so much more than a superhero movie (same could be said for that whole trilogy really). WandaVision is one of the best limited series ever written and it has nothing to do with the fact that it's a superhero show. I am hoping that the hatred for the MCU is nothing more than a loud minority because Stan Lee would absolutely HATE some of you and your opinions. Superhero stories should bever be reduced to lesser media just because there's characters in tights.


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Alexandrea Callaghan

Certified nerd, super geek and very proud fangirl.

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  • Joe O’Connorabout a month ago

    I do think there’s something to be said for the amount of content in the MCU, with the addition of TV shows. Perhaps it’s not so much fatigue but just a struggle to watch all of it, and figure out what is essential to the main timeline of The Avengers and what is a fun but not necessary watch? Absolutely agree that some of the latest entries have been superb- GoTG3 and WandaVision for sure, and I would add Loki in there as top-tier storytelling. The Spider-Verse movies are Sony though aren’t they? “ but as a whole the MCU is great and anyone saying otherwise just likes to hate things.” I mean, I think the MCU will be fine in the long run, but surely you’re allowed to watch and critique some of the recent entries like Quantum-mania, She-Hulk, Cap and The Winter Soldier, and give your opinion without being blanked for that? This was a thought-provoking read Alexandrea!

  • Taylor Bitz4 months ago

    Amen to all of these!! I will forever be a Marvel fan (at least until they kill off Bucky Barnes lol)!! Really looking forward to the future projects that Marvel's got in store.

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