March 5, 2024

In a move signalling a significant restructuring of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), Disney CEO Bob Iger it was confirmed on February 8, 2024, that Marvel Studios would reduce its output in the coming years. This decision comes in the wake of numerous post-Phase 3 MCU releases failing to meet critical and commercial expectations, prompting Marvel to reevaluate its strategy.

The MCU, boasting 33 movies and 9 shows as of early 2024, has seen a rapid increase in its yearly output since Phase 4, with 18 projects released and 15 announced for Phase 5. However, the studio’s ambitious expansion into long-form content, such as the Disney+ series and self-contained collections, has yet to yield the desired results.

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Iger’s announcement indicates a shift towards prioritizing established franchises within the MCU. This move suggests a departure from focusing on new characters and spinoffs, with sequels and crossovers taking precedence in future development. The decision aims to strengthen the MCU’s reception by leaning on familiar properties that have proven commercial success.

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Among Disney’s stronger franchises within the MCU are the Avengers, Spider-Man, and the X-Men, each boasting high box office returns and significant fan followings. While immediate plans for new Spider-Man and X-Men movies may be limited by existing agreements with Sony and the need for proper introductions, franchises like the Fantastic Four hold potential for future expansion.

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Factors influencing Disney’s assessment of franchise strength include box office performance, return on investment, and fan popularity. The Guardians of the Galaxy serves as a prime example of a once lesser-known property that soared in popularity following its cinematic debut, highlighting the potential for newer characters like Shang-Chi and Moon Knight to become franchise anchors.

However, Marvel Studios’ increased output since Phase 4 has also led to heightened innovation and risk-taking, evident in projects like WandaVision and Loki. Yet, under the new release plan, such high-risk ventures may take a backseat in favour of established properties like Thor, Doctor Strange, and Avengers.

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Projects currently in advanced stages of development, such as Blade, Ironheart, and Wonder Man, are unlikely to be cancelled. However, those at the highest risk of cancellation include unannounced projects and those initiated during Phases 4 and 5, such as Eternals 2 and Young Avengers.

Interestingly, Marvel’s Marvel Spotlight label, known for standalone projects with minimal franchise connections, may find renewed viability in the new release plan. These projects offer audiences clear narratives and flexible scheduling, serving as independent breathers between franchise instalments.

The full impact of Marvel Studios’ restructuring is expected to unfold in Phase 7, following the multiversal events of Avengers: Secret Wars. This anticipated soft reboot could streamline continuity, allowing for massive crossovers and the inclusion of all major players in the MCU’s next saga.

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In this revised landscape, Disney could greenlight riskier projects featuring lesser-known characters, benefiting from the strengthened foundation established by established franchises. With every character in Marvel’s arsenal at their disposal, the MCU’s future promises unprecedented storytelling potential and massive crossover events on a scale surpassing Avengers: Endgame.

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