Marvel has moved to a new approach, with phases 5 and 6 only lasting two years each. Why are the new phases of the MCU so short compared to before?
That MCUThe phases of are now shorter than ever, with phase 4 ending this year and phase 5 only lasting two years. Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige had always promised that the company would only go to San Diego Comic-Con if they felt they could deliver. That was certainly the case, as Marvel officially announced the end of Phase 4 at SDCC 2022, revealing the plans for the MCU’s Phase 5 and part of Phase 6.
According to Feige, phases 4 through 6 are collectively known as “The Multiverse Saga.” Jonathan Majors’ Kang the Conqueror takes center stage in this story after its introduction to Lokiand he will come back Ant-Man & the Wasp: Quantumania. Kang will only become more important from now on – avenger 5 officially bears the title The Kang Dynasty. As exciting as the announcements are, many viewers were a bit surprised to realize that both phases 5 and 6 will only last two years. That’s quite remarkable compared to previous phases: Phase 1, for example, ran from 2008 to 2012. Marvel seems to be moving towards a two-year pattern.
In truth, this approach probably makes sense. The MCU is now a transmedia franchise, with a number of Disney+ TV shows that complement the films – and unlike previous Marvel TV shows, they connect and influence the narratives in the Tentpole films. That means more MCU content is coming out than ever before, and phase 4 is already longer in viewing times than phases 1-3 overall. The Infinity Saga was 11 years long while The Multiverse Saga will only last 5 years.
Short, two-year phases are better for the MCU
The Marvel Cinematic Universe is growing at an incredible rate, and coordinating it is a challenge for the studio – understandably given the task at hand. Unfortunately, this has left Phase 4 with a disjointed feel, with some viewers struggling to identify the overarching narrative direction. While the MCU has clearly built a multiversal Secret Wars Eventually, it’s difficult to see how some of the movies and TV shows fit into this arc, making the overall story feel more confusing than before.
Hopefully, shorter stages will allow Marvel to counteract this issue by taking the narrative of the entire stage into account and ensuring it’s more carefully balanced. That could explain the absence arms wars on the updated panels – it may not have fit into the overall arc, or it may have been folded into something else due to a resemblance to another Disney+ TV show. To address some of the criticisms of Phase 4, Marvel needs to take a much more considered and connected approach when it comes to navigating Phases 5 and 6. Certainly, there are already hints of this longer-term strategy New world order now serves as the title of both the first episode of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier and the title of Captain America 4. It’ll be interesting to see how Marvel improves on their approach to this MCU how “The Multiverse Saga‘ continues in phases 5 and 6.
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