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Can Marvel Pull Off The Multiverse Saga as Well as They Did the Infinity Saga

One thing that I had been curious about with the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s latest films was when Marvel was going to step in and market them properly. What do I mean? Well, the last time I explored some of these topics, many different outlets were writing “concern columns” about the MCU and its present course. Critics had been saying that Marvel seemed to be floundering and was absent from any planning after the Infinity Saga had wrapped up. I had long felt those critics were ignoring the obvious, but one could have made a strong case that the reason for that was fairly simple; Marvel had yet to tell people what they were doing, so people were left to their assessments and many of them were frankly lacking. Here’s that column for some afternoon refreshment. 

The long and short of the column is that people felt Phase 4 had yet to lay out any sort of plans for what fans could expect. The reality is that Marvel had been laying the groundwork for everything they revealed during Comic-Con. It’s pretty easy to spot if you’re a long-time fans of the comics, but movie-going fans didn’t have that luxury. Which leads me to the disconnect that I had been wondering about in the first paragraph. Knowing that fans were missing the obvious, why hadn’t Marvel set about correcting these columns? Why wasn’t Marvel actively promoting the dots that fans were clearly connecting? The answer was Comic-Con. They wanted to wait until their return to Comic-Con to announce what was coming. 

I don’t think that the fans who were questioning what the MCU was doing after the Infinity Saga were wrong. I truly don’t. If you’re someone who wasn’t actively engaged in the comics, lore, or history of these characters, you could be forgiven for not knowing where they were going. I think in some respects, Marvel had been relying too much on fans telling other fans what was going on in the films. On the one hand, word of mouth advertising is free and part of what makes these films so wonderful. On the dominant hand, people definitely need to know what they’re signing up for, especially if the cost of admission is as high as it is for modern movies. 

As expected, we’re in the Multiverse Saga now. Marvel had been planting the idea of a Multiverse going back to the end of Phase 3, so it makes total sense that they picked up with the multiverse right away in Phase 4. The ultimate plan is to feature Kang as the “big bad” for Phases 4-6 and then use the latter half of Phase 6 to set up Phases 7-9, which appear to be rooted around Fantastic Four and The Mutants. But that’s down the line and we’re trying to focus on the Multiverse Saga. 

Before I take my victory lap and prognostic further, let’s take a look at the slate announced by Marvel courtesy of SlashFilm.

Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania,” Feb. 17, 2023

Secret Invasion,” Spring 2023

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3,” May 5, 2023

Echo,” Summer 2023

Loki” season 2, Summer 2023

The Marvels,” Summer 2023

Blade,” November 2, 2023

Ironheart,” Fall 2023

Agatha: Coven of Chaos,” Winter 2023/2024

Daredevil: Born Again,” Spring 2024

Captain America: New World Order,” May 3, 2024

Thunderbolts” will end Phase Five on July 26, 2024.

Kevin Feige also noted that Wakanda Forever, slated to release in November of this year, will be the end of Phase 4. So, we’re rapidly approaching the end of Phase 4 and entering into Phase 5. Fans should remember that Phases 2-3 are when things really kicked off in terms of story-telling. Marvel used Phase 1 and the early part of Phase 2 to set the stage for everything that would occur in Phase 3 and that’s exactly what they’ve done with Phase 4, they just lacked a formal plan for telling audiences before the very end of the Phase and that’s something Marvel will need to address going forward. 

As for how all of this will play out, it’s pretty damn clear that Jonathan Majors’ portrayal of Kang the Conqueror will be central to everything and Secret Wars is the end goal. For fans who don’t know about Kang or Secret Wars, I’d hate to ruin the surprise but the TL;DR version of it is that Kang is a time-traveler and knows everything and then some about the Avengers and each member. He’s one of their most formidable foes and one of the few who possesses the outright ability to defeat the Avengers out of the gate most times. It’s very rare that the Avengers are proactive when dealing with Kang, it’s usually reactive and then scrambling to figure out what he’s done. 

 

With Marvel also announcing two new films involving the Avengers, Secret Wars and The Kang Dynasty, both of which were major comic events involving the titular heroes. Marvel is clearly leaning into their biggest strengths while relying on the story-telling prowess of some truly magnificent villains in Kang and potentially The Beyonder. We also know that Marvel is exploring movies involving the Celestials and the bigger gods of the Cosmic aspects of Marvel’s comics. This is something I’ve wanted to see since I was a child and cannot wait to see it explored in magnificent detail. 

I promise there will be several more columns in the coming days. I had planned to write more for you guys today, but a pet emergency really cut into things I wanted to cover. But all in all, I really felt that this particular aspect of Marvel’s appearance at Comic-Con needed to be covered. Fans had been guessing at what was coming for far too long and it’s nothing short of positive that they have official confirmation of a Multiversal journey coming their way in this Saga. There’s much to talk about and much to cover, but for now this is where we will wrap things up. Keep it locked right here on BSO for much more on Marvel, the MCU, and upcoming projects involving the comic company. 

Kane Webb covers video games, comics, and film/tv for BSO and The Marvel Report. He also covers the USC Trojans for Athlon Sports. He is an entertainment journalist and you can follow him for more on Twitter: @FightOnTwist.

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