Marvel Movies 2023: A New Direction for the MCU
Marvel Studios to Shift Focus to ‘Stronger Franchises’
Marvel Studios and Disney are making some major changes to their output, with future Marvel Cinematic Universe projects focusing on the biggest heroes.
Disney CEO Bob Iger recently announced that the MCU will be shifting its focus to “some of its stronger franchises going forward.”
This means that we can expect to see more Movies and shows centered around popular characters like Spider-Man, X-Men, Black Panther, and the Guardians of the Galaxy.
MCU Slowdown Confirmed: Disney Reveals Plans To Reduce Movies & New Franchise Focus
Disney is going to slow down the Marvel Cinematic Universe, with changes to the franchise’s focus revealed.
During the MCU’s Infinity Saga, the shared universe was at the height of its popularity, with most of the best MCU Movies coming from that period.
However, the MCU has been receiving criticism recently, and things will now change to address that.
Disney CEO Bob Iger has said that the company’s focus has shifted toward sequels and franchises, with Marvel Studios being told to reduce its output.
This means that we can expect to see fewer Marvel Movies and shows in the future, but they will be of higher quality.
The MCU’s Release Schedule Changes Can Help The Franchise
The MCU’s Phase 4 was by far its most criticized, and Phase 5 so far has not been the return to form that Marvel was hoping for.
However, the MCU has several projects that could take the franchise back to the days when every new movie was expected to reach or get close to the $1 billion mark.
Disney CEO Bob Iger was right in his remark that the creation of Disney+ led to Marvel losing focus.
The MCU’s Infinity Saga consisted solely of Movies, with 23 films over 11 years.
For comparison, after the creation of Disney+, the MCU’s Phase 4 was made up of 18 projects over a two-year span, almost matching the Infinity Saga’s entire output.
With Marvel releasing so many Movies, series, animated projects, and special presentations in such a short time, the MCU’s quality became increasingly uneven.
The huge number of projects also put a longer time between new releases in beloved MCU franchises, with the next Avengers movie releasing seven years after Avengers: Endgame.
Iger’s promise for the MCU’s new release schedule comes at the perfect time for the franchise.
Marvel slowing its roll can help the studio give projects a longer development process, working out issues before projects enter production.
With a focus on franchises and sequels, the MCU, which has introduced several new characters in the last few years to varying results, can bring heroes like Spider-Man, Daredevil, Thor, and more to the forefront.
With the Avengers, the Fantastic Four, and the X-Men coming into play soon, the MCU’s new release plans can lead to a great future for the franchise.
Upcoming Marvel Movies and Shows
Here is a list of upcoming Marvel Movies and shows that have been announced:
- Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania (February 17, 2023)
- Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 (May 5, 2023)
- The Marvels (July 28, 2023)
- Captain America: New World Order (May 3, 2024)
- Thunderbolts (July 26, 2024)
- Fantastic Four (November 8, 2024)
- Avengers: The Kang Dynasty (May 2, 2025)
- Avengers: Secret Wars (November 7, 2025)
These are just some of the upcoming Marvel Movies and shows that we can look forward to in the next few years.
With the MCU’s new focus on stronger franchises, we can expect to see more high-quality Marvel content in the future.