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Got a bit of spare time today, so I wanted to talk MCU stuff. I know this post is a little overdue, but Marvel revealed their plans for the MCU going forward into the far-flung future. Reminiscent of the clairvoyant spate of films Kevin Feige announced for phases two and three back in the day, this time at SDCC 2022 we have a road map for phases five and six! Aaaaaaaaand I'm far less whelmed by the titles on offer.
I'm not diving too deep into each title, I just want to share my thoughts on what's planned. Phase five kicks off with Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania. Apparently continuing where Loki left off, this one features our miniscule hero and heroine going up against Kang the Conqueror. I instantly lost interest in this after Kang's reveal, who I described in my Loki review as the worst villain ever in the MCU. Marvel is desperate to set up the next main villain for the multiverse, and the best they can come up with is "this eccentric black dude who Sylvie kills immediately". The only way they can rival the power of Thanos is if they bring in someone like Galactus or Onslaught, but Kang just doesn't have the chops for it. And now they're trying to go further with Loki season 2? I have zero interest in this.
The other titles don't fare much better. I never read the Secret Invasion comics, but it wouldn't make sense to feature a Skrull invasion when they're far less antagonistic in the MCU. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 could be a hit or miss. I liked the first movie and hated the second. It hinges on how imposing the villain is. Echo and Ironheart are pathetic attempts to shoehorn a D-tier hero into the limelight. Seriously, has anyone ever heard of these characters before? And are they really making a show about Agatha Harkness? Why not a show about Ned Leeds searching for porn? I don't think Blade will be as edgy (ha!) under the Disney licence, and I feel Daredevil has run its course to warrant another season. Captain America: New World Order is a bit misleading, since it would be about Sam Wilson instead of Steve Rogers. Not shown here is a film about the Thunderbolts, featuring reformed villains. God help us if they bring back the gender-swapped Taskmaster.
But seriously, are THESE the movies and shows you comic book fans have been craving? Echo and Agatha? This list makes it painfully obvious that Marvel has exhausted its A-tier material and now they're digging into C-tier and D-tier territory for life support. It's only a matter of time before we get a Squirrel Girl movie. The only takeaway from this is that Marvel doesn't know when to stop! For most audiences, Endgame brought a sense of closure to the franchise and it's time to wind down. I don't mind occasional miniseries about WandaVision or Falcon and Winter Soldier to decompress after Endgame, but this whole multiverse angle has spurred Marvel to try and start up bigger than ever. Enough already! And if that isn't enough, take a look at the screenshot for phase six:
The Fantastic Four and two more Avengers flicks. Apart from the fact that I think audiences are forever poisoned to the FF after Fox mishandled them, tacking on a pair of Avengers movies just screams desperation! "The Kang Dynasty"? Was I really clamouring for the Avengers to fight Kang after Thanos? And bear in mind that these are the Avengers without Tony Stark, Steve Rogers, Natasha Romanov and possibly Thor (I don't know). It's not possible to make another Avengers movie without them. That time has passed! But like I said, Marvel doesn't know when to stop. Rather than ending on a high note, they plan on continuing for as long as possible until they eventually run this franchise into the ground. That's bad enough in itself, but what really worries me is that this tunnel-vision on superhero movies is draining resources and creativity away from other potential hits. There are plenty of other avenues for blockbuster films in various sci-fi or fantasy novels, or trying to elevate the standard of live-action video game or anime adaptations. Part of me wishes that every single one of these announcements bombs if only to persuade Disney to give Marvel a break and try something new. But then again, this is the same company that is content with rehashing their classic animation in live action. They're far past the point of innovation and far past the point of regaining my interest. Walt must be rolling in his grave.
Hey DA friends,
Missed you guys. I wanted to check in and say hey because some people have been asking about me, wondering if I'm dead. Well, I'm not! I'm doing OK. I'm going to spare you details because the truth is that it's always going to be some degree of Not healthy - just sometimes better and sometimes worse. I accept that now.
Now it's about finding a rhythm. Trying to continue to carve out space for art among everything else. I've been going back to my roots (pre-BBA) with some new (old) line drawing styles. Having fun with that. I'll be updating my gallery with some stuff I've done over the past couple years - which isn't much, as I didnt have access to digital tools for a while and was using ballpoint and newsprint. Then those sketchpads had to be thrown out due to becoming contaminated with mold particles that were causing problems for me.
My old PC which contained the last of my digital pieces was sold and i was too unwell to make backups so i lost a lot of work. Im in contact with the person who has the machine though and at some point will try to recover some of the art.
In the meantime Im thinking of trying to hang out around DA more. Im pretty socially isolated and being around other artists is really motivating to do more art. I'd also like to take some commissions because I had to leave my other jobs again recently.
Feel free to Note me or comment and I will do my best to reply. Thank you for keeping me on your watch list and for opening this journal to read it. I appreciate you.