It's A Great Day when Phase 5 Of MCU Repeats Phase 2's Success

It's A Great Day when Phase 5 Of MCU Repeats Phase 2's Success

Updated on April 12, 2023 16:44 PM by Andrew Koschiev

A key element of Phase 2's success is recapturing one element from Phase 5's movie and television slate. The Marvel Cinematic Universe consists of various characters, tones, and concepts, but a distinct style has been established. All Marvel heroes and villains, whether grounded or fantasy, are charismatic in their own way; every story is ultimately hopeful and lighthearted, no matter what it is about. 

Due to its unclear goals, Phase 4 of the MCU stumbled, resulting in its divisive nature. Marvel Studios' formula helped them achieve massive success throughout the Infinity Saga. The concept of the multiverse and the shared theme of grief found in entries such as WandaVision and Spider-Man: No Way Home pointed in a potential direction. With Phase 5, the MCU is bringing a common theme again, proving that Phase 4 needed to be more cohesive than Phase 5 by not fully retiring the original heroes.

Sci-Fi Meets Grounded in Phase 5

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MCU Phase 5 projects meld together the franchise's grounded stories with cosmic and fantastical elements. The film Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, for instance, featured burglar-turned-Avenger Scott Lang, who used to encounter small-scale threats in Phase 2, battling Kang the Conqueror, a multiverse time traveler with high-tech capabilities. 

As in The Marvels, Kamala Khan will be introduced to Captain Marvel, a galactic superhero. As part of Secret Invasion, Nick Fury will be faced with an alien conflict. In Captain America: New World Order, Sam Wilson will be surrounded by Hulk characters, while Ironheart features Riri Williams as a scientist, along with The Hood, a sorcerer.

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Describing the theme in different angel

Phase 2 explored the dichotomy between reality and fantasy in the MCU to its fullest extent with Iron Man 3's terrorism plot, followed by Thor: The Dark World, a high-fantasy film inspired by Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Guardians of the Galaxy, which in turn inspired a grittier political thriller. Bringing together Scarlet Witch's magic and the rise of AI, Avengers: Age of Ultron was a high-energy superhero movie, and Ant-Man's heist influences concluded Phase 2. There is a theme that is captured in various degrees throughout Phase 5.

An MCU's Need for genre diversity

A major strength of Marvel's universe is its narrative diversity. For example, the Avengers fight government control while Thor and Hulk fight alien gladiators. Monotony sets in if all movies and shows become as comedic, fantastical, or realistic as the rest. To avoid it, the MCU can act directly. Characters such as Daredevil, the Thunderbolts, Nick Fury, and Sam Wilson can undergo exciting interior transformations within stories that differ wildly from those they previously starred in since life has changed since superheroes emerged in the MCU.

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