Thor: Love and Thunder Is More Proof Marvel Needs a Phase 4 Goal, Fast

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Published on 9 Jul 2022, 13:00
As of July 2022, Marvel Studios is 18 months into what it calls Phase 4 of its interconnected storytelling, which consists of six films: Black Widow, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, Eternals, Spider-Man: No Way Home, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, and the most recent release, Thor: Love and Thunder. On the Disney+ streaming side, there have been seven original series: WandaVision, The Falcon & the Winter Soldier, Loki, What If…?, Hawkeye, Moon Knight, and Ms. Marvel. To put that in perspective, it took Marvel Studios eight years to release 13 movies across three Phases, with approximately 26 hours of total storytelling time. Phase 4 is already up to 55 hours of storytelling with four more films and at least four more MCU streaming shows yet to debut this year. So if you’re an MCU fan, it’s a great time to be alive. But from a storytelling perspective, we have been wondering: What’s it all heading towards? And now, with the release of Thor: Love and Thunder, the question has come up again. We've already gotten more than two Infinity Sagas combined in Marvel Phase 4, but it’d be pretty tough to say what the over-arching story is in this new era of Marvel. Have there been good and even great moments to be found in those 55 hours? Sure! But the MCU has long been about the bigger story of this universe, and it sure is starting to feel like there isn’t one at the moment.

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