The launch of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever marks a major milestone in the Marvel Universe. Although the last feast is yet to comeGuardians of the Galaxy Holiday Pack, the main saga of the fourth stage ended. There have been real successes in a number of Marvel movies and franchises, but there have also been plenty of failures. Let's just say that the continuation after the epic finale of Avengers: Endgame was not easy.
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The staff at IGN brainstormed and ranked the 16 movies and TV shows in Phase 4. Where are fan-favorite movies and TV shows like WandaVision and Spider-Man: No Way Home? Let's see.
16. What if...?
As the first MCU animated series, Marvel's What If...? he was actually dead before he appeared. It's all the more frustrating considering how much potential there is for a series that explores parallel universes where events unfold differently. OnlyAn episode focusing on Doctor Strangeit really uses that potential and emotionally portrays a character stuck on a dark path. Most of the rest are weak diversions that don't add much to the larger MCU tapestry. The series gained some momentum towards the end when everything became clearA larger, overarching narrative is createdbut still he can only play a limited supporting role if...? . If the series wants to continue appearing on Disney+, season two will need to show greater ambitions.
Poor Eternal: Almost no chance. There are certainly some brilliant moments - a capable and charismatic cast, Zhao Ting's stunning landscape shots, some highly unusual fights - but overall, there's too much to hide. With the unenviable task of bringing in tons of heroes, delivering the action we've come to expect from the MCU, and combining huge cosmic stakes, Eternals has become bloated and confusing. It's far from irrevocable and it's actually what makes The Eternals such a disappointment; if we knew these characters earlier, and even if it was a (very expensive) series and not a feature film, these characters might have shined. However, he fell victim to the team's worst impulses, resulting in mostly missed opportunities.
14. The Falcon and the Winter Soldier
While Sam Wilson (Anthony Mackie) and Bucky (Sebastian Stan) star in their own shows, there's no denying that the second live-action Marvel universe on Disney+ is probably the weakest yet. This dynamic - well honed in Captain America: Civil War - is not a problem. This also does not apply to the general scope of the series. More than any other episode of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Falcon and the Winter Soldier successfully brought spectacle and impressive visual effects to the small screen.
Unfortunately, the story of Falcon and the Winter Soldier is underwhelming and underwhelming. It might feel like a Marvel Cinematic Universe movie, but it also feels like a movie that was accidentally stretched to fill a six-episode run. The series tries to address issues of race and American imperialism, but doesn't have much to say about it. Ultimately, we're not sure how much the series needs to bridge the gap between Avengers: Endgame and Avengers: Endgame.The upcoming Captain America: New World Order.
13. Thor: Love and Thunder
Thor: Love and Thunder had a lot of potential, but it was never used. Directed by Taika Waititi and starring Chris Hemsworth, Thor's comedic reinvention in Ragnarok has been praised by critics and fans can't wait to see what happens next. How will this character be played; Christian Bale will finally debut in the Marvel Universe; Natalie Portman will return to the series in an adaptation of the fan-favorite Thor comics. But alas, Thor 4 was never made. The film no longer has a sense of humor, and the repetitive goat screams quickly overpower its popularity. Gore Bale's Grim doesn't get enough screen time and doesn't live up to his name. Jane's plot is severely underdeveloped. There are a few price-worthy moments, such as Russell Crowe's unusual and funny sighting of Zeus, but overall the film is not engrossing.
12. Black Widow
Ever since Scarlett Johansson first appeared as Black Widow in 2010's Iron Man 2, MCU fans have been waiting for her to star in her own solo film. Unfortunately, for poor Natasha Romanoff, it appears to be too little too late. Black Widow tries to unravel Natasha's dark, bloody past and bridge the gap between Captain America: Civil War and Avengers: Infinity War, but it notably fails in any of its goals.
After the tense opening scene, Natasha's story with the Red Room is mostly left sketchy, and the answers we get are mostly unsatisfying. The rest of the movie is a pretty good superhero adventure that doesn't contribute much to the overall structure of the MCU. And don't even get us started on the film adaptation of The Imitator...
Black Widow's main selling point is the introduction of Jelena Belova, who steals the scene with Florence Pugh. Fortunately, the character has already done bigger and better things in Phase 4.
11. Moon Knight
We had high hopes for Oscar Isaac's Marvel debut, but the first season of Moon Knight fell short of expectations. That's not to say that Isaac isn't fully involved in the superhero origin story. Isaac actually leads the series with his dual role as mercenary Mark Spector and bumbling commoner Steven Grant, and it wouldn't hurt to have Ethan Hawke as a foil.
Instead, it's a combination of questionable graphics and a convoluted story that stands in the way of Moon Knight's greatness. In this case, six episodes might not be enough to lay the groundwork for a new Marvel hero. But that doesn't mean we don't want a second season in phase five.
10. Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness
There's plenty of action in the second Doctor Strange movie, including director Sam Raimi's long-awaited return to Marvel. Raimi certainly brings his own unique style to this sequel, which offers a flashier take on the wizarding world than its predecessor. Another feature of Multiverse of Madness is that it is the first non-Spider-Man Marvel film to deal with the multiverse concept, leading to the release of Multiverse of Madness.American Chavez Xochitel GomezAnd some wonderful episodes when Stephen Strange meets the Illuminati from Earth-383.
However, Multiverse of Madness falls short where it matters most. The film does not satisfactorily portray the events of WandaVision. Instead of continuing to explore Wanda Maximoff as a woman who carries a lot of grief, Wanda completely transforms herself in the film and transforms herself into a villain.
It's a frustrating turn for one of the MCU's most compelling characters. What about the hero? There is almost no arc in this sequel.
9. Night werewolf
With Midnight Werewolf, Marvel Studios has delved deeper than ever into the pantheon of B- and C-level characters to create an ultra-cheap corner of the Marvel Universe - a land where monsters roam! Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness already has several horror films, but director Michael Giacchino found a particularly rich genre in the black-and-white horror Wolfman, a 1970s-inspired slasher. feel the connection that will give a great effect.
Jack Russell, better known as Gael García Bernal's Werewolf, is the most obvious addition to the MCU, and his non-CGI effects are absolutely stunning. Werewolf practical effects, but this story also stars Laura Donnelly as the fantastic Elsa Bloodstone as well as a humanoid, the gentlest giant swamp monster this side of DC's swamp monster. We can only hope that the first will be a series of ongoing Marvel "Specials". Nightwolf is a unique entry in the Marvel Live Universe and we can't wait to return to him in Jake's next adventure.
8. She-Hulk: Lawyer
It's hard to bring something completely new to a franchise that's been around for ten years, but the MCU has done just that with She-Hulk: The Lawyer. Jennifer Walters (Tatiana Maslany) is both believable and recognizable in the series like never before. A way to prioritize the female audience. The series also has a killer cast and stars, as well as longtime favorites like Wang (Benedict Wong) and Daredevil (Charlie Cox), providing a sense of inclusiveness for all genders. Matt Murdock's introduction in particular sets the tone for a character who has made the transition from Netflix to the MCU. We hope to see more of Jen in Daredevil: Rebirth!
7. "Black Panther: Forever Wakanda"
Few superhero movies face a tougher battle than Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. The original film was a true cultural touchstone, and the tragic death of star Chadwick Boseman casts a shadow that cannot be ignored. Given these difficult circumstances, Wakanda Forever was as successful as could be expected. The film achieves its greatest effect when it shows the collective grief of Boseman and T'Challa's deaths across the universe. Stars Letitia Wright and Angela Bassett deliver heartbreaking performances as Shuri and Queen Lamonda try to lead the country through its darkest ages.
Wakanda Forever never managed to connect a story of mourning and healing with the needs of the larger Marvel Cinematic Universe. This sequel is as guilty as any Phase 4 project of juggling too many characters and trying to accomplish too much in too little time. as a convincing opponentNamor Tenoka HuertyYes, Wakanda Forever doesn't have enough room to balance a lot of moving parts.
6. Pani Marvel
Kamala Khan is a huge fan and no one would love to play her more than Iman Vellani. As we watch the young heroine learn to control her powers and embrace who she is, her joy and sincerity radiate from the screen, not how she sees her idol, Captain Marvel. In addition, Mrs. Marvel tells Western viewers about real-world events, such as the partition of India in 1947, that are often unknown in school. Seeing such pivotal moments interwoven with a truly compelling story shows that Marvel has made huge strides and we can't wait to see what's next for Kamala at Marvel.
5. Sokole Oko
For all that multiverse craziness, the MCU's fourth phase lacks a good, old-fashioned superhero story. With that in mind, it makes perfect sense that Hawkeye is so refreshing - and it's just a really good TV series in its own right. It's both a focused and exciting detective series and a chance to get to know Clint Barton better, and Jeremy Renner brilliantly portrays his constant sadness without prolonging the whole drama. it is matched with a perfect foilHailee Steinfeld very clear-eyed Kate Bishopand both have great bow and arrow action scenes.
Plus, it's a Christmas show! Villains are easy to forget, but that's a small problem for a great Marvel series.
4. Shang-Chi and the legend of ten rings
The attempt to adapt Danny Rand's cult kung fu hero into Netflix's adaptation of Danny Rand's cult kung fu hero mostly failed, but at least Shang-Chi didn't suffer the same fate. Shang-Chi and The Legend of the Ten Rings makes great use of Simu Liu, as his character reluctantly accepts the role of the new martial arts superhero in the Marvel Universe. As you might expect, the fights are better than most of the Marvel Cinematic Universe movies, and the movie is one of the most interesting projects in Phase 4 (thanks in large part to Shang-Chi. The sweet relationship with his best friend Katie, as shown by Awkwafine.
But most important of all, the movie finally paid offAll those Mandarin teases in the MCU. The iconic Marvel villain portrayed by Tony Leung is surprisingly caring and compassionate, avoiding many of the pitfalls of previous interpretations.
Tom Hiddleston's Loki has easily ranked among the MCU's best villains since the first phase, but in the fourth phase we finally get to see one of the mischievous characters in his own solo project.god. "Rocky: Season 1" definitely did not disappoint.
The "Rocky" series pushed Hiddleston's character in a completely different direction, with Loki in the 2012 version of Refugee being reluctantly recruited into Jet Lag's administration and becoming a time policeman. Not only does the series manage to add new layers to an already compelling character, it also gives Sofia Di Martino's Sylvia the spotlight she deserves and makes the most of Owen Wilson's lovable Mr. Mobius.
With great characters, an interesting story and a unique visual style, Rocky is undoubtedly one of the most extensive Marvel franchises to date. In fact, it's the most important piece of the Phase 4 puzzle, thanks to the introduction of revisionKang Conqueror Jonathana Majorsa- it's simply better.
2. Vandina's vision
Disney has begun work on Marvel's new feature franchise with WandaVision, a series that pays homage to classic TV shows of yesteryear and sets the tone for Phase 4. We watch Elizabeth Olsen's Wanda Maximoff and Paul Bettany's Vision enjoy a peaceful retirement in idyllic Westview, New Jersey.
Of course, not everything is as it seems. Half the fun of WandaVision is slowly uncovering the truth behind Westview's sweet exterior.
WandaVision may return to traditional MCU style toward the end, but the show is a sincere celebration of WandaVision's relationship and the destructive effects of grief. It's a series that tries new things and mostly succeeds, and the MCU could always use more of that.
Winner - Spider-Man: No Way Home
No Way Home is the Spider-Man sequel we feared might never get made in the short time Marvel and Sony parted ways. Luckily, the cast has teamed up to create a film where Tom Holland's Peter Parker teams up with his alternate universe self against a group of Spider-Man villains.
With Nowhere Returns having to juggle the regular supporting cast of Doctor Strange, Matt Murdoch, and villains from at least five Sony films, a lot can go wrong here. Not to mention the obvious concessions the film had to make in the face of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Director Jon Watts somehow keeps this train on track. Peter's struggles as a public pariah with no secrets remain in the spotlight. Nowhere to Return features the most exciting moments in the Marvel Universe, as well as plenty of sites for superhero fans. Nowhere to Return proves that Spider-Man is more important than ever to the future of the MCU.
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