27 movies, numerous series and over $ 25 billion earned worldwide: The Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU for short) is one of the largest series in the world and could be enough for three of the four Avengers and one Spider-Man movie four times the highest grossing film of all time . The enthusiasm for the colorful superheroes and their world is unchanging, and 15 new films are already in the starting blocks. An almost inexhaustible money-making machine that will attract the world of cinema for years to come, you might think. But Kevin Feige, president of Marvel Studios, dropped the bomb in a radio interview: It’s almost over!
Actually, the conversation between him and Radio Los Santos was just to update the fans. The crown pandemic also didn’t stop at superheroes and caused a lot of shifts so movie fans only got a rough overview of what to expect in the future. When asked how long he could imagine introducing comic book adaptations into theaters, he first answered cryptically and then, after a few questions from moderator Helen Morris, announced the following:
“You know, we’ve come a very long way since Iron Man. We have never expected such success and we are absolutely grateful for all the achievements, all the fans around the world and their undeniable love for our work and passion. But we all got old, we started building our own families, so we got to the point where we had to ask ourselves what is really important in life. In the face of the global pandemic, they changed our views and after the final critical response we had to endure, we all sat down together and discussed the future. […] Maybe I will get into really big trouble here (laughs), but the final deal was that we won’t continue the MCU after phase five. “
Translation: You know, we’ve come a long way from Iron Man. We never expected to achieve such success and we are immensely grateful for everything we have achieved, especially to fans around the world and their undeniable love for our work. But we also get older, started our own families, and finally got to the point where we had to ask ourselves what really mattered in life. In light of the global pandemic, the outlook changed and as the criticism grew we sat down and discussed the future. […] Maybe I’m in serious trouble here (laughs), but in the end we agreed not to continue the MCU after phase five. “
Silence. An absolute bang that silenced the conversation for a long time, especially since Feige had apparently not planned to release this information yet. The industry suspects that this “critical response” relates primarily to the fact that established directors such as Martin Scoresese and Francis Ford Coppola have repeatedly criticized superhero films, we wrote. The recent bankruptcy at this year’s Oscars (Marvel was unable to win a single prize) played a role in the considerations. The fact that the heads of Marvel Studios are taking the answer to heart has not been made public so far. Behind the scenes in recent years, there have always been attempts to escape the image of exaggerated and straightforward superhero movies, attracting acclaimed directors such as Sam Raimi (Evil Dead), Chloé Zhao (Nomadland) or Nia DaCosta (Candyman) on board to do this, turn around situation. But the venture does not seem to be successful.
After the last release of Spider-Man: No Way Home, there will be 15 movies from now on, then of course it will be over. It is significant that the franchise then includes 42 songs, a number well known because it was an answer to the question about the meaning of life in the novel and radio play “A Guide to the Hitchhiker Galaxy”, which was filmed several times. times. A meaning that the makers of the MCU apparently no longer see in the sequel to their movie series and are thus sending millions of fans hitchhiking through the Valley of Tears. RIP MCU.
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Anyone who has meanwhile bought all of the BluRays in a panic as an investment, or is still desperately trying to reach Feige on the phone at the Marvel Pastoral Ministry, can calmly slow down your pulse at this point. The message, of course, is a little April Fools’ Day joke on our part.