The MCU’s slow demise is due to the overlooked culprit.

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In 2019, Marvel experienced a pinnacle with Avengers: Endgame and billion-dollar successes from Captain Marvel and Spider-Man: Far From Home. However, the introduction of Disney Plus marked a turning point. 2023 proved disastrous for the franchise, witnessing critical and commercial setbacks, exemplified by The Marvels’ meager $205.6 million earnings, making it the MCU’s worst-performing film.

The Disney Plus strategy seemed flawed. While initial shows like WandaVision succeeded, subsequent series struggled with coherence and impact. Loki, Hawkeye, and Ms. Marvel stood out, but others appeared adrift, torn between independence and aligning with the cinematic universe. This confusion extended to films, trying to connect with audiences unfamiliar with Disney Plus content.

The saturated content approach clashed with Marvel’s earlier diversity. Disney Plus absorbed Marvel TV rights from Hulu, ABC, and Netflix, resulting in the demise of beloved shows like Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and The Defenders universe. Once-diverse projects were homogenized, erasing distinct tones and concepts.

The multiverse concept, initially promising, became overwhelming. Disney Plus added numerous shows and movies, creating a saturation that raises doubts about a significant change in the foreseeable future. The challenge lies in maintaining individuality amid titles with vastly different tones, such as Deadpool and The Punisher.

While the prospect of character crossovers was exciting, Disney Plus might have bitten off more than it could chew. The sheer volume of upcoming projects leaves uncertainty about a substantial shift in the current state of the MCU. Speculation aside, there is a genuine concern about the franchise’s trajectory, and the hope is that these concerns prove unfounded.

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