MCU Phase 4: Love Me Some More Diversity
And if you don’t like it… Tough.
But seriously. You’ve probably heard the news. Marvel unveiled the upcoming Phase 4, at this year’s Comic-Con. A 2-year plan of production in motion pictures and TV projects that are supposed to entertain and dazzle us.
The movie part of phase 4 will start with Black Widow, the second solo movie with a female leach character, and will end with Thor: Love and Thunder, with the return of not just Natalie Portman to MCU but with Taika Waititi’s triumphant return in the director’s chair.
The Eternals, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings and Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness are squeezed in between Black Widow and Thor 2, but what about the TV projects?
The Falcon and the Winter Soldier is first on the line-up, but what I’m most excited about are Loki and Hawkeye- the TV shows. Why? Because they feature some of my favorite MCU characters and of course, they’ll hopefully be played by Tom and Jeremy. Yay. Love seeing Tom on the small screen again and especially in the role of Loki.
But what does the Phase 4 means? What does it represent? Well, as you can plainly see, it’s all about inclusion and diversity. The next stage of the Marvel Cinematic Universe will feature its first deaf superhero, its first Asian-American superhero, and an openly gay superhero. And as for the overall quality in the casting…. Well, let’s take the Black Widow as an example. It will have Scarlett Johansson in the lead again, but it will have the likes of David Harbour, Rachel Weisz, O. T. Fagbenle and my new favorite rising star Florence Pugh. There’s a female director (Cate Shortland) behind the camera, and one part of the screenwriting duo is a woman as well.
The same goes for The Eternals. The movie will also be directed by a woman (Chloé Zhao) and will feature the talents of Angelina Jolie, Richard Madden, Kumail Nanjiani and Salma Hayek. Yes, that’s right the Academy Award winner Angelina Jolie is going to be part of a Marvel movie. I know, it’s kinda hard to grasp, but when Anette Benning, Nikole Kidman, and Anthony Hopkins could be part of MCU, so can she.
Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings is going to be directed by one of my favorite young directors Destin Daniel Cretton, and frankly, that’s what I love about Marvel. They’ve always trusted young directors that were bursting with originality and creative talent. Look at Jon Favreau. If you had told me that the guy who directed Elf and Zathura: A Space Adventure just a couple years prior, had the balls to make Iron Man, I would have said NO WAY!.
But he proved me wrong. As did Shane Black, Anthony, and Joe Russo, Jon Watts, Taika Waititi. I’m kinda bummed out that Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol 3 is not on the agenda in Phase 4, but hey… He’s double-dipping right now… He’s also slipping with the enemy now… haha. So we’ll just have to wait for Vol 3 a little bit more.
But yeah. Cynics and critics of this will go on and on how this is a Social justice warrior propaganda and how Marvel is ruining their precious comics/movies/TV shows but I don’t care. Change is bound to happen so why not happen with probably the most popular things on the planet. The Marvel movies/TV shows. Look, they’re spreading out and reaching out to new generations, and including people that were before reduced to just a stereotype so, I’m all for this. Bring it on Marvel. Keep making good movies and let the haters hate.