Everything Marvel released was pure gold. Or so it was for an entire decade. Since 2019, the company’s releases have stopped raking in money hand over fist, and some of their series have been significant failures. And this has not gone unnoticed at Disney.
A new report has revealed the details of an extremely challenging year for Marvel Studios, which has affected the delivery of many recent and future projects in Phase 4 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Marvel Studios kicked off the MCU with Iron Man in 2008 and enjoyed a long period of popularity, producing one success after another, culminating in the conclusion of The Avengers in two movies: Infinity War (2018) and Endgame (2019).
After these releases, Disney started to launch series and movies like never before to provide content for the Multiverse Saga and the expansion into long-format entertainment on Disney+.
Problems began in 2019, following the release of Infinity War
And as we all know, Marvel Studios has been facing a series of high-profile problems since 2019, all of which have now come to light.
On November 1, 2023, Variety published an article revealing several revelations about the current state of the MCU.
Primarily focused on the consequences of Jonathan Majors’ arrest on assault charges in March 2023, which jeopardized his future as Kang the Conqueror, the report also sheds light on the behind-the-scenes issues of various recent projects such as the She-Hulk series, the latest Ant-Man movie, and the Blade remake.
This comes after months of criticism directed at Marvel Studios for the lack of quality in visual effects, mediocre scripts, and massive delays that have set back several highly anticipated projects.
Marvel has a very big problem, and the Avengers are not the solution
During the meetings held by Disney and Marvel executives, discussions were held on the best way to address all these problems. Some proposals were quite outrageous, at least if we take into account the ending of The Avengers.
“This led to some significant discussions at Marvel Studios, including one that proposed resurrecting and reuniting the original MCU Avengers team,” the report explains.
“This would have involved bringing back Robert Downey Jr.’s Iron Man and Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow from the dead, and it wouldn’t be cheap to bring back these stars. Although Marvel Studios has not committed to this idea, it would be a surefire way to reignite passion for the saga,” the article concludes.