The Marvel Cinematic Universe is ready to rise again. As the vaccine rolls out and the idea of going to the theater again becomes feasible, the MCU is going to be at the center of it. I know this because they managed to get people excited for a TV show where Wanda and Vision live in vintage sitcoms (which I really enjoyed) and a show about two of Captain America’s friends (which was fine). Now, they have rolled out an announcement for the next phase of Marvel movies, which is as ambitious as ever.
In the wake of saying goodbye to Tony Stark and Steve Rogers, there is still plenty to get excited for. There are also some new names being added into the mix. I have never heard of Shang-Chi before, but I am intrigued to some degree about his film. I’ll definitely give The Eternals a shot, which was true even before Chloe Zhao won a Best Director Oscar.
The two upcoming movies I am most interested in, honestly, are the new Thor and the new Ant-Man. I would not have imagined that being the case once upon a time. Then, Thor: Ragnarok came out, and it’s maybe my favorite Marvel movie. I definitely want to see what Taika Waititi does with Love and Thunder. Then, there’s also Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania. Honestly, I am excited for that one just for the subtitle.
Others I am not as enthused for. Black Panther is one of my least-favorite Marvel movies, and now the most-interesting character is no longer around due to the tragic death of Chadwick Boseman. I will have to see on the new Doctor Strange movie. Sam Raimi is directing, which intrigues me. Scarlet Witch is going to be involved as well. On the other hand, the magic aspect of Marvel is the least interesting to me.
Eight of these films are coming out before the end of 2022. Ant-Man and the Wasp and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 are both scheduled for 2023. That’s a while from now. Theaters should be packed once again. Do I love the fact the MCU kind of dominates the movie landscape? Not really. Will I see Love and Thunder as soon as possible? Of course.