Between the adventure into the “multiverse” of Dr. Strange, and the next exciting journey of Thor and Jane Foster, what is the more important one for MCU?
Phase Four (Phase 4) of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) is coming very close to the audience with a series of fascinating movie titles, but which of them is the most essential project? For ‘Black Widow‘, the film will be a farewell, as well as a “research” to explore more about Natasha’s life. ‘Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings’ will introduce a new name and reveal the true identity of Mandarin. ‘Eternals’ will prioritize solving what is left of ‘Endgame’, rather than look into the future.
With the exception of all of the aforementioned products, Phase 4 only has two brightest names left, ‘Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness’ and ‘Thor: Love and Thunder’. So which is the more typical movie between the two in the near future?
Why is ‘Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness’ important?
The second project of Doctor Strange has gone through quite a number of major events, especially when Scott Derrickson suddenly left the director’s chair after failing to find a common voice with Marvel, particularly with Kevin Feige. The chairman completely rejected Derrickson’s idea of a terrifying ‘Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness’, claiming that it did not match the progress of Phase 4. On the other hand, Feige is quite eager to introduce the concept of “multiverse” closely related to the Quantum Realm or different versions of Earth.
The creation of the multiverse will greatly affect at least two upcoming series, Loki and WandaVision. In ‘Avengers: Endgame’, the audience witnessed his younger brother Thor escaping into another dimension, while Scarlet Witch was confirmed to appear in ‘Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness’. Focusing more on Wanda, with her mentally unstable past plus the supernatural ability to bend reality, she will surely be the source of the phrase “madness” mentioned in This movie’s title.
Besides, a character like Scarlet Witch will also be a “door” for the MCU to introduce the mutant world of X-Men to the audience in the future, after nearly two decades under Fox. Up to now, there has not been any better and more suitable mutant group debut through Wanda, especially when in the comics, between her and the mutants had a most subversive event – House of M.
The combination of Doctor Strange and Scarlet Witch in “Crazy Universe” may “cross” the landmark of House of M, or at least create conditions for Feige to introduce the mutant group in the simplest way. , that they actually existed in the MCU for a long time but Wanda himself erased all memories of them. Overall, the film has a significant importance for Phase 4 and the future, especially about the development of characters like Loki, Scarlet Witch, or the fate of the X-Men.
Why is ‘Thor: Love and Thunder’ important?
The 4th installment of the Thor series: ‘Thor: Love and Thunder’ is expected to begin shooting this summer, and this will be quite a special and equally attractive movie title as ‘Thor: Ragnarok’, according to director Taika Waititi. After the ‘Endgame’ event, a series of key Phase 1 protagonists have left (Iron Man, Captain America), Black Widow has no plans after the solo movie, and Chris Hemsworth will probably say goodbye, too, especially after “passing the torch” to Natalie Portman’s Jane Foster. Therefore, this part four is important for Phase 4 in inheritance, when new names will stand out to replace the old heroes of the past.
Besides, ‘Thor: Love and Thunder’ will also introduce many other interesting aspects in the MCU. Firstly, it is Jane Foster ‘s breast cancer. Although it does not affect the progress of Phase 4, it is still a high social topic, helping a new name like her get attention of the audience. In addition, Loki’s return after escaping between ‘Endgame’ is also expected to be warm.
In the spirit of Phase 4, ‘Thor: Love and Thunder’ is expected by many fans to expand the scope of outer space, as a way to welcome a very popular new character: Beta Ray Bill. Recently, actor Christian Bale has confirmed that he will play the villain of the film, so it is impossible to exclude the possibility that he will transform into a horse face warrior with this golden heart.
The fourth work in the Thor franchise to expand into the universe will also be a stepping stone for the God of Thunder to join the team in ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3’. Therefore, ‘Thor: Love and Thunder’ obviously has great importance for the intersection between Phase 4 and Phase 5 of the MCU, or specifically between the new story of Jane Foster and the new journey of Thor with Star-Lord’s team.
Winner: ‘Doctor Strange In The Multiverse Of Madness’
While ‘Thor: Love and Thunder’ will be an exciting journey to expand the MCU’s reach to the universe, this is not the most important movie title of Phase 4, especially when there is a whole lot of four. movie titles and five series on Disney+ also have intimate roles.
Therefore, ‘Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness’ deserves the responsibility of pioneering Phase 4 this time, especially when Feige repeatedly reminds how important the multiverse is to the future of the MCU, and even the upcoming series on Disney +. Strange’s comeback this time with the help of Scarlet Witch will be very pivotal, affecting a series of projects that follow, and ‘Thor: Love and Thunder’ will be the perfect end of Phase 4 if this whole process is completely successful.