The Marvel Cinematic Universe stands as a massive superhero franchise, thriving for 15 years with numerous films and TV series. Yet, even after this long journey, there have been moments of slower progress in its production. It was noted that the enthusiasm and eagerness seen in the MCU’s Phase 1 and the Infinity Saga seem to be missing in the subsequent phase, which now encompasses the Multiverse Saga.

Disney CEO’s cutback raises questions for MCU Phase 6

Recently, Disney CEO Bob Iger announced a substantial reduction in the studio’s movie production. The initiative is aimed at compensating for the financial setbacks the company has experienced over the past few years due to the disappointing results of Phases 4 and 5. The memo prompted the company to revise the content strategy of the MCU to improve the quality of the content. This led to the removal of titles from the Disney+ streaming service as a result of alleged overspending on streaming projects.

Disney CEO, Bob Iger
Disney CEO, Bob Iger

While speaking on the Q3 FY23 earnings call,  Disney CEO, Bob Iger announced the cutback of the studio’s major theatrical release. We’re focused on improving the quality of our films and on better economics, ” Iger told shareholders. Some have speculated that this action from the Disney CEO may result in the cancellation of several projects on Marvel Studios’ Phase 6 slate. Though the phase 6 schedules have not officially been announced except for the Fantastic Four sequel, with Iger’s quality over quantity strategy, it is not sure that some leading titles like Avengers: Secret Wars would suffer under those cutbacks.

“We’re focused on improving the quality of our films and on better economics, not just reducing the number of titles we release but also the cost per title. And we’re maximizing the full impact of our titles by embracing the multiple distribution windows at our disposal, enabling consumers to access their content in multiple ways.”

Similarly to the Disney studio, there has been an indulgence in the MCU studio projects before, last year when there was an issue with the animation part of the MCU. Disney made significant cuts affecting projects like Spider-Man: Freshman Year.  

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Phase 6 lineup uncertain: Green flag for Fantastic Four sequel

Comical Picture Of Fantastic Four
Fantastic Four

As of now, only a few movies have lined up for the Phase 6 saga. It is not known that movies like The Fantastic Four, Avengers: The Kang Dynasty, and Avengers: Secret Wars would maintain their green flag status, as nothing in Hollywood is ever truly safe from cancellation.  The Fantastic Four reboot has been announced, and the movie is in the midst of production. As the latest updates reveal, the superhero family will finally mark its inception in the Marvel Cinematic Universe as a part of the Multiverse Saga, incorporating innovative narrative and character adaptation. The movie is expected to hit theaters by 2025. Shang-Chi and Spider-Man 4 are expected to remain in the loop due to their prior success. And movies like Thor 5 and Eternals 2 are much more likely to be removed due to the declining popularity of previous adaptations.

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Uncertainty revolves around Thor 5 much likely to suffer the cutback

Chis Hemsworth as Thor

Though there isn’t any current confirmation regarding the reboot, the director, Taika Waititi, has expressed hope for Chris Hemsworth’s character. While speaking at Thor: Love and Thunder: In the Official Movie Special book (via Screen rant), the writer-director discussed the possibility of Thor’s character development and said the potential reboot would require a more nefarious villain than Hela from Thor: Ragnarök.

“What is left to do to him? It’s got to be something that feels like it’s carrying on with the evolution of the character, but still in a very fun way and still giving him things to come up against that feel like they’re building on the obstacles that he has to overcome. “I don’t think we can have a villain that’s weaker than Hela. I feel like we need to step up from there and add a villain that’s somehow more formidable.”

Though there isn’t any official confirmation regarding the sequel, Thor 5 is not yet listed in the Phase 5 or Phase 6 roster of the MCU, even though there are several projects scheduled for 2025 and 2026 that are currently untitled.

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Source: The Direct 

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