Could Marvel Actually Be Better in 2022 Than It Was in 2021?
A bounce-back year for the studio, and the lauded MCU, as the pioneering of Disney+ and the return to theaters gave them plenty to fight for; entering a new year, with renewed focus, could Marvel actually be better in 2022 than it was in 2021? Lets Discuss!
2020 was a difficult year for everyone. With industries desperately trying to find a consumer base amidst a global pandemic, the film industry was seeking answers anywhere they could find them; with even Marvel Studios being forced to basically skip the year.
With Black Widow marking the first theatrical return for the studio- despite its experimental dual distribution model becoming a very evident failure– things began to, slowly but surely, come clearer into view.
Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings followed, and with the venture into long-form storytelling that came from Marvel’s Disney+ exclusive series, the year was looking to be a bright one.
WandaVision and Loki both were game-changers for the direction of the MCU, Falcon and the Winter Soldier is Marvel’s most potent story to date, Hawkeye was a grounded approach to heroism in the Marvel Universe and What If…? became a very fun anthology series that may have lasting implications.
All the while, Eternals was a divisive masterpiece that showcased what is perhaps the best visual storytelling Marvel has employed, and Spider-Man: No Way Home has proven to be a record-breaking masterclass in big-budget storytelling that made it the biggest film of the year.
Yet, there is still the feeling that Marvel isn’t quite done yet.
Despite the massive heights, the studio has reached, there is still the very valid question that arises from the studio’s stacked lineup for his year; could Marvel actually be better in 2022 than it was in 2021?
I think they have a fair shot.
There will likely not be anything as big as Spider-Man: No Way Home, but depending on how much merit you give the varying rumors, Marvel appears to be doing everything in its power to mirror its success with the impending Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.
What could also compete with any of Marvel’s 2021 films is the highly anticipated Thor: Love and Thunder, which partners the MCU’s most adored Director/ Actor combo of Chirs Hemsworth and Taika Waititi to create a film even more ambitious than the phenomenal Thor: Ragnarok.
With Moon Knight likely to be a Marvel property unlike any other, the iconic Jennifer Walters and Kamala Kahn making their MCU debut in She-Hulk and Ms. Marvel respectively, and Loki returning for a season 2, we could be looking at a 2022 slate of Disney+ series that is even more vital that 2021.
The year will likely conclude with one of the most enigmatic and anticipated releases of Marvels Phase Four, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. Seeing how the MCU goes about handling the devastating passing of T’Challa actor Chadwick Boseman should pack theaters for the long-awaited sequel.
With all of these amazing titles, the most important factor in Marvel 2022 exceeding what they did in 2021 is the fact that there is a plan in place; no longer are schedule adjustments having to be made to account for a depleted consumer base.
the MCU knows where they’re going in 2022, and they know how to get there. Could Marvel actually be better in 2022 than it was in 2021? My guess is that it very well could.