Heroes in Culture: Dear Marvel, We Want Quality, Not Quantity.

Bryan Rodriguez-Velazco, Staff Writer

Almost everyone loves superheroes, well not all people, but most people at least enjoy them. So, to see them on the big screen saving the day against their foes is so exciting. However, when it’s to the point of seeing it every day while the quality falls short. Is it still something to be excited about? Now, Marvel has been facing its next big issue, what to do next. After wrapping it up with the release of Avengers: Endgame, Marvel has been making new projects for the future of the MCU. The problem? While Marvel has been releasing many of its projects in the past years. The quality of its new projects has been increasingly poor.

Marvel has released nine shows on Disney+ and seven movies for phase four. However, these movies and shows are low on emotional or quality work with some exceptions. An example can be made by She-Hulk: Attorney At Law which received a 33% audience score from Rotten Tomatoes. Its visual effects are extremely poor and horrible. She-Hulk herself in the show lacks quality. Another culprit is Ms. Marvel as its visual effects have also lacked quality. In general, Marvel’s visual effects aren’t as good as something like the effects in the first Iron Man movie. In that cinematic masterpiece, the effects were and are still incredible even if it was made in 2008. Compare that to new shows like She-Hulk that look like effects from a low-budget computer program. Not at all like a multi-billion dollar company with a huge reputation. If anything this hurts a character’s reputation and especially if it’s a new character being introduced. Although lowering its budget leads the way for better important projects being better. It won’t help a new character or give them justice for who they are in the comics. Fans wouldn’t enjoy that or the fans of the character seeing their hero be something they’re not like.

If anything, Marvel, or mainly just Disney, has been releasing too much for anything to be a masterpiece. They release without fans having time to truly appreciate the movie or show before the new one. Sure, when things are announced before releases, fans get excited about it. However, it tends to die when another project comes right after it. There are some exceptions to this, but sometimes many projects are hyped up only to be disappointing. An example of this would be Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness as fans were excited to see the multiverse explored. Especially with big-time director Sam Raimi at the forefront of the movie. Yet, the movie was seen as boring by fans saying the plot of the story was not as interesting as previous Marvel movies. The main issue being that fans were mainly eager to see variants of their characters. Only to see those variants barely on the screen and not explored or truly have any character in them.

Nevertheless, these aren’t the main issues with the MCU. The true issue is its overwhelming continuity that scares new audiences. Kevin Feige, president of Marvel Studios, and others have connected every Marvel project in the MCU. Although having a connected universe is an extraordinary accomplishment, lies the problem. Everything interconnected excludes or makes it difficult for new fans to get into the MCU. If everything is connected, it makes everything important to watch and understand. That practically means new fans would have to watch every Marvel movie to understand what’s going on. And that’s without saying that it would have to be in the order of the timeline. The result of this is that many new people trying to watch get confused or just flat-out quit watching the MCU.

In the end, Marvel might need to step up their game in order to truly keep fans happy. It’s mainly a shame since they’re owned by Disney which makes things even more difficult. The reason is that Disney is mainly looking for cash cows to use. As well as Marvel for being too ambitious with making as many projects as they can. The two main victims of this are the fans and the characters themselves. The fans see their heroes not being represented fairly and the character’s reputations being tainted. In general, Marvel should slow down with upcoming projects and give each of them time. If they do, then fans can truly enjoy their heroes on the big screen.