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Are you feeling crushed under the superhero onslaught? Well, you’re not alone. This episode is all about navigating through the dizzying maze of the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s (MCU) Phase Four. There’s a lot to unpack here: the multi-layered narratives, the relevance (or lack thereof) of certain stand-alone series, and the overarching multiverse storyline that seems to be spiraling into chaos. Could this really be part of a grand plan we are yet to perceive?
Liz shares her thoughts on this and also how this new wave of superhero fatigue might shape the course of Phase Five and Six. Liz discusses how the hiatus between the seasons has reignited her love for the Game of Thrones universe. So come, join in as we journey through these captivating universes. Let’s see if we can decode their mysteries together!
(0:00:01) – Superhero Fatigue in Phase Four (9 Minutes)
As a long-time fan of the MCU, Liz has noticed an abundance of content released in a very short amount of time. This has caused a lot of fatigue among fans. She discusses how this has affected the multiverse storyline that has been built up and how there have been some movies and shows that do tie in together, but then some that don’t seem to fit in. She will also examine how Marvel is responding to the criticism and what the future of phase five and six may look like.
(0:09:15) – Marvel vs DC (8 Minutes)
As a fan of both the MCU and House of the Dragon, Liz understands the fatigue and excitement that comes with a new show being released. Last year, she released a long solo episode reviewing the first season of House of the Dragon. She even revisited the topic recently with Mary in the form of two episodes: Episode 104 and Episode 105. This has reignited her interest in the Westeros universe. It has been announced that the second season is coming out in the summer of 2024 and the production team wants to make sure that the audience gets the best they can make.
Liz discusses the criticisms of the MCU, in terms of the quality of the writing and visuals. She hopes that Marvel and Disney will listen to them and make the necessary improvements for Phase Five and Six. Liz also talks about the DC universe and how it is not as connected as the MCU, making her less motivated to watch all the content. Finally, she talks about the website and where to find the podcast and the upcoming solo episodes.