Where does Marvel go after Infinity War? This is arguably the biggest question people are asking regarding the MCU. We have been anticipating the big fight with Thanos for the past eight years. Once that has concluded, what happens then? According to Marvel president Kevin Feige, the answer may be to go smaller.
No folks, Marvel isn’t going with lower budget films. Instead, Feige said that they want to focus more on character driven stories similar to Captain America: Civil War.
Arguably, one of the biggest scenes we’ve ever had in a movie was the airport battle in Civil War, and there weren’t world-ending stakes in that scene, there wasn’t an asteroid smashing into a city in that scene, but there was a conflict between the characters that made you feel something.
There was some concern during production of Civil War about the number of characters featured. How can you fit that many characters in one movie and give them all enough screen time? Marvel, however, was able to perfectly balance all of the characters featured and even introduce a couple of new faces. They did this and also created a conflict that engaged viewers.
Of course, it is hard to think about how smaller scale could work. I mean, Marvel just introduced us to new characters like the Guardians of the Galaxy, Dr. Strange and soon we will meet Captain Marvel. With what little we know about these characters, one thing we do know is that most of their adventures are not exactly small scale. The Guardians of the Galaxy, for example, kept an entire planet from being destroyed! That’s a little bigger than an airport fight scene.
Up to this point, Marvel hasn’t really let us down. If they say they are going smaller, then this is something we can all be excited about. With the abundance of superhero movies coming our way, it is important to continue to tell these stories in ways that will engage the audience. Superhero fatigue is definitely an issue that is arising. If studios continue to put out the same type of superhero movies, people will tire and move on. By scaling down on the action and focusing more on the characters, audiences can engage in a much different way. That is why some people consider Captain America: Winter Solider one of the best Marvel movies to date. Was the conflict on a big scale? Yes, but a lot of the focus was on Captain America and his internal conflict.
Sounds off, geeks! Do you think a more characters driven MCU is the way to go?