How the overproduction of the Marvel Cinematic Universe is killing it

With close to three days worth of content released in 2021, many have to wonder when there will be too much Marvel.


Gage Skidmore

Many of the creators and actors in the MCU presenting the films and shows that make up phase 4 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Since its humble beginnings in 2008 with the film “Iron Man,” the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) has since become one of the most popular movie franchises of all time. With 28 feature films and seven live-action shows on Disney+, the franchise is a cultural movement that can’t be stopped. But after the release of “Avengers: Endgame” in 2019, the question on everyone’s mind was “What’s next?”

Marvel answered this question by taking a break in 2020, partially due to the COVID-19 pandemic, before releasing nine total projects in 2021. While all of these projects have been successes, many of them have problems. Most noticeably, the VFX quality has dropped considerably. With such examples as the poor color grading in “Black Widow” to the uncanny valley nightmare in “She-Hulk: Attorney at Law,” it’s clear that with all the projects Marvel has been releasing, the VFX teams are struggling to meet the workload.

This shot was heavily criticized as having an “uncanny element” when the “She-Hulk: Attorney at Law” trailer was originally posted. (Disney+)

Another problem shown with the most recent Marvel projects is that many fans can’t keep up with them.

“I’ve been pretty good with constantly keeping up with marvel movies, but I’m not as motivated for the tv shows,” senior Evan Signoretti confessed.

The number of hours it would take to watch everything that Marvel released in 2021 would be 71 hours and 56 minutes. Close to three days’ worth of content was released in one year.

In July 2022, Marvel announced a slate of upcoming projects, including two Avengers movies to be released in the same year. It seems Marvel will continue to push more content despite the quality and fans fading. I can’t seem to shake the feeling that the moment when everyone gives up on Marvel is coming sooner rather than later.