What’s New in the MCU

Sarah Baird, Pawprint Staff Reporter

The Marvel Cinematic Universe is still trying to recover from the pandemic. With two years of no content to make up for, the studio is releasing more projects during 2021 than usual. Most fans have loved the extra content.

“I really liked ‘What If,’ because they helped show how… some of the smallest details…could have changed everything,” freshman Ryan Rasch said. “I also really enjoyed Loki because Loki is one of my favorite characters…and I think there were some very interesting concepts in the show… that set up some big things in the MCU.”

Even the Marvel staff enjoyed “Loki.” When asked about his favorite Phase Four project, Marvel script coordinator Eli Sasich told the PawPrint, “I quite enjoyed ‘Loki.’ I really appreciated how different it was from everything else. The production design, style, and tone were fantastic, as was the music.” Besides working at Marvel, Sasich is also the writer-director and executive producer of “HENRi” and “Atropa.”

Unfortunately, the studio is still behind. Marvel announced that their 2022 films have been delayed. That includes the sequels to “Thor,” “Black Panther” and “Dr. Strange.” The most prolonged delay was “Black Panther 2,” which moved from July to Nov. 2022.

“It’s frustrating but understandable considering the logistical difficulties that came with the pandemic,” junior Jake Baird said.

Despite these setbacks, Marvel is still extremely popular. For proof, look no further than “Spider-Man: No Way Home.” 355 and a half million people watched the first trailer for the film within 24 hours of its release.

“I am probably most [excited for] ‘Spiderman: No Way Home,'” Rasch said. “I really enjoyed the other 2 MCU Spiderman movies… When the trailer released and it was revealed that they would cross over with the Sam Raimi movies that I also loved, I was blown away.”

Luckily, their 2023 projects appear to be unaffected by the delay. The team at Marvel is looking forward to that year, with Sasich especially anticipating “Ant-Man 3.”

“I’ll always have a soft spot for ‘Ant-Man’ since that’s the first Production Assistant job I ever had on a big movie, so I’m… looking forward to ‘Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania,'” Sasich said. “The director, Peyton Reed, is really great and one of the nicest film folks I’ve worked for.”

Some Marvel fans are complaining of oversaturation due to an extensive list of upcoming MCU projects. Rasch disagrees with these claims.

“I think that Marvel is doing a good enough job… finding enough new characters and stories to keep it feeling different and well done,” he explained.

It’ll be a busy couple of months to be an MCU fan. “Eternals” comes to theaters on Nov. 5, “Hawkeye” has its two-episode Disney+ premiere on Nov. 24, and “Spiderman: No Way Home” releases on Dec. 17.