‘Black Widow’ closes a chapter as Marvel appears forward to a brand new part
The pandemic juggled the discharge calendar, however Marvel Studios returns to theaters with its pop-culture credentials firmly intact, having launched a trio of buzzworthy sequence that includes different Avengers-connected characters — “WandaVision,” “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier” and at the moment “Loki” — for Disney+, its father or mother firm’s streaming service.
Nonetheless, unproven characters all the time pose a bit extra of a danger, and the 2 movies due within the subsequent 4 months will likely be adopted by a gentle stream of sequels: So as of the corporate’s launch plans, Spider-Man in December 2021; Physician Unusual, Thor, Black Panther, and Captain Marvel in 2022; and Ant-Man and the Wasp and Guardians of the Galaxy in 2023.
Within the eyes of many Marvel followers (together with this one), maybe the best alternative offered to Marvel going ahead hinges on taking one thing previous and making it new once more — or fairly, getting it proper after disappointing variations.
Disney acquired Fox’s leisure property two years in the past, and has already introduced a Incredible 4 revival, a title with a really lengthy attain that, together with X-Males, seemingly creates a bunch of prospects to excite longtime Marvel followers.
As one of many unique film Avengers, saying goodbye to Black Widow and its star Scarlett Johansson (really launched because the character in “Iron Man 2” greater than a decade in the past) does certainly appear to be closing a chapter of Marvel’s world-shattering run over the past 13 years.
With a lot of the unique workforce having moved on, it is a considerably completely different Marvel now, and a good distance again to when the corporate progressively assembled the items of “Avengers,” an audacious gamble on the time.
Because the climactic battle in “Endgame” made clear, the forged has grown significantly since Marvel’s cinematic beginnings. For that cause and others, the corporate nonetheless appears a lot highly effective because it marches into this subsequent part.