What can I say? I use to be front row buying tickets on opening night for any Marvel Cinematic Universe film. However, Phase Four definitely became a downer for the comic book movie franchise. I missed at least three of them and caught them later on Disney Plus. The rest I caught on matinees. Anyway, from worst to best, here is my Ranking Of The Phase 4 Films (And TV Specials) Of The Marvel Cinematic Universe:
This is a long boring film about a group of aliens who selfishly refuse to help humanity, except when it pleases them.
Thor: Love & Thunder
Instead of building off Thor’s story, this one bizarrely resets him back to how he was prior to the events of the “Infinity Saga.” It was silly and trite, ruining years of film canon.
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness
Not even some cool cameos or magic could save this convoluted plot. Despite an effort by Benedict Cumberbatch, the film could not live up to its predecessor.
Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings
In the comics, Shang-Chi has no abilities, but uses his Martial Arts skills to fight crime. In the film, he has to take ten bracelets, somehow called rings, to do his Kung Fu power.
The Avenger known as Black Widow has to deal with family drama and be on the run from the US government. This Disney movie also shows a complete lack of knowledge of Taskmaster.
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever
At least this one had a story, but also displays a lack of caring of the character of Namor. We also get the plucky Ironheart, which you can tell was forced into the story of Shuri becoming the Black Panther.
Werewolf By Night
This Halloween special recounts the story of Man-Thing and his werewolf ally. While cheesy, it is enjoyable.
The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special
When Mantis sees Star-Lord sad about Christmas, she and Drax travel to Earth to kidnap actor Kevin Bacon to cheer him up.
Spider-Man: No Way Home
Peter Parker accidentally sets off one of Dr. Strange’s spells. This causes enemies from other worlds to come into the MCU which brings Spider-Man face-to-face with the Green Goblin.
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