Given how Endgame played out I'm not sure why they're doing this *now* (I get production hell, but it seems like they could have made much greater efforts to get this done before Endgame). I'm on the slightly pessimistic side, plus unless Captain America gets double billing I'm not seeing how this will get much traction beyond film one. I'm sort of the same way with Black Panther, Captain Marvel, and Doctor Strange - they just don't feel emotionally connected to the core Avengers team, and without Cap, I don't see how Nat would fare much better. Good for a stand-alone film, maybe even part of its own franchise, but trying to tie it into the MCU and the Avengers just seems like money grabbing. I could maybe see it if Sam Wilson gets featured heavily as sort of a prelude to him taking over the shield. But still........
Post by takewithfood on Dec 3, 2019 12:13:17 GMT -5
It is definitely a stand-alone, as this mostly takes place in the past. If anything it will set up a replacement Black Widow, the way the name has been used by multiple people in the comics.
Functionally, it's meant to tide MCU fans over until Phase 4 kicks off. Throughout the Infinity War Saga (the first 3 phases of the MCU) Marvel/Disney was rolling out films on top of each other with overlapping production schedules so that they could continue to release 2-3 per year. That's an unprecedented pace for a franchise/series, and it's only fair that they needed a bit of a break after Endgame. I think this might also have something to do with tying up contract stuff.
The MCU is going to be different after Endgame, as it should. It's natural for people who liked the first 3 phases to want more of the same, but that shouldn't be confused for not wanting something new. Imagine if we never stopped making Green Hornet, Dick Tracy, and The Shadow comics and nothing new; no X-Men, no Spiderman, no Avengers, nothing. Imagine if George Lucas got to make the Flash Gordon movie he wanted and never created Star Wars instead. I'm not asking anyone to love something they haven't even seen yet, but just give new a chance.
Aside from the big cast changes, the format of MCU films has evolved significantly. We're way beyond the days of individual franchises linked only by occasional Avengers movies; everything is crossovers now. All the crossover films (Civil War, Ragnarok, Homecoming) have been big hits, and Marvel knows it. Marvel has built up a big cast in a big world and now they just plan to tell stories in it. They'll still have names like "Doctor Strange", but they'll feature a bunch of MCU characters.
We lost Iron Man, Captain America, Black Widow, and Vision (?). We still have Thor, Hulk, the Guardians of the Galaxy, Hawkeye, Nick Fury, Captain Marvel, Black Panther, Scarlet Witch, Falcon, Bucky, Dr. Strange, War Machine, at least a little Spider Man, and a buttload of supporting characters. We're also getting a ton of new toys in the immediate future, and the potential for a proper swing at the Fantastic Four and the X-Men. After the success of The Mandalorian, I'm cautiously optimistic about the TV shows, too.
I expect that a lot of things will make sense after Eternals, which is looking like the key to the next couple phases. Meanwhile, I'm just going to enjoy a Black Widow movie for what it is.
It's still soon to say, but it doesn't look like a "we had to do it so lets do it as cheap as possible" movie and I like the cast. I'm not enjoying a lot the subdued look of the Taskmaster (although I know that his usual costume would be extra goofy on screen), but other than that it seems a perfectly enjoyable action flick.