Has the Marvel Cinematic Universe peaked?
At the time of writing, Avengers: Endgame is a critical and commercial monster. Not only boasting a Rotten Tomatoes score of 94%, a Metacritic rating of 78 and a rare A+ CinemaScore audience rating, the Russo brothers’ superhero epic is less than $70m away from toppling Avatar to become the highest-grossing movie in history.
Not only that, but Endgame also assembled one of the most star-studded casts of all time to deliver the conclusion to a narrative the studio had been building for eleven years over twenty-one previous movies. In short, it is one hell of an impressive achievement from all involved.
But where does the MCU go from here?
The pieces have been moved and the deck has been shuffled. Robert Downey Jr., for so long synonymous with the series, is gone. Chris Evans, the beating heart of the Avengers, followed suit. The core team that built the MCU from the ground up have been scattered. Those are some big shoes to fill.
Having gone from a startup production company to undisputed kings of the Hollywood blockbuster in little over a decade, it seems like Marvel Studios know what they’re doing. And yet, the future of the MCU has never been as cloudy as it is right now. One thing is for certain, the next few years will be absolutely pivotal in the continued success of cinema’s most lucrative franchise.