The future is now. Although the last chapter in the MCUThe Infinity Saga’s jump five years into the future to the space year of 2023 seemed incredibly far, but now we have reached the endgame – in the truest sense of the word. October 17, 2023 is canonically the day on Avengers: EndgameThe Battle of Earth occurred, the day the Snap was reversed and those who had been dusted in the Blip came back to life, as well as the day Iron Man sacrificed his own life to destroy Thanos.
However, this is not just a day of remembrance for the MCU’s father, because just as the grief over Tony Stark’s loss promised a better future for Earth-199999, so too does the fact that we have now reached the day of his death, which can be interpreted in real time suggests that Marvel Studios may be on the verge of recovering from an IRL blip of its own.
Call me superstitious, but it seems like the MCU has been suffering from some kind of curse since Endgame, but now that the franchise’s past (but also its future) has caught up with the present, perhaps that curse could be lifted.
The Multiverse saga was knocked out of its sails before it could even begin its journey when the COVID-19 pandemic forced Marvel to postpone its slate until 2021 (excluding the 2020s). Black widow), and even when it even started, the series of films and television shows that followed were generally considered inferior to the consistent quality of the Infinity Saga. 2023 has been another tough year for the cinematic universe, especially with strikes in Hollywood forcing further schedule restructuring that mirrors that of the 2020s and declining critical and box office returns.
There’s little logic to it, but it’s hard not to wonder at the fact that we’ve caught up EndgameThe timeline that means the shadow of the world’s second biggest movie and the MCU’s biggest success story is behind us means the curse has been lifted. With any luck, the franchise can now move on without keeping an eye on its glorious past and instead focus on innovation and creating a fresh and impressive future. This would be a real gift for Marvel fans all over the world, especially as they cry for Tony Stark once again.