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With Mrs Miracle To come to the end, Thor: Love and Thunder to hit through the box office, and She-Hulk: Lawyer in law Phase 4 of the MCU is well underway on the horizon and has been extremely successful so far. Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige and the other MCU creatives have done an incredible job mixing up the usual formula.

Each project becomes increasingly unique and perfectly formed for the characters it represents.

While there are still many more Phase 4 projects to be revealed, Marvel fans are excited to learn more about what potential projects we have in store. There are many theories about how Kang the Conqueror will rock the multiverse, how the Fantastic Four and X-Men will be introduced, and most importantly, what major threat will summon the Avengers back together?

However, fans aren’t the only ones who have speculated. MCU actors and directors alike have shared their thoughts on what should come next and how the MCU is shaping up. Joe and Anthony Russo, the brothers who like epics Infinite War and endgamerecently shared what they wanted to see from Phase 5.

Stage 5 dreams of the Russo brothers

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In a clip recently uploaded to Twitter by diversity, directors Joe and Anthony Russo were asked what they would like to see in Phase 5 movies and shows in the MCU. Your Answer? “More of What They Do” With “more adventurousness, exploration, experimentation:”

Joe: “Oh wow.”
Anthony: “Just more of what they do. Just more adventurousness, exploration, experimentation. They just take us to surprising places.”
Joe: “Risks, diversity, everything they do, yes.”

What to expect in Phase 5 of the MCU

There has been some debate lately as to whether the MCU is “go woke up” and whether that direction hurts the franchise. The box office and Disney+ numbers would contradict that assessment, and the Russians appear to do the same. Exploring new styles of storytelling and emphasizing expanding the MCU’s diversity are hallmarks of Phase 4, and both have been specifically cited by Joe Russo as more of what he wants to see in the future.

Joe’s mention of “risks” go with “Experiment” mentioned by Anthony. Perhaps the greatest aspect of Phase 4 (and a big contributor to its continued success) was its willingness to mix up the traditional formula. While the Infinity Saga had films that stood out from the rest – most notably the two Guardians of the Galaxy films – there was nothing that came close to the stylistic experimentation that Phase 4 spawned.

Emmy-nominated shows like moon knight and Loki prove Marvel Studios capable of producing exceptional television. Compare these shows (or a more down to earth like The Falcon and the Winter Soldier) with the recently completed Mrs Miracle and the diversity in both cast and style is extremely evident. Nothing before Phase 4 offered the psychological drama of moon knight or the way Mrs Miracle often felt more like a teen comedy drama Unpleasant as a superhero show.

This also applies to both on the big screen Multiverse of Madness and Thor: Love and Thunder were clearly films strongly influenced by the unique styles of their directors.

Sam Raimis multiverse dripped with the exaggerated occult action of Evil Dead. Taika Waititi brought to gate 4 an even better example of his bombastic yet emotional directing than in the well-loved Ragnarok. Both films benefited from the directors’ choices, and those decisions were clearly made with the intention of best portraying the characters in them.

All of which is to say that Russians clearly recognize that this shift in direction has made MCU projects more accessible and, in many ways, more authentic to their source material. Many are hoping the Russos will direct another Avengers film (perhaps no more so than the brothers themselves), and it’s clear that if they do, they’ll be adopting much of the Phase 4 style.

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