Marvel fans aren’t necessarily averse to keeping up with several storylines in order to follow the narratives of event films such as “Captain America: Civil War” and “Avengers: Infinity War.” However, these earlier entries only require viewers to have seen two or three movies every year, whereas Disney and Marvel’s Phase Five tactic requires audiences to also keep up with hours of streaming content, turning some fans away from their post–”Avengers: Endgame” output.
“Captain America: Brave New World” might run into similar issues as “The Marvels,” acting as both the fourth Captain America movie and a continuation of the miniseries “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier.” While not as overwhelming a load to take on as the number of miniseries required to fully grasp the “Captain Marvel” sequel, the idea of having to sit through yet another one, particularly one that hasn’t left much of an impact, might be enough to drop the enthusiasm of some viewers.
Fortunately, the team at Marvel is taking their feet off the pedal for 2024. The only MCU film on the schedule is “Deadpool 3,” a release that is sure to get butts in seats given the success of the prior “Deadpool” films and the inclusion of Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine. Both “Captain America: Brave New World” and “Thunderbolts” have been moved to 2025, which will hopefully give both audiences and Marvel much-needed time to breathe.