Marvel Producer Says Phase 4 Is A Response To ‘Avengers: Endgame’ Trauma

The characters have a lot to deal with.

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Marvel producer Richie Palmer recently opened up about Phase 4 in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and how it’s a reaction to the trauma caused by Avengers: Endgame and Infinity War.

The previous two Marvel Avengers films, Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame were both films that put the heroes of the Marvel Cinematic Universe through the wringer. Half of the universe was wiped out during the events of Avengers: Infinity War, several more characters were permanently killed off, and a few more died in Avengers: Endgame. Apparently, Phase 4 is all about the various MCU characters dealing with all the trauma of the evens of Endgame and Infinity War.

The Theme Of Phase 4

In a recent interview with Empire, production and development head of Marvel Studios Richie Palmer broke this down a bit. Specifically, he noted how several of the MCU’s phase four projects are all about the characters dealing with the Avenger events:

“Phase Four is all a reaction – and I don’t mean on our part as filmmakers, I mean the characters…It’s a reaction to the trauma of Avengers: Infinity War and Endgame. We’re still feeling those effects in these movies years later.

It’s also something we spoke to Elizabeth Olsen about every step of the way, that for her, Wanda’s full journey is leading to a moment of accountability. And we think she’s gotten there.

She’s aware now, ‘Oh, I’m supposed to be this god. I’ve always known this kinda, under the surface, but it’s now been told to me. Now, my way of dealing with my loss and trauma is just going full-in to what I am, which is the Scarlet Witch, so I’m going to be that.’ Of course, in our movie, she’s like, ‘I don’t want to be that, I want to go be with my kids. So leave me alone, but I’m just letting you know that I am the Scarlet Witch, so don’t mess with me.'”

Anyone who has watched any of Phase 4 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe will know this to be true. Hawkeye dealt with Clint Barton’s past as Ronin and the death of Black Widow. More recently, Thor Love and Thunder addressed just who Thor is suppose to be after the events of these films. While this isn’t confirmed it is also likely that we will continue to see similar themes explored with the older MCU cast members before Phase 4 is done.

Here is the synopsis for the latest Marvel film, Thor: Love and Thunder:

The film finds Thor (Chris Hemsworth) on a journey unlike anything he’s ever faced – a quest for inner peace. But his retirement is interrupted by a galactic killer known as Gorr the God Butcher (Christian Bale), who seeks the extinction of the gods. To combat the threat, Thor enlists the help of King Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson), Korg (Taika Waititi) and ex-girlfriend Jane Foster (Natalie Portman), who – to Thor’s surprise – inexplicably wields his magical hammer, Mjolnir, as the Mighty Thor. Together, they embark upon a harrowing cosmic adventure to uncover the mystery of the God Butcher’s vengeance and stop him before it’s too late.

Directed by Taika Waititi and produced by Kevin Feige and Brad Winderbaum, the Thor solo film stars Chris Hemsworth, Christian Bale, Tessa Thompson, Jaimie Alexander, Taika Waititi, Russell Crowe, Natalie Portman, Chris Pratt, Dave Bautista, Karen Gillan, Pom Klementieff, Vin Diesel and Bradley Cooper.

Thor: Love and Thunder is now playing in theaters. Stay tuned for all the latest news on the future of the MCU and be sure to subscribe to Heroic Hollywood’s YouTube channel for more original video content.

Source: Empire

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