Why the MCU is at risk of becoming dependent on fan service after no homecoming

Most fans will agree that Spider-Man: No Way Home had a fair amount of fan service, but does the Multiverse make the MCU dependent on constant cameos?

With the Marvel Cinematic Universe fully embracing the Multiverse, many fans are excited for what the future of the franchise holds. However, with the emphasis on returning characters to Spider-Man: No Coming Homeand the supposed characters Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of MadnessMarvel may find itself overly reliant on cameos.

When No coming home was revealed to feature fan-favorite characters from outside of the MCU, some fans feared the entire film would rely on fan service. Fortunately, the film’s co-writer, Chris McKenna, saw the potential problem and said, “The most important thing is that it wasn’t going to be a bunch of fan services. It wasn’t going to be just reminders for everyone.”

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And Chris McKenna kept his word, because No coming home received near universal praise from fans. However, with the recent trailer of Multiverse of Madness, it seems once again that Marvel is running the risk of having too much fan service. After Doctor Strange is seen with a mysterious organization, believed by many to be the Illuminati, the voice of Patrick Stewart can be heard. Assuming this is the character of Professor X, that means mutants could soon be crossing the multiverse, and Marvel can continue the constant introduction of non-MCU characters.

While there’s a lot of hype and excitement surrounding a returning character, the MCU can back itself into a corner when it comes to surprises. The more movies that feature character cameos, the more fans will expect. And if fans are expecting more cameos, they might be disappointed if they don’t appear or disappointed if they do.

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness

There have already been issues with fan service expectations, seen across the show Wanda Vision. Actor Even Peters, who plays Quicksilver in the x-men franchise, made a few appearances. Yet, in the end, he was little more than a small nod to his character and played as a joke with the name Ralph Bohner. Although the cast and crew found it funny, many fans were disappointed.

And the wait for the characters only made it worse, as many theories and deep dives into the Wanda Vision the trailers convinced some fans that Mephisto (the devil of the MCU) would appear. But with the show ending without any mention of the character, they were disappointed with the finale.

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Of course, the idea of ​​fan service isn’t necessarily a bad thing. No coming home proved that fans can be treated to recognizable faces, while delivering a great story. Same daredevilMatt Murdock made a satisfying appearance, tied to the Hawk Eye show where Kingpin was eventually introduced. His surprise reveal successfully gave fan service for daredevil audience, and a great new character for those who haven’t watched.

But with Marvel seeing the buzz around their returning characters, it would be easy to continue to use cameos as a way to bring more fans to theaters, without the characters actually contributing anything of value to the movie. story. In a film called Multiverse of Madness, it’s understandable that well-known characters will make an appearance, so most would agree that Marvel isn’t quite past the cameos just yet. However, if every trailer for a new MCU movie featured a surprise character reveal, it could get old pretty quickly.

Regardless, it looks like Multiverse characters will continue to arrive for the foreseeable future. If Professor X is really in the next strange doctor, then there’s the possibility of the entire X-Men roster showing up, which could have huge implications for the future of the MCU. And only time will tell if each character is able to seamlessly return without feeling forced.

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