Even with "Spider-Man: Far From Home" swinging to another huge opening, Disney's other marquee franchise, Marvel, might want to consider a similar course of action, slowing its roll after "Avengers: Endgame," the operatic culmination of its 10-year plan.At first blush, that might sound strange. "Spider-Man" opened to generally positive reviews, and in its first week has amassed a bountiful $185 million in North America and nearly $600 million worldwide. That hardly seems like the time to stage a strategic retreat.Still, piggybacking on the "Avengers" narrative represents an advantage that somewhat muddies the analysis. And the movie's creative shortcomings — which are not insignificant — coupled with the challenge of sustaining a massive interlocking "cinematic universe" suggest the major casualties suffered in "Endgame" have left holes in Marvel's merry marching society, which will require a little time to absorb and recover.Marvel obviously has plenty of arrows left in its quiver, including no-brainer sequels to "Black Panther," "Captain Marvel" and "Guardians of the Galaxy." Whatever weight is pulling down this summer's box office, Marvel has managed to defy that gravity.The company's catalogue, however, exhibits signs of being stretched, not only in terms of feeding the theatrical beast, but also providing several new limited series featuring high-profile characters for Disney's upcoming streaming service, Disney+.Like "Spider-Man: Homecoming," "Far From Home" has its moments. But even with a plot that builds off the emotional heft of "Endgame," another mediocre villain (if perhaps better than the Vulture), heavy dose of Disney Channel-level romance and too much clunky shtick involving the adult chaperones made this feel qualitatively more like a middle-weight contender.Marvel clearly doesn't need to hit the reset button, but the studio would benefit from avoiding the irrational exuberance that contributed to "Solo's" fate — the sense that anything bearing its logo comes sprinkled with the equivalent of fairy dust.Plus, with the acquisition of 20th Century Fox, Disney/Marvel has assumed control of two signature Marvel properties, Fantastic Four and X-Men, whose movie rights were parceled off years ago, both of which appear ripe for incorporation into the broader Marvel Cinematic Universe.Such ventures require time and care, the kind that seldom comes from rigidly adhering to a release schedule designed to ensure that Disney can steadily push out consumer products and ensure that its shareholders are the happiest on Earth.GRead More – Source
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