Marvel Studios has announced Phase 5 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, dubbed the Multiverse Saga, at the San Diego Comic-Con International. This sees the end of Phase 4 with Thor: Love and Thunder and Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, and a new Antman movie will kick off the next chapter of the MCU.
We’ll also be getting a new Guardians of the Galaxy movie, The Marvels and a new Blade flick all in just next year. There will be plenty of Disney+ exclusive series as well, such as Secret Invasion, Echo, Loki Season 2, Ironheart, Agatha: Coven of Chaos and a new Daredevil too. There’ll then be two more movies in Phase 5 in 2024, Captain America: New World Order and Thunderbolts.
That being said, while there’s certainly plenty of excitement seeing all of these upcoming Marvel movies, there are Malaysians a little wary of it too, and understandably so. We still aren’t able to watch Thor: Love and Thunder following a postponement from its original premiere date to 21 July, only to then see another postponement, this time an indefinite one.
Even the cinemas are no longer 100% certain of being able to air every single Marvel movie in Phase 5, as Golden Screen Cinemas (GSC) would go on to post on their Facebook that they don’t even know if Malaysia would be able to watch them. The Multiverse Sage poster also has an amendment to the premiere date of Thor: Love and Thunder, with it now being TBA (to be announced).
It’s worth noting too that it there seems to be a number of Malaysians beginning to turn on Marvel movies following the Thor: Love and Thunder saga. The comments section of the GSC post has some users voicing out their thoughts about Disney and Marvel movies, with a few of them saying that the recent movies from them have been below expectations, while others lament the ‘sensitive’ issues in the plot. That being said, a fair chunk of the comments are hyped for it, and hope to still be able to watch these movies when they debut over the next few years.
As a recap, Thor: Love and Thunder remains unavailable to watch on the silver screen in Malaysia. There has not been an official reason why it’s been delayed though from neither Disney nor the authorities such as FINAS and the Home Ministry. This has unsurprisingly led to complaints from not just local movie goers but also the cinemas themselves.