Why the Marvel Cinematic Universe feels empty

  • تم نشره في 2018/10/15
  • What makes a fictional universe good? In this requested episode of Overrated, Vox’s Phil Edwards explores the past and present of fictional universes to try to figure it out.
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    Fictional universes and crossovers have been around long before the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The Green Hornet radio show had a crossover with the Lone Ranger that kicked off the trend. In comics, the Marvel Universe started long before Stan Lee was at the helm.

    But these crossovers have a problem: They can privilege business relationships ahead of storytelling immersion and really interesting universes. As the Tommy Westphall Universe shows, crossovers often become a map of business decisions rather than of integrated fictional stories, and that leads to worse stories.

    This problem plagues the MCU as well. When Marvel engineers crossovers, they aren’t thinking about a universe transformed by superheroes - they just want more quips, explosions, and cash. Or at least that’s Edwards’s argument - do you think the MCU works?
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تعليقات • 21 969

  • Vox
    Vox  أشهر قبل +864

    You know that one font every comic book uses? Phil Edwards explains where it came from, and how it became so enduring: bit.ly/2EoOE6a

    • Eggsy Garcia
      Eggsy Garcia 4 أيام قبل


    • Eggsy Garcia
      Eggsy Garcia 4 أيام قبل

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    • Eggsy Garcia
      Eggsy Garcia 4 أيام قبل

      Vox SHUT UP

    • Eggsy Garcia
      Eggsy Garcia 4 أيام قبل


    • Eggsy Garcia
      Eggsy Garcia 4 أيام قبل

      Angel Valadez-Chapman agree

  • w h y
    w h y 23 ساعات قبل +2

    *Then Stan Lee dies*

  • Yixuan Wang
    Yixuan Wang أيام قبل

    What is the music starts at 8:40?

  • Tone202
    Tone202 2 أيام قبل

    If you put hawkeye in the DC universe you would get an outcry that would cost you millions.

  • Scott Reacher
    Scott Reacher 2 أيام قبل

    Essentially this video just very poorly researched and Vox is SCUM.

  • Rowan Newcomb Rodriguez
    Rowan Newcomb Rodriguez 2 أيام قبل

    RIP Stan 😢😢😢😢

  • Darcy Harland
    Darcy Harland 2 أيام قبل

    While i dont agree with a lot of this video. Detective pikachu now exists which i think is the equivalent to a horrible cross over like the one suggested of starwars and avengers in this video.

  • yesmanandy
    yesmanandy 2 أيام قبل

    Lol at all the crying marvel fans

  • Nicholas Szwajda
    Nicholas Szwajda 2 أيام قبل

    Heaping pile of gooply gook

  • beatjunkybg
    beatjunkybg 2 أيام قبل


  • Cyber Anderson
    Cyber Anderson 2 أيام قبل

    RIP Stan Lee

  • Diógenes
    Diógenes 2 أيام قبل

    además de sobrevalorada , es aburrida , es una película de acción que con el paso del tiempo será olvidada por ser sólo la película del momento

  • Bruce Snow
    Bruce Snow 2 أيام قبل

    You're really draining down the hole, don't you Vox? I can understand this video, opinion and all, but oh boy - then you go on to attack Stan Lee in an article right after his death. Great job at keeping your reputation there.

  • Hey U
    Hey U 2 أيام قبل

    I mean yeah they kinda are but it’s still wayyyy better than DC

  • Erik Reyes
    Erik Reyes 3 أيام قبل

    This video is so below the channel’s level

  • benjamin budin
    benjamin budin 3 أيام قبل


  • feeeqaaa
    feeeqaaa 3 أيام قبل

    i love vox's content seriously, going into this hoping to have a different perspective/viewpoint on mcu movies but nothing in this video make any sense? this still didnt answer the title of the video...

  • HyperBreadbeard
    HyperBreadbeard 3 أيام قبل

    This line is idiotic "By the 60's even dc comics was catching up".
    Vox I really hope you realise that DC had their first crossover the same year (a few months after in fact) as Marvel and that crossover also happened to be the first ever superhero team.
    If that took literally 1 min to lookup, then what does that say about your research skills 🤔

  • John Diego Masga
    John Diego Masga 3 أيام قبل +1

    It’s emptier now!! #RIPSTANLEE #Excelsior

  • Nathan Buford
    Nathan Buford 3 أيام قبل

    I love this comment section

  • Bobby Wasabi
    Bobby Wasabi 3 أيام قبل +1

    This video felt empty

  • Aubra Hickerson
    Aubra Hickerson 3 أيام قبل

    Bless this video. Thank you.

  • Paul Benedict E Diasanta
    Paul Benedict E Diasanta 3 أيام قبل

    It now feels empty because Stan Lee died

  • dcsmerf12
    dcsmerf12 3 أيام قبل

    You know what feels empty? This video.

  • Gabbi Durham
    Gabbi Durham 3 أيام قبل

    You honestly haven’t done your research if you really think this.

  • Rafael Cirqueira
    Rafael Cirqueira 3 أيام قبل +1

    You lost me when you said the Fox X Men Universe "showed a better way" with "real stakes" and "deep integration"

  • frank x
    frank x 3 أيام قبل

    I enjoy Marvel movies but acknowledge that MCU is just a pile of self-promoting crap.

  • GeoPlayer123
    GeoPlayer123 3 أيام قبل

    holy crap just looked at like to dislike ratio

  • iLikeNoodles
    iLikeNoodles 4 أيام قبل

    R.I.P Stan Lee

  • MM Earlene
    MM Earlene 4 أيام قبل

    this a click bait

  • gigs1890
    gigs1890 4 أيام قبل

    Lol spiderman homecoming was the worst choice of an example of a non-transformed universe

  • CintreuseGrande
    CintreuseGrande 4 أيام قبل

    I liked this video Vox :)

  • Josh Wilson
    Josh Wilson 4 أيام قبل

    I think most of the superhero movies are crappy cash-grabs, and like the rational approach Vox takes, but I couldn't follow this one. Most of the superhero movies are crap for the same reason that 75% of action movies are crap: they spend far too much time on CGI nonsense and not enough on character/plot/world development. Lindsay Ellis explains it better than I ever could in her video explaining why Mad Max: Fury Road is a masterpiece in the action genre: action for the sake of action is tiring; action as an outcome of well-developed world building is awesome. arclip.net/video/PLLGN7zv-3k/فيديو.html

  • Leo Kearns Stanley
    Leo Kearns Stanley 4 أيام قبل

    you're OLD

  • gucci squidward
    gucci squidward 4 أيام قبل

    Rip stan Lee

  • King Crozma
    King Crozma 4 أيام قبل +1

    0:12 what do you mean it is lol

  • Jennifer Yang
    Jennifer Yang 4 أيام قبل

    These hero cross-over movies feel empty most of the time but they are still relatable for its audiences. If anything I think it is a better influence to the young audiences, showing that the world has more than one hero and does not revolve around one hero.
    Cross overs definitely are effective in terms of marketing, and it is an interesting way of creating unexpected storylines.
    The problem is just that most of the movies have storylines that are too linear and has nothing new to show it's audiences. They are essentially expensive graphics made to boost a 16 year olds ego.

  • David Brandon
    David Brandon 4 أيام قبل

    i hate this this is why im not sub subscribed

  • MrKingoverall
    MrKingoverall 5 أيام قبل

    The dislikes are more than the likes

  • Suleiman Mustafa
    Suleiman Mustafa 5 أيام قبل

    R.I.P Stan Lee

  • greg martin
    greg martin 5 أيام قبل

    The ending is a bit unsatisfactory

  • Elizabeth Ondoma
    Elizabeth Ondoma 5 أيام قبل +1

    So, is the MCU empty, or is it that Vox has no other content to yap about?

    Not trying to be hateful but, this is just unnecessarily sloppy

  • Lalo B
    Lalo B 5 أيام قبل

    This guy sucks his videos suck.

  • Marc Juenger
    Marc Juenger 5 أيام قبل

    Wow, that felt a lot longer due to how wrong it was about all of its stances on the MCU. Then when you thought it was over, they used X-men as a fix for continuity issues? Amazing. If you need a quick insight into the real inner workings of the films, and why they work, just watch how it should have ended’s review of black panther. It’s not much, but it covers a lot of ground that the creators of this video clearly missed. Starting with character development for real stakes to the viewer and addressing real world issues in a fictional platform.

    • Marc Juenger
      Marc Juenger 5 أيام قبل

      This was such an off-topic video about the stances it was taking that I had to check to be sure it wasn’t posted on April 1st before responding.

  • Rayaan Ali
    Rayaan Ali 6 أيام قبل +3

    R.I.P Stan lee
    Creator of the best superheroes and cameos ever.

  • Rita Viviano
    Rita Viviano 6 أيام قبل

    Canzoni per bambini

  • K 1
    K 1 6 أيام قبل

    I was interested in the opinion of this video until about 40 seconds in and the narrator said "... vox set out to" at which point I scrolled down, saw that this was in fact a Vox video. So I down voted it, let you know how much you suck, and left.

  • HoBrosGaming
    HoBrosGaming 6 أيام قبل

    Big oof look at that dislike ratio

  • Christian Owers
    Christian Owers 6 أيام قبل

    Man this video was so bad I disliked it twice haha

  • TheMythey
    TheMythey 6 أيام قبل

    Wow, this has to be the most dislikes I've ever seen on a video, EVER. Damn!

  • Andrew
    Andrew 7 أيام قبل

    can u fire this guy

  • un usuario mas
    un usuario mas 7 أيام قبل

    Marvel estupid Fanbase

  • Hayden Burke
    Hayden Burke 7 أيام قبل

    Well executed, but your point is kinda dopey.

  • Ali Reyes
    Ali Reyes 7 أيام قبل

    Dont mess with dem comics fanbois, cause damn they'll show you how triggered they are.

  • BecauseYouMatter
    BecauseYouMatter 7 أيام قبل

    Learn a thing or two from Cheddar on Marvel - arclip.net/video/PSaoKQCWAbI/فيديو.html

  • CRAZYLazyboy101 -sonic fnaf and more!

    or you could just be a hater

  • An3
    An3 7 أيام قبل

    Marvel is Selling Merch and they are Really Good at it. That's all. Idk it's all about the Toys but I can't see kids Playing with Tarantino figures... Not even the Bride.

  • An3
    An3 7 أيام قبل


    MAIKA 7 أيام قبل

    Dissapointing vox video.

  • enrique2395
    enrique2395 8 أيام قبل

    the fact that the dislike:like ration is off tells me u dont know wtf u talking about smh

  • Victor Laye
    Victor Laye 8 أيام قبل

    Brilliant video. It's pretty disappointing that MCU fans don't even try to understand the reasons for its success and are directly offended just because someone dared to say that what they like is not as great as they think.
    You have the right to love the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but you can't deny that it's very overrated and wobbly : each character lives his own little adventures against an unidimensional enemy in his own little world and only reunites with the others during big events labeled under the "Avengers" banner.
    But for me, the MCU's real problem is still elsewhere. Although the films may be dynamic, satisfying and entertaining for the main audience, they are also incredibly classic, predictable, and platitudinous, because Kevin Feige only hires interchangeable yes men and screenwriters with no visual identity or thematic personality who never take any risk, which prevents any innovative artistic creation.
    So before trashing a pretty clever video that dared to denounce something you don't accept, try to understand why this thing pleased so much to you in the first place.
    During a french interview, James Mangold explained why there were no post generic scenes at the end of "Logan", one of the best superhero films of the decade : « I'm fed up with the fact that blockbusters are becoming more and more simple launching platforms for the next blockbuster. They are no longer movies, but product placements, platforms to sell toys and prepare the next film. Rather than film, they should be called two-hour commercials. » That says a lot about the beloved but not-so-perfect Marvel Cinematic Universe.

  • Evan white
    Evan white 8 أيام قبل

    “Here me out” clicks off

  • Custard Karim
    Custard Karim 8 أيام قبل +1

    I found out literally nothing.

  • Nick Cameron
    Nick Cameron 8 أيام قبل

    seriously don't do comic book stuff like this...

  • Gabriel Frank-McPheter
    Gabriel Frank-McPheter 8 أيام قبل

    So X-men is better then MCU? HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

  • tom meyer
    tom meyer 8 أيام قبل

    Is anyone else having problems disliking this video or is it just me???

  • Oscar Fernandez
    Oscar Fernandez 8 أيام قبل

    Oh boi this video must had damage vox ARclip algorithm 🙂

  • Swam
    Swam 8 أيام قبل

    •Iron Man
    •The Incredible Hulk
    •Iron Man 2
    •Captain America: The First Avenger
    •The Avengers
    •Iron Man 3
    •Thor: The Dark World
    •Captain America: The Winter Soldier
    •Guardians of the Galaxy
    •Avengers: Age of Ultron
    •Captain America: Civil War
    •Doctor Strange
    •Guardians of the Galaxy vol. 2
    •Spider-Man: Homecoming
    •Thor: Ragnarok
    •Black Panther
    •Avengers: Infinity War
    •Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
    •Agent Carter
    •Jessica Jones
    •Luke Cage
    •Iron Fist
    •The Defenders
    •The Punisher
    •Cloak and Dagger

  • Harris Devon
    Harris Devon 8 أيام قبل

    Omg the amount of dislikes 😂

  • Danny S.
    Danny S. 9 أيام قبل

    The main flaw about the MCU is that Infinity War felt pointless a couple weeks after it was released, as sequels were already announced for characters that kicked the bucket in that movie. That's a major screwup. Other than that, I've been having a blast following it all.

  • Tence One
    Tence One 9 أيام قبل

    Please make a Punisher reboot!

  • Charlie H
    Charlie H 9 أيام قبل

    Ummm.. sorry... but.. wtf?

  • Vince Williams
    Vince Williams 9 أيام قبل

    Vox states that these characters should abandon THEIR personal struggles and instead be brought down to up and represent what we think are problems more. They instist that the fact that there are INDIVIDUALS who represent the best of what they bring for things bigger than them is an atrocity. A facist discatorship is one bad thing... A population that believes there are no special people who exist beyond the power structures that they have been shamed into believing is another. They insist that these movies should represent better the people its reaching instead of allowing the movie to ask of its viewers to suspend belief and take a ride with these characters.
    The archetype of the hero is older than written history. It was individuals who displayed abilities that defied convention. People who overcame unimaginable odds and overcame their own insecurities and doubts. They didnt look to their people to push them to glory....They found it within themselves and everyone learned so much more about themselves because of it. They didnt chain the hero in hopes to extract their abilities to better the people. It doesnt work that way. To a point people often choose to wallow in their misery. They will be the ones left to dictate things for everyone at our peril. Theres courage and resentment within every person. Which will we choose to nourish?

  • Vlad G
    Vlad G 10 أيام قبل

    I hate comic books, and comic book movies, but I hate Vox a million times more.

  • man up
    man up 10 أيام قبل +1

    98k dislike lmao vox please stop with this non sense

  • sabo
    sabo 10 أيام قبل

    I just want to know what song is playing at 2:45 that’s literally all I got out of this video, all I care about anyway

  • valdamaer
    valdamaer 10 أيام قبل

    This is sort of valid but not really also screw you

  • No Rain No Rainbow
    No Rain No Rainbow 10 أيام قبل

    You fail to establish what exactly is wrong with the Marvel Cinematic Universe, there for your entire argument Falls flat. Unable to finish watching this.

  • Milena D.K.
    Milena D.K. 10 أيام قبل

    One thing that bothered me about Marvel (even as far back as middleschool) was the lack of internal logic in the movies. Even in an imaginary universe with magic or high technology, you need a set of rules to govern it so that the audience can successfully suspend their belief and spend an hour or two in the fictional universe.

    Meanwhile, Avengers isn't sure whether it wants to be a universe with magic, with super high tech, with aliens or with fantastical creatures. It has both Thor (magical god) and Ironman (very technology based) working in the same team. Having a hero basing all his power on technology (albeit fictional) while another is a quasi-medieval god using magic means that the universe has shaky rules and it's hard to suspend belief.

  • Bisse 079
    Bisse 079 10 أيام قبل

    your channel is overrated, seriously how tf you have 5M?

  • Dee Rush
    Dee Rush 10 أيام قبل

    I agree with what he is trying to say, but . . . I think he needed a bit more than 9 minutes to say it.

  • mastgamer GAME OVER
    mastgamer GAME OVER 11 أيام قبل +1


  • Faiz Aiman
    Faiz Aiman 11 أيام قبل

    So many butthurl marvel fan😂

  • jtjr26
    jtjr26 11 أيام قبل +1

    I generally like these Vox vids but this video felt hollow and meandering with no real point. You almost sound like one of those critics that say superhero blockbusters are ruining modern cinema. I admit I am a fan of the MCU. Some of the films are better than others for certain. I do not think its comparable to the DC shared universe however like you are implying. The MCU has build a massive interconnected universe over the years. Initially this was through extra scenes until the Avengers movie happened. From there there are more interconnected pieces and crossovers but I think the MCU has earned the hype. Crossovers area big part of comics so why wouldn't they be part of a series of movies.
    Now DC's attempt to create their own shared universe has been mostly a failure. Also DC started from a stronger position with some of the best known characters in comics and they bungled it but rushing out a crossover movie without the established film narrative like the MCU built up over time.The result was Justice League which he studio hoped would be as successful as the Avengers was nowhere close to that level of success. I guess what I am saying it I think its unfair to say the MCU is overrated as they have earned their rep over time with film fans. The DCU (or whatever they want to call it) is overrated and does deserve scorn which is a shame as some of my favorite comic book characters are in DC comics.

  • Kaito Spin
    Kaito Spin 11 أيام قبل +1

    Please ARclip take this video down. it contains:
    -Violent or repulsive content
    -Hateful or abusive content
    -Spam or misleading

  • Mike 2
    Mike 2 11 أيام قبل

    Yes people would be surprised if Disney forced a Marvel and Star Wars crops over.

  • Martin the Show
    Martin the Show 12 أيام قبل

    Can’t wait for the hate comments flood

  • getmedieval
    getmedieval 12 أيام قبل

    yeah.. great video and all, but the reason they’re bad is because the entirety of this cinematic franchise is mindless.

  • Jeff Cao
    Jeff Cao 12 أيام قبل

    x-men movies have so many continuity problems and tons of people that die and then come back which makes the stakes almost laughable at times.

  • Akep 321
    Akep 321 12 أيام قبل

    Trust me, is they crossed marvel and dc, people would notice

  • Akep 321
    Akep 321 12 أيام قبل

    4:02-4:04 describes this video
    Also it’s just awfully awful and bad and legit makes no sense...

  • Jon Mc'kay
    Jon Mc'kay 12 أيام قبل

    No wonder it got 3 times more dislikes than likes. 😂

  • Adriano Grassi
    Adriano Grassi 12 أيام قبل

    This is the definition of clickbate

  • LOL Science
    LOL Science 12 أيام قبل +1

    So many people taking about how thy didn’t watch a free short educational video intended to fix their brains but watched a dozen of 3h expensive nonsense that degrades their brain.

  • LOL Science
    LOL Science 12 أيام قبل

    I agree with all said.

  • Vernon Huffman
    Vernon Huffman 12 أيام قبل

    Libtards hate anything successful.

  • Mammalogy Master
    Mammalogy Master 12 أيام قبل

    Fail. Marvel is the best

  • The Commenter
    The Commenter 12 أيام قبل

    That's not how cinematic universes work

  • R K
    R K 13 أيام قبل

    I dont even like Marvel but I'm giving this a dislike anyway because Vox.

  • Dixon Kee
    Dixon Kee 13 أيام قبل +1

    easily the worst Vox video of all time