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Movies - TV
Every Movie And Show In Marvel's Phase Four, Ranked
18. Love and Thunder
Parts of "Thor: Love and Thunder" work, but more often than not, it feels like an unfinished movie. For example, Jane's cancer subplot — which looks even glibber and more poorly realized in the shadow of "Wakanda Forever" — is an explosion-sized misfire; the fans deserved better from a director of Taikia Waititi's caliber.
17. The Falcon and...
From a genuinely raw look at American racial history and veteran treatment to some killer action set-pieces, much of "The Falcon and The Winter Soldier" works spectacularly, but the landing doesn't stick as character arcs get rushed to lay track for future projects. It could have been a much better outing as a two-hour movie or ten-episode series.
16. What If...?
"What If...?" could be a boon for creative storytelling, but the series' push-and-pull between telling a serialized tale or risky one-offs make its final product lacking. The show's last two episodes undid the pitch-black ending of arguably the best episode — "What If...Doctor Strange Lost His Heart Instead of His Hands?" — and the show's overall impact.
15. I Am...Groot
"I Am...Groot" is aimed at Marvel's youngest viewers and delivers adorable romps in bite-sized installments, making it more of an appetizer than a meal. It has a higher artistic floor than some projects featured here, but it also has a low ceiling and can't compete with Phase Four's feasts; that's why it ranks so low on this list.
14. Eternals
Oscar-winning director Chloé Zhao's "Eternals" is the first Marvel movie that doesn't feel like a typical Marvel movie and debuts a group of characters who aren't easily digestible, as their motives don't fit alongside the MCU's usual focus. Despite its stumbling moments, "Eternals" emerges as one of the most haunting Marvel projects to date.