The Marvel Cinematic Universe began rather humblely with the first Iron Man movie in 2008 which would later turn into a trilogy. Following this, a few other superheroes were slowly introduced like Captain America and Thor. Over time, the cinematic universe kept growing with more and more characters and more and more movies being introduced until eventually the MCU ended up creating the biggest crossover event in history. movie history in the form of Avengers: Endgame which ended up becoming one of the Top 3 highest-grossing movies of all time.
Now the universe is as big as it’s ever been and it keeps getting bigger. The universe has diversified and moved from an exclusively cinematographic format to that of television series. While some fans are absolutely thrilled to have so much content available, others are criticizing the MCU saying it’s grown too big for its own good.
Damon Lindelof, the creator of HBO’s Watchmen, similarly criticized the MCU, saying that with so many intertwining new projects being announced and released at once, the value of singular projects on their own is diminished.
While some might agree, the MCU’s own Mark Ruffalo doesn’t seem to think that’s the case. The actor defended the MCU in the following terms during an interview with Metro:
“It’s not something that worries me. I understand that these things run their course and something else is happening. But what Marvel has done well is that inside the MCU, just like they do with the comics, they let a director or an actor somehow recreate each piece to their own style, to their resemblance. Marvel usually lets them bring that to the material. If you watch a Star Wars, you’ll get pretty much the same version of Star Wars every time. can have a little humor. There may be a slightly different animation. But you’re still, really, in the same kind of world. But with Marvel, you can have a completely different feeling, even within the Marvel Universe.
Mark has been playing the character of Bruce Banner AKA Hulk in the MCU since 2012 and there’s no doubt his loyalty to the cinematic universe hasn’t wavered.