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Say what you want the flashbut despite the film’s shortcomings and criticisms, its execution when it comes to a huge multiversal threat is something to watch, especially since it’s able to tell a massive story with multiple elements and layers without need to set up years of events through different movies.
Based on Breaking point storyline, where Barry Allen uses his powers to go back in time to save his mother, things go awry when at the same time he creates a world without metahumans, which is bad news since he also has to relive the events of the invasion of Zod Earth.
Which makes the flash an engaging story to the point where it’s not only action-packed but also emotional is that it has a simple premise that most people should understand by this point. DC fans know what Breaking point the event is going to be about, since it has already been told in the comics. Meanwhile, casual fans know what happens when Barry says he’s “going back in time to save his mother” in the trailers. It’s a simple premise with huge consequences, and all it takes is some knowledge of the Justice League and the time travel genre. At the time of writing, it has an average Audience Score of 96% on Rotten Tomatoes.
After having watched the flashyou have to wonder if Marvel is planning on having just another hero vs. villain moment, or if they will do more with this story.
Marvel Studios began its journey through the Multiverse saga in Phase Four via Wanda Vision. The concept was hinted at in episode seven, through a medical commercial parody and later explained in the Disney Plus series. Loki. Of all the Disney Plus movies and Originals released after Infinity Saga, at least five had a reference to the Multiverse Saga’s main story arc. It looks like Marvel wants to create a similar Avengers: Endgame-style for its overarching story by building hype and leaving tiny clues for fans to investigate.
While DC was known for “rushing” its huge superhero events, like Superman’s death in his second movie appearance and the formation of the Justice League a year later, it seems like it managed to do something good when it came to telling this superhero story. with high stakes, but left people in tears. At the same time, it’s no coincidence that he too wants to do a multiverse story. It’s just surprising that he could do it so well.
Rather than waste time preparing for the events of the film, he decided to tell this story immediately because it’s not hard to do. Fans already know who the characters are. They know their stories and what made them who they are. They didn’t need a huge setup to tell a story about Barry Allen saving his mother and the consequences of those actions.
Meanwhile, Marvel Studios uses Phases Four, Five, and Six to explain the big threat that’s about to come to the MCU. He wants fans to anticipate, theorize, and guess what happens before the big reveal. It’s annoying, not to mention, adds to the whole superhero fatigue debate due to the overwhelming amount of media fans have to watch just to understand.
If people want to understand the flashthey just have to tolerate Joss Whedon’s Justice League or endure four hours of Zack Snyder’s version of Max. They didn’t need to look Shazam!, Black Adam, or one of the Max DC shows just to watch a simple time travel movie.
The SnyderVerse-era DCU has a history of throwing a certain superhero ethos into its movies, and the flash fits into this context by telling the moving story of a young boy wanting to spend more time with his family and learning that he shouldn’t take things for granted. It made it more than an action-packed superhero blockbuster, and the fact that the movie managed to present a multiverse event without any grand setup is an incredible feat.
Marvel Studios might want to be careful, especially if it wants the conclusions of its multiverse saga to produce the same results as Avengers: Endgame. If he wants fans to be engaged, then maybe don’t bore the audience with every detail. He must learn to keep things simple and to use what is already established rather than constantly adding new things. If he can learn how to do it, maybe there is hope for the multiverse saga after all.