Anthony Russo responds to Marvel Phase 4 criticism

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Anthony Russo has defended the MCU against Marvel Phase 4 criticism. The director has helmed four films in the franchise together with his brother Joe Russo, including Avengers: Endgame

As Phase 4 continues, some fans have voiced criticism of the latest movies and TV shows – but Anthony Russo isn't concerned. "Here's the thing," he told NBC. "The entire life of the MCU has seen ups and downs, there's going to naturally be an ebb and flow to how people are feeling about it based on the latest offering. But I think – look, at the end of the day, they're still being very ambitious in terms of how they approach the storytelling. They're being experimental. They're looking for new forms of expression to keep audiences excited and surprised. It still seems like they have a vital creative code and process that they're pursuing, so I do believe there's still a lot of hope for what's possible in the MCU. We haven't lost faith in it, that's for sure."

Next up on Marvel's release slate is I Am Groot, while She-Hulk follows shortly afterwards on Disney Plus this August. On the big screen, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever arrives this November 11. 

"As we're nearing the end of Phase 4, I think people will start to see where this next saga is going," Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige told Total Film. "I think there have been many clues already, that are at least apparent to me, of where this whole saga is going. But we'll be a little more direct about that in the coming months, to set a plan, so audiences who want to see the bigger picture can see a tiny, tiny, tiny bit more of the roadmap."

While you wait for more from the MCU, check out our guide on watching the Marvel movies in order to get up to speed. 

Molly Edwards
Entertainment Writer

I'm an Entertainment Writer here at GamesRadar+, covering all things film and TV for the site's Total Film and SFX sections. I previously worked on the Disney magazines team at Immediate Media, and also wrote on the CBeebies, MEGA!, and Star Wars Galaxy titles after graduating with a BA in English.