Aquaman 2′ Plunges Below ‘The Marvels’ While ‘What If…?’ Season 2 Adds Insult to Jonathan Majors’ Departure Woes

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In a testament to the unstoppable nature of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), even in the wake of Jonathan Majors’ departure as Kang, Marvel wastes no time in unveiling its latest offering with the arrival of What If…? season 2.

Meanwhile, the DC Extended Universe (DCEU) appears to be reaching a conclusion with the impending release of Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom, preceding James Gunn’s DC Universe reboot. However, true to form, it finds itself lagging behind in a box office clash with Marvel.

Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom, despite its high expectations, fails to make a grand entrance during the festive season. It disappoints audiences with its underwhelming performance, notably trailing behind The Marvels, which holds the title of the lowest-grossing MCU film to date. With a projected opening weekend gross of just over $40 million, it is poised to fall short of The Marvels’ modest $46 million. The film’s Thursday previews already show a gap, with earnings of only $4.5 million compared to The Marvels’ $6.6 million.

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Failing to outshine the MCU, even when presented with an open opportunity, the DCEU seems to continue its tradition. However, as the saying goes, ‘never change,’ but alas, the DCEU appears to be fading away.

On the Marvel front, What If…? season 2 kicks off as a daily festive delight for fans worldwide, delivering all nine episodes consecutively throughout Christmas week. Episode 1, set in a universe where Nebula aligns with the Nova Corps, though not the show’s pinnacle, presents an engaging riff reminiscent of Blade Runner. Nevertheless, the handling of Glenn Close’s Nova Prime character, brought back for the first time since 2014 albeit without Glenn Close and with a perceived injustice to the character, hasn’t been received favorably. A close attempt, but not quite Marvel’s shining moment.

The future of the Black Panther franchise remains uncertain, despite the recent announcement of the Eyes of Wakanda animated series and the absence of an official update on Black Panther 3. Rumors abound suggesting Marvel’s eagerness to push forward with Black Panther 3, possibly alongside Doctor Strange 3, aiming to uplift the MCU’s spirits. However, these speculations trigger those advocating for the recasting of T’Challa, dissatisfied with the idea of Shuri as the new Black Panther.

Replacing the legendary Chadwick Boseman as T’Challa seems improbable, yet recent MCU developments have proven that predicting the future of this cinematic universe is an elusive task. The enigmatic nature of the MCU persists, leaving audiences in anticipation of what’s to come. ‘Nuff said.