Strip Talk #36: Marvel burnout has finally arrived

Welp, that time I dreaded way back when has finally come: I’m tired of Marvel stuff being released.
There, I said it. Dear readers, you all know how much of a fan I am of all things Marvel. I mean, I claim a Marvel PhD that technically doesn’t exist. I go hard for Marvel and all of its associated properties. But somewhere along the time of Avengers: Endgame, I thought to myself, there will come a time when I’m tired of Marvel movies coming out every year. And that time is now.
Don’t get me wrong: I love seeing the lore for the MCU expanded after Endgame. I love seeing the future of a movie series that I spent the better part of my adult life loving. But between the releases after Endgame in theaters and the TV shows, I seem to get less excited every time something is released. I haven’t seen anything in the theater since Endgame because of the ongoing pandemic. No Spider-Man: No Way Home, Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness, Shang-Chi and the Ten Rings, Thor: Love and Thunder, Black Widow, or even more regretfully, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. I haven’t seen any shows beyond Loki Season 1. I just haven’t been in the mood to watch anything, though I know the plots of all mentioned here.
I know it’s partially because I felt everything release as I watched the credits roll in Endgame. My favorite actor was done (Chris Evans), and the band was breaking up as it were. But the other part of it is the fact that I’ve been surrounded by Marvel stuff since 2012, latecomer to the party as I might have been. Eleven years is a long time to care about something so passionately as I have with Marvel. And we still haven’t even touched everything that could be coming down the pipe. Doom and the X-Men are on the horizon and I’m just, I don’t know, tired.
One day I’ll get my groove back and fire up everything I’ve been dodging on Disney Plus. One day.

Lyndsey Beatty is editor-in-chief of Gaming Insurrection. She can be reached by email at

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