The MCU and its (lack of) Therapy

Today shows the release of the final installment of what was originally designed to be the entire culmination of the MCU. Over ten years of superhero film evolution and a bajillion mixed-quality plots and subplots. I love the MCU, so seeing this grand narrative come to a close is both disappointing, but also good. I understand it will technically continue, but with the departure of many of its fundamental characters, it will have to create a new identity.

Hopefully that identity takes some tips from the vaguely MCU-connected television series, The Punisher. If you haven’t yet watched any of Marvel’s Netflix original titles, you should, uh, definitely do that. Daredevil‘s third season and Jessica Jones‘s second season are some of the best TV I’ve ever watched.

Back to The Punisher. This series explores mental health in a way that is neglected in the wider MCU, especially in regards to protagonist Frank Castle’s battle with post-traumatic stress (and related afflictions). Now, I understand not doing any deep dives on this in the MCU films. They wouldn’t have the adequate run-time to explore the ideas involved, nor would it be tonally appropriate for the target audience. But a passing mention or brief scene showing that their much needed psychological treatment is being addressed would be nice. Please see the link below for more information.

https://comicsverse.com/mcu-allergic-therapy/