I think that if you don’t want to watch everything then you can still get enjoyment from just watching what you want, taking everything at face value and not looking to connect all the dots.
You can just be told within Doctor Strange that Wanda created a family and obtained the darkhold, you don’t have to see that play out if you don’t want to watch Wandavision.
If you want a new character introduced in a movie then wait for The Marvels to come out. Then if you enjoy Ms Marvel in that you can go back and watch her TV show.
We’re so used to consuming everything as soon as we get it but actually maybe it’s on us to pick and choose what we want from the MCU as it expands.
I agree with this. And I'm assuming a lot of the casuals are probably okay with just jumping around and watching whatever interests them based on trailers and biases. When I saw No Way Home, I overheard a couple people talking and from what I gathered, they only watched the three Spider-Man movies because they only cared about Spider-Man. I'm sure some people have only gone to see the four main Avengers movies and not bothered with anything else other than maybe Civil War (basically an Avengers movie in terms of scale/characters, even if it's a great third Cap movie as well). So I think it's okay for even hardcore fans to wanna jump around if there ends up being stuff they don't care about. And personally I love that we're getting so much content. I love that Marvel has expanded their scope so much. And I also don't see the drop in quality that others do in Phase 4. I get that it's kinda weird because it seems like there's a not a lot of focus and not everything ties into some big story but...it doesn't have to? I mean, there aren't a lot of the standalone movies that need to be watched for the Infinity War saga. In fact...pretty much none of them are absolutely necessary. And since they need to rebuild so much from the aftermath of Endgame, it makes sense they feel "less focused" because they're telling mostly standalone stories, especially to introduce new characters, some of which will probably tie into whatever the next big team-up film is, which will then tie into whatever the next big saga is. It's the Marvel formula. It's what has worked since the beginning. It just feels different because they're introducing so many new characters, but that's what they were doing with Phase 1 (edit: and phase 2 with Guardians and Ant-Man. And phase 3 with Doctor Strange and Captain Marvel). They just have the ability to work on and release more and release faste, so they're taking advantage of that. And they're still focusing on established characters. Of the 11 confirmed Phase 4 films, 8 of them are about or sequels to established characters and previous films. Yes, Black Widow should have been released after Civil War, but it's still focused on a character we know, while introducing a character we need to get to know. And four of the six released shows have been about characters we already know as well. Moon Knight was the first show about a character we hadn't seen before. Yes, the same applies to Ms. Marvel and She-Hulk but as has been said, if you're not interested you can opt out. Honestly the MCU has never felt more comic book-y to me. I mean, the shows (apart from Loki, but that just depends on how much it'll tie into future stuff, and What If...? for obvious reasons) are basically the equivalent of comic book miniseries that focus on the characters and telling a specific story about them, even if it ties into previous (and possibly future) events. And that's awesome to me. The bigger the MCU has gotten, the wackier it's gotten and that's extremely exciting to me. I'm really looking forward to everything that's coming. I acknowledge that I'm someone who basically eat up anything they'll release because I'm generally easy to please, but I still think the MCU as a whole is more exciting now than it was in 2010.