The First Batch of Marvel Disney+ Shows Have Wrapped So It's a Good Time to Evaluate

Wednesday, July 14, 2021

 I would call this Phase one of the Marvel TV Redux (RIP Marvel Netflix shows), and now that it's ended, I'd say it's time to evaluate.


Wandavision


I think the best of the bunch is Wandavision. It was universally acclaimed by critics and nominated for all those Emmys. There was world building, a couple of great villains, Evan Peters as Ralph, and a terrific trio in Randall Park, Kat Dennings, and Teyonah Parris. But even with all of that going on the most important decision it made was that the show was about Wanda. About her trauma and how she dealt with the events of Infinity War and Endgame. The use of the sitcoms as the storytelling device was genius, and not enough credit is given to showrunner Jac Schaffer.


The Falcon and the Winter Soldier


The character work and Wyatt Russell as John Walker to explore why the person who carries the shield matters was great. It was just the plot of Flag Smashers dragged for me, and a lot of their plot was confused. If the series was maybe an episode or two longer, and had the time to devote to each story thread, it would have made for a more cohesive story. The Falcon and the Winter Soldier can probably lead into a new Captain America film or another season of the show, but I'm hoping for the movie. But this all depends of the schedules of Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan because they are two busy dudes. 


Loki


This is the series I had the most issues with, mainly because it kept dropping off and picking new story threads it wanted to follow, to the point where each episode until the finale could have been the first episode of a new storyline. We really didn't spend enough time with every main character at the TVA or with Sylvie to get to know them more as people. I still want to know what Sylvie's nexus event was. I want to know more about Mobius and especially Wunmi Mosaku's Hunter B-15. I think would have liked the introduction of the real Time Keeper in the finale had we spent more time with the actual TVA. Jonathan Majors was excellent as this version of Kang and I can't wait to see him in the next Ant Man and the Wasp movie. This is the only series that has been renewed for a second season and it'd be interesting to see where it goes, because not only does it have to be a continuation of the show, it also has to follow the movies. 


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