Streaming services expand Marvel’s universe

As the world turns towards streaming services due to the lack of movie theatre attendances, Marvel’s launch of streaming services on Disney Plus has been very successful, with “Wandavision” and “The Falcon & The Winter Soldier” as the two biggest streaming series in the US right now. The miniseries served as an aftermath story to the “Avengers Endgame”, allowing Marvel fans to indulge further in the lives of these characters. 

SUB Headline: Wandavision 

Rating: 5/5

Word count: 185


Marvel’s first television miniseries “WandaVision” was released on Jan. 15 2021. The eight-episode miniseries follows the life of Wanda Maximoff (Elizabeth Olsen) after “Avengers: Endgame,” where she is shown living in a suburban neighborhood with the supposedly dead Vision (Paul Bettany). 


The series, which is a combination between sitcom and action, follows in the style of American classic television in the ‘50s, ‘60s, ‘70s, and ‘80s, allowing the audience to experience the evolving of the characters and neighborhood post-war. Although Wanda is living her ideal life outside of the superhero life that she had previously, she struggles to understand that her meddling with reality could cause a lot of chaos. Throughout the series, Wanda’s confusion increases as she struggles to find her true identity. 


Overall, I was impressed by the production of “WandaVision” as new supernatural characters, villains, and storylines were introduced into the extended universe, which I did not think was possible after the huge success of “Avenger: Endgame.” As Marvel produces action-based films, the franchise has definitely taken a brave step forward in sprinkling the elements of sitcoms in their first ever miniseries. 


SUB Headline: The Falcon & The Winter Soldier 

Rating: 4/5

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“The Falcon & The Winter Soldier,” the most-watched series premiere in its opening weekend, was released on March 19, 2021. The six-episode miniseries joins Sam Wilson (Anthony Mackie) and Bucky Barnes (Sebastian Stan) on their adventures after the events of “Avengers: Endgame” in which Steve Roger (Chris Evans) hands his shield to Sam. 


The miniseries follows Sam’s journey in which he is hesitant about taking the mantle as the next “Captain America.” We see Sam donate the vibranium shield to the Captain American Exhibit in Washington’s Smithsonian Air and Space Museum, where the government then reveals the new Captain America, upsetting Sam as he believed that nobody could replace Steve. The audience also discovers that Bucky has been struggling with his past and his sins, causing him to go on missions to take down HYDRA, a terrorist organization that experimented on Bucky with the super soldier serum. 


Generally, I enjoyed watching “The Falcon & The Winter Soldier” although the miniseries was relatively less captivating to watch than “WandaVision.” Although the series had the highest views in the opening weekend, the action-packed series lacked the uniqueness “WandaVision” had.