Television is not what it used to be. I remember a time when people called 24 revolutionary because some of its stories and episodes blurred the line between television and movies. Though, at its core, 24 was a TV show.
The writing techniques they kept using to sidestep expensive action set pieces proved as much. Others argue that Game of Thrones was the real gamechanger, churning out 10 movie-quality episodes each season, but honestly, I thought Marco Polo was more impressive.
And these days, The Expanse blows both of those shows out of the water. My point: television has changed tremendously. When the first Avengers movie debuted, the MCU tried to capitalize on its success by announcing a television show. This was a mistake. First, they raised expectations by allowing rumors regarding a potential Avengers TV show to persist.
Then they disappointed by delivering Agents of Shield instead, to horrific reviews. Agents of Shield got better but never delivered on the original promise of a television extension of the MCU that would tie into the events of the movie.
For all the brilliance we got in later seasons, Agents of Shield never recovered from its original slump. Fans thought that their dream of a shared cinematic universe telling interconnected stories across both the small and big screen was dead.
But Kevin Feige has resurrected it. The first footage of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier and Wandavision has been released and both shows look amazing. The plot of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier remains a mystery.
But we can assume it will follow Sam as he comes into his own as Captain America. Many MCU fans were not happy when Cap chose Sam instead of Bucky to inherit his mantle.
It looks like Sam’s promotion was not received any better within the world of the MCU. Sam must prove to himself and the American people that he is deserving of the ‘Captain America’ title.
Captain America cannot just be an ordinary guy with military training. The role of ‘ordinary human with extraordinary abilities’ is already taken. But at the very least, Falcon has awesome tech. What makes US Agent so super? I suppose the show will answer that question.
I cannot even begin to wrap my head around Wandavision. Even after the teaser, I don’t know what to expect. A lot of voices are suggesting that the show will place Wanda on a dark path; that in her grief over losing vision, she is going to take a villainous turn.
I don’t really care. Elizabeth Olsen is awesome in this role. Vision looks odd, but a good odd. The comic-accurate suit looks cool. I honestly cannot wait for this show.