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The MCU: Is Marvel TV Becoming More Exciting Than the Movies?

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MCU Making the Small Screen Must-See

Well, the first big “arc” of the Marvel Cinematic Universe has wrapped up. Well, almost; Spider-Man: Far From Home will be the official end of “Phase 3” in July. But with Avengers: Endgame a big stamp has been put on the MCU. For me, it is the first time that I find myself not wholly interested in the next big films. Granted, we don’t officially know what those films will be and we don’t know yet what Spider-Man: Far From Home will tease for the future yet. But I find myself more excited about the television shows recently announced than what is being teased for the big screen.

Endgame

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Avengers: Endgame Atom Poster

Look, I love the MCU and the movies; you can check out all the articles I wrote leading up to Avengers: Endgame here. Like a ton of people, I have been invested in these movies and characters for over 10 years. Avengers: Endgame was a great finale for a lot of the characters and, for better or worse, almost feels like a good stopping point. Not that I don’t want more, but it just feels like a satisfying ending and maybe, just maybe, I don’t need any more? 

That sentiment is not exactly true; maybe it is more that what the MCU has in store for the big screen does not excite me as much. Now, we don’t know exactly what is coming yet. We will probably learn more this summer at Disney’s big event D23 Expo. But we know we are getting a Black Widow solo film, The Eternals has already started casting and we are more than likely getting Black Panther, Doctor Strange, Captain Marvel sequels and a third Guardians and maybe a third Ant-Man. I am just not sure how much weight all those movies hold after the events of Endgame. Also, I am not sure if I care as much, since Marvel has announced some interesting television shows.

Disney+ and Hulu

Disney and the MCU are ready to make a splash in the streaming business. Yes, the MCU has had a presence on television and streaming with shows that are supposedly connected to the MCU world for a while. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Agent Carter on ABC and The Defenders, Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Iron Fist, Luke Cage and The Punisher on Netflix. Also, Runaways on HULU and Cloak and Dagger on Freeform. But most of these shows only had very loosely veiled connections to the actual MCU, with mentions here or there and the movies never acknowledging their existence.

Now Disney is ready to make shows directly connected to the MCU, and with heroes and actors in tow. Now, don’t get me wrong: I loved the Netflix shows and the others. But that whole ordeal is for another time. I am specifically talking about why these new show announcements have me more excited than the movies. First, let us talk about Disney+ shows. They have made several announcements about some shows coming up.

Falcon & Winter Soldier/WandaVision/Loki/What If

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Winter Soldier (top) and Falcon (bottom)

The first show coming up is the Falcon and Winter Soldier team-up. I think I speak for everyone when I say that the chemistry between Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan is wonderfully delightful. They play off each other so well and make some comedic gold with very little. Add in the new dynamic after Avengers: Endgame with Steve Rogers handing over the shield to the Falcon and man, the show has me more hyped than any movie on the slate right now. Plus the news that Zemo will be coming back as the villain and Agent Carter (Emily Vancamp) is coming back! You can’t help but be hyped about this.

The next two shows, we do not know much about, but after Endgame the possibilities are endless. We have the tentatively-titled WandaVision series, which we don’t know much about; but since Vision hasn’t been seen since dying in Infinity War more than likely it will be focused on Wanda and the Vision’s relationship between Civil War and Endgame. They make take some pages out of Tom King’s The Vision series, which could be very interesting. Then we have the Loki series. Before Endgame we weren’t really sure what this could be, since Loki died at the hand of Thanos. But now with the time travel shenanigans and Loki bailing with the Tesseract after the first Avengers encounter… This show could be about a variety of different things.

This isn’t even touching the announcement of a What If series. This will probably explore odd timeline rifts from all the “snaps” and time-hopping from Infinity War and Endgame.

Hulu

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Ghost Rider Robbie Reyes (Gabriel Luna) in Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

The train doesn’t stop at Disney+, either. It looks like the darker, edgier side of the MCU will be over at Hulu. Now, they had previously announced a variety of animated shows that will be debuting on Hulu. They are likely in no way connected to the live-action MCU. Though they do sound very exciting nonetheless. Now, a few months ago is where it gets very interesting. Marvel announced a new Ghost Rider show on Hulu. It will star Robbie Reyes and actor Gabriel Luna, who portrayed the flame-headed, hell charger-riding Spirit of Vengeance on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. But they made sure to note this would be a different incarnation of the character, not connected the ABC television show version. 

At the same time of the Ghost Rider announcement, Helstrom was also announced as a Marvel show coming to Hulu as well. It looks like Marvel is setting up a Spirits of Vengeance/Midnight Sons type team-up. Now, whether these are connected to the main MCU or not has yet to be officially confirmed or denied. But it has exciting possibilities for “darker” Marvel characters to make their debut. Like Moon Knight, Blade, Elsa Bloodstone and the likes!

The Small Screen

That lineup of shows seems extremely more exciting than anything being rumored on the big screen right now. Okay, unless we get a Fantastic Four or X-Men tease soon. Maybe it is because we are getting to explore these characters in a different way? More than just a two-hour movie. We are getting to explore the inner workings of the MCU in a little bit more detail. It could just be also the unknown? We haven’t really had a television show that directly connects or affects the events of the “movie” MCU. Well, until these shows premiere. With 22 movies under their belt, we are used to the MCU on the big screen, but we have no idea what will happen in these “smaller” stories and how it will affect the MCU as a whole.

Now, I am not saying that I won’t be watching any more MCU movies or I am not excited about the possibilities on the big screen. I will still be in my seat with a big bucket of popcorn enjoying the films. I am just saying, for the first time I am just not enthralled with the thought of what will happen in the MCU movies. My mind is more occupied with the possibilities of these television shows and what they can bring to the table!


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Brent Jackson

Brent is happily married and an avid comic book consumer who loves nothing more than the smell of comics in the morning and diving through a long box of back issues. By day he is a nutritionist and has also been training in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu for over 10 years. He is probably not the coolest person you have ever met. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram @brentjackson30

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