Marvel Studios Won the Super Bowl


If you’re like me, super bowl Sunday is less about football and more about catching the hot new movie trailers while the people who are there to actually, you know, watch the game get (rightfully) annoyed by your over enthusiasm for an advertisement over a game changing touchdown. Even with some ads getting released on the internet days before, they still save the biggest movie trailers for day of.

This year’s most exciting trailer was not for a movie, but Marvel’s ad for their three upcoming Disney+ series, Falcon and the Winter Soldier, WandaVision and Loki. This is the first official footage released for these shows and they look absolutely glorious.

Spinning off from Avengers: Endgame, we start with some footage of Sam Wilson practicing throwing his newly inherited Captain America shield. Falcon and the Winter Soldier will supposedly trace Sam’s struggle to live up to the legacy of Steve Rogers. And it seems like Zemo (last seen in Captain America: Civil War) will return to make his transition a living hell. The shot of Bucky holding his gun to Zemo’s face hints at some great character drama ahead. Marvel is smart to launch a show with the intriguing spy-thriller tone of Captain America: Winter Soldier and the main delight will be the buddy-cop interactions between Sam and Bucky. The second this show was announced it just made perfect sense given the ball-busting relationship these two characters shared in Civil War. Who wouldn’t want to see an entire series of them kicking ass and trying to get along.

And then, quite possibly the most exciting reveal in this commercial, “Wanda, welcome home.” Given Wanda’s rich comic book history, WandaVision may be my most anticipated of the three series. Though they’ve utilized her short runtime well enough in the movies so far, if there’s any one character in the MCU deserving of her own series, its Wanda Maximoff. It seems as though the show will explore her reality-altering powers by having her create a little world within a sitcom show, where she will bring Vision back to life along with two newborn babies of their own. Wanda’s creating her own delusional reality, giving Legion a run for its money as “trippiest Marvel show.” The trailer flashes various sitcom-esque glimpses from a black and white, I Love Lucy aesthetic to a contemporary Modern Family kind of show. My favorite little treat from these quick glimpses: A blink-or-you’ll-miss-it shot appears of Wanda in her classic Scarlet Witch wardrobe from the comics.

Lastly, we get one shot from the Loki series. “I’m gonna burn this place to the ground.” Given that this show very recently began filming, it’s no surprise that this is all we get for now. This series will follow Loki after he escapes with the tesseract in that Avengers: Endgame scene. So this will play more like a “what if Loki escaped the Avengers’ clutches at the end of the first Avengers movie.” This series has great potential. There’s no question Tom Hiddleston can hold a lead part as this character. It’s a surprise it took this long to happen, really. And the recent news that Owen Wilson was cast in a supporting roll makes the comedic basis of this show all the more appealing.

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