After a roller coaster with soaring highs (X2, Days of Future Past, Logan) and devastating lows (X-Men: Last Stand, Origins: Wolverine, X-Men: Apocalypse), the X-Men franchise has been unpredictable at best. It's hard not to compare every comic book movie universe to the MCU, and while X-Men has been more successful than some (lookin' at you, Sony Pictures Universe of Marvel Characters), it hasn't quite nailed the dependability of Avengers-adjacent films. It's a shame that it wasn't until the mutant-film-verse was in its last gasps that 20th Century Fox decided to branch out from the traditional X-Men style and try something new. It's also a shame that the movie wasn't better.
This weekend the first TWO episodes of WandaVision dropped on Disney+, and the general consensus seems to be... confusion? How does this half-hour sitcom sprinkled with brief hints that the world is not as it seems fit in with the action-packed, universe-saving Marvel Universe we know and love? Let's break it down.
Today the first episode of the Marvel Cinematic Universe's "WandaVision" dropped. Having conquered movies, the MCU is now moving to television, particularly Disney+. WandaVision is just the first MCU show of several that are already in the works, including "The Falcon and the Winter Soldier" and "What If?". These moves represent Disney's consolidation of the Marvel television properties, grabbing them out of the hands of other platforms such as Netflix. So let's take a closer look at the first episode:
This was my second viewing of "Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse". I remember liking it the first time, but I didn't remember a ton of specifics. Going into it, I expected to have fun on my rewatch and find a few things to write about when I was done.
The first "Deadpool" had a small budget (by superhero movie standards) and wasn't expected to succeed by some, who questioned whether there was a place for an R-rated comic book movie. Then, in true Hollywood studio fashion, once it became clear that the first film would surpass anyone's expectations, a second installment was greenlit with nearly double the budget. And when you're a comic book movie with that kind of money, you can bet Thanos is going to be there.