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Marvel: How to navigate the existing series of the MCU (Disney +)? | myCANAL Switzerland

work by Alexis Lebrun August 8, 2022

A few days ahead of She-Hulk’s arrival on our screens, and while Kevin Feige just announced the release date of a host of new superhero productions for Phase V of the Marvel Cinematic Universe at Comic-Con, the timing seems well chosen for this recap and place in the MCU’s magnificent timeline all the Marvel series already released on Disney +.

Wanda Vision

Set shortly after the now world famous events ofAvengers: Endgame (2019), the first Marvel series of the Disney+ era, sees Wanda Maximoff (Elizabeth Olsen) traumatized by the death of the love of her life (Vision, played by Paul Bettany) in the grand battle against Thanos. The two lovebirds are still reunited in this wildly ambitious series which begins as a sitcom before traveling through half a century of popular American television history, switching decades with each episode. Something is obviously wrong in the charming town of Westview, where the couple has settled, and where we find characters who have been cast to play a role in the future of the MCU, such as the witch Agatha Harkness (irresistible Kathryn Hahn). who is entitled to a series of his own in the winter of 2023or Monica Rambeau (Teyonah Parris), already seen as a child in the movie Captain Marvel (2019)and who will be one of the heroines of the sequel planned for next year, The wonders.

broadcast during the height of the health crisis, Wanda Vision became an instant phenomenon, and it’s easy to see why. The series offered two great Marvel characters, unjustly neglected within the MCU, a chance to finally star – and shine for their excellent interpreters! –, before its shocking end does not end the consolidation of a status that is still valid today, that of the best Marvel series, which is also celebrated through a shower of Emmy nominations. And if you still need convincing, you know it Wanda Vision must be seen before the film Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (2022).

Falcon and the Winter Soldier

As we know, Chris Evans usually ended up saying goodbye to the MCU and the Captain America characterAvengers: Endgame, where he presented Falcon with his famous shield. Of course, You don’t become the new Captain America by snapping your fingers. This second Marvel series from Disney+ in the form of buddy movie therefore brings together two superheroes historically linked to Steve Rogers, Sam Wilson (Anthony Mackie) and Bucky Barnes (Sebastian Stan), who are forced to work together, especially given the return of antagonist Helmut Zemo (great Daniel Brühl), who will not return is seen from the MCU Captain America: Civil War (2016).

The series also makes it possible to find Sharon Carter (Emily VanCamp), Peggy’s niece introduced in the MCU Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014), and which we should find later, given the large cliffhanger reserved for his character at the end of the series. It could be in the next movie Captain America: New World Order (2024), where the presence of Anthony Mackie has apparently already been confirmed. Waiting, Falcon and the Winter Soldier will remain the series with which the MCU finally counters racism a littleand while it wasn’t all perfect (far from it), it also gave Bucky Barnes a chance to confront his traumatic past as a killer and Sam Wilson to step out of the second Marvel Superhero Division, where he’d languished since his debut in the MCU.

Loki

Nowadays, Loki is the only live-action Marvel series guaranteed to get a second season on Disney+. Maybe because the first is one of the most successful recent creations from Marvel Studios, but probably also because the series made a merry mess in the MCU. It also started with the pilot episode as the Loki (Tom Hiddleston) that we see on screen in the series is obviously not the one who was killed by Thanos in the beginningAvengers: Infinity War (2018). No, the show’s Loki is the one from the alternate timeline visited by the Avengers in endgamein which the god of evil is able to escape thanks to the tesseract, having just been captured for his attempt to invade New York (avenger2012).

If you can follow, then you know that Loki is still pretty badass but is quickly confronted with alternate versions of himself after he is brought to the “Tribunal of Anachronistic Variations” where he meets the adorable agent Mobius (Owen Wilson) and the less likeable meets Ravonna Renslayer (Gugu Mbatha Raw). But the centerpiece of the series is obviously his meeting a female version of himself, Lady Loki, aka Sylvie (Sophia Di Martino), with whom he forms surprising bonds, to say the least.

We won’t say more except that the first season of Loki marks the first appearance in the MCU of who will be Phase V’s major antagonist, Kang the Conqueror (Jonathan Majors), and who will be found in next year’s film Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania. In short, watching Loki isn’t necessary just because Tom Hiddleston is a delightful actor and because it’s such a fat series like Wanda Visionbut because it’s also important for understanding the much-discussed multiverse of the MCU.

What happened if…?

And of course, speaking of alternate realities, we need to say a few words about Disney+’s first Marvel animated series, which is also headed for a second season early next year and has even been renewed. for a third round of episodes. Appeared discreetly on our screens last summer, What happened if…? however, quickly got people talking by imagining sometimes very attractive alternatives to certain major events in the MCU, such as the fight against Ultron.

And while the quality of the animation varies by episode, the presence of most of the MCU’s gargantuan cast in dubbing is of course one of the series’ big draws. but What happened if…? Above all, represents an essential link because certain alternative timelines that are explored there could be taken up and further developed in other films and series “The Multiverse Saga” which was just made official by Kevin Feige at Comic-Con. And without too many spoilers, let’s start with the movie Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.

hawk eye

If you’re having a little trouble keeping up with all the complexity of the previous series and the multiverse, Marvel’s First “Christmas Series” maybe more for you We find Clint Barton (Jeremy Renner), the famous archer of the Avengers, who ends up wanting to enjoy his retirement and the holidays with his revived familyendgamesince the latter had disappeared for several years after grab from Thanos Infinite War. But Mad Titan may not be around anymore, you have to believe that good old Hawkeye can never be still as in this series he sees Kate Bishop (Hailee Steinfeld, perfect) stagger, gifted teenage archer but novice superhero, who gets into some trouble by wearing Ronin’s famous outfit.

Kate Bishop is not the only Marvel character presented in the MCU with this series as light as it is refreshing, in which we also discover the actress Alaqua Cox in the skin of Maya Lopez aka Echo, a superheroine suffering from deafness, but who has mastered the martial arts like nobody else, and who will also be entitled to a series of her own next summer, in which she is the main focus. Hawkeye also marks the second appearance of the MCU’s new Black Widow, namely Yelena Belova (Florence Pugh), which ends up in the series after the film’s post-credits scene Black widow (2021) and the death of his “sister” in endgame. And like Hailee Steinfeld, we can’t wait to see both of these very talented actresses in future MCU projects.

moon knight

After this welcome interlude, the MCU returned to a much darker and more violent side by introducing the long-awaited Marc Spector aka Moon Knight, a supremely stylish superhero entrusted by Disney to one of today’s finest actors: Oscar Isaac. It took someone of this caliber to play the different personalities of a hero known to suffer from dissociative identity disorder and is therefore divided between the nice souvenir seller Steven Grant, the formidable mercenary Marc Spector and a third alias named Jake Lockley . Tackling the now central issue of mental health was a risky move for Disney, but Mickey’s company has handled this difficult issue quite well.

Likewise, moon knight particular care was taken to show respect for Egypt and its ancient culture, a success that we owe in particular to the presence of Egyptian director Mohamed Diab behind the camera for most episodes of the series. You have to say that too the very respected cast of moon knight lived up to its reputation, as Oscar Isaac stars in the role of the villainous Dr. Arthur Harrow has found an actor to his measure. And the presence of the late Gaspard Ulliel obviously didn’t spoil anything either. sign that moon knight has managed to stand out from the mainstream MCU productions (particularly because it has that rare quality of being easily accessible because it’s very independent), the series is rumored to well be eligible for a second season, an extraordinary privilege , which is currently reserved for Loki. But this renewal would be useful since as Loki, moon knight still has to solve some mysteries left unsolved at the end of the first season…

Miss Wonder

After the very tricky moon knight, the MCU has delved into another highly anticipated character: Kamala Khan, aka Miss Marvel. For years, fans of Marvel’s most iconic Muslim superheroine have been clamoring for her arrival in a universe that has been reluctant to portray the American company’s diversity. But as with moon knight, Disney made the right choice by entrusting the script to British-Pakistani stand-up artist Bisha K. Ali. As a fine connoisseur of the everyday life of a Pakistani-American family, she could also count on the talent of the young actress Iman Vellani, who literally burst the screen in one of her first roles.

And if the way Miss Marvel’s superpowers are portrayed on screen may have disappointed some fans, the series was certainly not lacking in visual ingenuity that blew the codes, such as beautifully integrating animated sequences and naturally echoing the adolescent personality by Kamala Khan, because it must be remembered that the latter is basically a die-hard fan of the Avengers – and of Captain Marvel in particular – whom she dreams of joining in his turn. We already know this will be the case in the film The wonders (2023), where Miss Marvel will collaborate with Monica Rambeau and Carol Danvers. In the meantime, we are happy to take note of this this series started a small revolution by giving the long-awaited big kick in the MCU’s very monochromatic anthill.

All of these series can be viewed in full on Disney+, available with CANAL+.

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