Last week, Marvel’s latest series – so to speak – debuted on Disney +. Without being officially announced with the other series, Legends has discovered a mystery about its content. Some fans bet it would be something original, while others didn’t put much faith in it and agreed for a few weeks that it would just be a compilation of the heroes.
Whoever threw the chips in the second option hit the nail on the head. Without bringing in any news, deleted scenes or anything like that, Legends is more like an attempt to secure the name of the production in question from copyright to prevent the rival, DC – which has a line with that name. -, to use it in the near future. Indeed, the two released episodes are dedicated to two characters: Wanda Maximoff (Elizabeth Olsen) and Visão (Paul Bettany). For about 7 minutes, each episode recalls key moments from the heroes of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, without making any special additions, just connecting old scenes together to create a brief introductory narrative.
Not by chance, the two approached characters arrive at Disney + in six days to play in the WandaVision series. In other words, it is very likely that the next chapters of the series will focus on Falcão (Anthony Mackie), Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan) and Baron Zemo (Daniel Brühl), stars of Falcão and the Winter Soldier, who will arrive. later this year. year. Okay, maybe that frustrated some fans who were expecting original content, smaller expansions to the universe, and even short films involving the characters. However, these official summaries are a very smart move not to appeal to a loyal following that has followed Marvel’s heroes for nearly fifteen years, but to attract and retain new audiences interested in the series without necessarily watching all of the above. .
This situation in Legends dates back to a joke that Screen Junkies (or was it CinemaSins?) Made a few years ago. At the time, they joked that Marvel could make a feature film called “Supermarket Cart: The Movie,” which would still have millions of people chasing tickets like crazy. And that’s still true, because Legends is literally a collection of scenes that audiences saw put together in a little video that could very well have been by a fan on their YouTube channel, but it’s still great content for fans. . remember the moments they may have forgotten that are worth seeing. But, as stated in the previous paragraph, the focus of this production is not long-time fans, but possible new fans. For example, in The Mandalorian, the first major original Disney + production, we follow a new adventure with new characters inserted into the Star Wars universe. Since the main saga already has nine films, for spin-offs and canonical animated series of dozens of episodes, many people end up walking away from The Mandalorian for not wanting to watch everything that has come before – and more. late too.
Despite being wonderful and supporting each other, The Mandalorian is shunned by new audiences who don’t want to watch the 9 Star Wars movies to better understand what’s happening on screen.
In other words, due to a considerable past, the franchise fails to attract new fans for the future. And like any business, Disney is keen to see new audiences interested in its products so that profit is continuous. Now, if nine films keep a certain type of audience away, how do you increase interest in a series that results in no less than 23 films? It takes a lot of people to look at the three phases to understand what’s going on in WandaVision and the like. Aside from the most die-hard fans – to be very honest, I doubt even these will ever do the marathon again, considering most did before Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Ultimatum – it’s highly unlikely that anyone who puts the weekend to marathon the MCU at once. That way Legends ends up being useful, as it synthesizes in about 7 minutes everything fans need to know about the characters in question to understand their motivations and dramas in the upcoming series. In other words, it saves time, helps understanding, and makes the process of building new fans easier. And let’s be honest here, if someone were to watch Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) to be excited about Wanda’s story, there’s a good chance that person wouldn’t even watch the series afterwards.
Introduced in a version without as many powers and with superficial moral dilemmas, Wanda (Elizabeth Olsen) has grown a lot over the course of the films.
Finally, it’s interesting to note which points are addressed as fundamental in each episode of Legends. That’s because they can point out what to expect from each character’s series. For example, the question of Mercury (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) is very important to understanding Wanda’s past, since the death of her brother causes her to switch sides and go after the thief, Ultron (James Spader). However, he saves a lot of screen time on his sister’s Legends. Does this indicate that he will reappear on WandaVision? Not exactly, but it could be. This is something you won’t know until the show opens. In other words: it is worth watching what is highlighted in these episodes of Legends and see if they will be developed or retained in the respective new series.
The first two episodes of Legends are available on Disney +. Wandavision debuts at Disney + on January 15, 2021.
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