While the MCU has run exclusively on the big screen for 23 straight films, the franchise’s small screen debut in 2021 with WandaVision thrilled audiences with TV that was just as intense as the high-budget blockbusters Marvel Studios usually delivers. The Falcon and The Winter Soldier followed up WandaVision’s success in March and was likewise a brilliant adaptation of the movie franchise to TV.
Marvel’s TV shows bring the excitement of the films in the franchise, but that’s not to say that they’re not a little different than the movies. At about 10 hours of total runtime, WandaVision offered fans a lot of character development and an extreme character study in mental illness that just wouldn’t have been possible in a movie. The Falcon and The Winter Soldier likewise used its significant screen time over the show to explore healing and complex social issues.
Though the new Disney+ shows still deliver the trademark, high-impact superhero action that the MCU is known for, they also offer a wealth of deeper character exploration. MCU movies tend to run pretty long compared to other movies, but most of the characters focused on in the Disney+ stories have been largely neglected in character development up to this plain in the franchise. Fans are overjoyed to get more exploration of favorite, yet neglected characters and conflicts surrounding weighty, relevant social issues have really elevated these past two shows above the normal pop-culture fare.