Wandavision, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, and MORE
By Veronica Leon '24
Warning: Spoilers Ahead!
ATTENTION ALL MARVEL FANS
Buckle up because 2021 has a lot in store.
We started the year with the release of Wandavision on January 15, 2021, starring Elizabeth Olson as Wanda and Paul Bettany as Vision.
The nine-episode series takes place twenty-one days after Avengers: Endgame and eight months before SpiderMan: Far From Home. Wandavision makes you rethink everything you know if you watched Avengers: Infinity War. It is the first TV series Marvel Studios has produced that premiered on Disney+.
Wandavision is entertaining, emotional, and complicated. We see Wanda experiencing sadness and anger because of the loss of Vision. In Wandavision we see how Wanda has dealt with Vision’s death. Wanda has created a false reality in which Vision is alive and they have a happy life with their two kids, Billy (Julian Hilliard) and Tommy (Gavin Borders Jett Klyne). Meanwhile, there is a search for a missing person led by Jimmy Woo (Randall Park). He then finds out that it's not only a missing person case, but it is a whole town missing.
The Falcon & The Winter Soldier:
The Falcon and the Winter Soldier premiered on March 19, 2021, starring Anthony Mackie as Falcon/Sam Wilson and Sebastian Stan as the Winter Soldier/Bucky Barnes. The season finale premiered April 23, 2021.
The show focuses closely on the legacy of Captain America. At the end of Avengers: Endgame, Steve Rogers/Captain America (Chris Evans), gave his shield to Sam Wilson, who is Falcon. Sam has to decide either fulfilling Steve’s wishes of becoming the next Captain America or giving it up. Sam eventually decides to give Captain America’s shield to the U.S. government with the hope of honoring Steve by putting it on display. However, it does not turn out that way. Instead, the shield is given to John Walker, U.S. Agent (Wyatt Russel) which stirs up emotions for Sam, Bucky, and the audience.
Not only is this TV series action-packed but it also brings awareness to present-day issues like racism. In episode two, we meet Isaiah Bradley (Carl Lumbly). He tells Sam and Bucky that he was put in jail for 30 years and he, among many other African-Americans, was experimented on with the super-soldier serum, in an attempt to make more Captain Americas. There was a Black Captain America, but he was kept a secret while the white Captain America was praised.
We do not have much information for the next shows and movies coming this year but we do have some official premiere dates for Loki, Black Widow, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, and Spiderman: No Way Home.
The original Series Loki was originally supposed to premiere June 11 on Disney+. However, Marvel changed the premiere date to Wednesday, June 9 saying “Wednesday is the new Friday”. Since both original series Wandavision and The Falcon and the Winter Soldier’s episodes premiered every Friday. The trailer shows Loki(Tom Hiddleston)trying to fix all the alternate realities he caused in Avengers: Endgame.
After the release of Loki, the movie Black Widow will premier in theaters and on Disney+ on July 9. This is the third time the date for Black Widow has moved and let’s hope it's the last. The movie will focus on Black Widow/Natasha Romanoff (Scarlett Johansson) going to Russia to come face to face with her past which takes place after Captain America: Civil War, according to Indiewire “Disney Moves ‘Black Widow’ to July, Releasing in Movie Theaters and Disney+ Streaming”.
Following the release of Black Widow, there will be a new animated series named What if…? The series does not have an official release date, but it is to be released this summer. The series will focus on what would have happened if important moments that took place in the Marvel Cinematic Universe happened differently.
Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings:
The movie Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings release date has finally been announced. According to the Marvel Instagram account, the movie will be released on September 3.
The film Eternals is said to be released November 5 of this year.
Spider-Man: No Way Home:
The movie Spider-Man: No Way Home will be in theaters on December 17, 2021.
The television series Ms. Marvel will be on Disney+ late this year.
Hawkeye has recently wrapped filming and will be releasing in the Fall this year.