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Yesterday Disney dropped a bunch of their upcoming releases for investors. This included a large amount of animated feature films and Disney+ shows, some more Star Wars content for Disney+, and, of course, a whole lot of Marvel news. A lot was released, all in varying stages of development, but the three live-action Disney+ shows that are farthest along caught my eye. Mainly because we received new trailers for all three upcoming series. I had some thoughts on each trailer, so I’m going through each of them to talk about what we saw and what might be in store for us when these shows finally drop. If you haven’t watched the trailers, I highly recommend going to watch them before this deep dive. Let’s go!
‘Loki’: This one was my favorite trailer. But I’m a little biased because Loki is my favorite Marvel character. This trailer started out with the exact scene we saw in ‘Endgame’. Present day Tony Stark and Scott Lang manage to steal the Tesseract while Loki is being arrested after the battle of New York. Except Tony gets completely bowled over by the Hulk and the Tesseract case flies out of his hand and directly towards Loki. Loki sees an opportunity to escape and takes it. This is where we get new content. Loki wakes up in a random desert with his hair already miraculously shorter and in the next shot, he’s in an elevator with Owen Wilson. I have to say, Owen Wilson didn’t seem as out of place to me as I thought he would when I heard he was cast. He definitely looks older with his short hair and bushy mustache, but he looks smart in his suit. And you kind of have to look somewhat refined if you’re standing next to Loki. Loki is clearly a prisoner judging by what appears to be a shock collar and a very unfashionable uniform, but Owen Wilson promises not to kill him.
In their banter we’re introduced to the TVA which, in the comics, stands for the Time Variance Authority. They monitor all of the different realities and timelines in the multiverse, and keep tabs on everything to make sure nothing is out of place. Which lines up with the time-hopping storyline we were promised. We get a brief scene of a hooded figure wreaking some havoc and then a few scenes of Loki going through a trial and questioning from the TVA. Loki is next seen in a suit, newly equipped with some throwing knives and obviously part of the TVA’s ranks. Then Loki’s in a plane looking very reminiscent of Tom Hiddleston in the Jaguar commercial he did a while back. We see him fighting in a few different realities and then he jumps out of the plane and right into what appears to be Asgard’s Bifrost. Hopefully in a reality where Asgard isn’t completely destroyed. The trailer ends with a very interesting image paralleling Loki’s 2016 comics look. This trailer was packed and it made me very excited for what’s to come. Loki looks as delightfully mischievous as always, which is all I really want out of this series. It’s impossible for me to say no to this one.
‘The Falcon and the Winter Soldier’: This trailer starts out pretty straightforward. Sam Wilson stares at a bunch of Steve’s stuff, including his shield, and comments on how daunting the legacy of the shield is. You can’t really blame him. We get a few random shots, some soldiers running and a large explosion, plus a shot of Sam and Bucky walking through a city. And then our first look at what appears to be a main villain in the series placing a mask over her face. Next Bucky and Sam can be seen on a boat with some gear, but strangely, no shield. Nor any Captain America colors. This series seems pretty adamant that Falcon and the Winter Soldier are going to stay the way they are. Neither appear to be the “new” Captain America despite Steve passing the shield on to Sam. Which is certainly an interesting choice. We get a lot more random shots in this trailer. Some fight scenes, what appears to be a grave, Zemo is back of course, and what looks like a football game honoring Captain America. Then we finally get back to Bucky on his motorcycle and Sam fighting this masked villain on the back of a truck with a helicopter hovering above.
There’s a lot of action in this trailer with only a few scenes of Sam and Bucky talking to each other. There isn’t much plot to be revealed here, but at least it looks like they’re getting along now. Although, I wouldn’t mind another squabble over how far back Bucky’s seat is. What strikes me as interesting are the suits that Bucky and Sam are wearing. Bucky is wearing a completely black, leather suit. It seems pretty plain to me, but we’ll see how it looks when the series airs. I do like the silver and red look for Falcon. It looks very sleek on him. We do get a prolonged look at Falcon flying from a helicopter after Bucky comments on their lack of a plan with a very annoyed look on his face. It’s strange to see Bucky be the sensible one, but that seems to be their dynamic here. And then we get a really awkward scene of Sam teasing Bucky about his “cyborg brain”. I can tell it’s supposed to be funny, but it just came off as odd. There was a lot in this trailer, but not a lot of it was meaningful. There were things I felt were just put in for filler and nothing clued me in to the story. I have no idea what this series is even about at this point. I guess I’ll have to wait and see.
‘WandaVision’: This series just looks weirder and weirder as each trailer comes out. We start out with the black and white look we saw in the first trailer. A woman comments on Wanda’s status as single which she seems confused about. She conjures wedding rings for herself and Vision and tells the woman that she’s married to a very human man. A laugh track plays (I’ll have to get used to that) and Vision suddenly walks in the front door. We see Wanda use her powers for various household chores, Vision as a human for some reason, and then color comes in. Now we have the 70’s look we saw and Wanda’s pregnant. We see the nursery and Wanda and Vision preparing for the babies. Probably twins, like in the comics. Also some looks at their neighbors who seem unrealistically happy. Finally we get our first look at Monica Rambeau, who greets Wanda like she knows her. Wanda is confused, asks her who she is, and then the trailer gets kind of chilling. Monica replies that she doesn’t know who she is in a very scared voice, but the screen glitches and Wanda and Monica are suddenly smiling again.
Both Wanda and Vision start seeing glitches in their town. A voice through a radio asks if Wanda can hear him and questions who’s doing “this”, whatever “this” is, to her. Their neighbor tearfully asks Wanda if she’s here to help them and then glitches so that she’s laughing as if she had never asked. What look like military vehicles come in and Wanda and Vision resolve to protect their “home”. We get a singular shot of Darcy Lewis amongst the chaos, who I am very excited to see again. In a moment that makes me somewhat hopeful for Vision’s possible survival, we see Wanda staring transfixed at the mind stone, but it shatters. The trailer ends with Wanda and Vision holding hands and another shot of a comical scene with the laugh track. I’m very weirded out by this trailer, but also intrigued at the same time. I will definitely watch it, but I’m not sure if I’ll find this just the right amount of weird, or a little too over the top.
That’s it! I’m excited to see all of these, but for completely different reasons. ‘Loki”s trailer was by far the best trailer to me. It gave us a lot of new content, a clear storyline without spoiling anything, and some good Loki moments. I’m excited to see him back in action. ‘The Falcon and the Winter Soldier’ mainly excites me because of Anthony Mackie. He’s a hilarious guy and I can’t wait to see him in a leading role. I’m also excited for the Bucky and Sam Wilson banter, but the last scene of the trailer made me skeptical, unfortunately. Hopefully the other banter scenes don’t fall as flat. ‘WandaVision’ is promising because I love both characters and because I know that Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany had such a good time making it. But I have a feeling I’ll have to keep a very open mind going into it. ‘WandaVision’ is coming first. It’ll hit Disney+ this January. Fingers crossed that it’s the start of a long line of good Marvel content.
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