Ranking all of the Disney+ Marvel TV Shows from 2021
With the conclusion of Hawkeye recently behind us, and 2022 in front of us, I thought it would be a good time to revisit all of the Disney+ Marvel series that most of us watched during 2021 and rank them. I realize that these are my opinions, and mine alone...well...maybe along with some solicited feedback from my wife and kids...so please try not to get offended if my opinion is different than yours. This is all in good fun!
I intentionally keep my blogs short, mainly because I don't have alot of time to write...but also because I don't like reading long blogs. So, let's get straight to the point.
4th (and last) place, Loki
First off, let me say that it was a near tie between 4th place and 3rd place, with both being distant to 2nd place. Loki started off with a bang, and the introduction of a character like Mobius (Owen Wilson) had everyone excited, including me. But after the first two episodes, it just became more and more confusing and sometimes just plain boring. Too many times I found myself falling asleep during various episodes, only to wake up to find a wife and/or kids also snoozing away. I also really struggled with Loki's character changing from the ruthless god-like villain into a "normal", caring, sympathetic, sappy, un-confident individual. I'll admit, I have not read any of the latest Loki comic book series from the past few years, but if they did the same thing to his character in comics as they did in the TV show, I would be just as disappointed. The show ultimately tried to give fans something we've been anticipating, which was the introduction of Kang the Conqueror...but was anyone else disappointed with how it was done? The choice of actor Jonathan Majors is fantastic, but I was completely underwhelmed with his long, flat, humdrum speech at the end of the finale. I think Marvel and Disney need to be careful with how much they use the aspect of time travel, because story lines can become absurd very quickly. Bottom line: underwhelming, confusing, nap time.
3rd place - Falcon and the Winter Soldier
The best compliment I can give to this series is its production value. The fight scenes were outstanding, and the cinematography was impressive. Also, the "hidden" storyline of Sam Wilson taking over the Captain America mantle from Steve Rogers and his internal struggle with the pressure of being the world's greatest superhero, had great potential. Unfortunately, the manner in which Disney tried to show that to the fans, didn't work very well. To put it bluntly, the entire series was a snooze-fest. Great actors, decent limited action, and the most boring delivery I've ever watched...or tried to watch. There was almost zero humor, which really hurt the show. As for the choice of villains...I can't really say enough about how disappointing and uninteresting they were. Disney...please stop changing comic book character history. It doesn't work. Bottom line: good fight scenes, but boring, depressing, and did I say boring?
2nd Place - Hawkeye
As I mentioned earlier, there is a huge gap between 3rd/4th place and 1st/2nd place. Hawkeye was a nice surprise. I was not looking forward to it...probably due to the previously two series being such a disappointment, but I ended up enjoying this. The downside of the show was Kate Bishop (Hailee Steinfeld). She was just such a downer most of the time. It's clear that was the intent of her character, but the "woe is me", "life sucks", "I hate people" charade got old quickly...albeit she became more humble as the series went on. Clint Barton really carried the show, and when Yolena Bolova entered the action, it just raised the show to the next level. Florence Pugh is a fantastic actress. Too bad she wasn't playing the Black Widow role from the beginning, but really looking forward to her future in the MCU. Kingpin....meh! Bottom line: surprisingly entertaining, decent use of humor, nice tie-in to the MCU.
Winner!!! - WandaVision
WandaVision was special. Maybe it's because it was Disney's first attempt and they put their A-Team in place to make the best impression possible for their fanbase. Whatever the case may be, it worked. From the fantastic acting of Elizabeth Olsen and even more so Paul Bettany (truly outstanding), to the ingenious storyline of Westview "through the decades", to the introduction of a little-known villain like Agatha Harkness and turning her into a superstar literally overnight...WandaVision delivered on all fronts. The impact this series will have on the future of the MCU could be significant. We already know (WARNING: MILD SPOILER) from the end credits scene of Spider-Man: No Way home, that Wanda will have a large role in the upcoming Dr. Strange sequel. Will we see White Vision again? Will we see regular Vision again? More importantly...when are we going to see MEPHISTO????? Bottom line: great storyline, fantastic acting, and a great future ahead for all these characters that we are giddily anticipating.
Looking forward to 2022, here are some of the Marvel shows coming to Disney+:
Agatha - House of Harkness
plus many others
I am really only looking forward to Moonknight and Agatha (who isn't?). There's a good chance the others will just be letdowns...although I'll reserve judgement, as always, until I watch the shows. I am still a doubter of this whole plan Disney has to tie TV shows into the MCU. I'm concerned that the storylines and the characters will be watered down in an effort to continue pumping out show after show, and none of us will be able to keep up. It will get tiresome. Too many TV shows! Maybe we'll just take one step at a time and see how things go in 2022.
Happy New Year to all!