Disney+ Talk With Megan Williams: Marvel Studios Legends
Out of all of Marvel’s Disney+ series that are coming, ‘Wandavision’ is the one that I am looking forward to the most. But, before the first episode comes out next week, the Disney streaming service has released a series called ‘Marvel Studios Legends’. These are 7-minute short recap episodes, focusing on a specific Marvel Studios character per episode.
Episode 1 revolves around Wanda Maximoff, aka Scarlett Witch. It showcases her introduction in 2014’s ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’, all the way to ‘Avengers: Endgame’. Played by Elizabeth Olsen, she was a mysterious and really interesting character with amazing supernatural powers. She was also one I wanted to see more of.
Unfortunately, the films never gave her a moment to shine fully and her story arc was poorly dealt with. Watching her story recapped, it made me realize how little of an appearance she had within each MCU film but makes me cautiously hopeful for the upcoming ‘Wandavision’ show. Hopefully, the show will place her centre stage and handle her character development better.
Episode 2 revolves around the cyborg Vision. Played by Paul Bettany, he was originally the voice of J.A.R.V.I.S in 2008’s ‘Iron Man’, before becoming Vision in 2015’s ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’. Despite having an interesting development/transformation, this was another character that wasn’t given much thought when it came to writing.
Admittedly, he is a cyborg, so some robotic acting is to be expected. But the direction and acting are extremely bland, compared to other robotic/cyborg characters in other films; an example being the Iron Giant from the 1999 film of the same name. That character has more life in its voice acting and movements compared to Vision, and that character is an actual robot.
Overall, watching ‘Marvel Studios Legends’ has made me realize how badly Wanda and Vision were handled in terms of writing. It was nice to be reminded of their scenes per Marvel film, but there also aren’t many compared to the other characters in the MCU. This is why I’m looking forward to ‘Wandavision’: I want these characters to be given a second chance, and this will be that second chance.
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