A new era For Marvel Studios

A new era For Marvel Studios

Kaila Low, Managing Editor

Disney+ was launched on November 12, 2019, in the United States, Canada, and the Netherlands, and expanded to Australia, New Zealand, and Puerto Rico a week later. The streaming platform primarily has film and television series produced by The Walt Disney Studios and Walt Disney Television. It contains dedicated hubs for Disney, Pixar, Star Wars, National Geographic, and Marvel. In the United States, most films from the Marvel Cinematic Universe were available at launch, with the exception of a few films that were later released on the platform.

In 2009, The Walt Disney Company bought Marvel Entertainment for $4 billion. Over the years, however, Marvel entered into several partnerships and negotiations with other companies across a variety of businesses. As of 2019, Marvel has film licensing agreements with Sony Pictures for any Spiderman films and Universal Studios for any upcoming Hulk movies they might produce. These very licensing agreements are the reason why you cannot find “The Incredible Hulk,” “Spider-Man: Homecoming,” or “Spiderman: Far From Home” on Disney+ even though they are part of the MCU.

The MCU movies are not the only Marvel movies you can find on Disney+. Most of Fox’s X-Men movies and Fantastic Four films are also available, with the exception of some movies. Films like “Logan” and “Deadpool” are not likely to join the lineup of Marvel movies on Disney+ because of their R ratings.

Under the Marvel hub, they have conveniently separated the MCU movies into each phase they were released in and even have them set up in timeline order. For first-time watchers of the MCU, most people would recommend watching the movies in the order they came out, simply because of the end credit scenes. At the end of each MCU film, with the exception of “Avengers: Endgame,” there is a short end credit scene, foreshadowing a future film in the timeline. Therefore, in order to get the full experience these films offer, watching them in release order is best for first time watchers. For a marathon, it is also fun to watch the movies in timeline order, which takes you through the MCU in chronological order. For example, when watching in timeline order, you would start with “Captain America: The First Avenger” (2011) and move onto “Captain Marvel”(2019), next watching “Iron Man”(2008). Even though “Iron Man”  was released first, it is third in the lineup because it is set in 2008 while “Captain America: The First Avenger” was set in the 1940’s and “Captain Marvel was set in the 1990’s.

With the pandemic, producing and releasing movies has proven to be a challenge for Marvel Studios. The movie “Black Widow” was set to be released November 6, 2020 but has been pushed back due to Covid-19. The film is now set to be released July 9 in theaters and on Disney+ with premier access. Premier access is $30, and while that seems like a steep fee, it is just about the same price as two movie tickets and a bucket of popcorn. After purchasing the movie, you can watch it over and over, as many times as your heart desires.

Disney+ and Marvel has paired up to release exclusive content for MCU fans. “WandaVision” started streaming January 15 and wrapped up its season on March 5. The sitcom based series focused on the life of Wanda Maximoff after the events of “Avengers: Endgame”. Wanda blipped after villain Thanos willed away half of the population for so called “balance”. This came just after she watched the love of her life, Vision, die twice. After coming back from the blip, the grief of losing her lover was as fresh as it was five years before. “WandaVision” touches on all of the important aspects of grief and loss, giving Wanda more character development and opening the MCU to new opportunities.

“WandaVision” is not the only series that is being released on the streaming platform. “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier” just now wrapped up its season last week, telling the story of Avengers Sam Wilson and Bucky Barnes after the death of their longtime friend and hero, Captain America. Disney+ is set to release an abundance of Marvel television series in the upcoming months such as “Loki”, “What If?,” “Hawkeye,” and “Ms. Marvel.”