The release of “Spider-Man: No Way Home,” a billion-dollar-grossing film, in December provided a strong indication that Netflix’s long-running superhero episodes would be included in the Marvel Cinematic Universe after all.
Charlie Cox, who plays blind superhero/lawyer Matt Murdock on Netflix’s “Daredevil,” made a quick but amusing appearance. His entrance, along with Tom Holland’s Spider-Man, validated what the Netflix programs had hinted at: that they were in the same neighborhood as the MCU’s Avengers.
You can now see Netflix’s erstwhile Marvel heroes on the same platform as the Avengers. “Daredevil,” “Jessica Jones,” “Luke Cage,” “Iron Fist,” “The Defenders,” and “The Punisher” have officially departed Netflix and joined ABC’s “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” on Disney Plus on Wednesday. Disney Plus becomes the one-stop shop for every Marvel program that ever mattered, which may be significant if you’re a comic book entertainment fan wanting to save money on streaming.
Is this to say that Netflix’s erstwhile Marvel heroes are now officially MCU-approved? One Cox cameo in a Spider-Man film does not constitute a pattern, and only Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige knows if Daredevil and the Defenders will reappear, but getting your Mickey Mouse ears is a good start.
Here are the original Marvel shows, both old and new, that you can watch on Disney Plus, as well as what to anticipate if you’re venturing into these realms for the first time.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
“Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” was created to bring the MCU buzz to network television. It’s debatable whether that happened, given the noticeable lack of MCU stars from the movies, but it’s a Marvel show at heart, with a few classic villains and the intense likability factor of Clark Gregg as Agent Phil Coulson leading the way.
Matt Murdock (Cox) was blinded as a youngster in a rare event that heightened his residual senses, letting him to see without seeing due to improved radarlike skills. At day, he’s a lawyer, but by night, he’s the vigilante Daredevil in New York’s Hell’s Kitchen, tracking down anybody who threatens his city. In that battle, he faces the Kingpin (Vincent D’Onofrio), New York’s top mafia leader, bringing to life one of comic book culture’s most famous rivalries. Netflix’s Marvel programs were renowned for their legendary hallway combat sequences, and the very first one in Season 1, Episode 2 of “Daredevil” is a Marvel classic.
Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritter) is a former superhero who now works as a private investigator. She juggles her bond with Luke Cage (Mike Colter) with her struggle for survival against Kilgrave (David Tennant), a monster whose mental abilities render her extraordinary strength worthless. This might be Marvel’s most adult series, made when Netflix didn’t have to adhere to the MCU’s general PG-13 rating. This series has a lot of sex and cursing, so keep an eye out for new ratings warnings.
After a fluke accident in jail, Luke Cage (Colter) obtains bulletproof skin and super-strength, which comes in useful when he faces up against two of the most merciless villains ever presented in the live-action Marvel universe: Cottonmouth (Mahershala Ali) and Black Mariah (Alfre Woodard). Colter’s Cage was the most renowned Black Marvel superhero in live action until Anthony Mackie became Captain America and “Black Panther” broke box office records.
“Iron Fist” is maybe Marvel’s least-noticed Netflix program. Coming home as a martial arts expert after the world believed he died as a youngster never seemed quite right for Finn Jones. The program went to great lengths to keep Jones out of his immensely famous superhero costume from the comics, and he was sometimes overshadowed by the villains and a love interest who deserved to be the one genuine Iron Fist.
“The Defenders” is the show for you if you loved “Daredevil,” “Jessica Jones,” “Luke Cage,” and “Iron Fist” (or even if you didn’t like “Iron Fist”) and want to see them join up in Avengers-style manner. It’s the street-level, lower-stakes version of the MCU’s keep-it-all-connected approach, in which its characters routinely cross paths on-screen.
Marvel’s most brutal character has always been The Punisher. By a long shot. And this series, starring Jon Bernthal, lives up to the hype. He portrays Frank Castle, a man who loses his family to violence and embarks on a lethal crusade against the different forms of evil that stole them away. After many unsuccessful efforts at portraying the Punisher in films, Bernthal’s portrayal as the Punisher is definitive. If the role is ever called upon again, perhaps Feige has Bernthal’s phone number on hand.
No Disney Plus/Marvel series has produced as many memes as “WandaVision.” The Scarlet Witch/Wanda Maximoff (Elizabeth Olsen) and Vision (Paul Bettany) are two Avengers who transition from supporting roles in Thanos’ battle to becoming the superheroes at the heart of a mystery in the series. The supposed-dead Vision is still alive and trapped in a magical universe created by Wanda’s abilities and influenced by numerous historical sorts of television broadcasts. The dark story of how Wanda’s made-for-TV world came to be lurks below the cheerful family entertainment surface. Is Wanda the genuine antagonist of this story? Is it the scene-stealing Agnes (Kathryn Hahn) who deserves that honor?
The Falcon and the Winter Soldier
Captain America’s throne is up for grabs. Cap’s chosen successor, Falcon/Sam Wilson (Mackie), does not believe he is up to the role. The government agrees and a rogue-when-necessary soldier, John Walker (Wyatt Russell), is assigned as Captain America for a new generation. The shield is swiftly discovered to be in the wrong hands, and Bucky/the Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan) must persuade Sam that he is the genuine heir to Captain America while fighting by his side in the most “Lethal Weapon” manner imaginable. This series does not address race as thoroughly as the Marvel “Truth: Red, White, and Black” comic books on which it is based, which presented the world to the first genuine Captain America, a Black man called Isaiah Bradley. Carl Lumbly’s poignant portrayal as Bradley, and Mackie’s ultimate transformation into Marvel’s first live-action Black Captain America, combine for a historic occasion.
Loki (Tom Hiddleston), the original MCU bad villain and annoying adopted brother of the Mighty Thor, perished at Thanos’ hands in “Avengers: Infinity War,” but was resurrected by a time-travel error in “Avengers: Endgame.” Someone who does not die when they should informs the TVA (Time Variance Authority), an institution tasked with ensuring the integrity of all timelines across the cosmos. There are so many alternate-universe Lokis wreaking havoc throughout time that the TVA determines the original Loki would be a good agent to get into the thoughts of the variations and assist them track them down.
What If … ?
The first animated series from Marvel Studios sets its characters in alternate-reality circumstances. What if Steve Rogers never became Captain America, but his girlfriend, Peggy Carter, became a British super soldier? What if Thor drank too much? What if the Black Panther never ascended to the throne of Wakanda and instead travelled the universe alongside the Guardians of the Galaxy? With Marvel movies now dealing with the concept of a multiverse (which was previously addressed in “Loki”), it’s feasible that some of these animation parallel realms may be seen in live-action. The cruel and callous Doctor Strange from Episode 4 may appear in the live-action sequel “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness,” which will be released in cinemas this May.
Hawkeye/Clint Barton (Jeremy Renner), the Avenger without abilities, gets his own show as he mourns the death of his closest friend and companion, the Black Widow. When Hawkeye’s history as a vigilante catches up with him, a holiday vacation in New York with his three children turns into a top-secret operation. He’s also compelled to work with a sidekick, Kate Bishop (Hailee Steinfeld), who worships the ground he walks on and may be a superior archer, if not a future Young Avenger. Hawkeye’s quiver of trick arrows lives up to the hype in this series, much more so than in the Avengers films.
Marvel versus DC. Who has the hotter female actors?
DC and Marvel are the two most well-known superhero film companies. There are several points on which fans of these two studios can’t agree, including which has the superior superheroes, which has the superior superhero team-up, which has the superior villains, and which makes the superior movies.
Yes, it seems like another argument is on the horizon. Marvel and DC aren’t shy about featuring stunning female leads since they know it draws in the crowds. In exchange for portraying some of our favorite superheroines, these ladies earn millions of dollars.
Discover who has exceeded the other in this respect.
Marvel VS DC
Scarlett Johansson as the Black Widow
Elizabeth Olsen, aka the Scarlet Witch
Gwyneth Paltrow – Pepper Potts
Captain Marvel (Brie Larson)
Valkyrie – Tessa Thompson
Dani Guererro – Okoye
Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman
Lois Lane, played by Amy Adams
Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn
Black Canary, played by Jurnee Smollett-Bell
Who do you believe has the sexiest actresses? Who is your top pick and why? Leave a comment, thanks!
Each and Every Show That Inspired the Disney+ Series WandaVision
WandaVision’s frequent allusions to classic television shows are a major part of its humor.
In January of 2021, WandaVision launched Phase 4 of the MCU, officially ushering in a new age of Disney+ shows. Indeed, it was the first time the MCU was seen on television, as it chronicled Wanda Maximoff’s (Elizabeth Olsen) reaction to the aftermath of Avengers: Endgame. In the end, WandaVision was a huge critical triumph, garnering a whopping 23 nods at that year’s Primetime Emmys.
WandaVision, as the first television series in the MCU, appropriately paid tribute to the medium of television by drawing inspiration from a wide range of programs throughout its history. WandaVision acknowledged a wide range of television classics by the end of the series, from The Dick Van Dyke Show to Modern Family. All the shows that served as models for WandaVision are listed here.
The Dick Van Dyke Show
The Dick Van Dyke Show, which follows the title man in his antics both at work and at home, is one of the earliest shows mentioned on WandaVision, appearing in the very first episodes. One of WandaVision’s primary inspirations comes from this episode. Matt Shakman, the show’s director, told Den of Geek that he and Van Dyke had lunch together to discuss the show’s production.
I Love Lucy
Featuring Lucille Ball as a New York housewife who dreams of becoming a star, I Love Lucy was a smash hit on television. Clearly, this program, along with The Dick Van Dyke Show, was an influence on the first two episodes of WandaVision. The most blatant example is the fact that couples could not be depicted in bed together during the airing of I Love Lucy. Two separate single beds were displayed instead of a double bed.
Featuring Lucille Ball as a New York housewife who dreams of becoming a star, I Love Lucy was a smash hit on television. Clearly, this program, along with The Dick Van Dyke Show, was an influence on the first two episodes of WandaVision. Couples could not be shown in bed together on television during the time that I Love Lucy was airing. Instead of a double bed, two single beds were displayed.
The Twilight Zone
The Twilight Zone, the only non-comedic source of inspiration for WandaVision, is another source of the show’s unique style. The structure of the show has a narrator guiding the audience through a series of spooky stories set in a realm named “The Twilight Zone.” Jordan Peele just recreated the series, but he stuck with the same basic idea. Jac Schaeffer, the program’s creator, discussed WandaVision’s impact on the series and its storytelling, highlighting the impact the show had on the development of Wanda’s magic and the resolution of the Hex’s mysteries.
Bewitched, originally shown on ABC in the 1980s, has been remade numerous times throughout the history of film and television, most recently as a box office smash starring Nicole Kidman and Will Ferrell. Starring in the show is Elizabeth Montgomery as a witch attempting to lead the life of a typical housewife. WandaVision, in which Scarlet Witch and Vision disguise themselves as normal suburbanites, finds an apt inspiration in these stories.
The Brady Bunch
The Brady Bunch was a popular show from the 1970s about a nuclear family that ended up blending and raising six kids together. The third episode of WandaVision, as part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, plainly draws inspiration from The Brady Brunch, as the title card makes explicit reference to the show’s title show.
A family living in a Chicago public housing complex experienced nothing but good fortune. The actress playing Monica Rambeau on WandaVision, Teyonah Parris, confirmed this was a running gag, and that the show’s effect can be seen even in later episodes. Good Times originated in the 1970s as a spin-off of Maude, which was itself a spin-off of All in the Family.
In Full House, Bob Saget played a widower father who enlists the support of his brother and closest friend, both of whom were also single parents. The episode in which WandaVision transitioned into the 1980s TV era was inspired by this show. Having grown so much, Billy and Tommy had altered the household dynamic. It’s worth noting that the Olsen sisters, Mary-Kate and Ashley, were featured prominently in the ABC show Full House, which served as inspiration for the show’s design.
Malcolm in the Middle
The popular sitcom Malcolm in the Middle from the 2000s focused on the eponymous character, a bright kid from a working-class family who struggled to fit in. In the sixth episode of WandaVision, there were multiple references to Malcolm in the form of dialogue and the opening titles were a direct homage to his. Furthermore, exactly as Malcolm did in his show, Tommy did in WandaVision, breaking the fourth wall.
WandaVision’s seventh episode included numerous allusions to contemporary sitcoms like The Office, especially in its mockumentary-style format, which featured interviews and glances directly into the camera. While Vision and Darcy are operating the circus truck, Vision occasionally turns his head to stare directly into the lens. When Agnes recognizes the camera, she once again reveals herself to be Agatha Harkness. It’s only fitting that a reference be made to The Office, which has had such an enormous impact on contemporary television.
When it comes to television, Modern Family is up there with the all-time greats. The show centers on the Pritchett family patriarch, Jay, and how his three children and their families interact. In the sixth episode of WandaVision, Wanda addresses the camera directly in a mockumentary style reminiscent of Modern Family. Wanda’s home is also quite similar to the Dunphys’ in terms of color scheme, design, and general vibe.
Who is the Wonder Man of Marvel Comics?
We had been expecting you, Simon Williams.
The following contains spoilers for some of Wonder Man’s comic book history, but will give you an overview of his background.
Marvel Comics readers have been wondering when Simon Williams, aka Wonder Man, would enter the MCU ever since the introduction of Vision in Avengers: Age of Ultron. With the confirmation that Destin Daniel Cretton, the man behind Shang-Chi, will be directing a Wonder Man series for Disney+, some of the answers to that question began to emerge. And in even more thrilling developments, it appears that Yahya Abdul-Mateen II will play Simon Williams in the film. If you seen Watchmen on HBO, in which Abdul-Mateen II portrayed Doctor Manhattan, you’ll find this casting even more intriguing. As the villain Black Manta in the Aquaman film series, he is no stranger to the superhero genre. But that’s not why we’re here; we want to speak about Simon Williams and his role in the future of the MCU, and in particular the fates of two of the most beloved star-crossed couples in the MCU canon.
Who is this mysterious Wonder Man, anyway?
Wonder Man made his debut to readers on the cover of Avengers #9 in 1964. There was a banner that read, “Marvel Comics proudly introduces… Wonder Man, the newest, most dynamic surprise character from the world-famous House of Ideas,” and the cover art featured the looming heads of Thor, Captain America, Iron Man, Wasp, and Giant-Man looking down on their new superpowered foe. Even more so considering Wonder Man wouldn’t make it to the issue’s conclusion, it was a bold claim. Simon Williams was a normal man before he was kidnapped and subjected to “the most potent ionic rays” by Baron Zemo at his hideout in the Amazon Jungle, transforming him into a superhero with superhuman strength and invulnerability. What could possibly motivate such crazy research? The goal was to get Simon (now known as Wonder Man) into the Avengers organization and give him superpowers. In the end, Wonder Man decides to help the Avengers defeat Zemo, after initially agreeing with the plan. He pays the ultimate price for his brave decision. Zemo had poisoned him in secret and, after being deceived, had refused to give Simon the antidote. So long, Wonder Man.
The question is, how did Wonder Man make his way back? And if that was his last appearance, why is he getting a spinoff? In an event that would have lasting effects on Wonder Man and the Avengers, he was soon to play a pivotal role in the development of a legendary Marvel hero.
How Wonder Man are related with Scarlet Witch and Vision?
For four years and 51 issues, fans had to wait before seeing Simon Williams again in the pages of The Avengers. However, the style did not adhere to the norm for comic books. Unfortunately, he was not shown to be still alive or brought back from the dead. This guy wasn’t even a clone. Instead, he is shown to be instrumental in the creation of the synthezoid known as the Vision in the acclaimed story “Even an Android can Cry” by Roy Thomas, John Buscema, George Klein, and Sam Rosen. Something shocking is uncovered as the crew led by Iron Man investigates Vision’s origins and identity. Ultron, the villain, absconded with a valuable item, a “memory cassette” of Wonder Man’s brain. He put it to use in developing the Vision. Yes, in the comics the Vision is an android with a digital replica of Simon Williams’ brain, as opposed to the MCU, where he is formed via the combined efforts of Thor, Tony Stark, and Bruce Banner. The odd narrative may have ended there, but Wonder Man had more in store.
By revealing in Avengers #102 that Simon Williams had not been killed but had instead been in a coma since Avengers #9, Marvel Comics planted the seed for his eventual resurrection in 1972. Unfortunately for Simon, it wasn’t the Avengers but Kang, as part of his villain team Legion of the Unliving, that resurrected him in Avengers #131. Wonder Man’s relationship with Vision only grew in importance once he through a few more rebirths and officially joined the Avengers in 1977.
After living together for a while, the duo finally accepted their unorthodox connection and began to view each other as quirky but supportive siblings. Unfortunately, that was short-lived when a corrupt business destroyed Vision’s memory, rendering him emotionless. Simon’s understanding refusal to enable his loving wife Wanda to restore him via brain imprint donation to Vision was understandable. Because he had grown to love Wanda, even if she didn’t realize it for years. The affair was intense, but it ended when Wanda realized she still loved her one true love, Vision, too much to let him go.
What are Wonder Man’s powers?
What a fascinating query! The correct answer has evolved with the times, just like our favorite comic book heroes. We already know that his innate abilities granted him superhuman strength and indestructibility. His initial ionic experiments with Zemo gave him the foundation for his subsequent enhanced talents. Wonder Man appeared to be made entirely of pure energy after reviving from one of his numerous deaths, but the truth is more complicated.
Wonder Man has falsely claimed to be made of Ionic Energy on multiple occasions, however a more accurate description would be that it is embedded throughout his own flesh and bones. As a result of his extraordinary physiology, he can heal himself from wounds, fashion solid objects out of energy, and control magnetic fields. His peculiar abilities can be traced back to his past. Aside from that, Wonder Man possesses a host of classic superhero abilities, including flight, invulnerability, bulletproof skin, the ability to leap tall buildings in a single bound, extreme agility, and super reflexes. He also possesses latent powers, such as teleportation and shapeshifting, though he rarely employs them.
Isn’t it true that Wonder Man used to act?
Yep. Simon’s aspirations to become an actor are almost as well-known as his association with Vision. Wonder Man, who in the 1970s was a resident of the Avengers Mansion, left to strike out on his own. Simon left the Avengers #211 after Captain America attempted to downsize the squad to focus on his personal life in Avengers #211. He is now working with good old Hercules in his acting profession. He then tried his hand at acting before transitioning into the world of stunts in Hollywood, where he proved to be nearly unstoppable. Both West Coast Avengers Vol. 1 and his solo series Wonder Man detail that time period in his life. It’s easy to imagine that this will serve as a springboard for his Disney+ series.
What role Wonder Man will play in Marvel?
Simon Williams seems like a logical progression for the MCU after the events of WandaVision and the introduction of the memory-erased White Vision. The question that remains, though, is how the MCU will redefine the antihero in his pilot episode and throughout the franchise. The several possibilities we’ve discussed here show that this is so. Following a much-loved Marvel Cinematic Universe convention, this author speculates that Simon Williams was either an employee or rival of Tony Stark. The latter seems more realistic, given that his past in the ’80s comics was expanded to involve him competing with Stark Industries for cash.
It’s possible that the MCU will introduce the idea that Jarvis and eventually Vision were created using Williams’ coding skills or a physical brain imprint, giving him the crucial connection that the characters need. This would be a great opportunity for the MCU to further cement the brotherly bond between the two characters and bring him full circle back to Tony Stark. The Wonder Man TV show might also take place in the past to introduce audiences to the character and his background before he becomes part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. That may be a fun way to introduce audiences to Wonder Man before he officially enters the current MCU, while also incorporating some of the hilarious hijinks from his time in Hollywood. It’s also plausible that this path may leave Williams in a coma, where the MCU’s latest villain can revive him.
It seems likely that Kang will play a role in Simon’s primary introduction to the MCU, given the comics and the time of the Wonder Man series. Including the Legion of the Unliving in the MCU may be a fascinating development. It’s also possible that White Vision is discovered by scientist Kang, who then links the new synthezoid to Simon. However, we believe that Simon will become well-established in the series before being presented to the main MCU, where he will become connected with White Vision and the Avengers after becoming entangled with a revived Scarlet Witch. During the Kang Dynasty comic that inspired the new film’s title, Wanda and Wonder Man actually break up in the comics.
We won’t know until Disney+ launches the much-anticipated MCU series, though.
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