From that perspective, the most important movie in building the current Marvel mystique in hindsight might have been “Guardiani della Galassia,” conjuring a major hit out of the spacefaring team of misfits in 2014. If Marvel fans were ready to buy a talking raccoon and tree, the sky — or rather, universo — really was the limit.
Marvel followed that the next year with “Uomo formica,” which turned the one-time “Saturday Night Live” punchline into an unlikely success; and then demonstrated just how many heroes could be crammed into one movie with “Captain America: Guerra civile,” which featured a battle involving a dozen characters and, tra le altre cose, introduced Black Panther before his solo movie in 2018.
For those weaned on the signature comics created by Stan Lee with artists Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko in the 1960s
, the depth and breadth of Marvel’s current appeal is beyond anything they could have reasonably expected
, especially after some of the clunky adaptations from its early days
. That’s especially true since the Marvel/Disney tandem has yet to put its imprint on the title that started it all
, Fantastici Quattro
, after underwhelming attempts under the cinematic stewardship of Fox
Marvel has approached its first Disney+ shows with the same sense of interconnectedness that has powered its roster of movies, which brought everyone together in spectacular fashion with “Vendicatori: Fine del gioco.” That film also marked the exit of two signature characters, Iron Man and Captain America, leaving some very sizable shoes to fill, with the latter’s legacy providing the essence of the latest series.
While streaming occupies a different space than theatrical movie-going, “WandaVision” e “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier” have already demonstrated the advantages of using Disney+ as a lab to develop and explore characters that might not be ready for a $ 200-million blockbuster.
With the planned next phase of movies delayed during the pandemic
, the immediate road map as those films roll out is pretty clear
. The lineup includes “Vedova Nera,” a number of eagerly anticipated sequels and another big bet in
Ancora, the way Marvel has deployed its troops in these first shows for Disney+ has flexed the company’s muscles in unexpected ways, opening the doors, appropriately, to whole new worlds of possibilities.