For thirteen years now, the MCU has been one of the most incredible franchises. It took actors like the three Chrisses, Paul Rudd and Chadwick Boseman, Tom Hiddleston and Tom Holland, and so many others and turned them into superstars not just because they were in great movies but because Sarah Halley Finn knew they would be PERFECT for the roles they would play.
After Stan Lee’s death, I was skeptical for the future of Marvel Studios. Would the franchise still be great or would it lose its steam? I guess I underestimated just how brilliant Kevin Feige and the rest of the team has been through the years because the latest slate of characters and the actors that play them have been incredible.
Let’s just dive into the brand new characters and actors we have and will get to meet this year in the MCU.
The first piece of MCU content since Spider-Man: Far from Home, WandaVision was a risky return to the franchise we know and love so much but boy did it pay off. Not only was it a fantastic series with plenty of twists and turns and a very compelling story but it introduced us to two new powerful female characters that left quite the impression.
Kathryn Hahn’s Agatha Harkness stole the show every time she was onscreen. At times she was just straight down hilarious and at other times I would stare at the screen in awe because she did, in fact, feel like a perfect witch. She was the perfect foil to Wanda’s depression and I hope she returns in the future.
And then there was Teyonah Parris’s debut as Monica Rambeau. Do I think her acting skills need a little more refining? Yes I do, but I cannot deny my excitement to see her officially become one of the most powerful superheroes in the universe in The Marvels and to see her don whatever suit the incredible costume designers have created for her.
I also think she’s going to be able to deliver some powerful scenes opposite Brie Larson that could definitely have the potential to yank on my heart strings. She’s going to be a great fit with The Avengers.
Loki was quite a ride wasn’t it? It transitioned from a hilarious buddy-detective plot to an epic love story drama that ended with one of the best and biggest cliffhangers in the MCU so far.
Honestly, I’m still reeling a bit after that finale but, of course, my mind is always looking to the future. A future that seems to have been brilliantly set up to be something truly special next season. But to understand where these characters’ stories can go we have to look at what the show and the finale revealed to us about Loki and Sylvie.
(This will be a longread.)
To understand Loki’s incredible six-episode transformation in the series we have to think about his roles in Thor and The Avengers.
In Thor, we get to see Loki go through an emotional rollercoaster of a storyline. He starts off as the jealous brother who tries to keep Thor from being king by secretly inviting the Frost Giants into Asgard to crash the party. His plan veers out-of-control when Thor decides to take revenge on the Frost Giants, resulting in his banishment. Meanwhile, Loki on Jotunheim discovers when touched by a Frost Giant that his skin turns blue like them. It suddenly clicks why he’s always been treated so differently than Thor, why he was never groomed for the throne even though he was the smartest of the two brothers.
He learns that he’s adopted and it shatters Loki, driving him on a villainous path that he hopes will conclude with him being King of Asgard. His plan fails but he turns to Thanos, becoming his pawn and in return he would become King of Midgard a.k.a Earth.
Yesterday’s episode of Loki was mindblowing. It was everything I was hoping it could be as a finale while perfectly setting up Phase 4 of the MCU in a way that was concise and actually kind of brilliant. So, with no further delay, let me share my thoughts with you.
It’s another day and that means it’s time for another part in my updated ranking of the MCU characters. Enjoy!
I liked Hope van Dyne in Ant-Man but I was bummed that she wasn’t getting the chance to be a superhero. That, of course, changed in the sequel where we finally got to see her don her suit, fly, and shoot blasters at foes.
While I like Wasp she’s never been one of my major favorites in the MCU, hence her spot at #30 on this list.
29. Red Guardian
I didn’t think I was going to like the Red Guardian in Black Widow but he turned out to be a fun addition to the MCU roster. Plus his jealousy, rivalry, or infatuation he has with Captain America is quite hilarious and I’m going to need Kevin Feige to have him meet Captain America eventually. I think it would be really fun.
The last two episodes of Loki have been nothing short of spectacular. Episode 4 provided more plot twists but Episode 5 built upon this incredible world created by the TVA and gave us something I never thought I would ever see; multiple Lokis.
There was a lot to love about the latest episode so I’m going to share my thoughts on everything that touched me about this episode. Enjoy!
A few weeks back I realized something. Loki was the best MCU installment since Infinity War. Each week has confirmed that initial gut reaction to this rollercoaster of a magical ride.
Loki has always been one of my favorite Marvel characters but it is, ultimately, this show that has shown this character in such a powerful, profound way that I’m honestly quite moved, excited, and downright overjoyed for the potential of where this story can lead as a whole in this franchise.
Today’s episode was everything I expected from this series’ penultimate episode; it was funny, riveting, a little bit more romantic, and that ending had me staring at the screen with a wide-eyed smile.
I think what I’m most excited about with this show is the idea that maybe, for the first time with these Marvel series, we have a chance for the finale to actually be the best episode.
Loki has set up enough of a storyline where the end looks very grand and I. Am. HERE FOR IT!
Tomorrow, of course, I’ll delve deeper into the episode but for now, time for a rewatch.
I thank you for reading and I hope you have a great day.