Marvel shows off its deep bench of characters in 'Falcon' and 'WandaVision'
April 15, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.
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Marvel Comics was built on titles with a 60-year history, like Fantastic Four, Spider-Man and the Hulk. But some of the characters recently getting attention and lighting up social media have names like Sharon Carter, Jimmy Woo and the Dora Milaje.
Those personalities and others have cropped up in the Disney+ shows, reflecting the breadth of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and underscoring the seamless way Marvel has mixed and matched talent in building its interlocking titles.
Marvel followed that the next year with "Ant-Man," 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: Civil War," which featured a battle involving a dozen characters and, among other things, introduced Black Panther before his solo movie in 2018.
That's especially true since the Marvel/Disney tandem has yet to put its imprint on the title that started it all, Fantastic Four, 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 "Avengers: Endgame. " 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.