Famous writer Kevin Biegel revealed some footage from New Warriors BTS by tweeting deleted photos of Milana Vayntrub in the Squirrel Girl / Doreen Green costume. But other than that, it was visible what the MCU lost when Marvel halted the live-action TV series project. From Jessica Jones to Luke Cage, Marvel has indeed created many unique shows focused on continuity and achieved critical acclaim. Sadly, Agent Carter and Agents of SHIELD also received the same type of criticism after the series dropped out to tie in with the events of the MCU films.
1. Will Marvel Television Take Risks?
The series listed above shows that the MCU has so far avoided showing violence and sexual content. Agents of SHIELD were much more honest about showing natural physical desires than other MCU movies. Agent Carter and Luke Cage were both far more daring when it comes to sexism and black masculinity. The show did this before any of the MCU movies or the Disney + series touched on similar topics.
From the wide array of aesthetics to the psychedelic visuals of Legion, Marvel Television‘s shows had a whole range of different styles. For example, the Cloak and Dagger series targeted a specific audience of young adults and older teens, just as Marvel was aimed at older viewers. From Biegel’s Twitter posts, it appears the New Warrior series was intended to be gay-friendly as well.
2. Marvel TV Shows Vs. MCU Movies.
Jeph Loeb, Executive Vice President of Marvel television, was one of the biggest problems. He has been criticized for promoting East Asian stereotypes with numerous Marvel Netflix series. Daredevil actor Peter Shinkoda claimed Loeb made anti-Asian comments. But, it seems, Loeb had planned to leave the company before Marvel’s restructuring plan. This will open the doors to the TV side of the MCU in a wider direction, just like Marvel Studios is doing now.
Marvel TV shows had a specific type of artistic freedom that movies didn’t. A number of films focus directly on adults, while others mix things up. But the MCU’s Disney + series has to come to terms with the fact by spreading the limitations of some mature content and not straying too far from the internal style of Marvel Studios’ film formula. Marvel Television’s shows are less restricted than those of other Marvel Studios productions. Although Biegel’s ideas in BTS footage of New Warriors indicate the MCU could have used more of it.
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