Marvel has released three live-action TV shows on Disney+ thus far: “WandaVision,” “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier” and “Loki.” There are more to come, but taking a look at these three series, as an avid superhero fan, I wanted to rank them solely based on their first episodes.
The first of the shows released was “WandaVision.” Though the first episode does not reveal a lot about what is truly going on, it was fun to witness a black-and-white 1950s style show. The scenes are corny-funny as Wanda and Vision try to hide their powers from their dinner guests.
As the episode ending comes around, you realize someone is watching “WandaVision” on TV as if it’s a sitcom and you are left with more questions than you came in with.
Now the series does become better as the episodes progress and more is revealed, but based on just this first episode, it could use some work. And maybe it’s just me wanting a fast-paced kind of show, but out of all three Marvel shows on Disney + I would rank “WandaVision” last.
The next show that premiered on Disney+ was “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier.” Now I previously mentioned liking fast-paced shows, and this show is the definition of that.
Within the first episode, Falcon stops a terrorist group, Bucky attends therapy trying to atone for his sins as an assassin and a new Captain America is announced. In addition, a new group of terrorists is revealed to have superhuman strength similar to Captain America’s.
This show has action right out the gate, a storyline with little confusion and familiarity of characters. I also like the fact that it is in the same timeline as the Marvel movies would be, only six months after the blip.
“The Falcon and the Winter Soldier” is the best Marvel series based on its first episode. Though I think “WandaVision” is better overall after watching all episodes, “Loki” is just getting started.
“Loki” was the third Marvel Disney+ series to premiere. Love him or hate him, Loki is one of the most iconic Marvel characters in pop culture.
The first episode kicks off with Loki being arrested by the Time Variance Authority (TVA) after he escapes the Avengers with the Tesseract in 2012, thus creating a new timeline. Already again, that sense of familiarity is there as the timeline coincides with the first Avengers movie.
The TVA resets the timeline and Loki stands trial in front of a judge where he blames the Avengers rather than himself. One of the TVA agents takes Loki in his hands and shows him a video of his future events, which makes Loki agree to help the TVA catch a rogue timeline destroyer. In true Loki fashion, there are a lot of tricks and jokes within the first episode and even though it’s slower-paced than “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier,” it’s still a good episode.
I would rank “Loki’s” first episode higher than “WandaVision,” but lower than “the Falcon and the Winter Soldier.” As there will be more Marvel Disney+ shows to come in the future, I plan to watch them all and continue trying to figure out which of them is my favorite.