Earlier this week, Marvel surprised everyone with the announcement that its Don Cheadle-led miniseries Tank wars was transitioning to a full blown movie. The apparent rationale for this was that the studio realized that get the story right, it could be better realized as a theatrical release. Considering the show will definitely involve more people many armors (which would be expensive and time-consuming to make!), it’s hard to argue against that, but it does present quite an interesting question.
Ever since Marvel Studios put their eggs in the canonical television basket with WandaVision in 2021, the various shows have been hit or miss in terms of feeling like an actual TV show. There have been some characters and concepts that came quite easily into the format, such as Mrs. Marvel and What if?, but others have not had the same luck. When they are at their worst, Falk & Winter Soldier or Loki can come out as a film that has been cut into six to eight 45-minute pieces afterwards. Honestly, it’s not even exclusive to Marvel: you can easily level this complaint at other Disney shows like Obi-Wan Kenobi, or any program within the last handful of years that one would consider “prestige television.”
Since Marvel is on the way a dozen shows in various stages of production at the moment (that we know of), it stands to reason that some of these series will feel like they should have been movies, and the reverse will be true for incoming movies. Surely we’ve all seen an MCU thing and had the blank thought, “What if this was the opposite of its current format?” Be it the pacing or the general plot, a film which Eternal or one of them Spider Man movie probably would have been better served as a show, to let the characters breathe and work out whatever they’re after.
Let us know in the comments below which MCU show you think should have been a movie or MCU movie could have been better as a miniseries.
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