So What Now?
You ever feel lost when something you have been looking forward to finally arrives? That is kind of how I feel today. Avengers:Endgame released in theaters last week. I saw it, we reviewed it, and now I feel lost. So really the question I pose now is… now that we are in the endgame, where do we go from here?
This isn’t related solely to Marvel movies either, it is more so just a general entertainment question. For me, Endgame was one of the biggest things I was looking forward to this year, and it is gone. So where do I put my focus now? The easy answer I suppose, is the next episode of the Star Wars franchise. That releases in December and just dropped their first trailer a few weeks ago. But truthfully, I have never really been a big Star Wars fan. I enjoyed The Force Awakens because there was the new age Disney humor in it, and I own the older films (minus Episode 2), but truthfully, they are not my cup of tea. I appreciate them, and will rewatch them on occasion, but I am not clamoring for them the way their fan bases are.
The next answer could be Spiderman Far From Home, which is the first movie after Endgame from Marvel, but even then I am not overly excited. This may be a bit of a hot take, but while I enjoyed Spiderman Homecoming(the first Marvel release in the MCU continuity), I didn’t love it as much as I thought I would and have only watched it once more since it released in 2017. To that, I am having a hard time figuring out why I am more down on that movie than others. I think ultimately my issue comes down to Spiderman himself. In the past iterations the CGI when he is webswinging was done very well, the Raimi Spidey is forgiven for being a product of the era. But, if I am being honest with myself, the new one suffers from being very “rubbery” during webswinging. It isn’t a problem per se, but it does take me out of the film. That being said, I think Tom Holland is fantastic as Spiderman and Peter Parker, and is the best rendition of the character to date. It just keeps my excitement at a bit of a lull for the sequel.
So where do I turn? The answer is a little bit of both of the above. Marvel and Star Wars, but more specifically Disney as a whole. Disney+ launches in November of this year and is at the dirt cheap price of $6.99 a month or $69.00 for the year. Can you say STEAL of a deal? I was expecting to have to pay upwards of $20.00 a month for this service. Not to mention they will have a ridiculous amount of content from launch. Multiple Marvel shows, multiple Star Wars shows, an array of original documentary content about Imagineering, Walt Disney, and more, as well as a lot of content from Fox and all of Disney’s movie catolgue. It is really too much and has me more than ready to consume its offerings. If I had to choose what I am most excited for it would probably be the Loki TV series or the Falcon & Winter Soldier TV series. Both are Marvel properties, Loki being the mischievous half-brother of Thor and Falcon and Winter Soldier being friends of Captain America. These are some of my favorite side characters in the MCU films and I am excited for them to get their own run in a longer format.
The excitement of Disney+ does have me questioning one thing: What do I do with Netflix? For years, I have been a subscriber to Netflix, taking in its Marvel content, Stranger Things, Haunting of Hill House, and many of its Stand Up offerings. However, with the Marvel content being cancelled, I am questioning if Disney+ will cause me to cut bait. The answer to be vague, I don’t know. Truth be told the only real reason I would keep Netflix is for the access to the stand up comedy. John Mulaney is one of my favorite comedians and he as well as Dave Chappelle and a few others have Netflix exclusive stand ups. But is that enough to keep me paying almost double what I would be paying for Disney+? Truthfully, probably not. I am currently paid through February 2020 with gift cards and at that point would probably cut bait with Netflix unless they come through with some amazing new content. Ultimately, the juggernaut that is Disney will win again.
When it comes down to it, Disney will always have my attention and will always keep me excited for the future. Whether it is with their new entertainment offerings through movies or TV, or their new attractions coming to their parks, they have my attention and help keep the day to day life chugging along. What do you think? Now that we are all in the Endgame, what are you looking forward to? Let me know in the comments below, on Twitter, or on Facebook! As always, thank you for reading.