The Marvel movies don’t do much for me–for me, they’re terrific but ultimately paint-by-numbers epics–but I was impressed with WANDAVISION and came away equally impressed with my more recent watch, LOKI (DisneyPlus), which I liked quite a bit.
I absolutely loved Hiddleston in HIGH RISE, and watching him in this show, I totally get why LOKI is such a beloved villain, which has a lot to do with his acting. As for the story, it’s smart, fast-paced, and loaded with interesting ideas and characters. The false-antagonist-ally-antagonist, if you will, is excellent, and Loki’s path to something like redemption is convincing and engaging.
On the downside, the ending sags a little with an incomplete feeling of closure as it leaned into setting up a second season.
Overall, these Marvel series are really impressing me. The length and format allow the makers to take more risks and flesh out engaging, creatively stretching stories with a fresh identity. I like them better than the movies and hope they keep making them.