‘The Falcon and the Winter Soldier’ Could Be More Popular if It Came Out Before ‘WandaVision’ as Planned

Sometimes a show’s popularity comes down to the matter of timing.

For example, almost anything Marvel puts out is bound to have a following just by nature of association. But some viewers are saying The Falcon and the Winter Soldier would have been better received if it had preceded the other hot new Marvel TV series, WandaVision. Originally, the former was supposed to come out first. Then the global coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic changed everything.

Did WandaVision hurt The Falcon and the Winter Soldier’s chances of bigger success?

Marvel content is making a big move to television

Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany in 'WandaVision'
Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany in ‘WandaVision’ | Marvel Studios/Disney+

Action movies used to be the guaranteed way for franchises to make money. But with nationwide theater closures during the pandemic, everything is different now. Even blockbuster film releases occur on television rather than at the box office.

This swap forced industry leaders like Marvel to rethink their content strategy. Now they’re focusing on TV shows rather than movies but keeping the same distinct action movie feel.

The one exception to this was WandaVision, which felt fresh and new.

‘WandaVision’ is something unique for the Marvel Cinematic Universe

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Fans didn’t know what to make of WandaVision when it first premiered on Disney+. Early episodes are inspired by classic television sitcom tropes from decades gone by, and even though the series included familiar faces, the format was totally new.

Eventually, it’s revealed that the whole WandaVision universe is an elaborate world that’s being created by the Scarlet Witch. The storyline includes mystery, drama, action, and foreshadowing just like any good Marvel tale. But the new format drew in a new audience of television fans who appreciated both the premise and the new format.

‘The Falcon and the Winter Solider’ feels like classic Marvel movies

If WandaVision felt fresh and new, then The Falcon and the Winter Soldier was old and familiar. That’s not necessarily a bad thing considering the massive success of the studio over the years. But for television fans who fell in love with WandaVision’s unique approach, Falcon could be seen as playing it safe rather than continuing to explore new territory.

The Falcon and the Winter Soldier is much heavier on nonstop action. If it wasn’t split up into individual episodes, viewers could easily envision the whole story as a big screen movie that fans would flock to theaters to see — if theaters weren’t closed, of course.

‘WandaVision’ was meant to follow ‘The Falcon and the Winter Soldier’

According to Inverse, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier was meant to come out before WandaVision. But then coronavirus hit and forced studio executives to change all their plans. They decided to delay The Falcon and the Winter Soldier and push forward a bold new narrative with WandaVision instead. The result? Many fans who loved the new look and feel of the MCU were disappointed to see the studio revert to old ways.

If WandaVision had followed The Falcon and the Winter Soldier as planned, it may have gotten better reception from fans. But we’ll never know that for sure.