The finale of What If...? marks the fourth Marvel Studios series to complete its first season in 2021. All four shows — WandaVision, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, Loki, and What If...? — have gotten huge buzz both within the Marvel fandom and in the larger TV world. That leaves a tough question for the Marvel Cinematic Universe's biggest fans to debate: how would you rank these four shows in terms of quality? Which ones were best, and which ones failed to grab your imagination? Which ones surpassed expectations, and which ones (if any) disappointed you?
Marvel fanatics have been fiercely debating this question in the r/MarvelStudios subreddit, and a lot of their answers have been thoughtful, insightful, and surprising. Take a look at some of the responses below and vote up the ones that capture your feelings on the MCU's four TV offerings so far.
- 15 VOTES
'Loki' Blew Open What A Marvel Show Could Be
From Redditor u/arawagco:
2= What If...?
3 - Wandavision.
4 - Falcon and the Winter Soldier
Loki had amazing chemistry and just blew open what a Marvel show could be, and then What If...? took that fractured timeline and turned it into a stained glass work of art.
The Star Lord T'Challa episode was so amazingly wholesome (and hey! Their world didn't fall to Ego after all!!), Captain Carter deserves a spin-off show, Widow got to escape her dead world and join the Avengers again, and we finally got the Ultron story he deserved.
Wandavision was captivating but doesn't have much rewatch value for me. Falcon and the Winter Soldier should've been a two hour movie or a 10 episode show so we could build things more consistently and with proper time given to more story beats.
Episode 5 of Sam coming home to train and help out was amazing tho, and he's gonna kill it as Captain America!! (Just as soon as they revamp that headgear a little because dude, do not fly without a helmet that actually covers your head!!!)
- 219 VOTES
'WandaVision' Brought Back Event Television
From Redditor u/Eccohawk:
I think part of my appreciation for WandaVision and why I'll continually rank it above Loki is that there is an absolutely hardcore amount of additional effort spent to recreate TV time capsules of each era, from using many of the same techniques and equipment of the decade they were capturing, to writing spot-on musical openings for each, to filming in front of a LIVE studio audience. They had to do 6 sets of titles where Loki had 1, which is just insane. Call it nostalgia if you want, but all those little send-ups and Easter eggs and little homages were a perfect callback to my childhood. Yes, Loki opens up the MCU in crazy fun new ways, but WandaVision introduced our family to event television again.
- 38 VOTES
'WandaVision' Saved Marvel Fans After 2020
From Redditor u/MrZao386
- WandaVision: The MCU was finally back after nothing in 2020 (AOS S7 doesn't count, Marvel Television is not canon, fight me you hoes), the hype and the theories were really special, besides that, I adore sitcoms, and I love Wanda and Billy
- Loki: The main theme was a masterpiece, and the story was also fantastic, I adore Sylvie and Croki
- Falcon and The Winter Soldier: I loved how it dealt with politics, the story in this one is also fantastic, some people say it's generic, which is not wrong, but to me generic is good
- What If...?: By far the weakest thing in the MCU for me, I'm really not a fan of episodic anthologies and the episodes all felt inconsequential, and like they didn't matter for the main storyline unlike the other three shows, but maybe that was the point
- 48 VOTES
'Falcon' Was One Of The Worst Entries In The MCU
From Redditor u/Hungrypeach44:
- WandaVision - aside from the last episode feeling rushed and Hayward being a weak character, it was easily the best of the Disney + series. This series single handedly turned my opinion around on Vision who I thought was lame prior. Monica Rambeau was a nice addition who I’m hyped to see more of. Darcy was fun, as was Woo.
- Loki - solid, but it felt more like set up than anything. Plus I don’t care that much for Loki so ehh. Old Loki was the best part of the show and his stand against the big fog monster was fucking epic. Sylvie was alright and seemed more like the true protagonist than actual Loki. Great to see Owen Wilson again.
- What If...? - Biggest problem with this series was it just shitting all over power levels to make some of the concepts work without much explanation, but it is an animated show so ehh I can give it a pass. Some of the episodes were kinda meh, but still a fun time.
- The Falcon and the Winter Soldier - probably one of the worst entries in the MCU. Bucky got shafted into the background, had his personal arc rushed, was practically irrelevant and disconnected from the main plot and got reduced to Sam’s shitty sidekick, they put the Winter soldier name in the title to draw in Winter Soldier fans as he certainly wasn’t treated like a co-protagonist. The Flag-smashers were terrible villains. Sharon’s character was butchered even more than I thought would be possible. Walker was neat but seemed like he missed the ending of his arc for the show, and Zemo wasq fun but seemed unnecessary and as if he was put into the plot just because. The only plot line worth a damn was Sam’s arc and the racial stuff which is a shame because Falcon is a lame character imo and Anthony Mackie has the charisma of a wet sock that made that arc meh and boring anyway.
- 56 VOTES
'Loki' Is Best
From Redditor u/chanma50:
Loki - The most solid and consistent of all 4 shows, with lots of fun and interesting characters (Loki, Mobius, Sylvie, Classic Loki, Alligator Loki, He Who Remains). Really intriguing setup for the multiverse, looking forward to how that story expands in Season 2, as well as the next few films. Natalie Holt's score was a standout.
WandaVision - The most creative of all 4 shows, and was the most interesting to follow. The finale was a bit of a letdown, mostly because it was such a departure from the tone and style of the rest of the series (but the Scarlet Witch costume is dope). The acting from Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Bettany, and Kathryn Hahn were the best of all 4 shows.
The Falcon and the Winter Soldier - The super high highs (Sam becoming Captain America, Isaiah Bradley) cover for the super low lows (the Flag Smashers). The most cinematic of all four shows, but it felt at times that it was a movie chopped into 6 parts, then padded with unnecessary stuff to stretch the runtime. But it nails what it needs to (Sam, Bucky, John Walker), which was enough to make it a good watch.
What If...? - A reasonably fun diversion, but couldn't really get into it. Chadwick Boseman's last performance makes the T'Challa Star-Lord episode special, and his actual voice acting was great, he really knew how to adjust his acting for both a different character and a different medium. The Doctor Strange episode was pretty cool too, but the rest wasn't that interesting beyond individual characters (Captain Carter was a satisfying twist for the regular MCU character). The concept allows for limitless creativity, I hope Season 2 is more than just a greatest hits album with cosmetic changes (Star Wars: Visions is more like what I wanted What If...? to be).
- 611 VOTES
'WandaVision' Acting Deserves Recognition
From Redditor u/mitch172003:
- The Falcon and the Winter Soldier
- What If...?
WandaVision, it was different, the acting was brilliant and it had more emotion than we typically get with the MCU.
Loki, the one thing where I think WandaVision failed, Loki did great, and that was the final episode. Loki set up a future where He Who Remains will play a significant role throughout this phase.
[The Falcon and the Winter Soldier], parts of the story felt rushed, loved the action, loved Bucky and Sam together, it needed 2-3 more episodes.
What If...?, love the idea behind it, some episodes were fun, it certainly is down here because it’s animated and not every episode was great, but enjoyed how it all tied together.