Marvel Studios: Legends

TV review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Action-packed recap reels are effective ad campaign for MCU.

Parents say

age 8+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 2 reviews

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

This series suggests there’s little more to the existence of a Marvel hero or heroine than violent combat, since that’s what fills most of the scenes. While that emphasizes qualities like self-sacrifice and courage, it also overshadows other positive qualities they may have that don’t make the cut for these short episodes. Happily, the Marvel Universe is a place where gender isn’t relevant to a person’s status as a hero, as men and women fight alongside each other as equals. 

Positive Role Models

These characters are brave and work together toward a common goal, but none is perfect. While the structure of this series doesn’t allow plot development enough for viewers to fully understand the characters’ respective natures most of the time, it is implied, and viewers who know their stories more fully will see that reflected in the scenes that are used here. 

Violence

In recaps of the movies, intense violence can include use of weapons to stab and bludgeon people, implosions and explosions of buildings, gunshots, and death. Some death scenes are lengthy and emotionally raw. 

Sex

Occasionally characters kiss.

Language
Consumerism

This series has the feel of a lengthy trailer, either for the movies that yield the scenes that are used or for Disney+ series centered on Marvel Universe characters like Wanda Maximoff.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Marvel Studios: Legends pulls together clips from live-action Marvel movies to create biographical episodes about various recurring characters. As such, any content that’s routine to the likes of The Avengers or Iron Man is fair game here. There’s a lot of intense violence packed into episodes that run seven or eight minutes in length, including frequent explosions, gunshots, stabbings, fire, and deaths and dead bodies. Some characters kiss on screen as well. Because there’s no plot development or even character introductions in a traditional sense, this series is difficult to follow without some knowledge of the events of the Marvel movies themselves. In those cases where the characters have their own series independent of the movies, episodes that feature them also serve as lengthy and very effective trailers.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byturtle lover February 24, 2021
Teen, 17 years old Written bySpider2003 February 10, 2021

Marvel Studios Legends review by Logan Strohl

Marvel studios legends is a really great way to start watching Wandavision before you do do check this out your be glad that you did.
Kid, 10 years old January 13, 2021

Marvel documentary may bore younger kids - but kids 10 and up will be interested

Marvel Studios’ Legends is a documentary about the life of all the characters from the marvel universe. There is some violence, all of it is from Marvel movies.... Continue reading

What's the story?

MARVEL STUDIOS: LEGENDS compiles scenes from previous Marvel movies to create episodes that center on characters like Wanda Maximoff (Elizabeth Olsen) and Vision (Paul Bettany). Drawing on films like Captain America: Civil War and Avengers: Age of Ultron, the show frames characters' stories by showing major moments in their lives and relationships with other Marvel personalities.

Is it any good?

To bill this show as a docuseries is a stretch, considering nothing about it is "documentary" worthy. In fact, nothing about it is even new, since it comprises scenes that Marvel fans likely already have seen in watching the feature films. It’s essentially a highlight reel for the selected characters, with their most memorable moments onscreen filling the short episodes. 

If you’re not already a Marvel fan, the preselected thrills of Legends just might change that for you if for no other reason than to get more thorough context for the sometimes erratic series of movie clips this show delivers. In those cases, the series ends with a friendly reminder of the titles of the movies that yielded the thrilling scenes you just watched as well as an indicator of forthcoming shows featuring the characters. If that sounds a lot like the job of a movie trailer, you’d be right, as Legends is an extremely effective ad campaign for the action-packed Marvel Universe films as a whole.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about what (if anything) Marvel Studios: Legends adds to the Marvel Universe saga. Does watching the events in these characters’ lives in this format give you a different perspective on them? Does it tell a story effectively? Is that its goal?

  • Is Legends an effective advertising tool for other Marvel productions and products? Does the interconnectedness of the characters’ stories in these films and series make it difficult to watch one or two independent of the others?

  • How do these heroes demonstrate courage and perseverance in these scenes? Do their actions ever seem contrary to someone who should be considered a hero? Is this true in the real world as well?

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