A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
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.
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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?
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