A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
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 & Scariness
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.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Occasionally characters kiss.
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Products & Purchases
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.
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.
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.
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