“Better Call Saul.”Despite being difficult to make a prequel for “Breaking Bad”, one the most acclaimed series on television, no new show feels as great as “Better Call Saul”. The fifth season featured some of the franchise’s finest acting, direction, and writing. It also explored ways to expand on the stories from its predecessor. Peter Gould and Vince Gilligan have created a series called “Better Call Saul” that rivals even the most acclaimed Heisenberg or Slippin’ Jimmy.
The fourth season of Netflix’s extravagant drama about Queen Elizabeth II was the best. The show’s creator Peter Morgan had compelling material to work from: the premiership and clashes of Margaret Thatcher with the queen, Lord Louis Mountbatten’s assassination by the IRA, and the tumultuous wedding of Prince Charles (and Lady Diana Spencer). It was the performances by the newcomers, Gillian Anderson as Thatcher and Emma Corrin for the Princess of Wales that made this material come alive. The performance of “The Crown” was so convincing that many people criticized Prince Charles. Oliver Dowden (Britain’s culture secretary) asked Netflix to clarify that the events shown were fictional.
Marvel Cinematic Universe is now on TV thanks to “WandaVision”.
AT THE END OF “Iron Man”, (2008) Nick Fury, director of the fictional SHIELD government agency tells the hero that he has become part of a larger universe. He just doesn’t know what it is yet. Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) continued to appear in ten more movies. This character is the symbol and connective tissue of a franchise with 23 entries, $23bn in total box-office revenues and a Best Picture nomination from the Oscars. “Black Panther” was the first film based on comic books to be so recognized. Marvel, which was barely out of bankruptcy in the 1990s and had just made it to the top, was bought by Walt Disney Company for $4bn in 2009. The Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), Disney’s largest franchise, is now the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
The MCU has conquered the box-office and is now bringing new stories to the small screen. Disney executives hope that Disney+, Disney’s streaming service, will appeal to the franchise’s millions of fans. In its first year, the platform has blown away Wall Street. Six months prior to Disney+’s launch, Disney stated that it would target 60m-90m subscribers by 2020. In December, the service had more users than 80m after just 13 months. This led to Disney raising its goal to between 220m and 260m. The stock rose to an all-time high despite the fact its main moneymakers, the theme parks and theatrical movies, are on pause.