WANDAVISION Finale Expected To Be The Longest Episode Yet, But Does It Take The Series Up To Six Hours?
The length of this Friday's episode of WandaVision has been revealed, and it's going to be a long one! However, does it bring the Disney+ series closer to that six-hour runtime we've heard so much about?
That makes it the longest instalment today, and a whole three minutes lengthier than yesterday's effort.
Of course, each episode of WandaVision has around seven or eight minutes of credits, so this one will end up being roughly around the same length as your standard network television drama. With credits, the series is around 10 minutes shy of hitting that six-hour mark we keep hearing about, but without them, it's probably more like four-and-a-half hours long in total.
That's not bad (it basically means we've had two Marvel Studios movies over the course of eight weeks), but it will be interesting seeing how close these Disney+ TV shows do end up coming to six-hours when Kevin Feige has said that he views that as the ideal runtime for them all, regardless of the episode count.
There are lots of questions which still need to be answered in the finale, but WandaVision hasn't disappointed up until this point, so we're confident that we're going to be in store for something special here.
What are you hoping to see in Friday's season finale?
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Spider-Man spinoff TV shows we hope to see down the line!
10. The Prowler
Aaron Davis is the Prowler in the Ultimate Marvel Universe, and was introduced in Spider-Man: Homecoming (played by Donald Glover). There were hints he might become this thief, but that's yet to be addressed in any way.
Aaron is Miles Morales' uncle, whereas the original, Hobie Brown, was a brilliant inventor who became a criminal, and then a hero. He even doubled as Spider-Man for a time, and there are lots of stories for Sony to pull ideas from to create a definitive version of the character.
If Sony Pictures can convince Donald Glover to reprise the role, then this pretty much guaranteed to be a hit.
There's lots of potential here either way, and the Prowler is a cool, badass character who has already been highlighted in Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse and Spider-Man: Miles Morales. Bring him to TV, already!
9. White Rabbit
This obscure villain grew up as the wealthy Lorina Dodson, a young woman obsessed with Alice in Wonderland.
After killing her husband (who she didn't love and had been forced to marry by her now destitute family), she used his money to become a supervillain, and finally live the life she always wanted as White Rabbit.
She's never posed much of a threat to Spidey, but is a great comedic character, and might be fun to follow on TV.
With a strong supporting cast - other lesser known female supervillains, perhaps? - and the right actress, we'd love to see this play out within the Spider-Verse. White Rabbit could even be reimagined as a wannabe superhero, albeit one who is unhinged and unsure how to do the right thing.
Miles Warren became the Jackal after his unhealthy obsession with Gwen Stacy led him to clone his former student. He also created another Spider-Man, something that would lead to the infamous storyline known as the "Clone Saga."
Spidercide is among them, and was also fooled by the Jackal into believing he was the real Peter Parker.
That would ultimately break him, and so he embarked on a mission to destroy Spider-Man...with some new powers. Among them are an ability to control his body at the molecular level, stretchy limbs like Mr. Fantastic, and even a limited amount of shape-shifting.
Focusing on this anti-hero would be smart, and a character as weird as this operating in Spidey's world could lead to some crazy, memorable adventures, all while giving Sony a new type of Spider-Man to play with.
Spider-Man has always had something of an uneasy reliance with the police, but has found allies in the likes of George Stacy and Jean DeWolff. They both died under tragic circumstances indirectly as a result of their relationship with the web-slinger, something Yuri Watanabe witnessed first-hand.
She too served as an ally to Spidey for a time, but witnessing the heinous actions of the Big Apple's criminals took its toll.
Using equipment stolen from the evidence lock-up, Yuri made use of Mysterio and Mr. Fear's tech to become Wraith. She even used Jean to terrorise evildoers, making a difference...with slightly too brutal an approach for Spider-Man's liking.
Following a vigilante who also works in the police force could make for a compelling series, exploring what it means for her to balance these two roles in order to protect the city she loves.
Introduced by J. Michael Straczynski during his Amazing Spider-Man run, Ezekiel introduced himself to Peter Parker (yes, he knew Spider-Man's secret identity) and showed him that they had the same powers.
It was later revealed that Ezekiel planned to use his powers - gained when he made a deal with a mystical deity - to become a superhero, but his desire to create a corporation to help people saw that put on the backburner. Why did he track Peter down? To sacrifice the web-slinger in his place and repay his debt.
Exploring the idea of another "Spider-Man" being in existence is a cool concept, and one which could see him battle some of the mystical villains like Morlun and Shathra who might not fit into the MCU.
Remember, Ezekiel is the one who hid Silk to hide her from Morlun, so the two shows could be tied together.
There are many Spider-Man villains who aren't a good fit for their own films or TV shows. After all, who wants to watch Kraven the Hunter or Venom do anything other than fight the webbed warrior?
However, Cardiac is not someone whose story needs to be tied to Spidey in any way.
Eli Wirtham's story is a powerful one; vowing to help people after his younger brother died of a rare disease, he build a medical empire, and eventually bought out the company that might have cured his sibling. Learning they'd chosen not to release the cure because it wouldn't have been profitable, he vowed to make things right.
After replacing his heart with an artificial one which would grant him vast electrical power, Eli focused those energies through a powerful staff as Cardiac. This has "hit TV series" all over it.
Tombstone isn't Spider-Man's greatest foe, but he is a character with serious small screen potential.
As a child, Lonnie Thompson was bullied for what his peers believed to be his unusual appearance; ultimately, he grew stronger and taller than his peers, and made them pay (in brutal fashion). Alas, the trauma of his youth led him down a dark path, and he soon fell into crime and became a hitman.
Using his appearance to his advantage, Tombstone spoke only in whispers, filed his teeth down to spikes, and gained incredible strength and unbreakable skin after taking an experimental serum.
It's never easy to tell the story of a criminal, but following his descent could be every bit as compelling as The Sopranos, for example.
Coldheart is pretty obscure, but that doesn't mean she isn't a worthy fit for a TV series of her own.
Kateri Deseronto lost her son when he was caught in the crossfire of a battle between a superhero and supervillain. Left wanting revenge on those who had powers, she used her government training hunt down superpowered individuals as "Coldheart." With a pair of cyro-blades in hand, she can shoot ice beams and freeze people with a single touch.
Sony would be free to take some creative liberties with the character given how obscure she is, and her origin story could easily be tied to some of Spider-Man's past battles.
Making Coldheart an anti-hero on a quest for revenge should make for a compelling weekly show.
2. Ben Reilly
Using Spider-Man's clones as a basis for these TV shows might actually work, and Ben Reilly should be put front and center.
Before later being led to believe he was the real Peter Parker, Ben came to terms with the fact he couldn't return home and spent years in hiding. Adopting the mantle of the Scarlet Spider, he became a fan-favorite in the 90s despite being right in the midst of a convoluted, unpopular storyline.
The biggest complication here is that being Peter Parker's clone means Tom Holland would be required to return. We don't see that happening.
Perhaps the Spider-Verse could be used to explain why he looks different? That or Ben could be deemed an "imperfect" clone.
1. Black Cat
Black Cat was supposed to make her debut on the silver screen in Silver & Black, but Sony pulled the plug on that and is now set to be developing separate, solo projects.
Of the two, Felicia Hardy's origin story is a better fit for the small screen; following in the footsteps of her father, Felicia became a cat burglar, and later gained "bad luck" superpowers courtesy of a shady deal with the Kingpin of Crime, Wilson Fisk.
We'd love to see Spider-Man factor into Black Cat's story, but that might not might part of the plan.
We could live with that, however, especially if a TV series does the character justice, and at least leaves the door open to her meeting Peter Parker one day. Felicia is awesome, and a live-action project starring Black Cat should be a priority.