WandaVision – The most unlikely gateway into the MCU

The MCU is all upside-down and inside out at the moment. Both within it’s ongoing story and outside of it. As the original plan was for both Black Widow and Falcon and Winter Soldier to come out before WandaVision. But Covid went and flipped everything around, thus WandaVision became the first entry in a particularly packed Phase 4 for the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

All this changing around kind of goes hand in hand with the reality-bending mind-WTFery of Wanda Maximoff and what she gets up to throughout this series. A series I am super shocked to hear about a large number of people in my social circle enjoying, despite the fact that they traditionally couldn’t give two craps about the MCU.

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The Experimental Social Gaming Experience

Video Games have long been perceived as being a solitary activity. Something that actually couldn’t be further from the truth. From the days of people clustering around arcade cabinets, evolving into holding LAN parties and morphing into the prevalence of Twitch and streaming today; as much as people play video games alone, it’s also always been an inherently social experience.

As the industry continues to exponentially grow, the concept of experiencing video games socially has grown and become more experimental and certain individuals have created strange social experiences where people participate en masse, being one small input amongst dozens, hundreds or sometimes even thousands.

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Questioning the value of paying extra to watch Mulan on Dinsey+

During an earlier stage this little old global pandemic, I put the idea out there that Covid-19 could kill the cinema experience. Citing some studios choosing to put their movies out at a premium on streaming services rather than waiting for cinemas to reopen. After getting delayed three times, it looks like Disney are finally making the decision to put their live action adaption/reimagining of Mulan out on Disney +.

I knew there was going to be an extra charge to see this movie for the first time at home rather than in a cinema, but I underestimated just how much of a premium Disney would be putting on the feature. Or maybe Disney overestimated just how badly people wanted to see this movie on a service their were already paying for.

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