Marvel’s Falcon and the Winter Soldier releases next to DC’s Zack Snyder’s Justice League, the audience will decide who wins the streaming war
As businesses around the world begin recovery processes after the pandemic, much of the excitement surrounding movie premieres have started to return. Although it might still be a little while before cinemas can even perform at fifty per cent capacity. Nonetheless, streaming services are making sure fans can stay in touch with all their favourite shows. Last year, Marvel announced Disney+ as its streaming service. Meanwhile, HBO Max penned a deal with WarnerMedia for all DCEU movies and TV shows to stream on its platform.
Other streaming platforms like Netflix, Hulu and Prime Video also ramping up their roster. It doesn’t seem like any sort of recovery in traditional theatre will affect the rise of streaming media.
Falcon And The Winter Soldier Vs Zack Snyder’s Justice League
After months of trailer teasers and numerous Easter egg reveals, March has arrived. Both Marvel and DC fans can finally get a taste of real superhero action – no disrespect to WandaVision. While Marvel Studios kicked off post lockdown with WandaVision; anticipation for Falcon and The Winter Soldier has almost eclipsed its numbers. Entering its 8th and final week, WandaVision started phase 4 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe on the Disney+ streaming platform.
Watch: Official Trailer | The Falcon and the Winter Soldier | Disney+
FTWS is set to kick-off just two weeks after the season finale of WandaVision in a bid to retain audience attention. And viewer anticipation for the show is already 200 per cent higher than that of similar shows on the streaming platform.
Furthermore, anticipation for the premiere of FTWS is 43 per cent higher than that of WandaVision; with its trailer surpassing the latter’s 53 million views of Superbowl trailer.
Meanwhile, after an abysmal 2017 Justice League movie laden with complications that led to a successful social media protest for the release of #TheSnyderCut. Zack Snyder’s Justice League is finally completed and slated to premiere on March 18, on HBO Max. The release of the original cut is expected to provide redemption for DC fans after the theatrical version sparked criticism.
Furthermore, WB is likely also waiting to see its reception in order to plot future projects. Which puts even more pressure on the Snyder Cut to perform. Zack Snyder reportedly opted to not get paid in exchange for total creative freedom, only creating more anticipation. The miniseries will now be released as a four-part film.
Can FTWS Stand Against The Snyder Cut?
The rivalry between the two comic heavyweights is set to continue as both are set to premiere two highly anticipated shows of 2021. Marvel’s FTWS is set to premiere on March 19, a day after ZSJL will premiere on HBO Max (March 18). There have been debates as to which of the two shows will pull more viewers with fans remaining divided on the subject.
While, certain fans think MCU’s continuity and plot depth is enough to make FTWS steal the deal, others argue that Snyder Cut has a point to prove! And with Zack Snyder’s pedigree for the unpredictable, the numbers might just tilt the way of the Snyder Cut. With both shows premiering on different streaming platforms, there’s every chance for both to rack up record streaming numbers.
However, due to the difference in project composition, we might see ZSJL lead the viewership numbers on premiere day. But FTWS could eventually steal the lead after a couple of weeks. This is due to ZSJL releasing as a four part film while FTWS is set to air as a miniseries.
Whichever way the numbers go, fans will undoubtedly be glad to have fresh superhero content after so long.