At this point, the Marvel Cinematic Universe has settled into a predictable groove. After fourteen films, it can be truly challenging to come up with something truly innovative with the next story. Not that the writers aren’t trying – they still manage to include a few small surprises in every feature – but there isn’t anything big left to do. So each movie is essentially a new story with the same kinds of quips, stunts, VFX and entertainment in general.
That’s not a bad thing. But that does make me wonder – are the MCU films worth watching on Day One any more? If you observe the release dates of the movies for their theatrical and home media versions, there’s only a 3-4 month gap. For instance, Doctor Strange came out on November 4, 2016 in theaters and its official digital download version came out on February 14, 2017 – just 102 days later.
Now, not everyone wants to wait a hundred days (or more) to watch a “new” movie, especially if you want to participate in the obligatory social media conversations about the movie on Day One. But for those select few who do not mind the wait to enjoy the movie in the comfort of their homes, three months is a very short wait. Like I’ve said in other posts about skipping theaters, there’s plenty of entertainment available to keep you busy for years. So it’s not an entirely crazy idea to wait till the movies come out on home media. And now with Amazon Prime, Netflix and the likes competing with each other for the digital rights, there’s a very good chance that you don’t have to pay extra to watch these movies – they will be included in your existing subscription.
All this is good in theory and I’ll probably apply this to all other movies, but I’d be lying if I said I won’t watch MCU movies on Day One!