It’s early September, the year is far from over, but I feel now is the perfect time to take a brief pause to recognise what ‘Marvel-lous’ gifts we have been given in 2021. Yes, I am indeed talking about the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the fantastic treats that have been served up since January.

Cast your mind back to 2020, and you will recall that it was a truly awful year filled with lots of misery and hardship. The global pandemic caused huge disruption and devastation, throwing day-to-day life into chaos.

From an entertainment perspective, it was a year in which all television shows and movies went into some form of upheaval. Productions were either disrupted, halted, or cancelled, leaving a significant void in TV, streaming, and cinema release schedules.

For fans of the MCU this meant no new movies or TV shows for a whole year! With the exception of 2009, Marvel Studios has put out at least two new movies every year for over a decade, so this sudden MCU drought was pretty noticeable.

But with life returning to some kind of normality in 2021, Marvel Studios has been able to resume many of its productions and get lots of its projects back on the release schedule. Not only has this meant the arrival of new movies, but also the debut of a lots of new TV shows too!

And what a glorious time it has been. Since the beginning of 2021, between TV and movie projects, Marvel has released WandaVision, Falcon and the Winter Soldier, Loki, Black Widow, What If?, and Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, as well as non-MCU show, M.O.D.O.K.

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Amongst this fantastic collection of shows and movies, Marvel fans have been treated to characters such as Arcade, Sylvie, Agatha Harkness, U.S. Agent, Captain Carter, Uatu, Dr. Strange Sorcerer Supreme, Wiccan, Speed, Red Guardian, M.O.D.O.K, White Vision, ‘He Who Remains’, Shang-Chi, Yelena Belova, Super-Adaptoid, and Wonder Man! And let’s also not forget Throg, Classic Loki, Mobius, and a new Captain America.

If you’re a comic book fan (like me) seeing all of these characters pop up on screen has been fantastic. Back when I started getting into comics at the beginning of the 1990s, never did I imagine we would be seeing all of these characters brought to life in hit shows and films.

During the dark times, when the only new Marvel movies were crap ones – *cough* Generation X *cough* – it looked like we were never going to see anything good on screen. But times have changed, Marvel adaptations have come on leaps and bounds, and now the output of Marvel projects continues to impress and excel.

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I don’t take any of this new content for granted, and if you’re a fan of the MCU make sure you don’t take it for granted either. We are living in a golden age, so appreciate what is available and enjoy as much of it as you can, because one day it could all dry up.

OK, so it’s not going to stop all of a sudden, and Marvel Studios has plenty of projects in production right now, but hey, everything runs its course in time. My point is, soak it all up while you can and delve deep into this world if you find even the smallest amount of enjoyment here.

Not watched M.O.D.O.K yet? Then get on it – the show is a whole lot of fun and is perfect for comic book fans.

Not given WandaVision a go? Then clear some time this weekend as it is one of the best pieces of television to hit streaming services this year.

With so many shows and movies available right now, and so many new characters and ideas being brought to the screen, there has never been a better year to wear your Marvel badge with pride.

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As noted above, there is plenty more Marvel content on the horizon, with further movies and television shows appearing before the end of the year, as well as in 2022, 2023, and beyond. She-Hulk, Moon Knight, and The Eternals are just around the corner, and let’s not forget more from Spidey, Thor, Guardians of the Galaxy, and Ant-Man and the Wasp.

But for now, let’s pause and just think about how awesome it is to be getting so much from Marvel in 2021. It’s fantastic, amazing, incredible, or whatever word you want to describe it.

*Pauses to take a Marvel moment*

OK, the moment of reflection has been taken. As you were.

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