Disney+’s first television series set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe is WandaVision. In November 2019, the streaming service launched, with plans for new TV shows taking advantage of a variety of intellectual property owned by Disney. This involves the world of Star Wars, National Geographic, Musical of High School, the Disney Princesses, and more. While WandaVision is the first MCU collection, the pipeline includes a variety of others, including the upcoming Falcon and the Winter Soldier.
According to Parrot Analytics, WandaVision is currently the world’s most famous TV show. Wanda Maximoff (Elizabeth Olsen) and her husband Vision (Paul Bettany) follow the series, which premiered in January, through a series of wacky hijinks and troubling events in the mysterious town of Westview.
Outside the area, the SWORD agency investigates the phenomenon surrounding it (also known as “The Hex”), which they assume was triggered by the superpowers of Wanda. The genre-bending metaseries, developing through decades of sitcom norms, explore the deteriorating mental condition of Wanda and why she first came to the area.
Parrot Analytics shared specific data that showed that until episode 3, when it became the second or third most in-demand series, WandaVision did not begin to climb to the top of the heap. It stayed in the top three until episode 5 was released.
The surprising cliffhanger of WandaVision helped skyrocket the show to the #1 spot, where it remained based on the last available data from Parrot Analytics. That being said, the decision of Disney+ to release one WandaVision episode per week (rather than the Netflix approach of dropping an entire season at once) may also have led to the growing success of the series.
Yeah I think the people at marvel studios got this one right as always. #MCU #WandaVision pic.twitter.com/YOl8QNf0fG
— Kenneth Onwuachu (@kennethonwuachu) February 15, 2021
WandaVision has the advantage of taking place inside an established and already ultra-popular universe, unlike other digital originals on other platforms. This is also true for the other megahit, The Mandalorian, from Disney+. The Marvel Cinematic Universe is the world’s most famous movie series, arguably.
Eight of the top 25 highest-grossing films of all time are set in the MCU, including Avengers: Endgame, the #1 biggest blockbuster. Given that Wanda was last seen in that series, it makes sense that there will be comparable success in the show. The series stands a strong chance of keeping its #1 spot with three more weeks of WandaVision episodes ahead, and plenty more bombshells set to drop.
Disney can definitely count their MCU streaming series experiment as a resounding success, as WandaVision has been named the most successful TV show in the world by Parrot Analytics. According to Forbes, this excellent metric was calculated by Parrot Analytics “by sifting through social media, fan ratings, and piracy data to represent audience demand.” Through this study, WandaVision became the world’s most in-demand show ahead of episode 6.