Nobody is ever going to get close to catching Disney when it comes to the quality of animated output being put out by one of Hollywood’s major studios or streaming services, and that’s a fact. The Mouse House has Pixar and Walt Disney Animation churning out movies that receive regular critical acclaim, and that’s without mentioning the impending Marvel Animation Studios or a new production house being launched specifically for streaming exclusives.
Of course, Netflix are well within their rights to give it a try, and the platform arguably boasts the best animated release of the year so far after shelling out a small fortune to acquire The Mitchells vs. the Machines from Sony. Hoping lightning strikes twice, the company also picked up Vivo from Sony in April of this year, as part of the masterplan to debut at least six high profile feature length animations on an annual basis.
Looking at the most-watched list, it’s already paying off in spades, with Vivo having rocketed to the top spot despite only premiering on Friday. The Croods director Kirk DeMicco calls the shots on the whimsical family adventure about a kinkajou obsessed with music who sets out on a journey to deliver a love song to an old friend of his, with Lin-Manuel Miranda voicing the title character having pitched the original idea to DreamWorks back in 2010.
Zoe Saldana, Brian Tyree Henry, Michael Rooker, Gloria Estefan and The Office‘s Leslie David Baker also provide their vocal talents, and don’t bet against Vivo spending a number of days in the top spot looking at how The Mitchells vs. the Machines performed, as well as a solid Rotten Tomatoes score of 88%.
Kang the Conqueror may be in play as the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s latest Avengers-level threat, but it still hasn’t been confirmed if the time traveling warlord is the most powerful character in the franchise. Having initially bestowed Captain Marvel with that honor, Kevin Feige then changed his mind and named Wanda Maximoff as top of the food chain, which became clear during the events of WandaVision.
Now that she’s officially assumed the mantle of Scarlet Witch and mastered the Darkhold, with Elizabeth Olsen admitting Wanda is more than capable of traveling through multiple realities, it’s going to be bad news if she ends up as the villain of Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, as has been widely speculated.
Whether she’s on the side of good or bad, we’re hearing from our sources – the same ones who told us Jaimie Alexander’s Sif was on her way back to the MCU in Thor: Love and Thunder long before it was confirmed – that Scarlet Witch is going to be almost unstoppable in the Sorcerer Supreme’s sequel after unleashing the full scope of her powers.
That’s a scary thought, especially when Benedict Cumberbatch’s title hero hasn’t yet been seen in Phase Four to acknowledge how badly the multiverse has spiraled out of control, something that will finally be rectified when Spider-Man: No Way Home lands in December.
Kang variants may be able to infiltrate any reality they choose, but Wanda could realistically bend every single one of them to her will, which poses a substantial threat that Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness might not be able to resolve by the time the credits roll on Sam Raimi’s mystical blockbuster next March.