Succession, at its core, is not a business acumen story.
It’s a saga of interpersonal relationships and ever-changing balances of power, one that constantly recalculates the trust and loyalties between the characters. That’s what makes it so compelling.
It’s also what makes the series an unlikely prestige television mirror for the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Marvel is more than just making movies about superheroes, it tells stories about people learning to balance their busy pursuits with all the personality powers one would expect in such a fantastic realm.
Given this, one might be tempted to compare the two franchises. Both organize much of their action in New York. Each uses snarky characters to offset the tension of high-stakes storylines. Billionaires play a role in both — and succession, like Marvel, is hugely popular.
These similarities are even more striking after the season 3 premiere, “Secession.”
Which side are you on?
Succession Season 3 continues right where succession Season 2 drew to a close – with the consequences of Kendall’s bombshell announcement burning every bridge he left with his father, Logan.
The rift between Kendall and Logan, created since Kendall’s attempt to take over a no-confidence vote in Season 1, is now fully boiling.
The wave is literal. As Kendall drives through New York, crying “The Juice is loose,” Logan tries to determine his next steps in Europe, after Kendall has told the world that Logan knew about the cruise line cover-up. His first step is to charter a private jet to Sarajevo, given the lack of an extradition treaty with the United States.
Logan realizes he needs to step back from the company and appoint someone as interim CEO. But who could fill their shoes: Shiv, Roman or Gerri?
Meanwhile, Kendall is scrambling in New York, not that he would let anyone know. Armed with Greg to give him updates on Twitter’s stance on the Waystar-Royco scandal, he rushes to establish a home base and settle for his ex-wife Rava’s place.
Shiv, Roman and Gerri are eager to hear who will install Logan as interim CEO. Shiv goes to secure high-profile lawyer Lisa Arthur, admitting to her old friend that she has doubts about which relative they are. Still, her seriousness isn’t enough to sell Lisa, who already agreed to represent Kendall.
Gerri gets the interim CEO spot and Shiv calls an audible that changes the destination of her car – possibly to Kendall.
Roy Family: Civil War
It’s a packed episode that feels more like a blockbuster than an episode of an HBO drama. In particular, it echoes Captain America: Civil War.
The rift between Logan and Kendall parallels the rift between Tony Stark and Steve Rogers in the MCU’s pivotal team-up movie. While it may seem like business magnate and billionaire Tony Stark is the Logan Roy analogue here, the opposite is true.
Stark supported the Sokovia Accords as a vital way of regulating the Avengers, a character transformation that can be compared to Kendall’s evolution into an awake, hip feminist — in that he understands the need to change his ways and act hard. leans in front.
Steve Rogers, who believes his own morals are enough to keep the Avengers in check, is the obvious Logan Roy analog. After all, Steve is senior enough to be Tony’s father, even if it’s not obvious. He believes in the American Dream and that the chips will fall in his path, even if that is a bit optimistic.
Now, just as all the Avengers had to pick a side, the Roys will have to do the same. And you never know whose loyalty will come true. Though her husband is in the same room as Logan and became a scapegoat in the scandal, Shiv seems willing to entertain Kendall’s side. Could she eventually go up against her husband, just as Vision and Wanda faced each other in? Civil war? Or will they finally bridge that growing gap between them and join forces?
Divide and conquer
It is worth noting that, just like succession opens season 3 with a group division dilemma, the MCU opened phase 3 with Civil war. For season 3, succession was always Waystar-Royco vs. other companies – or Kendall vs. The Roy Family. Suddenly, Kendall can be more than just a headstrong threat. Now he could be an equally viable candidate for the throne.
With the huge ensemble that succession Showing off now, the series has painted itself in the same angle as the MCU: how do you tell a compelling story when the rotating cast of characters have all their previous dynamics? The answer, of course, is to dig into an internal conflict.
That does not mean succession Season 3 ends with Cousin Greg: Far from home, but this first parallel with the MCU could be a sign of the future. With echo of the first episode Civil war, succession fans may need to fasten their seat belts Endgame.
Who will survive the Snap? Who will survive the Kendall/Logan feud? Time will tell.
Succession Season 3 airs Sunday at 9 p.m. on HBO.