Disney Plus shows WandaVision and Falcon and the Winter Soldier are both streaming hits, but the two series couldn’t be more different in terms of giving fans a taste of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
However, the two titles have one more thing in common: Marvel Studios delivered an AR experience for each of them right before their final episodes.
While WandaVision’s AR experience arrived through Facebook Messenger, Falcon and the Winter Soldier’s AR content is locked in the Disney Insider app for iOS.
The experience begins with the Shield Challenge, a minigame that (spoiler alert) replicates Sam Wilson’s training sequence with Captain America’s shield in the series’ penultimate installment.
In order to play, you need a fairly large open space, which you scan with your iPhone camera. Pro Tip: Scan as much of the space as possible, including walls. When done, tap the screen to continue and the app will generate targets in the scanned space.
Now the game begins. Long press on the screen above a target to generate a power meter, then release to roll the shield. You can see it bouncing off the targets on your screen, with more points generated by additional ricochets.
Depending on your in-game skill, you can unlock different editions of Captain America shields from across the MCU timeline and view them in your space through the Honor the Legacy section.
Finally, if you have an iPhone XS./ XR or later, you can wear your unlocked shields in the aptly named Wield the Shield section.
Keep in mind that you need an iPhone or iPad compatible with ARKit to play with. You also need a device with a TrueDepth camera for the Wield the Shield portion. So if you have an Android device you may just need to make your own shield.
Despite this particular AR experience in the walled garden of Apple’s iOS, Marvel Studios has previously shown a willingness to experiment with different platforms for its AR experiences. For example for Avengers: Infinity War, Marvel Studios published AR content for Google Pixel and on social media platforms, including Facebook and Snapchat.
Marvel has also branched out into AR merchandise and games with Dimension of Heroes for Lenovo Mirage, the Iron Man MK50 robot, and the Hero Vision Iron Man AR helmet.