It almost goes without saying that it has been a long 18 months for Marvel fans as we anxiously awaited the highly-anticipated launch of Phase 4. Well, the wait is over. The next wave of Marvel Studios projects is finally here and WandaVision kicks off Phase 4 in a way that might not have been what we were fully expecting, but is exactly what we wanted.
Starring two of the most powerful heroes in the MCU, Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany reprise their roles as the titular power couple Wanda and Vision respectively. In the MCU we have been treated to some interesting settings like Asgard, Wakanda, Sanctum Santorum and even a living planet (looking at you, Ego), but we might not have seen a setting quite as unique as we are in WandaVision.
Set in the 1950s like the studio-bound family comedies of the past a la I Love Lucy, we see Wanda and Vision attempting to settle into their new life as a happily married couple in a cookie cutter suburban American town named Westview. Trying to keep their powers (and in Vision’s case- his actual appearance) a secret, we see Wanda typecast as a normal housewife, whereas Vision works as a company man working up the corporate ladder.
Even though there are standard sitcom tropes aplenty, there is much more happening in this series that is sure to keep diehard Marvel fans coming back week after week. It obviously draws inspiration from wholesome family comedies from generations past but there are plenty of Easter eggs too. (Keep an eye out for those Stark Industry commercials and those random pops of color…) There are subtle (and not so subtle) hints throughout that let us as viewers know that there is definitely more happening behind the scenes than we are currently aware of.
I’m sure as the series continues, we will be able to see more of the fabric of (I assume) Wanda’s vision of a perfect life unravel. Perfect in the sense that Vision is still alive. Two episodes in and I’m starting to get some serious “House of M” vibes here.
As I’m sure you’ll recall, the last time we saw Vision was when he was getting the mind stone ripped from his head by Thanos in Avengers: infinity War. When Wanda reappeared in Avengers: Endgame, Vision was nowhere to be seen. I’m hoping the question of Vision’s miraculous return to life is answered in a relatively rewarding manner.
While the first couple episodes of the series haven’t revealed much in terms of surprises, I’m sure there will be several in the upcoming weeks.
WandaVision truly is a spectacle that needs to be seen. The show is expertly casted, written and directed. We already know that the onscreen chemistry between Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany is scene-stealing, but the supporting cast fits in seamlessly. The show is full of legitimately funny moments and classic one-liners that will easily amass a chuckle out of most people. I found myself smiling throughout the entire duration of both of the first two episodes.
In the turmoil that we currently find ourselves in as a country, I am certain that WandaVision can and will provide its viewers with the kind of escape that they need. Much like the I Love Lucys, I Dream of Jeanies, and Bewitcheds of the past, WandaVision is sure to provide a wholesome viewing experience that Marvel fans and casual viewers will both enjoy.
WandaVision premiered today (Friday, January 15) on Disney+ and new episodes will be released weekly.
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