Writer, Samuel Jeong
Up until the beginning of January, it had been more than a year since the Marvel Cinematic Universe released Spider-Man: Far From Home. For a year, die-hard Marvel fans, such as myself, have been yearning for the next chapter of this amazing franchise…
For people who don’t know, Marvel has already planned their Phase 4 projects, including ones that will be released as far into the future as 2026! Among the many titles that were released last year were Thor: Love and Thunder, Blade, Guardians of the Galaxy: Volume 3, Moon Knight, Eternals, and many more movies. But what has really hyped up Marvel fans is the MCU’s decision to create TV series as well. The ones that are getting released this year are Falcon and the Winter Soldier, Loki, and of course, WandaVision, which was released three weeks ago.
Alright, enough about that. If you want to know what other content, movies, and TV series Marvel is planning, I urge you to search them up yourself!
Now, WandaVision. There will be some spoilers later in this article, but I’ll start off with the general, non-spoiler stuff first. However, there will be some spoilers concerning the past movies, so please keep that in mind!
The show takes place only a couple of months after the events of Avengers: Endgame (and before Spider-Man: Far From Home). The characters this series focuses on is, as the title suggests, Wanda Maximoff, the telepathic and reality-warping sorceress, and Vision, the phasing and indestructible android.
As most people know, Vision was sadly killed by Thanos in the epic film Avengers: Infinity War. Vision and Wanda were in love, and it was really sad watching Wanda lose the one she truly loved. This newest installment to the MCU starts with an interesting “vision” of a world where Wanda and Vision are happily married and living like everyday, normal people.
What’s so great about this series is the style: it’s filmed in a sitcom fashion! Each episode is filmed in a different era of television. The first episode is filmed in a 1950s-sitcom style, the second one, 1960s, and the third, 1970s. It’s absolutely amazing. The way they filmed the show, the black-and-white filming for the first episode, the changes in aspect ratio, the old-fashioned corny intros; all of the elements are carefully used to create this amazing ride of cinematography!
Now, if you really want to enjoy and understand this show, I highly recommend you watch all of the previous MCU movies. I know I say that in every Marvel-related article I’ve written, but in this case, you kind of have to. Trust me, this show is quirky and cheesy, in a good way, but you will be so confused by the end of the first episode if you haven’t watched all the movies before.
Okay, from here on, I will be spilling some spoilers.
I have been dedicated to watching every episode that’s released every Friday. I must say, the fourth episode is the best so far.
Don’t get me wrong, the first three were awesome too. And very cute! Seeing more of Wanda and Vision’s relationship and their chemistry has been touching to watch. The movies really didn’t show too much of that. The adorable sitcom style, the twists and turns, the confusing and eerie bits (revealing some of the truth about this false reality Wanda has created), and all the easter eggs from the old-fashioned television commercials, all form this rollercoaster of emotion and joy.
But the fourth episode really had me on the edge of my seat. The fourth episode reveals the real world, and the other characters, most of which are returning from past MCU movies, such as Jimmy Woo from Ant-Man and the Wasp, Darcy Lewis from Thor, and Monica Rambeau from Captain Marvel. This episode takes place during the events of the first three episodes, as the SWORD organization tries to figure out what’s happening. Watching this episode made me feel like I was watching a new MCU film all over again, unlike the lighter, unique sitcom style of the first three episodes.
I could go on and on about this show, but I will end it with this: whether you are a Marvel fan planning on watching the show, or someone who is also keeping up with it every week, I recommend this: read the comics. There are some interesting characters that pop up from time to time, such as Agnes and Dorothy, that raise the question: who is truly at fault for this false reality? Wanda, or someone more sinister…? I’ve read the comics and I already have my own opinions and suspicions, but I will leave it to you to find out yourself.
That has been my review of the WandaVision show from what has been released so far! I highly recommend this show to everyone who is a Marvel fan, and if you aren’t a Marvel fan, you should watch the movies and get into this show!
WandaVision streams on Disney+, a nine-part series, releasing a new episode every Friday.