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Consider the following scenario: You’re sitting in a theater filled to the rafters with fervent Marvel fans of all stripes, all anxiously anticipating the premiere of Avengers: Endgame (2019). The video, fascinating and magnificent in its presentation, sends the audience’s emotions to the moon and beyond, widening their eyes and raising their shouts. “How could Marvel possibly surpass this?” you think to yourself.

Around the same time as the release of Marvel Studios’ Phase 3 finale, Kevin Feige, the MCU’s big boss, revealed numerous Disney+ television series set to premiere following Endgame. One of these programs stood out above the others, dubbed “WandaVision” and billed as a comedy, something Marvel had never attempted before. If you were me, you may have said something along the lines of, “Huh, nice.” That’s all there is to it. The concept of a slice-of-life Marvel comedy starring two characters whose relationship had previously seemed to be superficial at best was “Neat” at best. “Is this how they’re following up on Endgame?” we wondered.

But it turned out that no one was prepared for what WandaVision would bring to the table, in more ways than one. Surprisingly, as the program progressed, that anticipation (or lack thereof) skyrocketed, influencing how viewers imagined the show’s trajectory week by episode, in real time. “This HAS to beat Endgame now!” screamed the comments sections and discussion threads across the globe. Was this to WandaVision’s advantage, or did it prevent viewers from enjoying the program for what it was?

WandaVision (2021) is a lighthearted suburban comedy featuring Wanda Maximoff (Elizabeth Olsen) and The Vision (Paul Bettany), a husband and wife who live the ideal life in the tiny town of Westview, meeting new people and getting into mischief along the way. Is that the case?

 

What the Heck Was That, Wanda?

In a nutshell, WandaVision is a trailblazer. Beyond the typical sitcom antics, the program introduced a lot to the MCU that had never been seen before. The first half of the series is filled with unsettling eeriness, referring to the slowly unfolding awareness that something, someone, or someplace isn’t quite right. You may expect to be riveted to your seat, clutching your bowl of popcorn and forgetting to eat it in the first place, with a story so steeped in profound mystery. I joked with my editor that this would be the closest we’d come to a TV program based on the SCP Foundation, but it turns out that this is more accurate than we anticipated. This program is for you if you like the icy grasp of mystery surrounding oddities that defy natural law.

I can’t speak to the sitcom parody aspects of the program firsthand since I didn’t grow up watching many sitcoms, regardless of the year they aired. Despite this, they had a strong sense of authenticity. Every period of comedy that WandaVision depicts seems as if it were plucked from the past, with particular attention and care paid to everything from the visual effects to the music. In the Marvel Cinematic Universe, we’ve never seen something so new and thrilling.

The characters, though, are the most essential aspect. WandaVision’s excellent characterisation and depiction of the eponymous characters enabled for stellar performances all over the board. Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany never really had the opportunity to go free and stretch their acting range. I wasn’t a huge fan of Wanda before, and I thought Vision was amazing but boring as concrete, but the series snatched my heartstrings and wrapped them tightly around the main characters. Every episode whets your want for more.

Everyone has their own point of view.

The next section includes no explicit spoilers, however it does provide hints and conclusions that may spoil you via elimination. Skip forward to the Last Thoughts part of this review if you wish to watch the series completely blind.

WandaVision featured a good dose of Marvel-related fanservice, topped with worldbuilding, sequel setup, character excitement, and moments that alluded to something larger, of course, as an entry in the MCU. Many fans expected the series to do the same as Endgame and rocket their emotions to the moon and beyond, then drop revelations and cameos as hard as Thanos dumped the moon on Tony Stark. 

As a result of WandaVision’s abundance of potential hints, combined with our knowledge of upcoming films (such as Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness, Spider-Man 3, Fantastic Four, and others), I and many other fans tuned in to each episode expecting bigger and bigger reveals, vision-casting what big comic book names we’d like to see before the finale. We just had high expectations for this small-scale event. In retrospect, these revelations would have detracted from the series’ emphasis if WandaVision had done what we intended. This is a tale about Wanda and Vision, as well as the consequences of their acts, whether internal or external.

Having said that, one revelation in the program upset many viewers, regardless of their expectations. A massive preparation with a tiny reward.

Final Thoughts

WandaVision is a one-of-a-kind experience, perhaps the most one-of-a-kind experience in the Marvel Cinematic Universe thus far. The way you absorb and digest that experience may have a significant impact on how much you like the program as a whole. You may be disappointed if you expect either a banger of an action show that tries to surpass Endgame or a psychological thriller that stays true to its setting’s concept until the very end. WandaVision falls neatly in the middle of these two extremes, resulting in a film that is both unexpected and familiar to Marvel Studios fans. 

If you opt to watch the series to get carried along for the journey as it examines the main characters and their connection, you will have a great time and five hours well spent, as well as a newfound irritation when you see the words “PLEASE STAND BY.”

DA Good

In the MCU, this is a one-of-a-kind concept.

Characterization is fantastic.

It’s full of suspense and shocking revelations.

Jimmy Woo (added bonus)

DA Bad

For certain settings, the reward is disappointing.

A secondary villain who isn’t well-developed.

A conventional conclusion is inappropriate for a performance of this caliber.

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