Article & Photo By: Evan Mirante
With the pandemic shutting down movie and TV productions, it feels like it’s been ages since any new Marvel content has been released. The last Marvel Studios movie was released in the summer of 2019. So, when fans finally got the trailer and the release date for a new Marvel show, WandaVision, on Disney Plus, they were joyous despite not really knowing what was going to take place on the show. For the first time in a while, Marvel fans were going into the show pretty much in the dark.
The show follows two main characters Wanda Maximoff (played by Elizabeth Olsen) and her newlywed husband Vision (Played by Paul Bettany). These Marvel superheroes were featured in the last three Avengers movies. In WandaVision, Wanda and Vision try to adjust to their new lives in the suburbs of a small town in New Jersey called Westview. However, nothing is as it seems.
The show weaves sitcoms from different eras through the storylines of the episodes, because Wanda loved these shows as a child. For example, the first episode is set in the 1950s, and takes inspiration from shows like I Love Lucy, The Dick Van Dyke Show and even the original Twilight Zone. I wouldn’t say that the first two episodes are normal. Certain moments will leave you confused and you will probably have to rewind or pause to figure out what just happened. The series, however, really starts to ramp up at episode three when WandaVision changes from black and white to in color picture during the 70s.
I personally think WandaVision is a unique show that is refreshing for the Marvel Cinematic Universe. If you want to watch this show, but don’t watch many Marvel movies, it might be hard to know what is going on (if you need a refresher on the main characters you can watch the Marvel Legends show on Disney Plus that tells you a bit about the characters). If you are a big fan of Marvel you’ll love the little references in each episode and will spend a lot of time researching theories on what will happen next.
I wish there had been more episodes or even a season two, but the series really was meant to be a setup for the next couple of Marvel movies. It’s also a test to see how well new Marvel shows would do on a virtual streaming platform. I really enjoyed the sitcom format of each episode especially when it was based on a sitcom I liked, such as Malcolm In The Middle or Modern Family.
Probably the best part of WandaVision for me was the new GroupWatch feature on Disney Plus. This feature allows you to watch remotely with your friends at the same time. Being able to watch it with my friend and talk about things in real time made an already great show even better. Prior to viewing the final episode, Freshman Theo Kofahl said, “(WandaVision) is sick, but I think it had too much build-up. I think the group watch is cool, but it can get laggy.”
WandaVision definitely has fans excited for a new phase of shows in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. You can watch all nine episodes on Disney Plus. Fortunately, you don’t have to wait long for another Marvel show. A new series, Falcon and the Winter Soldier, premieres on Disney Plus on March 19.