Marvel’s long awaited WandaVision has finally hit Disney+ as the first series from the MCU to stream after a hiatus for most of 2020. I’m a major MCU fan so you best believe I have been SO excited for this major Marvel comeback after a year of missing Marvel’s cinematic brilliance. It’s going to be an exciting year for Marvel as they prepare for a lineup of new releases. WandaVision premiered on Friday, the 15th, with their first 2 episodes and have announced a total of 9 episodes which will premiere once a week (which means I have to wait patiently for episode 3 releasing January 22nd). So let’s get into the details. Is WandaVision living up to the hype so far? What do the first 2 episodes tell us about the rest of the season?
Marvel doesn’t tell us much, but that’s part of the magic! If you’ve seen the first 2 episodes, you’re probably left with more questions than answers and I’m definitely wanting more. The trailers have hinted that the series is much more than it seems. What looks to be a cute and quiet suburban life for Vision (Paul Bettany) and Wanda (Elizabeth Olsen) in Westview seems to lead to much more complicated matters.
The setting starts as black and white 50’s sitcom-inspired (and funny!) but there are mysterious, and almost eerie, breaks in the scenes that hint at an upcoming twist. The fun, satirical film style is much different from Marvel’s previous works and this is what makes the whole show so intriguing. The stylistic direction is clear and their cinematic choices so far have been refreshing and captivating. From what we know, Vision died in Avenger’s Infinity War and Wanda is left grieving. Has she created an ideal world for her and Vision post-Endgame?
What We Know
Wanda and Vision are in a happy relationship as they settle down in Westview and attempt to fit in. Vision is able to magically transform from infinity-stone powered machine to human and Wanda assumes the role of a housewife, using her reality-bending and telekinetic powers in secret. They have a nosey and charming neighbor, Agnes (Kathryn Hahn), who quickly befriends Wanda and helps her settle in.
*Spoiler* In the first 2 episodes, we discover that someone is watching them through a TV in sitcom style. Someone tries to communicate with Wanda via radio, prompting her with “Who is doing this to you, Wanda?” She also finds a red toy helicopter with the name S.W.O.R.D. on it. (Side note: S.W.O.R.D. stands for Sentient World Observation and Response Department, the cosmic version of S.H.I.E.L.D.) In episode 2, Wanda and Vision find a beekeeper climbing out of a manhole with the S.W.O.R.D. logo on the back of his suit. Wanda’s reaction was an alarmed “no”, then she seems to rewind time for a more desirable story line.
What We Don’t Know
Is this a simulation and who is behind it? The first episode reveals that Wanda and Vision actually have no recollection of how they got there, why they are there, and other important information as to what led to their existence in Westview. Who is Agnes exactly? Is she a S.W.O.R.D. agent or just a figment of Wanda’s imagination? Who is the voice behind the radio? Are the 50’s and 60’s commercials incorporated into the WandaVision sitcom supposed to tell us something more? They include cool easter eggs for Hydra and Stark Industries, but do these two organizations have anything to do with Wanda and Vision’s existence in Westview? Or is it simply a glance into Wanda’s psyche?
I’m itching to know more already! I might be biased as I’m fully dedicated to the MCU and I can’t wait to see what’s in store for phase 4, but I LOVE a show with a stellar cast and unpredictable story line. Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany are fantastic together and have effortlessly transitioned into the comedic sitcom style of acting. I’m excited to see the fashion and set designs for the different time periods in the future episodes as well. Plus, each episode is only about half an hour long so it’s an easy watch. You can stream it now on Disney+ for $6.99/month! Make sure you tune back in for a final review after all 9 episodes are out!
Have you seen the first 2 episodes of WandaVision? Are there any easter eggs that caught your eye? Will you be watching this Marvel show? Share with us in the comments below!
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