WandaVision brings much needed freshness to the MCU


   Marvel fans everywhere have been waiting for a Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) television show for some time now. WandaVision is the first of many MCU television series that are on Disney +, and the future looks promising.

   WandaVision is about the characters Wanda (Scarlet Witch) and Vision from the Marvel franchise. The movie takes place after Avengers: Endgame and showcases what the two characters did after Avengers: Endgame. However, what Marvel did with this idea was something incredible: they made it into a half sitcom and half MCU material. The sitcom aspect features a variety of sitcom styles from the 60’s all the way up to the early 00’s. The first two episodes of the show are in black and white. Director Matt Shakman took inspiration from shows like I Love Lucy, and Leave It To Beaver, but the show that he took inspiration from the most was The Dick Van Dyke Show. It was no coincidence, either. Shakman worked with Van Dyke to make the show seem more authentic. 

   “[‘The Dick Van Dyke Show’] can be very broad with silly physical-comedy gags, and yet it never feels false, and I wondered how they did that,” said Shakman. “His answer was really simple: He basically said that if it couldn’t happen in real life, it couldn’t happen on the show.” (IndieWire)

   While the first two episodes of the show were the most creative of the nine-episode series, they were the most boring episodes of the bunch. However, those two episodes lay essential groundwork for the next seven episodes, which is where the series really started to pick up and get into the MCU aspect of things.

   The show stars two main MCU actors. Elizabeth Olsen (Marta Marcy May Marlene, Silent House) plays Wanda. Paul Bettany (Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World, Margin Call) plays Vision.

   Overall, I think that WandaVision was a great show and it was a breath of fresh air to the MCU. Yes, the first two episodes were weak, but if you just push through them, you will thank yourself for it and it will be worth it. I want to go into much more detail, but as this is a relatively new series I do not want to accidentally spoil anybody’s experience with this wonderful, odd show.

   Watching this makes me very excited and interested in Marvel’s next MCU television series called The Falcon and the Winter Soldier. A new trailer for the show was just revealed. 

   All nine episodes of WandaVision are streaming exclusively on Disney+.