The Latest Craze: WandaVision

Wanda and Vision.

Marvel Studios has recently released a new series on Disney+ called WandaVision. It first began airing on January 15, 2021 and has already taken the media by storm since then. It has captured the hearts and minds of many during the short period between its release to this time of publication. The remainder of the article may contain spoilers of the show leading up to the last episode.

WandaVision stars lead actress, Elizabeth Olsen, as Wanda Maximoff, the series main and titular character, along with Paul Bettany as Vision, another main character. The setting of the show takes place in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, or the MCU, after the events portrayed in Avengers: Endgame (2019). WandaVision utilizes a different way of storytelling by displaying various television tropes of different time periods and paying homage to sitcoms of the past. A unique detail the show had included was the transition between black and white pictures to fully colorized between episodes 2 and 3. Nicholas Ramdeen, a senior and admirer of the show, explains that episode three, Now in Color, is his favorite episode. Kylie Kidd, also a senior, expressed her satisfaction with Episode 7 of WandaVision, since the particular setting “was an early 2000 setting, and it was the episode that started the Agatha storyline.”

On the surface, the show just seems to portray Wanda and Vision as a married couple overcoming very normal circumstances, like a simple dinner party (ep.1) or pregnancy scare (ep. 3). What isn’t so normal is that the events don’t actually happen directly within the MCU, but rather a fantasy Wanda had constructed and lived through in real-time due to her trauma. This is hinted at during the show with Vision being present, even though he had died in Avengers: Infinity War (2018). This is even revealed in the season finale that every bit of Wanda’s fantasy life was granted to her.

Agent Woo’s card trick.

WandaVision utilizes references from various past shows and references since this is all built with the events of the MCU in mind. Many big Marvel fans are very satisfied with the use of these references because they can tie the show back together to its origins. Nicholas Ramdeen had even mentioned his favorite scene was a reference to Ant-Man and The Wasp (2018), where Agent Woo had performed a card trick using his business card that did not originate from this show. Catching these little easter eggs dispersed throughout the show gives some fans extra satisfaction or entertainment, and it goes to show how many little details and thoughts were included in WandaVision.

With WandaVision’s huge success, fans are looking forward to future Marvel creations, whether they’re TV shows or movies, such as Dr. Strange 2. A lot of fans, including both Kylie Kidd and Nicholas Ramdeen, share that they have no criticisms for WandaVision story-wise, but Kylie Kidd says she wishes it was just a bit longer. Many are excited to learn more about Wanda and her progression, while also seeing how this may affect the MCU as a whole. Only time can tell how the MCU will progress, but fans everywhere will continue to theorize possible outcomes if you’re ever in need of new entertainment or food for thought.