The first Marvel Studios original series created for Disney+ is finally here, and fans are in for a treat. Wanda Maximoff and Vision are a delightful duo straight out of the best sitcoms in television history.
While WandaVision will be a very different format that Marvel fans aren’t used to, the series highlights some of the best sitcoms in television from the 1950s to 2000s. The cast went through a crash course of sitcoms and even had Dick Van Dyke consult for the show. The first episode was filmed in front of a live studio audience, right here in Atlanta. I actually applied to be a member of the audience but sadly didn’t make the cut. Probably too much of a risk.
The series takes place after the events of Avengers: Infinity War and Endgame when their love for each other was explored.
The series begins with Wanda and Vision rolling into Westview, their new home. They drive up with Just Married written on the car, and they are both wearing wedding clothes. We don’t know how they got there or why they are there yet, but as the series unfolds, the adorable couple starts to realize that not everything is as it seems.
Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany slip into every era and sitcom-style with ease. The series is designed just like an MCU movie, but it allowed Marvel Studios to break the story into episodes covering each era because of the storytelling. The audience gets lots of extra laughs before the real action that Marvel loves to give us steps into full gear. We watched the first three episodes, and while my husband thought it was a slow start, he was anxious to see what was to come for the true sinister plot. It’s a slow build, if you will, but one that entertains you with time-honored jokes.
“There aren’t many opportunities as an actor to explore as many genres and tones as we do in this series,” says Olsen. “It was as much of a challenge as it was a joy. This Marvel story could only ever be told through the medium of television, and that’s what makes it such a special piece of the MCU.”
While the best part of WandaVision is definitely the love story of the Scarlet Witch and Vision, we are also introduced to some new characters in the town of Westview. One of the most excited new members is Teyonah Parris, who portrays Monica Rambeau. She was first seen in Captain Marvel as a child, and it has already been confirmed that she will join Carol Danvers in Captain Marvel 2. In WandaVision, she appears as Geraldine and befriends Wanda right away.
Another great addition is Agnes, the nosy neighbor that many fans theorize as Agatha Harkness (because of her broach), a very powerful witch in the Marvel comics. Kathryn Hahn Brings her brassy Bad Moms attitude and snark with her into this character.
Things to pay close attention to in WandaVision
Introductions – The introductions are mirrored after some of the best sitcoms. They aren’t just there to give you an idea of the “vibe” of the episode, though. There are little details to look out for before the episode begins.
The “Commercials” – During each episode, a “commercial” that plays just like you would see in any sitcom. Make sure to pay close attention to the little details. They play a big role in the show’s grander element—taglines, slogans, company names, and even the colors that you see.
The Rewind – If you blink, you may miss it. Watch the episodes a couple of times because there are definitely moments and little details that you may have missed. My first watch through is my “hype watch,” when you get excited and jump up and down about the things you noticed in the background or the mentions of another MCU topic. Then you watch a second time to make sure everything “sunk in,” and you didn’t miss anything while you were hyping out.
After watching the first three episodes, I can tell you that the same hype I had in the remaining films that brought Avengers: Infinity War and Endgame together will be there on day one of Phase 4. With The Walt Disney Company merger with Fox, we are entering into new territory that will allow the MCU to join together and welcome the mutants and various characters back into the fold.
The future of Marvel Studios is still just as bright as the day that Iron Man premiered. With a dive into the multiverse, Marvel has the ability to broaden the MCU to infinite lengths. WandaVision takes bold new turns into storytelling that will intrigue fans.
I have some pretty big theories about where the MCU will go from here, but I’ll leave that for another post after the show airs, so I don’t spoil it for anyone.
WandaVision premieres on Disney+ on January 15th with the first two episodes. There will be nine episodes total before. The next time we see Wanda Maximoff, the Scarlet Witch will be in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.