Starting the new Phase, WandaVision, the first of many Marvel series to be released by Disney+ starred two of the Avengers and their relationship together after the events of Avengers: Endgame.
To begin with, Wanda Maximoff (Elizabeth Olsen) and Vision (Paul Bettany) have become characters of a surreal self-aware sitcom where each episode changes era. However, as the series develops more truths and explanations unravel the idyllic homestead for Wanda and Vision.
Moreover, in Avengers: Endgame and Spider-Man: Far From Home, many Marvel fans were pondering the next phase for the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and how Marvel would try to be different with their shows and movies.
In addition, with the introduction of Disney+, Marvel could create a show unique without the risk that a movie may have. Thus WandaVision, a show that pastiched traditional sitcoms with an interweaved mystery was born.
Filmed Before a Live Studio Audience
|Don’t Touch That Dial||4/5|
|Now In Colour||5/5|
|We Interrupt This Program||2/5|
|On A Very Special Episode…||3/5|
|All-New Halloween Spectacular!||3/5|
|Breaking the Fourth Wall||4/5|
|The Series Finale||2/5|
To clarify, what gave WandaVision a sense of intrigue was how it wasn’t traditionally Marvel. In other words, it didn’t have the same formulaic pattern with a nerdy side quirky character and invincible heroes fighting invincible heroes. Above all, the show knew what it was doing and didn’t take itself seriously. In short, I was hooked and really eager to see how the series would progress.
However, this didn’t last as once the ‘reveal’ was shown, the show lost any sense of intrigue. And instead, we were being pandered too as if we hadn’t the foggiest who these characters were for the last decade.
Firstly, in its defense, the show did give us one of the catchiest theme tunes and gave everyone something to look forward to every Friday, but when the finale came around I wasn’t as interested as I was eight weeks prior. The momentum of it had faded and Marvel knew it, dropping its facade and once again giving us its tried and tested formula with powerful people punching equally matched powerful people.
Secondly, most annoyingly was how Marvel knew we were so invested in its genre-defying show and how we were so fascinated as to how they would explain the recasting of a character, only then for this to be belittled and our interest be made into a dick joke. It felt like a punch in the teeth after getting invested in a story for nine weeks, just for it to conclude as such an intellectually insulting joke.
What’s next after WandaVision?
Going forward from WandaVision, news of the next Marvel movie seems to be focused on Spider-Man: No Way Home, despite the fact that Black Widow is still yet to be released, I am going to hold my breath slightly before reinvesting myself in their movies and TV shows including the upcoming Falcon and the Winter Soldier, as WandaVision should have been a place for Marvel to test their creative possibilities on the Disney+ platform, but instead, it just became filler until cinemas reopen.
Where can I watch WandaVision?
All episodes of WandaVision are available to stream exclusively on Disney+.