After the events of Avengers Endgame, Marvel Studios needed something a little less…massive. So leave it to Disney Plus to deliver something that not only subverted expectations, it eventually exceeded them. As the Marvel studio’s first official streaming series (sorry but the Marvel Netflix shows & Agents of Shield are not cannon) and kickoff of Phase 4 of Marvel projects, WandaVision not only was a unique show but it also seamlessly tied into the overall Marvel universe while setting the stage for future films.
The miniseries was created by Jac Schaeffer based on the Marvel Comics characters Wanda Maximoff / Scarlet Witch and Vision. WandaVision was produced by Marvel Studios, with Schaeffer serving as head writer and Matt Shakmandirecting.
Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany reprise their respective roles as Wanda Maximoffand Vision from the film series, while Debra Jo Rupp, Fred Melamed, Kathryn Hahn, Teyonah Parris, Randall Park, Kat Dennings, and Evan Peters also star.
The series pays homage to past sitcoms, with Wanda and Vision living in a reality that takes them through different decades of television tropes. It’s revealed Wanda psyche is severely damaged after it’s revealed Vision is dead and being dismantled by SHIELD replacement shadow agency, SWORD. Helping the agency is Captain Marvel side character (now grown up) Monica Rambeau, FBI Agent Jimmy Woo (from Ant-Man) and Darcy Lewis (from the Thor films).
The way the series pays homage to various sitcoms is pulled off to perfection. However one of the show’s greatest strengths is also one of its weaknesses. The first two episodes are an absolute chore to get through and the story doesn’t really seem to start until episode 3. But the series does do a very interesting transition when shifting between the WandaVision world to the real world.
Kathryn Hahn plays a great villain as the scheming Agatha Harkness. In fact her story arc is probably the best of the show. Not to mention she also gets the best song featured on the show with “Agatha All Along.”
Olsen and Bettany share some amazing chemistry and it kind of makes it sad that it took this long to see the love story between Wanda and Vision fully develop. Olsen really shows her acting range playing multiple versions of herself throughout various sitcoms. If she doesn’t win an Emmy for her performance in this it will be a real crime. Olsen’s true shining moment was when she fully became the Scarlet Witch and received the appropriate comic book accurate costume only hinted at in the Marvel films. Wanda’s overall transformation from Wanda to Scarlet Witch is reminiscent of the Jean Grey/Phoenix story that Fox tried to do twice with the X-Men films and failed miserably.
Now Comic fans know where this is all going. As the after credit scene depicted, a distraught Scarlet Witch has isolated herself in the middle of nowhere where she is consuming the forbidden magical knowledge the Darkhold. When she waves her hands and releases a surge of magic it is reminiscent of the bonus scene at the end of Captain America Winter Soldier. Both times Wanda looked crazy and showed fans a glimpse of what to expect. Check out the comparison below:
The Scarlet Witch is poised to be a big time player in Marvel Cinematic Universe. The character is set to return in Doctor Strange: Multiverse of Madness and even in Spider-Man No Way Home.
HipsterZOMBIEJoint Experience highly recommends Devouring WandaVision. Just don’t be put off by the first two episodes.