Number of episodes: 9.
Release Date: 2021.
Genre(s): Action, Comedy, Drama, Science-Fiction.
Series Direction By: Matt Shakman.
Cast: Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Bettany, Kathryn Hahn, Teyonah Parris, and many more!
Original Network: Disney+.
My Overall Rating:
It wouldn’t be Disney/Marvel if they didn’t attempt something different and authentic in its own way as they bring some of their superheroes to the small screen. What better way to do this but to offer fans the chance to see two unordinary heroes challenge themselves to find happiness in a world that sees them both as peculiar, strange, and undeserving of anything humans have grown to possess? Whether it’s peace or love, these two characters have suffered a lot in their past heroic feats, often leaving them in unresolved existential crises. With it being the first project to expand the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) to television, WandaVision explores some of fans’ most beloved characters under completely new lights as they face their fears and learn huge life lessons the hard way.
What is WandaVision (2021) about? Set three weeks after the events in Avengers: Endgame, the story follows Wanda Maximoff and Vision in their new suburban life as a newlywed couple. As they go on everyday tending to their family’s needs, hosting suppers, and meeting their neighbours, they slowly come to realize that something seems fishy. When odd things occur in their daily life, they begin to suspect that there might be something more than what the eye can see. This leads them both to dig deeper into the mystery, or within themselves, only to unravel a larger scheme at play that might in fact be the ruin of both Wanda and Vision.
With each episode ambitiously paying homage to sitcoms across decades in terms of cinematographic style, humour, and directorial story-telling, the main narrative remains centered around Wanda and Vision as they learn to embrace a life void of supernatural heroics but one rather focused on blending in with a community of humans as they go on with their typical dramas about socializing, chores, work, and family. The main mystery that looms over each episode remains the enigma around the root cause of this reality in which these characters seem to be stuck in, relatively unaware of the circumstances that led up to it all. It is only after a couple of episodes that the mini-series really picks up in terms of pacing and intrigue as it slowly ties things to the larger MCU.
While it is difficult not to speak of the more juicy material that is revealed in the later episodes, it is safe to say that the Easter eggs are worthwhile, especially for fans of the Marvel franchise. Nevertheless, it would be a lie to say that those moments are the only saving grace of this mini-series as Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany both deliver strong performances in their respective roles, showcasing a solid range of emotional depth through their characters and giving their heroes a reason to be taken seriously in the MCU. The narrative thread of grief and its various stages, serving as a character transformation subplot, also helped give this series an end goal that seemed inevitable yet necessary for things to move forward.
The final episode does come off a bit ordinary due to its resort to traditional superhero shenanigans out of the blue, it at least comes full circle, playing fully on various hints of foreshadowing that were spread across earlier episodes. The breadcrumbs that it leaves, not counting the various plot holes that were probably purposefully left so, also allow fans to understand that this mini series had a very crucial objective in mind and it cleverly achieves it in its own unusual ways. Thankfully, fans can still enjoy the story at play, embracing its nostalgic comedy nod to popular sitcoms, its stylish, sometimes arguably dull, aesthetics, and refreshing and novel MCU foray into the television game.
WandaVision (2021) is a superhero origin story centered around a tale of grief, family, and power.