WandaVision (2021) TV Mini-Series Review

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Title: WandaVision.

Rated: TV-PG.
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:

Rating: 7.5 out of 10.

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.

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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.

WandaVision' Hints at an Exciting—and Scary—Future for the MCU - The Ringer

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.


All nine episodes of this mini-series are now available for you to binge on Disney+!

Have you read any comic book stories featuring the scarlet witch or Vision?
Have you seen WandaVision (2021)? Will you?
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52 comments

  • Yeah, agreed – after fantastic buildup, especially of the two or three penultimate episodes, the last one was a bit of letdown in terms of regressing to the most tired and unthinking part of the MCU, i.e. a dumb, prolonged fistfight, all in all rather improbable and unrooted in anything that came before… 😔
    Still, it was highly enjoyable, with really good performances, and quite faithful to the original comic book storyline – if not to the events, then at least to the spirit. I wish we could have the House of M storyline in the movies, but this probably won’t happen – and WandaVision scratches that particular itch quite admirably.

    Fab review, Lashaan, as always! 😀

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    • Yep. It would’ve been nice if they had stuck to a more grounded, emotional, human finale that really captured the concept of grief just as well but meh… WandaVision still succeeds in doing what it wanted to do in the end. They’d have to reset a couple of things to make the House of M story work but it would’ve been quite epic if had ever been in there plans to give us a live-action adaptation of that story hahah Next up is The Falcon and the Winter Soldier. Let’s see if they can pull off a more consistent story with that series now. 😛 Thanks for reading, Ola! Always appreciate your thoughts on just about everything in my life! 😀

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    • That’s definitely a huge downside for all those who don’t want to subscribe to Disney+. Especially if the upcoming MCU movies will very likely take into consideration everything that’s happening in these mini-series and the upcoming ones.

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  • A very interesting review, thank you so much for sharing! It actually motivated me to give this mini-series another chance: I watched only the first episode and, while aware that there would be some… narrative weirdness in the storytelling, I was more puzzled than anything else and did not feel inclined to move forward. But now you made me change my mind and I will probably try again… 🙂

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    • There’s something more to this mini-series than what the first couple of episodes were able to tease but I can’t blame you to give up on it hahah I wouldn’t say that it’s flawless but it was an interesting attempt to expand the MCU and hopefully the upcoming series (Falcon and the Winter Soldier, Loki, etc.) will do better! Thanks for reading, Maddalena! Always a pleasure to hear from you. 😀

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  • Every time I’ve seen the title or stills from the show I’ve tended to just move on. It just hasn’t awakened my curiousity, and for whatever reason brings back memories of Max Headroom (bad comparison, I know). And I don’t currently subscribe to much in the way of streaming services so I doubt I’ll be seeing it anytime soon. But it’s great to hear it’s an enjoyable show and worth watching, trying something a little different from the typical run of the mill superhero stories.

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    • I laughed out loud at your Max Headroom comparison hahahah I can’t blame you if this just went through one ear and exited the other. It already requires that viewers follow the MCU movies and know what’s going on too. And making it exclusive to Disney+ doesn’t help for many too hahah Thanks for reading, Todd! 😀

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  • I haven’t watch this one as I don’t want to wait a week for each episode (can’t stand the wait!) but I do keep up with it and I’m happy to see everyone enjoying it! I’m going to binge watch it while waiting for The Falcon and The Winter Soldier 😀

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    • Well, all nine episodes are out for WandaVision, so you can binge away whenever you can, Tasya! The first episode of the Falcon and the Winter Soldier just came out and I can’t wait to see how that’s going to turn out too! 😀

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  • I so need to watch this! Thanks for the review, now I have recommendations from you and Ola, and it’s assurance enough 🙂

    I used the last weekend to finish “Legion”, another unusual superhero series, and I’m hungry for more.

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    • Hahah! I’m honoured to be held on such a pedestral. I do hope that you’ll have a good time with it when you get around to it! I actually saw and reviewed that first season of Legion a while back but never got around to finishing up the series because of how inaccessible the seasons were back then. Might have to revisit it now! 😀

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  • S that’s what everyone is talking about??? LOL I will have to let my husband know as I think that’s something he would love watching!

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  • I thought the show was great, they went out on a limb and didn’t break it. A fine art in itself. Although I feel the need for a re-watch just because of it’s complexity.

    Thanks for sharing, Lashaan.

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  • So glad that you wrote this post Lashaan, I saw that people were talking about this series everywhere and had absolutely no idea what it was about 😅 everything is clearer now! Even though I don’t know if I will watch it one day, I have to say that I really admire how you didn’t include any spoilers at all in your post! 😁 Thanks for sharing!

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    • Hahahah everyone has been on it since its release, especially since it has been a while since we got anything Marvel-related. That might explain why you’ve been seeing people talk about it a lot lately! 😛 I always try to give that extra effort to not spoil in any of my reviews just so that people can go check it out of a general sense of what it’ll be about! Thanks for reading, Juliette! 😀

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  • I tried an episode (or two; don’t remember) just to see what the hype was about. Although it was a bit intriguing (because it was different from other shows currently airing), I didn’t find it compelling enough to watch more. I see you had mixed feelings about that.

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    • It’s definitely not flawless and I can say that the first couple of episodes do take some time before properly taking off. The juicier/crunchier bits are towards the middle for me but, in the end, it was still a decent mini-series that shows how Disney/Marvel plan to fully make use of their Disney+ platform to make their MCU grow!

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  • I have heard so much about this but I don’t think I’ll have the chance to watch it, and I’m not subscribed to D+ anyway 😦 Nevertheless, excellent review with no spoilers! 🙂

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  • I feel like my biggest let down of the series was in how little of a threat Agatha Harkness proved to be in the end. However, beyond that, I love that the biggest “villain” of this show was grief. I think Wandavision really shined in its portrayal of the various ways grief can manifest and both Olsen and Bettany knocked it out of the park with their performance. That whole quote about how grief is love preserving just floored me. The last episode was a typical formulaic Marvel episode, but I think overall, this show is a refreshing entry to the MCU. Awesome review. 😀

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    • Tell me about it. I would’ve preferred a more “psychological” threat than what we got, which turned into a giant anticlimactic battle. Then again, she’s a whole other character in the comics, which makes me think that, if Disney/Marvel play their cards right, we’re bound to see her again in the upcoming Dr. Strange sequel, for example. It’s indeed still a great show and I’m convinced Disney/Marvel will fully exploit their Disney+ platform to deliver useful spin-off content for fans in the coming years! 😀 Thanks for reading, Lois!

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  • Some excellent thoughts my friend! I really enjoyed this series and I’m one of the few that was actually into the first couple of episodes, growing up in the 80s/90s I saw a LOT of reruns of old sitcoms so I was well prepared and loved how they emulated the style and execution of those old shows. The slow unveiling of the central mystery was well handled, the finale was more standard MCU but exciting non-the-less and with good payoff.

    But, yes, it really is the acting performances where WandaVision really succeeds – Paul Bettany was superb but if Elisabeth Olsen (my schoolboy crush on her increased exponentially with this series) doesn’t get awards recognition for this then the world really is broken! Emotional, tragic and powerful.

    Flacon and Winter Soldier is off to a good start, here’s hoping these Disney+ shows can maintain their quality. Have you seen it yet (Invincible is pretty good as well)?

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    • My experience with sitcoms starts with Malcolm in the Middle, so it was super relatable when they actually included that one! I didn’t mind the idea of one era per episode but it would’ve been nice if it wasn’t too self-conscious about it until the big reveal hahah It was still fun to see how they handled it. I just think the show could’ve been just as impactful if it stuck with one era (e.g. if they had followed Tom King’s Vision story, I would’ve been even more praiseful).

      Hahahahh your comments on Elisabeth Olsen made me laugh out loud. I can’t blame you there, my friend. She’s is magnificent! Always had my attention in the MCU too. 😛

      I didn’t start Falcon and Winter Soldier yet. I’m waiting for more episodes to come out before diving into it. I’m glad to hear that it’s good for you so far though! Also keeping Invincible for later so I can get through the comics (at least further into it) before I start the show.

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      • What I liked about the sitcom aspect of WandaVision was how there was actually a point to it…a sort of ‘safe place’ from Wanda’s childhood that she could always escape to with her loved ones.

        Oh man, we’ve got to get you off this binge-minded viewing and watching the episodes as they come out haha! Seriously though, I know that might not be for everyone but I’m actually glad that we seem to be getting back to the weekly release model as I’ve always preferred that myself!

        Glad to tickle your funny bone about Lis Olsen! Even funnier is that I said ‘schoolboy crush’, but pretty sure I’m a few years older than her haha!

        I’m definitely enjoying Invincible, I might eventually check out the comics.

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        • Hahahaha I don’t really binge! I just wait for a bit more episodes to come out so I can watch an episode per day until maybe halfway through the season and then I play the waiting game each week. The thing is, I just want to give these shows a fair chance to impress and hook me. Usually, pilot episodes aren’t enough and this way, I get to have a much more “complete” opinion on the show until the end! 😀

          Hahahahahahah you’re killing me! I might actually find myself in a similar position with other actresses as I get older too… Hahaha

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          • Ah, good stuff man – I definitely couldn’t have not watched WandaVision week by week because of all the spoilers and speculations. Luckily there doesn’t really seem to be anything spoiler-y about Falcon and Winter Soldier and it’s only six episodes as well which I think is an ideal number for these Disney+ Marvel “extended movie” shows.

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  • I feel like Marvel couldn’t quite shrug off its own skin with that CGI battle in the final episode, but I always knew something like it was coming and wasn’t too bummed about it. Many fans really set themselves up for failure with their theories mostly coming from House of M etc., but who’s to say all of that won’t come into play in the Multiverse of Madness still. I was just very happy to have the actual “villain” of the season be grief, because people still keep underestimating the trauma buried emotions hold. I know a lot of people were disappointed, but I really enjoyed the show as a whole, especially since Wanda and Vision were always favorites of mine, despite not getting a lot of development in the movies.

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    • They really couldn’t help themselves from inserting that “epic” CGI battle. It wasn’t bad but I find that it would’ve been an even powerful episode if they had gone for a more “psychological” finale, having the character go through an epic introspection moment, another tragedy to serve as a wake-up call, who knows. As for those who went on to speculate things as big as what happens in House of M definitely set themselves up for a disaster haahha I think that kind of story-arc is best explored on the big screen and the upcoming Doctor Strange movie is going to be a perfect opportunity to do something unexpected and mind-blowing! I’m also glad that they kept grief as the main theme in this movie. It’s nice that both heroes got time to be developed in this mini-series though! I can’t wait to see what they’ll do with these characters on the big screen now! 😀

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  • FINALLY!!! You are talking about something I already know about! Well, a little bit, at least! xD Watched Alex Myer’s video on it! Have you?! It’s pretty fun! I haven’t watched the show myself but knowing the basic plot of it, I do agree with what Alex says in the video about it, that the secret of the perfect world that Wanda created for herself and Vision should actually have been revealed a bit later ion the show… that would have made it all more interesting and the revelation much more intense. what are your thoughts on that?

    But I totally agree, with the clips that I have watched of it, the aesthetic of the show is really pretty! ❤

    Loved the review – AS ALWAYS, Lashaan! ❤ ❤ 🙂 🙂

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    • Waaahhh! It’s nice to hear from you again, Rain!!!! I hope you’re feeling better these days and that you’ve been staying safe!

      I’m glad to hear that you know this one. 😀 I haven’t seen Alex Myer’s video on it but I’m glad to see how much you learned from it. 😛 I imagine you don’t plan to check it out for yourself now that you’ve seen that video hahaha It would’ve been indeed interesting if all that was revealed later but with each episode, it would’ve been hard to keep the viewer hooked on the premise, especially if they didn’t reveal anything that tied the show to the movies hahah

      Thank you so much for reading this review though! You really don’t have to read these if they don’t interest you or if you have no clue what I’m talking about either! 😛

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