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WandaVision Review: Marvel’s Plans for the Future

The events of Avengers: Endgame left Marvel fans craving the next phase of the MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe). The studio has created almost every superhero crossover we could imagine, but their current TV project is something that fans couldn’t have fanthomed. WandaVision has a genre-bending premise that is a blend of classic sitcoms and the MCU. Wanda Maximoff (Elizabeth Olsen) and Vision (Paul Bettany),two super-powered beings living idealized suburban lives, start to suspect that something is not right. 

The first two episodes were released on January 15th and they don’t exactly reveal the show’s tone or intention just yet. Nevertheless, there are subtle, chilling moments that really will make you intrigued. The lack of answers right now does not really bother me because as the viewer, you are thrown into an unfamiliar world and concept that is different from most Marvel films and projects. It is exactly what the characters are going through as well. They are living in a world or reality that is unfamiliar and trying to piece together how and why they are there. 

Over the years, audiences have gotten to see Wanda and Vision slowly fall in love. One of these characters we saw die in Avengers: Infinity War, but is now alive and well. I believe that as I continue to watch, discovering the truth behind the mystery will all-in-all be rewarding. Nevertheless, it is lovely to see these minor characters have a bigger presence within the MCU. Beforehand, TV shows based on Marvel characters, such as Jessica Jones or Luke Cage, have been dark and drama-filled. I think WandaVision gives us a break from that and instead offers a lighter scenery. 

WandaVision may be Wanda's own vision or an alternate reality or some sort of trap. While watching, it definitely gave me The Twilight Zone vibes when it came to the cinematography and mystery. In the two episodes that I have seen the sitcom frame still remains, but the couple advances through television time. By the end of episode two, WandaVision is living in color. There are speculations that other Marvel characters will be popping in and I am honestly excited to see at what capacity. 

Overall, I love the set design and charm of the leading characters. The recreation of old-style television is well executed as well. I am sure the future episodes will become more dramatic and action packed. WandaVision is a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside a paradox disguised as a TV show. WandaVision will be directly connected to future movies, meaning whatever happens in the show's first season can impact upcoming films, and vice-versa. I recommend that you give it a shot.

Kamiel Beckley

Hampton U '23

Kamiel Beckley is a biochemistry major and leadership studies minor from Louisville, Kentucky. She attends the illustrious Hampton University. Kamiel enjoys traveling and creating. Her goal is to pursue biomedical research while also maintaining her love for writing and art.
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