“WandaVision” successfully carries forth the legacy of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, with a wacky yet humorous show



“WandaVision,” Marvel’s first-ever Disney Plus TV show, presents a rollercoaster of a journey giving Marvel fans a teaser to the complex character that is Wanda Maximoff.

(Warning: spoilers ahead. Read at your own risk.)

Presented in the format of famous TV sitcoms, “WandaVision,” Marvel’s first-ever Disney Plus TV show, is a bold, wacky adventure rated TV-PG. The first episode is loosely based on the “Dick Van Dyke Show” from the 1960s, and episode seven, the last episode to follow the sitcom format, is based on the 2006 sitcom, “Modern Family.” “WandaVision” presents a rollercoaster of a journey dedicated to giving Marvel fans a teaser to the complex character that is Wanda Maximoff.

After the death of her lover, an embodied artificial intelligence named Vision (Paul Bettany), Wanda Maximoff, better known as Scarlet Witch, (Elizabeth Olsen) is in great inner turmoil and despair. Thus, Wanda, a telekinetic, creates an alternate world in a town called Westview which is controlled solely by her unusual powers. Vision, who Wanda reconstructed with her powers after his death in Marvel’s “Avengers: Infinity War,” is oblivious to the current situation occurring outside of their force field-protected community, as well as inside the town of Westview. Wanda, who is aware, attempts to settle down and build a family with him.

At first glance, Westview appears to be an idyllic suburban community, but it immediately becomes clear that something is terribly wrong with the town and its people. Most of the townsfolk take on a slightly cliched role, the kind you’d expect from any classic American sitcom. However, there are cracks in the illusion, and people’s true natures begin to emerge.

Outside of Wanda’s alternate reality, SWORD (the Sentient Weapon Observation Response Division), an organization dedicated to overseeing superhumans, attempts to break into the bubble in which Westview resides. Wanda is forced to come to terms with a reality in which her brother, Pietro (Evan Peters), lover, Vision and her imaginary sons are non-existent. But who says she would go down without a fight? Just as she begins to get her happily-ever-after, it’s threatened once again.

From the very first episode, “WandaVision” is an engaging and enjoyable watch. This show is definitely be one that I’ll be watching again to catch more “easter eggs.” One scene that beautifully plays out the comedic sitcom theme is when Wanda finds out she’s pregnant. While the average pregnancy takes about nine months, Wanda experienced it in just one episode. From her having to give birth on their living room floor to Vision running to get the doctor who went on vacation (all within Westview), episode three is a wacky yet fun episode. The cherry on top is when she realizes that she now has twin boys.

“WandaVision” is also an exploration of grief, acting as an extended epilogue to the trauma Wanda experiences in “Avengers: Infinity War.” By basing each episode off of sitcom shows, the contrast between the emotional darkness inside Wanda and the happy, wholesome illusions she’s created is portrayed effectively. Olsen does an incredible job portraying Wanda’s pain and loss which makes the show all the more enthralling, as viewers can see and maybe connect with her feeling of anguish.

While there are some moments of confusion (like, why does the radio speak to her?), the show mostly offers what’s expected from a Marvel creation. Following their usual structure, Marvel has one to two minute post-credit scenes, each getting more and more insightful as well as puzzling. The addition of the post-credit scenes makes me feel like I am back in a movie theater, watching a two-hour-long Marvel movie, something I really miss doing since the pandemic.

I love all the characters, from Wanda to FBI agent Jimmy Woo (Randall Park). Each person has a part to play in this show, and they all do a magnificent job carrying it to the next level. The chemistry between each of the characters is outstanding, and the hint of humor in times of seriousness is a well-needed element. The overall plot has depth and meaning, which can be hard to express in a one season, nine episode tv-show.

Besides SWORD, another antagonist of the show is witch-villain Agatha Harkins (Kathyrn Hahn). She provides an entertaining and humorous element into the somber theme of “WandaVision.” The catchy beat of “Agatha All Along,” similar to the “Munsters” and “The Addams Family” theme songs, along with the easy lyrics, makes it all the more addicting.

Fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe or people who like mystery dramas will most definitely enjoy “WandaVision.” It is the perfect show to either binge-watch alone or watch with family on movie nights. In times such as these, between COVID-19 and the many lives lost because of it, “WandaVision” takes to heart the idea of moving on. It demonstrates through each scene that dwelling in the past may leave you with more monsters in the future, and that like Wanda, sometimes you just have to keep moving on with life.