Review: WandaVision


The promotional poster for Disney+ original, Wandavision. Photo courtesy of: Flickr

On January 15th, two episodes of WandaVision premiered on Disney+. Since then, every Friday, a new episode was released, and the season finale was on March 5th. The show is the first series of the MCU in Phase Four (projects released through 2021 through 2023). 

Wandavision takes place about three weeks after the events of Avengers: Endgame (2019). This means that everyone has been snapped back and Wanda’s (Elizabeth Olsen) lover, Vision (Paul Bettany), has been tragically murdered by Thanos in order to get the Mind Stone and kill half of the Earth’s population (Avengers: Infinity War).

Many were confused as soon as the trailer dropped, myself included. The trailer shows Wanda and Vision in a sitcom setting, and it was something I did not expect from Marvel as it is very different from their previous works. While watching the first two episodes, I couldn’t figure out what was going on because it just showed Wanda and Vision living in what seems to be a perfect, suburban life. 

Through each episode, the audience was able to see the imperfections of the “Hex” (as called by Darcy Lewis played by Kat Dennings) and what was really going on. The “Hex” is where Wanda has changed the town of Westview into her sitcom. Every episode, since the premiere, they began to give us more and reveal how everything was coming together. I appreciate that Marvel pays close attention to detail, and how they keep an audience in suspense.

When the show revealed the reason behind this interesting setting, it was shocking yet it felt right for the show. It seemed to give way for more developments in the future; they would be able to use Wandavision as a base for the rest of Olsen’s character. And, in the finale, Agnes (Kathryn Hahn) finally calls Wanda by her “superhero name,” the Scarlet Witch. This was the first time we have heard her called by this name, and it definitely caused an uproar within the fandom; it was a huge moment. 

The ending was very emotional, and I applaud all of the actors. Their performances were well-executed. I especially enjoyed Olsen’s portrayal of Wanda through the decades. She has been my favorite character since her first appearance in Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015). Her parting from Vision and her children had me in tears. I couldn’t believe that it was really ending. The love between Wanda and Vision is very real and it could be felt through their goodbye; the love of her life and the only other person she had left was leaving her for the third time. It felt as if her grief was yours. 

The post-credit scenes are a Marvel classic, and it was not excluded from Wandavision. We see Monica Rambeau (Teyonah Parris), who gained her powers in the series, meeting with a Skrull and implies that she is going to space to see Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson). At the very end, Wanda is seen in an isolated house where she is reading the Darkhold (which is known to corrupt the reader) and hears the twins calling for her. This series sets up Captain Marvel 2 and Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.

Something I enjoyed about watching the series was what happened after the episode premiered. Every Friday, on TikTok, Marvel fanatics came up with many different theories as to what they thought would happen in the next episode. It was very exciting seeing all the different theories circulate. Though most didn’t happen, it was entertaining to think of all the possibilities the show could introduce.

One theory that was exciting to follow was the possibility of the X-Men and Marvel finally coming into the same universe. It was thrilling to think that the Avengers and the X-Men could share the same screen. This was a popular theory because Evan Peters from the X-Men universe suddenly appeared in a Marvel TV show. He was reprising his role as Quicksilver, we later find out that he is actually Ralph Bohner and was controlled by Agatha (Hahn). A theory that did come true was the fact that Agnes was really Agatha Harkness in which we get a cool and catchy song about. 

Overall, the show was fascinating and fun to wait for each week. The action scenes are grand and captivating. The commercials made you think back on your Marvel knowledge. It made Wanda and Vision become an integral part of the universe. The emotions felt real and personal, the acting was definitely a favorite part of mine from every single character. The soundtrack was another favorite because each song fit a specific era and every week, there would be a new theme song and intro. I think that Wandavision set a high standard for the following shows to come, but I also think it was a wise decision for it to be released first as it got everyone waiting for new releases. 

I definitely recommend watching it. I hope to see more of Wanda in the future and for her to grow to her full potential as both a superhero and a character.