WandaVision is an American television miniseries created by Jac Schaeffer for the streaming service Disney+, based on Marvel Comics featuring the characters Wanda Maximoff / Scarlet Witch and Vision. It is the first television series in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) produced by Marvel Studios, sharing continuity with the films of the franchise and taking place after the events of the film Avengers: Endgame (2019). Schaeffer served as head writer with Matt Shakman directing.
It premiered with its first two episodes on January 15, 2021, and ran for nine episodes, concluding on March 5. It is the first series, and beginning, of Phase Four of the MCU.
Three weeks after the events of Avengers: Endgame, Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch and Vision start to live an idyllic suburban life in the little New Jersey town of Westview, trying to conceal their true powers for the sake to fit in within his neighbours. However, when they begin to encounter different television tropes and enter new decades, Vision begins to suspect that things are possibly not what they seem.
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- A concept of the multiverse sitcom parodies was pure original.
- Awesome acting, especially for Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Bettany, and Kathryn Hahn.
- It meshes two different genres into one: the modern superhero surrealism comedy-drama genre of nowadays with the classic sitcoms from television's earliest days, and it meshes them in a bizarre yet perfect way.
- The show really pays homage to classic well-known television sitcoms from the 20th and 21st century, being clearly inspired on I Love Lucy, The Dick Van Dyke Show, Bewitched, The Brady Bunch, Full House, Malcolm in the Middle and Modern Family to name a few.
- Some episodes even have their own intros parodying some intros of classic sitcoms like Bewitched, which is fun and impressive. It makes you believe the show is old when it's not.
- It adds more character development for Scarlet Witch and Vision, which is actually why this show was made, given that they didn't have much to do in the films in comparison to other Avengers.
- Though surprisingly enough, the most well-developed character in the show is actually Monica Rambeau, who's dealing with losing her mother and gaining powers. She can be seen as an inverse to Wanda, as she is able to accept the loss of Maria while Wanda is failing to accept losing Vision.
- The citizens of Westview, though seemingly mind-controlled, are mostly likable and funny characters.
- Nice visual effects.
- Several heartwarming moments, as well as several sad moments.
- The fake commercials are hilarious and contain hidden easter eggs to other films and characters.
- Its dark tonal shifts are well-handed and help to build tension and an eerily vibe to foreshadow that Westview isn't really what it seems.
- Vision became even funnier than he ever was, thanks to Paul Bettany.
- The plot twists are spectacular and add on to the mystery of the series. The most recent example here is with Agnes really being a witch named Agatha Harkness.
- It brings back some characters who had not been seen since a long time ago, like Darcy Lewis, who had last been seen in Thor: The Dark World.
- It has more connections to the MCU films than previous television shows like Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. or Daredevil.
- The several theme songs created for each episode are really catchy.
- The surprise return of Evan Peters known for playing Quicksilver from 20th Century Fox's X-Men films, playing Quicksilver here. The twist is also a well-done reference to the recasting in sitcoms.
- The episode 'Previously On..." takes a good look into Wanda's psyche and how she found herself in the Westview anomaly.
- The song "Agatha All Along" went viral when it was released with the episode "Breaking the Fourth Wall".
- Overall, it brilliantly started the television series in the Marvel Cinematic Universe on Disney+ for high note.
- Some viewers can get confused due its tone.
- Some of the jokes can be a bit inappropriate for younger viewers.
- There are times where certain characters like Ralph and Norm can get a little bit annoying.
- The first two episodes were very slow-paced.
- Ralph Bo(h)ner.
WandaVision has been well-received by critics and fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, with praise for its recreation of past sitcoms and for the performances of its cast, especially those of Olsen, Bettany, and Hahn, though there was criticism for the finale. It was widely discussed and analyzed by fans based on various popular theories, as well as by commentators for its exploration of grief and nostalgia. The review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes reported a 91% approval rating with an average rating of 7.85/10, based on 408 reviews. The site's critical consensus reads, "Part loving homage to TV history, part off-kilter mystery, WandaVision is a wonderfully weird and strikingly bold step into the small screen for the MCU—and a perfect showcase for Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany." Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned a score of 77 out of 100 based on 41 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews", while its IMDB score is 8.0/10.
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