Wanda and Vision in their living room
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WandaVision: Marvel Taking a Step in a Good Direction

WandaVision is an on-screen adaptation of a series of comic books and graphic novels under the Marvel brand. The show focuses around the characters of Wanda – the Scarlet Witch, and Vision – a robotic AI, who are both well established characters within Marvel Cinematic Universe. WandaVision explores over its short season some of the most interesting comic storylines for the characters in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) – the two characters have been shown as romantic interest within the MCU, and this show expands on that premise.

WandaVision infuses a mix of source material with a hearty dose of original storylines. The show may be considered a ‘slow-burner’ by many due to the distinctly different tone of the first couple of episodes, which almost entirely follow the classic stylings of American sitcoms from the 50’s (even matching the black and white shows of the time) and 60’s. This theme does continue throughout the series with many of the episodes shifting in style to match the style of American sitcom from whatever era they are replicating within the episode, something that is very impressive to see play out visually as it creates a divided viewing experience from episode to episode unlike any seen before. 

WandaVision incorporates stories such as Scarlet Witch’s origin story showing her powers and her capabilities in a new light than that which was previously shown, and the creation and introduction of White Vision, the hollow figure of a once compassionate and loving creation. The show explores these characters while blending the narrative with interesting comic storylines for the new additions as well, as both the villain Agatha Harkness and the children of the protagonist, Billy and Tommy, better known in the comics as young avengers Wiccan and Speed, get introduced in a way that doesn’t feel like an origin story within a show, but rather a natural progression of the show’s storying. The blending of these elements turns WandaVision into a compelling first season of television.

The penultimate episode of the show could easily be seen as the most captivating of the whole series, containing what could be viewed as the most emotive and meaningful content featured in the Marvel Cinematic Universe since it debuted in 2008. Here we see a sense of depth that is often overlooked in comic book movies, which have a tendency to prioritise action over genuine character development. Episode 8 instead delivers a heartbreaking take on Wanda’s struggles with mental health. As the viewers, we take a deep dive into her repressed memories of those who she has loved and lost, allowing for a greater understanding of the character than had been given in her previous on-screen appearances.

The show ends in a typical cliché, where the hero saves the day but has to sacrifice everything that they care about in order to do so. This is a staple ending in comic books, so the lack of a subversive conclusion is not a surprise and is likely welcomed by many. It would have been nice to see the studio attempt something different to this formulaic finale, but despite this the show maintains its status as the most creative and differential work created by Marvel Studios.

Produced by: Marvel Studios

As Seen on: DisneyPlus