WandaVision – First Impressions (Spoiler Free)

It’s been teased for a long time and ever since we first heard about it we’ve be dying to know… “what the hell is it all about?!”. Well, with its release finally hitting Disney+, it looks like we’re about to get our answers.

We’re going back in time to the 1950’s. Wanda and Vision appear to be living an ordinary suburban life inside a studio audience, Sitcom show. Only ordinary is best for the couple, if they choose to hide their superpowers from their community.

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Where things get weirder (if that even seemed possible) is each episode is different, and the world they live in through the TV screen seems to evolve through time. We are also treated to both visual and audio cues to strongly suggest that not everything is as it seems, and with each episode we’ll be unraveling a darker truth.

It’s great to see Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany back in their popular Marvel roles, playing Wanda Maxinoff (aka Scarlett Witch) and Vision respectively. They’ve often been swept to the side in previous MCU movies, so this is a huge breakaway to have them centre stage.

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Whilst there’s still an enormous amount of mystery surrounding the project, WandaVision is a delightful watch that leaves you wanting more and has you trying to put the pieces of the puzzle together yourself. It’s kooky, quirky, full of humour and above all else, decidedly ambitious.

Coming from somebody who has become vocally nonchalant about this project from the get-go, I was left thoroughly surprised by the level of craftsmanship and well-thought-out details that have already been demonstrated so far.

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The first two episodes are available on the streaming service as of today. Wether an enthused comic book fan or casual viewer, WandaVision already has plenty going for it and seems narratively accessible for all.

This will ultimately kick start the long awaited Phase 4 of the MCU. 2020 marked the first year we’ve had no MCU release since 2009, and now we’re heading into 2021 with a lot of hope. WandaVision is perhaps the best way to get things underway, and paves a positive, fresh outlook as to what the next wave of Marvel films will look like.

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