It’s been nearly two years since anything Marvel has come out and the time has come for more. Finally, Marvel produced “WandaVision,” starring Elizabeth Olson and Paul Bettany. Its first episodes were added to Disney+ on Jan. 15 with new ones every Friday.
For a quick refresher of what has happened in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, let’s look back to “Infinity War” and “Endgame.”
In “Infinity War,” Thanos successfully collected all of the infinity stones. This includes the one that was in Vision’s head, killing Vision. He snapped his fingers and half the population disappeared in The Blip, which I think is a terrible name for it but that’s not the point.
In “Endgame,” The Avengers gathered together, collected the stones, and snapped everyone back into existence, with the sad loss of Tony Stark and Natasha Romanoff.
The only other marvel add in-between “WandaVision” and “Endgame” was “Spiderman: Far from Home.” Unfortunately, Spiderman did not give us any knowledge of what was going on with other Avengers. But neither does “WandaVision.”
“WandaVision” does not follow the plot of anything previously seen in Marvel. All it is so far is a couple, just married, moving to suburbs and hiding their abilities from their neighbours. However, it leaves more questions than answers of what’s been going on with Wanda.
The show begins where none of the previous Marvel films left off, in a 1950s sitcom with each episode being the next decade. While we get to enjoy the cutest relationship that is Wanda and Vision, there is a sense of wrongness. I believe that Marvel has done an exceptional job at showing this.
I think Marvel did a great job at understanding the genre they were going for. They thoroughly researched each era of sitcom that they use. For the first episode they actually sat and talked with Dick Van Dyke for inspiration on the first episode with a base on “The Dick Van Dyke Show” and “I Love Lucy.”
The second episode was inspired by “Bewitched” and the Third by “The Brady Bunch.” Each time fitting into the new era the characters have entered.
The very first episode opens with the normal marvel sequence but it slowly changes to black and white and a square film. There is an intro that introduces the newlywed couple. The episode goes on as any sitcom, domestic interactions between Wanda and Vision, neighbourhood friendships and miscommunication.
All of this was displayed as any other sitcoms, with fixed camera angles that change from time to time. However, things got weird when Vision’s boss, Mr.Hart, chokes on his food. In that time nobody moves from the spots at the table and Mrs. Hart simply repeats the phrase “stop it” in a seemingly joking manner.
This is where I think Marvel did great. The camera angle changes to a more modern use. It angles directly on peoples face and zooms which you don’t see in sitcoms and makes it more ominous. In that moment, Vision appears to be anxious but does nothing.
Until Wanda tells him to help. Once Mr. Hart is alive and well, everything goes back to normal including the camera angle. It was as if nothing ever happened. This is has happened multiple times during the series so far.
In each time, Wanda is the one in control of the situation. But there are multiple times where she doesn’t appear to remember that she was an avenger. This is what I love about the show because it leaves the bigger questions: Is Wanda doing this or is someone else? Is that actually Vision or just a fake piece of reality?
There is also the nosy neighbour, Agnes, who seems to be guiding Wanda through her new life. I think she is a little suspicious and while there many theories on who she is but there is no conformation, yet.
All-in-all, Marvel has done a splendid job taking the average sitcom/TV show and turning it into a masterpiece that may take some time to appreciate it as the first two can be slow. I think they did a wonderful job at making it seem like a fun loving show with something mysterious going on and I can’t wait see what is really going on behind the scenes of Wanda’s perfect reality.