“…How will this duo fit in and fulfill all? By sharing a love like you’ve never seen. WandaVision!”
Marvel’s new series, WandaVision, follows the superhero Wanda and the humanoid mind stone Vision’s ‘normal’ life in a new, sit-com style neighborhood. But there remains one question: How?
After the events of both “Infinity War” and “Avengers: Endgame” the baffling notion of how this sitcom is even happening looms over the audience. Did something happen to Wanda? Is she trapped in her own head or a fictional town? How did this happen?
Each episode fast forwards through a different decade starting in the 50s, thrusting into the 60s era in the second episode, and bleeding through into colorized television by the end. Trailers for the first season suggest an even further progression throughout time.
So what does this mean for the convoluted storyline of a disturbed witch and a dead robot? Well, that’s the question.
With each new episode and interaction, viewers get the growing feeling that something is amiss in this perfect dream world, which really only stands to draw fans closer. Starting with the fact that Vision shouldn’t even be alive to see it after the events of Marvel’s previous release “Infinity War”.
Overall, the show pulled in a well-deserved 97% on “Rotten Tomatoes”, a 7.5/10 IMDb score, and lots and lots of frenzied theorists wondering about what’s to come. With the first two episodes having been released on Jan. 15, fans went crazy for the hidden easter eggs and vague announcements from Marvel themselves.
However, the old-timey photocopy has raised criticism. People come to Marvel for action, and with this new series seemingly based in a more complex plot than they’re used to, the adrenaline junkies are getting impatient.
“Its titular characters seem sidelined in their own series. The show-within-a-show format makes for cheeky diversions, but ultimately feels somewhat shallow, ” writer Roxana Hadadi said in a ‘Roger Ebert’ article.
Despite the growing criticism, the online fan base seems to be growing daily, with fan theories and GIF sets being made in abundance. People are curious what wacky, stereotypical, I Love Lucy-esk shenanigans the ‘newly-weds’ are going to get into with the impending doom of an outside force working against them.
After Marvel’s success with “The Mandalorian”, they’re dropping an episode once a week on Fridays. New content will be released on an almost consistent weekly schedule, and this new development is definitely one for the better.
New shows are being released one after the other, unlike the previous schedule of a couple movies per year. “WandaVision” will run until Mar. 5 with nine episodes total in the first season, with “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier” following on the 19th, and “Loki” scheduled to start in May.
The so-far success of the show seems to be paving the way for future Marvel TV shows and is ushering in a hope for the dawn of Marvel television..
All of this begs for two questions: What are we in for for the rest of this intriguing show? The decade themed episodes made for a very interesting hook, but can Marvel keep up with the demands of the audience?
Whether they’re comic fans from decades ago or cinematic universe fans drawn in from the silver screen, Marvel has quite a few expectations to uphold.