TL;DR – This was fun, nostalgic, and also super odd all at once
Disclosure – I paid for the Disney+ subscription that viewed this series.
WandaVision Review –
Thanks to Covid it has been over a year since we have had anything set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (Spider-man: Far From Home for those playing at home). This makes it kind of odd that the first entry back into this world is on Disney+, but then this is a strange show, so it might fit.
So to set the scene, we open sitcom entrance where we see Wanda Maximoff (Elizabeth Olsen) and Vision (Paul Bettany) arriving at a new town. A newly married couple is settling into a small town where they are pretending that she is not a witch and he is not an android, but an average couple. Everything is going well until their neighbour Angus (Kathryn Hahn) comes over and helps Wanda plan her ‘anniversary’. Now from here, we will be looking at the episode as a whole, so there will be some [SPOILERS] ahead.
One of the joys of this episode is how much they commit to the bit that this is a 1950s sitcom, including having fake ads for Stark Industries between the segments and the laugh track throughout. It harps the style and feel of Bewitched, and I Dream of Jeannie, down to the effects they use to make the magic work. It also helps that all of the cast knows the style of show they are doing and leans into it heavily. Though when you have Debra Jo Rupp in your cast, you can’t go wrong.
This comes down to even the themes that they play within the show. The episode’s main plotline is that Wanda and Vision both through a series of unfortunate events misconstrue what a heart means on the calendar. Vision thinks it is that his boss Mr Heart (Fred Melamed) and his wife Mrs Heart (Debra Jo Rupp) are coming over for dinner, but Wanda thinks it means that they will have ‘a special time’ together. So the episode spends its run time talking about sex without mentioning it like it was made under the Hays Code.
In the end, do we recommend Episode 1 of WandaVision? Absolutely. This was fun, nostalgic, and also super odd all at once. I have not seen that combination before and can’t wait to see where they go with it.
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Credits – All images were created by the cast, crew, and production companies of WandaVision
Directed by – Matt Shakman
Written by – Jac Schaeffer
Created by – Jac Schaeffer
Based on – Characters created by Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, Roy Thomas & John Buscema
Production/Distribution Companies – Marvel Studios & Disney+
Starring – Wanda Maximoff & Vision (Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Bettany, Debra Jo Rupp, Fred Melamed & Kathryn Hahn with Asif Ali & David Lengel)