Friday evening low key chilling at home bho zvangu and was pleasantly surprised to find that the first two episodes of the series WandaVision had premiered on Disney+ (lets pretend I have a subscription and that’s where I watched it…)
WandaVision is a spin off TV show sequel from the Marvel Comic Universe set sometime after the movie Avengers Endgame. WandaVision stars The Scarlet Witch aka Wanda Maximoff (Elizabeth Olsen) from the Avengers and her partner Vision (
) The two have been love interests but their romance is mostly off-screen and this series explores the domestic side of their relationship albeit in a sitcomesque suburban set with hints at an underlying something….
What you need to know before you watch WandaVision…
Marvel Comic Universe fanatics probably still remember the cataclysmic events of Avengers: End Game but for the more casual movie watcher a bit of a recap might help you enjoy this series.
Note: I don’t think you strictly need to have watched the movies or be a devoted follower of the Marvel universe to watch and enjoy this series but the backstory helps to fully appreciate WandaVision.
Fair Warning: The next part has spoilers from the Avengers and Marvel movies but lets face it if its 2021 and you still haven’t watched them, I doubt you will and you probably know all about Thanos and his diabolical plan to save the world.
Wanda and Vision
Wanda Maximoff aka Scarlet Witch gains abilities which include telepathy, telekinesis and energy manipulation after being experimented on by Hydra (a really bad organisation) Initially she fights against the Avengers blaming Tony Stark for the death of their family but they realise they are being played by Hydra and switch sides to fight alongside the heroes and later joins Team Avengers.
Vision is a sentient synthetic being with a body made of vibranium, has superhuman strength, can fly/levitate, phase through objects and alter his appearance. Initially Vision was created to host the consciousness of Ultron but the Avengers stole the body instead and activated it using a Mind Stone (one of the Infinity Stones) and Tony Stark uploaded his A.I. assistant J.A.R.V.I.S. into Vision, for a more grounded connection to humanity.
Wanda and Vision evolved from simply being teammates to something more substantial as Vision tried to understand human emotion while helping Wanda come to terms with her abilities and a romance blossomed.
Shakespeare made the tragic love story trope of starcrossed lovers fashionable, Vision tries to sacrifice himself to prevent Thanos from getting the Mind Stone and later Wanda has to destroy the Mind Stone essentially killing Vision to save the world. Thanos goes back in time and gets the stone destroying Vision again and then uses the Infinity Stone to *Thanos snap* away half the population of the universe (including Wanda)
The Avengers eventually manage to bring back everyone who had disappeared and defeat Thanos unfortunately Vision does not return and one of the last scenes of Avengers Endgame is Wanda in mourning.
Whats going on in WandaVision?
If Vision died then when what is he doing in a spinoff sequel… that is the question. Even Marvel is playing coy in explaining what is going on, but the trailers suggest nothing is at it seems…no kidding, the first two episodes look and sound like a 50s/60s sitcom complete with an audience track and over the top comedy lines.
You will have to watch and see how they unravel this mystery… I have my theories.
Final Thoughts on WandaVision
I think its hilarious and intriguing, its fun connecting up the dots trying to figure out what’s going. Its also riddled with Easter Eggs from the MCU and is laden with pop culture references guaranteed to definitely keep conversation around this series buzzing from how its reminiscent of I love Lucy and Bewitched to the nod at the transition from black and white television to colour television and wait was that an oblique reference to the Salem Witch Trials…. Nobody knows.
I definitely love the range Elizabeth Olsen as Wanda and Paul Bettany as Vision are showing in this series. Vision normally strikes me as a bit of square but in WandaVision they are showing how they can be as round as they come.
I prefer to binge watch my TV shows but look at me now (im)patiently waiting till next Friday for the next episode to drop.
Have you watched this series yet?