Marvel’s WandaVision has finally premiered on Disney+, setting up a whole new leg of the Marvel Cinematic Universe which seems to be going in a much different route to their movie collection, which has been criticised in the past for being fairly repetitive. WandaVision feels like a breath of fresh air with it’s peculiar and unorthodox storytelling style.
Episode 1 begins in a 50s setting, black and white, romantic sit-com which was filmed in front of a genuine live studio audience. While it is a slow-burner, the episode boasts a niche and intricate sense of humour for the all-knowing fans. It feels relatively drawn out, but some easter eggs are dotted around throughout until the final moments when you start to feel a sense of what’s really going on in the wider-story.
Episode 2 jumps to a 60s era of men’s clubs and Tupperware parties, still set in black and white with Wanda and Vision trying to learn to settle in to their new neighbourhood whilst simultaneously getting a grasp on how they got there. More and more teasers are sprinkled around towards the main narrative (I’ll spare the spoilers for now). You also get a fun moment of a ‘drunk’ vision as his cogs get clogged with gum. While it does feel like a slight digression from the truth of these characters at times, it’s important to remember that the whole premise of this series is that things are not as they seem, so take all character-subversions with a pinch of salt. The episode draws to a close with the shot changing from black and white to colour, setting up a further progression in the story ready for the rest of the series.
WandaVision shows a lot of promise not just for itself, but for Marvel and television in general. It’s offering up something exciting and new that’s seldom been done before.
Words by Ross Carley.