Why WandaVision Works

By Ben King

If you’ve been on the Internet these past few weeks, chances are that you’ve heard of Marvel Studios’ new series, titled WandaVision. WandaVision rings in the start of Phase 4 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and there could not have been a better project to kick off this new era for Marvel Studios. The series stars Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany as Wanda Maximoff (also known as Scarlet Witch, in the comics) and the Vision, two superpowered beings who are living their ideal life in suburbia – but everything is certainly not as it seems. (SPOILERS AHEAD) 

WandaVision is a must-watch, as this is by far and away the most creative Marvel Studios has ever been. The series starts with a recreation of a classic 50’s sitcom, The Dick Van Dyke Show, and as each episode moves along, so does the sitcom generation: the ’60s is Bewitched, the ’70s is the Brady Bunch, and so forth. As the series progresses, we start to witness what is outside of this mysterious sitcom bubble – and it’s a massive military organization, hell-bent on shutting this world down. The point-of-view swaps from your classic sitcom to your expected MCU content, providing a completely unique viewing experience. 

Throughout the numerous episodes, the audience starts to get an inkling that things are not what they seem – there are tense, nearly horror-like moments carefully placed for maximum effect. This show changes on a dime; one moment you’re watching a delightfully relaxed sitcom, and the next you’re watching a full-on military base assembling to stop this anomaly. The standout moments from the show are when Wanda has to break character and keep her perfect world intact. These moments are horrifying, but there’s also a steady undercurrent of sadness that runs through these scenes. Wanda is so grief-stricken at the loss of her love, Vision, she will do whatever it takes to keep him close to her. Marvel has never had the time to develop characters in this way, which makes this series even more of a treat. 

Elizabeth Olsen has been absolutely phenomenal throughout each episode. She has perfectly captured the essence of each sitcom decade with ease and is able to transition between tones effortlessly. Her range as an actress is incredible, and WandaVision would not have been able to replicate such specified sitcoms as successfully without her immense talent. 

Another absolute standout is Kathryn Hahn, who plays Agnes, a.k.a. Agatha Harkness. Hahn’s performance as the nosy neighbour has left everyone craving more, and with episode 7’s reveal, it seems like we will be getting a whole lot more of her in the last two episodes. Hahn has delivered a knockout performance, and I can’t wait to see where her character goes in the future of the MCU. 

From the acting to the set design, the production, and the mystery, WandaVision has excelled in pretty much everything you could possibly imagine in a supernatural television show. 

As of writing this, WandaVision only has two episodes left to answer a whole boatload of questions. These last two episodes are sure to reveal more than the entire series has given us so far – and I can’t wait to see how the whole story unfolds.