WandaVison: This show was not made for you


Camden Chin

WandaVision is a clever and dark “puzzle-box” mystery— that you should be watching — even if the show wasn’t made with the average fan in mind.

What is most compelling about this show, aside from its mystery, is its departure from the light, jokey tone of the rest of the MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe). The show is very dark, and fully plays out the fantasy of a broken woman given limitless power. 

Where the show seems to lose the mainstream audiences is in its slow burn. The first three episodes are literal sitcoms (complete with laugh track), with only the occasional clue, or evidence of magical meddling. If you’ve never watched the sitcoms WandaVision is copying, like Modern Family, or The Dick Van Dyke Show, the show may lose you in its first three episodes. If your interest wanes in those first few shows, it may never get a chance to explain its truly innovative secrets. 

And secrets there are! Every episode seems to end with a crazy twist that to even allude to them would be to ruin them. Honestly, WandaVision’s crazy, innovative plot makes Disney+’s other live-action original, The Mandalorian, look like a Saturday-morning cartoon by comparison. 

As a final note, I’ll remind you that this show is not just important to the rest of the MCU, but absolutely quintessential. Wanda is set to be the villain of 2022’s Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness and Spiderman 3, (which is said to feature not just Tom Holland as Peter Parker, but also Toby Maguire and Andrew Garfield). WandaVision sets that all up.

I urge you to stay with WandaVision. It is giving audiences a unique storytelling experience we may never see in the MCU again (as the next MCU TV Show, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, seems to be a return to glossy, heavy-handed action content).

WandaVision is said to air its season finale on Disney+ on Friday, March 5th, 2021. The episodes are only half-an-hour long, so it’s not too late to hop on this crazy train and join the conversation. You won’t be disappointed.