Marvel’s new hit: WandaVision

Jonah Beinart, Reporter

When you think of Marvel, you probably think of great action sequences with a clear storyline. But for hardcore fans like me, WandaVision was a great way for Marvel Studios to expand its horizons on how to deliver a good piece of cinematic content.

As a whole, the show was more of a mystery-drama as opposed to a regular Marvel action packed series. Instead of following a clear cut storyline with a hero and a villain, WandaVision forces the audience to figure out who is actually involved in the story.

Over the course of the nine week period where the episodes were being released, fans made hundreds of theories as to who was controlling the characters, and what it means for future movies. After the finale was released, almost all of those theories were debunked with a more simple resolution.

Watching the trailer for the series, I was surprised at the 1950’s sitcom setting, which is irregular for a Marvel show. However, as the episodes were released, the time period changed by decade, eventually leading up to the present day. 

For those who haven’t watched all of the movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), it will be harder to fully appreciate all of the little details and Easter eggs in the show. Disney+ also provides viewers with short videos explaining the backstories of the characters, which helps newcomers to the MCU understand the flow of the story. 

The show’s protagonist, Wanda Maximoff, grew up in the fictional country of Sokovia. The show details her falling in love with a half-human half-robot named Vision. Vision died during Avengers: Infinity War when Thanos took the mind stone from his head, which kept him alive.

WandaVision also illustrates Maximoff’s childhood in which her parents were killed in a house bombing and her and her brother were stuck under the rubble for two days. Her brother was then killed in Sokovia during Avengers: Age of Ultron. 

The preceding movies along with the series focus on Wanda’s grief over the years, because of her traumatic past. This is another aspect of the show that I appreciated; the directors did a really great job tying the rest of the MCU into the show.

The show starts with Wanda and Vision moving to a new town called Westview in a 1950’s theme. The first couple episodes seem to show a perfect reality where they can live in peace, but as time went on it seems like something was wrong with the people in Westview.

So the question was, how is Vision alive in the show? That was the main question that fans asked before the first episode. I loved how there were so many questions left unanswered after the finale, which means we have to wait until more movies and shows are released.

WandaVision was definitely one of my favorite Marvel shows, and I think that it does a great job  connecting the past and the future of the MCU. I would recommend watching this show, but it may be helpful to do some research about the characters before you start watching.