All Eyes on “WandaVision”

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“WandaVision” released on January 15th on Disney Plus.

Abigail Davis, Campus Life Editor

Marvel is yet again expanding its universe, this time with Disney Plus Original Series. Some series like The Falcon and the Winter Soldier and Loki are focusing more closely on heroes, and beloved villains in Loki’s case, who haven’t had nearly enough screen time to fully flesh out the characters. Among these series is WandaVision, which just premiered its first two episodes on January 15th. The series follows Wanda Maximoff, also known as Scarlet Witch, and Vision, artificial intelligence turned hero, in a vintage sitcom fashion as they navigate life trying to pass off as a normal couple. The twist? Vision died in Avengers: Infinity War and nothing is as it seems in this picturesque world.

Known for their vast cinematic universe, Marvel is now shifting more attention to TV series to fill in the universe a little more. This isn’t the first time that Marvel has created TV shows based on characters from their movies; shows like Agent Carter and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D enjoyed success on the TV screen long before the thought of these new series. However, WandaVision is the first of a new wave of Marvel TV shows exclusively made for Disney Plus. This doesn’t mean, however, that Marvel is veering away from movies. WandaVision is said to be leading into the film sequel Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, in which Scarlet Witch will have an important role. Unlike in movies, though, WandaVision is going to be more slow-paced because it doesn’t have as big of time constraints.

Sydney Stewart, senior and Marvel fan, says, “I was very excited when I first heard about the series. I love Wanda and Vision, so I’m glad they get to stand out on their own.”

Introduced halfway through the MCU its eleventh movie, Avengers: Age of Ultron, fans never really got to examine the unique relationship between Wanda and Vision. This new show remedies that and allows the audience to see them in married life, while at the same time hinting at a bigger force at play. Though the show mimics a comedy sitcom-style similar to The Dick Van Dyke Show and Family Ties, it has an ominous undertone suggesting that the world isn’t real and someone is trying to get through to Wanda. Much is to be learned still in the series and as the decade style progresses in each episode, fans will get insight into the show’s world and Wanda and Vision’s characters.

“I think it’s going to follow the House of M storyline in the comics, where Wanda loses her grip on reality and affects the world around her,” Stewart shares.

This is a popular theory that fans of the comics believe and is definitely a possible explanation for what’s happening in the TV show. Other theories include ties into an organization similar to S.H.I.E.L.D., called S.W.O.R.D (Sentient World Observation and Response Department). Whatever takes place in the series will surely keep fans guessing and wanting more. WandaVision will be nine episodes long, each episode being around half an hour long, but durations might vary as the series unravels. Fans were treated to a premiere of two episodes last Friday and one episode will be released each Friday.

“Wanda is so interesting, and I think her and Vision are so cute. Vision also has such cool powers, and I missed seeing him more in other movies,” Stewart states.

WandaVision is available to stream on Disney Plus now.