Review

‘WandaVision’ provides Marvel fans with exciting new content

Maya Hall

Editor-in-Chief

On August 31, 2009, when The Walt Disney Company announced a deal to acquire Marvel Entertainment and then finally merging in December of 2009, the two have been correlating together ever since. With Disney’s new streaming platform, Disney+, it was expected that Marvel material, old and new, would be included: It sure is. 

Not only are all the Marvel movies now listed on the platform, but Marvel announced that new, exclusive content will be released to Disney+, with that latest content included the series “WandaVision”. 

“WandaVision” follows the story of Wanda (Elizabeth Olsen) and Vision (Paul Bettany), but places them in a 1950s-60s setting as a happily, married couple. The Disney+ series picks up where “Avenger’s: Endgame” left off. Courtesy of Youtube Trailer

Since the pandemic hit and theatres were shut down, it has been the first full year since 2009 that no new Marvel movie has been released, so many fans were waiting with high anticipation for Marvel’s first Disney+ series, WandaVision to begin streaming. 

WandaVision follows Wanda Maximoff played by Elizabeth Olsen, a powerful superhero with signature magic that glows red. The show takes place after the events of Avengers: Endgame when the Avengers team up for the final showdown against their foe, Thanos. 

Spoilers ahead: In the movie before Avengers: Endgame, in Avengers: Infinity War, Wanda is in a relationship with Vision, played by Paul Bettany, another superhero who is a synthezoid. In an attempt to stop Thanos from his plan, Vision is killed while Wanda was right there watching. 

In the trailers for WandaVision, Vision is shown, alive as ever, so fans were readily excited to see how the plot would play out and the theories started rolling out online. 

The first two episodes were both released on Friday, Jan. 15 to Disney+ and were in a black-and-white 50’s and 60’s sitcom style, respectively. The following episodes also followed a decade’s style sitcom up until the last two episodes where the style remained the same for the finale. 

It is apparent that from her grief of losing Vision, Wanda has taken a whole town hostage to form her own alternate reality where she and Vision are living a happily married life together. 

The costume designs and style fit perfectly to the decade they were portraying; it was fun, different and upbeat. It was a bright show that took you back and forth from points of view to gain a whole perspective of what was going on. 

One thing that was also a great aspect of the show were the acting performances by a great cast. Olsen and Bettany are a great pair, and their on-screen chemistry flows well together. The character performances pull you into the little reality that Wanda has created, and you feel every bit of the excitement and sadness of it. 

Overall, I give WandaVision 5 out of 5 Lanterns, for its fantastic quality, plot and production. It is a magical and mysterious watch that Marvel fans and non-fans will enjoy. 

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