WandaVision: A Style of Television We’ve Never Seen Before, And What It Means For The MCU

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What the heck just happened? I just finished the first two episodes of the new hit Disney+ series, WandaVision, and I must say, I’m intrigued. With the hilariously cliche plots and fascinating details relating to the comics, WandaVision is a unique tale that we have never seen on the television screen before, and quite possibly never will again. The first two episodes of this series have been released on January 15, 2021, and they are truly something special. Taking place in the aftermath of Endgame, we see heavy toll and trauma that it has induced upon Wanda, we view her slow descent into madness and it is fascinating. The first two episodes take place in a sitcom style television show, where Wanda and Vision live in a classy 1950s’ suburban neighborhood filled with magical powers and some wacky situations that the protagonists are put against. The television show created by the legend himself, Jac Schaeffer, is incredibly detailed with hidden references and insane twists and turns that keep the viewer hooked every step of the way, but that is not what we’re discussing. There is a certain reference that intrigued me in these episodes and they have been featured in several trailers to the other upcoming Disney shows, and that is the infamous S.W.O.R.D organization and what they exactly are doing in this show. 

In the first episode, it went by very much like the Andy Griffith show or any other black and white sitcom filled with culture from the ’50s and ’60s, but there is something strange going on. The episode focused on Wanda and Vision as they first get accompanied to their new home. Vision works at some job, that he even has no idea is about, and Wanda is your typical housewife. They learn of Vision’s boss coming to dinner with his wife that night to introduce Vision’s family to the business; which succeeds barely with the couple struggling to keep their boat afloat from the impending doom of Vision being fired from his job. It’s a very simplistic and bland plot for the story but it keeps you on the edge of your seat with Vision and Wanda confused about where they actually are, forgetting how they got married or where they even come from. The final scene fascinates me the most, ending with the black and white sitcom zooming out to an office, the S.W.O.R.D logo is seen in the bottom right with an individual viewing Wanda’s reality. This can mean many things with one being that S.W.O.R.D could be using Wanda as a test subject, for reasons unknown at the moment. 

The next episode is a lot vaguer than many would suspect. In it, we get introduced to the community that Wanda and Vision will build relationships with in the near future. The main plot is that Wanda and Vision volunteer for the neighborhood’s talent show, where Vision gets some gum stuck in his gears causing him to be… under the influence if that makes sense. All of that is pretty useless though as the show makes you focus more on the peculiar scenes taking place than the rest of it. The first one is a radio that continues to try to converse with Wanda asking her the same question over and over again: “who is doing this to you?” At the end of the episode, Wanda and Vision see a strange figure in a bee suit emerge from the sewers hinting at some sort of breach in Wanda’s made-up universe. She stops the breach however by reversing time. This, nonetheless, leads to the television show that they are a part of to advance to a more bright style of sitcom taking on the 70s’ stage in the series; could this be hinting at different sitcom-style changes to occur throughout the series? From the looks of it, absolutely. I’m getting heavy Truman Show vibes from this series with Vision constantly questioning where he actually is, victimizing the character. My estimated conclusion to what this series might lead to is a rescue mission, Wanda is struggling with denial and grief after Vision’s death and is trying to keep that “dream” alive by building it into her own mind. The big twist, however, is that this isn’t just her mind, but an alternate universe that she has constructed out of her frustration and grief towards Vision’s death. To keep Wanda stable and under control, S.W.O.R.D is trying to apprehend her and repair the damages. This is hinted at as each time she is reminded that it’s all in her head, she quickly ignores the idea and moves on with her false life; it sounds like a great take on how people with such extreme superpowers would do with said powers when put under such trauma. WandaVision premiered on January 14, 2021, and will release episodes weekly every Friday. It’s an interesting superhero tale that would never work, but somehow it works…surprisingly.

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These images were used from WandaVision (2021) created by Marvel Studios

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