Marvel’s new “vision”: Wandavision


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The new Disney+ series Wandavision has hooked audiences since its premiere on Jan. 15. This is the first Marvel series to consist of multiple episodes, rather than a feature length film.

Julia Hubbell, Staff Reporter

Premiering on Jan. 15, Wandavision, the newest installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), has captivated viewers. The sit-com-esque style makes the series an exciting and fascinating installation to the already popular Marvel franchise. The series shows a reality that Elizabeth Olsen’s “Wanda Maximoff” created using her unique abilities. Her life with Paul Bettany’s “Vision” takes place in a different decade every episode, taking on the style, sound, and visual effects of sit-coms from the time. Episode one, “Filmed Before a Live Studio Audience,” set in the 1950s, mirrors The Dick Van Dyke Show. Set in the early 2000s, episode seven, “Breaking the Fourth wall,” had cuts of various characters speaking directly to the camera, resembling the show Modern Family.

With the last movie in “Phase Three” being Spider-Man: Far From Home, many Marvel fans were excited for the start of “Phase Four” of the MCU. Wandavision is the first Marvel series to be in the form of episodes, which premiere weekly. This prepares viewers for two other series premiering this month: Loki and The Falcon and the Winter Soldier. The show provides a new spin on superhero storytelling with roughly four and a half hours of content, rather than a two and a half hour Marvel film.

“I really liked the idea of a show for Marvel because it was something that they haven’t done before and I wanted to see how they would incorporate the new format,” sophomore Cassidy Howard said.

The show quickly became recognized for its “commercials,” which consisted of fake advertisements for various items such as a toaster or Strucker watch. Originally, many fans were confused as to why they were included in the episodes. But upon closer inspection, viewers began to notice the Hydra logos, or Stark Industries products. Many began to speculate that they tied into the plot of Wanda’s character in prior MCU movies.

“I think the commercials represent the different events related to Wanda’s trauma,” sophomore Justin Moore said. “For example, the Lagos paper towels commercial was a reference to the place where Wanda accidentally sent an explosion into a building on a mission.”

Fans are still unsure exactly how this series will tie into what has already happened and will happen in the MCU, but many are theorising the multiple ways Wanda and her reality could segway into a new era for Marvel.

“I think Wanda’s actions throughout the show will affect the rest of Phase Four going forward,” Moore said. “Wanda’s kids are related to the young avengers, who could introduce the new main villain: Kang the Conqueror.”

Many fans were excited by the return of Darcy Lewis, Jimmy Woo and Monica Rambeau, and intrigued by the introduction of new characters.

“Tommy and Billy are my favorite characters because they are just beginning their journey with their superpowers,” junior Catherine Winter said. “And the way they go from 5 years old to 10 years old to take care of Sparky was so adorable. I can’t wait to see who they become in future Marvel Movies.”