Review: Marvel’s ‘WandaVision’ stands out among universe of offerings

3 fans express thoughts after series finale

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Christi Norris

Sitting atop a desk, three phones sport Wanda Vision lock screens created by Marvel studios. Wanda Vision is the first television show in Marvel’s ‘Phase 4.’ Not only does the show exhibit a diverse range of filming styles and sets, but it also breaks beyond what is known in the film industry as the “fourth wall,” meaning it breaks the formality of sets between the viewer and actor, showing more of what is real. In the attached review, writers Amanda Hare, Christi Norris and Rusty Joe Gonzales agree Marvel’s “WandaVision” on DisneyPlus is worth the investment it takes to watch.

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“WandaVision” kicked off phase four of the Marvel Cinematic Universe on Jan. 15 and released nine episodes every week since then on Disney+. The show presents a unique style of filming and storyline that is very different from the usual MCU movies. It addresses grief, trauma and family, which diverges from the typical superhero action movie.

The show was incredible and we absolutely loved it. It was different than what we expected, but in the best way possible. It focused on deeper topics than normal, fleshing out Wanda and Vision’s character arcs.

Amanda:

I actually wasn’t looking forward to this show – I was more excited for “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier” and the “Loki” TV shows – but, this show surpassed all my expectations. In the beginning, I was very unsure if I would like it, however, when the show started to get going, I loved it. It’s even now one of my favorite MCU works. I was completely invested and fell in love with almost every character from the show. For the first time, I actually began to care about Wanda and Vision. The side characters even stole the show and became some of my favorite characters from the MCU as a whole.

The show is actually made up of side characters, none of which I cared about before the show. However, the episodes gave them all justice, showing us more about them and not ignoring them. They were all extremely likable and some I liked even more than Wanda and Vision.

One thing I really enjoyed about the show was how in-depth it went into Wanda’s grief, portraying it in an accurate way. After Vision’s death in “Avengers: Endgame,” I thought he would be ignored never talked about again, like they did with Wanda’s twin, Pietro. Instead, the whole show is based on her grief and working through it, and I really appreciated it. It portrayed the five stages of grief – denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance – in an exceptional way that was relatable to the audience.

One of the best parts of watching the show for me was the theories. Half the fun was guessing throughout the week and seeing if my guesses were correct on Friday. As the show was released, theories were going crazy, many based on the comics. Many of my theories were incorrect, but it was still incredibly fun to try and work out the mysteries of the show myself.

The show was also just incredibly fun to watch. While it dealt with Wanda’s grief, it balanced it out with lighthearted, fun moments. Thankfully, the show wasn’t dragged down with constant sadness. Also, the vibe of the show was perfect. It subtly changed throughout and was perfect for foreshadowing the strange moments in Wanda’s reality.

I thought the ending was perfect and loved how it resolved all the problems in a fast-paced manner. The final fight between Wanda and Vision and the antagonist was perfect and done in a satisfying way.

My favorite scene from the show actually had nothing to do with the main plot. It showed “the blip” from the perspective of civilians, not just the superheroes fighting Thanos. The scene, which occurred in Episode 4, was shocking and devastating to me. It showed what happened when people miss five years and the effects it had on them. It showed the chaos and devastation of “the blip” for the normal people. I had really wanted Marvel to show something like this and absolutely loved the scene.

Christi:

Personally, I absolutely love Marvel, I love the movies, the shows, the fandom, the comics and the universe as a whole. I can’t exactly pinpoint when the obsession started, but when I heard about WandaVision and finally saw the trailer I knew it was going to be another masterpiece and that it was going to be different.

Many Marvel fans weren’t big supporters of the show “Agent Carter” because it was different than what they were used to, but personally, it is one of my favorite shows, which I think, was cut far too short. After seeing that WandaVision would have some “vintage” aspects, I knew that just like in Agent Carter, the show would be accurate to the time periods they chose and still very appealing to younger audiences.

Once the show came out, I made it a point to watch every episode the day it came out and hung on to every detail of the complex storyline. WandaVision may have been primarily about Wanda Maximoff, but I appreciated that there were other characters who played minor roles in other Marvel films that played larger roles in Wanda Vision such as Monica Rambeau from “Captain Marvel,” Darcy Lewis from the Thor movies and Jimmy Woo from the Ant Man movies.

Rusty Joe:

OK, so I’m going to start off with saying I am a huge Marvel fan. I remember being a little kid and playing with Spider-Man and Captain America figures and even seeing “Captain America: The First Avenger” in 2011 when I was 7. While I haven’t kept avid tabs on the MCU and 100% of the movies, I knew enough that when I saw the first promos for WandaVision I knew we were in for another wild, but good, ride.

When I heard that “WandaVision” was taking a more sitcom approach with this show, I was a little surprised, since Marvel is more known for its action and less of its relating to the average viewer’s life, but after completing the series, especially the way they related the style of the show to Wanda’s backstory, I can’t see the show being done any other way.

Ever since the show “Stranger Things,” I’ve loved all things vintage, and have even wanted to change my aesthetic to fit that era. While it did have its own issues like every decade but overall it has a very sunny vibe to me, and like every decade that Wanda Vision portrays this era is portrayed just, as well.

Like Amanda has pointed out, and like how Christi did as well, I love how this series takes side characters from across the MCU and gives them the limelight in these nine episodes. That helps flesh out people who were previously ignored and that I even forgot about. Another thing I loved about this series is the special effects that Marvel is known for, like how some people or objects look when they pass through the barrier into Westview and what I’ve heard about with how the production handled Vision’s makeup for the black and white episodes.

All:

Overall, “WandaVision” brought together our passion for all things vintage with the love of Marvel movies and comics, keeping all three of us enthralled from beginning to end.