WandaVision Review: Marvel’s nostalgic series hits all the right notes
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With more than a year passing since the last Marvel release graced the big screen, it’s fair to say fans have been pinning a lot of hopes on WandaVision. And given this is the most unconventional take on the superhero universe so far, it is a lot to hold on its shoulders. Thankfully Paul Bettany and Elizabeth Olsen are up to the task with this utterly delightful – and completely bizarre – television show.
As the credits roll on the first episode of WandaVision, you’d be forgiven for wondering what on earth was going on.
But this is no criticism as the joy of this new show is revelling in its slick, charming and captivating weirdness.
Set in the fictional town of West View, the series follows the loved, but predominantly sidelined, Marvel characters of Wanda Maximoff (played by Elizabeth Olsen) and Vision (Paul Bettany).
The series sees them skipping through decades and appearing in a new sitcom with each episode – all through the lens of them being supernatural beings who must do their best to keep their identities hidden.
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In the first three outings alone, we cover the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s as we watch the couple deal hilariously with issues like a surprise dinner party and a competitive local talent show.
The set-up is fantastic with each of three so far invoking the classic tropes of each era perfectly while managing to maintain plenty of charm and wit.
Most of this comes down to the fantastic pairing of Bettany and Olsen who really excel when given the space to shine.
Of course, this isn’t the first time we’ve met these characters – Wanda first appeared in Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Vision made his physical entrance in Avengers: Age of Ultron, with Bettany voicing his JARVIS long before this.
Although instead of the tragic and short-lived love affair we know them for, the set-up gives them suburban challenges, humour and a bit of romance to contend with.
And they do it so well that you’ll start wondering whether a remake of Bewitched or I Love Lucy could be on the cards for the pair.
But as much as it has in common with these classic sitcoms, the series also has a whiff of The Truman Show as Vision and Wanda slowly realise something might be wrong with their world.
First off, there’s the small issue that Vision is supposed to be dead in the MCU after dying twice in Infinity War.
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Then there are the small inconsistencies, which start to break through into their world.
These come through a bit of colour appearing in the black and white frame as well as their blank memories when neighbours begin to question a bit more about their backstory.
Of course, there are not many answers to be found in these opening episodes but you can already tell it’s going to be a lot of fun finding out what is really going on.
Let’s hope the show keeps to its kooky roots as we get more into the tail-end of the story, which is expected to feature more traditional MCU characters.
We already know about the reintroduction of Captain Marvel’s Monica Rambeau (Teyonah Parris) and Thor’s Darcy Lewis (Kat Dennings), and we wouldn’t put it past Marvel to have a few more tricks up its sleeves.
Ever since Thor: Ragnarok, it seems like Marvel has been content to take more risks and through traditional storytelling out of the window.
However, nothing has embraced this quite like WandaVision in the MCU before – and Express.co.uk couldn’t be happier about it.
WandaVision episodes 1 and 2 are out on Disney+ now. The series airs weekly on Fridays.
Disney+ made three episodes available for review.
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