Marvel’s WandaVision is banana pants crazy in the very best way possible. If the first three episodes are any indication, we are in for a wild ride! Here is my spoiler free review of the first three episodes of WandaVision.
SURPRISE! I have seen the first three episodes of Marvel’s WandaVision and WOW, this show has exceeded all of my expectations. WandaVision proves just how perfectly Marvel does with things like attention to detail. This show is weird, fun, and banana pants crazy in the very best of ways. You will laugh and you will try so very hard to figure what is real, and what isn’t.
As a fan of the comic books I have been saying for a long time that Scarlet Witch is extremely powerful, and we have only seen her scratch the surface of her powers in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). But after just three episodes of WandaVision I feel like she is getting the attention that she deserves. It is very clear that she is a lot more powerful than some might think after watching these first few episodes.
WandaVision shows Wanda and Vision living in a sitcom type world. They are new in town and trying to hide their secrets from their neighbors. They don’t want anyone is Westview finding out that Wanda has magic powers and that Vision is a Synthezoid. Comedy ensues as they try to hide things from the other residents of their town. But they also come to realize that something is off with Westview and it may not be exactly what they think it is — especially once Geraldine comes into the picture.
WandaVision takes on a sitcom feel from the very beginning, which was evident in the trailers. Each episode seems to represent a decade, starting with the 50s. And each episode does a fantastic job of taking on the look and feel of that era’s sitcoms. From Dick Van Dyke, to Bewitched, to The Brady Bunch — we progress through time along with Wanda and Vision and it is quite amazing. As we do that, things change. Their two beds become ones, the living rooms change to sitcoms of that decade, and so on and so forth.
Kevin Feige told me during the WandaVision press junket that the team watched a lot of sitcoms to prepare. They studied the changes of comedy in the sitcoms throughout the decade, and even brought in a dialect coach to make sure it was perfect, down to the last detail.
The downfall to this style of series is that if you are not a big fan of sitcoms, this might be a bit too much for you. There are corny jokes, canned laughter, and even random fake commercials — although there is something so much more happening at the core, which can be spotted from the start. If you power through, I think it is safe to say you will be very much rewarded, especially if you are a Marvel fan.
But don’t worry, I have a theory that seems to have been all but confirmed during the WandaVision press tour that the final two or three episodes are going to break from this sitcom world and give us some good old Marvel action! The first three, at least, are standard sitcom length 27-32 minutes including 4-5 minutes of credits. But I have a strong feeling the last few episodes will be around the 45 min length, and simply amazing!
What Is Real And What Isn’t?
These episodes are hilarious and bizarre, but there is also a lot going on if you pay enough attention to them. Reality is cracking for Wanda and will she choose to live in this false happiness, or discover what is going on in the real world? Only time will tell.
There are several Easter Eggs from the Marvel comics in WandaVision, which is as to be expected. They are also pulling some inspiration from the comic books, for example Wanda and Vision’s sons Billy and Tommy — the same names their sons in the comics have. So will they be Speed and Wiccan and join the Young Avengers? I certainly hope so!
Knowing that there must be something going on, and not having all the answers, is slowly killing me inside. But I know we will get there and I cannot wait for the big reveals, because I think they are coming sooner than later. Kevin Feige mentioned that there are ways that reality is breaking through these sitcoms, and it is really fun to try to pick up on them all. The seemingly random Hydra commercials in the middle of each episode seem like a great place to start trying to piece it all together.
Grouping the first three episodes of WandaVision together for this review just feels right. We get what feels like a full story arc in some ways. Some questions get answered, although we do get a whole lot more. The third episode ends with a major cliffhanger that will have Marvel fans jumping around and screaming (yes, I know because I did exactly that).
The first two episodes drop tomorrow and I can see exactly why Disney put those two together, although I do wish they were doing the same with the general audience and giving you all three. The first two episodes are in black and white and could feel like one long episode if you watched them back to back. A bit of a slow burn but you likely won’t even notice with all the laughing you are doing.
Everything connects in this strange and exciting new world of WandaVision. Bizarre is one of the words that really comes to mind, and I can’t wait to see more! I have a theory that the first 6 or 7 will be sitcom based and then the “real” world will break through and give us all the Marvel action that we have been waiting for, in longer episodes.
Admittedly, I let my kids watch just about anything. But if you need a WandaVision Parents Guide, my friend Tania has you covered!
I hope you enjoyed this review of WandaVision! I know I am keeping a lot hush hush but trust me, eventually it will all be revealed! In case you missed it, I attended the WandaVision press junket — so check out all my WandaVison coverage for more on this series!
Starring Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany, “WandaVision” marks the first series from Marvel Studios streaming exclusively on Disney+. The series is a blend of classic television and the Marvel Cinematic Universe in which Wanda Maximoff and Vision – two super-powered beings living idealized suburban lives – begin to suspect that everything is not as it seems. Key art and new images are also available now.