Reviewing The First Two Episodes of ‘WandaVision’

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Liron Brunner, Staff Writer

From their first appearance in Avengers: Age of Ultron to playing a critical role in Captain America: Civil War,  Avengers: Infinity War, and Avengers: Endgame, to now having their own show, Wanda Maximoff and Vision have made a major impact in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU).

In her introduction, Wanda (also known as Scarlet Witch) and her twin brother, Pietro Maximoff (Quicksilver), wanted to destroy the Avengers, due to a Stark bomb that was responsible for the death of their parents.

Vision was created for Ultron, an AI vessel, so that Ultron could be powerful and destroy the Avengers. Ultron was not successful in destroying the Avengers, but with the help of J.A.R.V.I.S. (Iron Man’s AI assistant) and the mind stone, Vision came alive in the body he was trying to build.

They both play crucial roles in Age of Ultron, helping the Avengers defeat Ultron, and becoming important additions to the Avengers. Unfortunately, Vision dies in Avengers: Infinity War, but when we see the first two episodes of WandaVision, he is alive.

That is because they are living in the 1950s. The first episode sees Wanda and Vision (who are far from normal), trying to fit into a normal town. It is set as a comedy TV show inside of a science-fiction show and the effects are similar to the ones used in the 50s, including the use of black and white; some specific objects appear red, such as a light on a toaster, a red helicopter toy, or blood from a cut.

Wanda tries to make friends with the women in the neighborhood and Vision tries to act normal at his job, while both try to hide the powers they use throughout the show. WandaVision is a sci-fi sitcom that jumps from decade to decade, fitting in with the style of the given time which, among other factors, definitely sets it apart from normal sitcoms.

It is a very new style and approach for Marvel. The future episodes will determine the success of the show, but even now, there are hints that there is something off about this fantasy world. 

There are many theories on what is happening and how Vision is alive, but the answers will slowly be revealed episode by episode. One theory is that Wanda had a mental breakdown and created a false reality, but it was quickly debunked due to the scene where she “rewind[s] the tape.”

Another plausible theory is that she made a deal with Mephisto (an extremely powerful supervillain), where he would give her a false reality in exchange for something. It is unclear for what exactly, but probably her soul.

I personally really enjoyed the first two episodes, especially since this is the first Marvel movie or TV show to come out since 2019. I find it to be notably different from their normal style, but with such an excellent reputation I think it will take off in a matter of episodes. It is hoped the viewers will be able to figure out what is going on and answer some of the many questions that surround the show. 

The first few episodes introduce us to new characters which, based on the trailer, will jump through the various decades, but it will be interesting to see how it plays out in the end. Marvel has done a great job at keeping the plot a secret, leaving very little for us to build upon. I would recommend WandaVision to anyone that loves science fiction and eccentric television.