Marvel Studios presents “WandaVision,” 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. The premiere of the MCU’s most bold creative experiment yet very deliberately aims to reveal nothing at first — except for the fact that while we might seem to be watching a black-and-white sitcom about happy young couple Wanda and Vision, there’s a lot more going on here.
Creator: Jac Schaeffer
Cast: Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Bettany, Kathryn Hahn
Where to Watch: Disney+
Review: Part loving homage to TV history, part off-kilter mystery, WandaVision is a wonderfully weird and strikingly bold step into the small screen for the MCU – and a perfect showcase for Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany. It’s unlikely that this show, with this focus, could ever have been successful without Elizabeth Olsen’s indelible central performance. She’s not the first superhero to be affected acutely by emotional pain; everyone knows that quote about great power and great responsibility. Yet for an MCU project, the choice to focus on Wanda’s inner life is revolutionary. The action, emotions, and drama all make this a must-see show, and WandaVision has rightfully been praised for its strong themes related to grief, love, and family. Marvel and Disney raise the bar for the mini-series VOD world. By far the best thing I have ever seen on an episodic series. Even if it rips my heart out once again.
Verdict: Super Worth the Popcorn