Is Wandavision the best Marvel show to date?


Lexie Bordenkecher, editor

With the launch of Disney+ came a plethora of original TV shows. The Marvel and Star Wars franchises being owned by Disney meant that there would be new opportunities for different stories to be told.

When Disney+ was released, The Mandalorian was released alongside it. The Mandalorian is probably the most popular Disney+ original to date, but the newest addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe could challenge that.

 Led by Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany, Wandavision is a continuation of their characters’ stories after Avengers: Endgame. Many questions were raised about the role of Paul Bettany’s character, Vision, since (*spoiler alert*) he died in Endgame.

The series began as 1950’s-style sitcom, and proceeded to jump forward a decade each episode. Classic sitcoms like The Dick Van Dyke Show, The Brady Bunch, Full House, Malcolm in the Middle and Modern Family were all parodied throughout the show in their respective decades.

Some Marvel fans have yet to start the show because of the weekly release style, so they can binge watch the entire series at once. Others gave up on the show after the first two episodes because of the black and white style, and lack of action that Marvel movies usually provide.

However, Wandavision basically sets up Phase 4 of the MCU. The first two episodes were definitely the weakest of the nine episode series, but they were not bad by any means.

The series is based around this fictional town that Wanda created out of her grief. She lives a picture perfect life with her husband, Vision, but throughout the series it is revealed that everything is not as it seems. New characters were introduced throughout the series, including Monica Rambeau, daughter of Captain Marvel’s best friend, Maria Rambeau. Other surprising characters made guest appearances. 

The last two episodes of the series were heartbreakingly beautiful. While some elements of the finale were predictable, others were not. It was action packed and suspenseful.

Wandavision deserves some Emmy nods in the fall. If not for Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany’s incredible acting, then for the set design and costuming. Each set perfectly replicated the decade that was being represented. The show currently holds a 91% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

If you are a fan of the Marvel comics, you would definitely appreciate this show. There were many direct correlations between the comics and the storylines, including some of the costumes. Wandavision was the perfect way to kick off the upcoming lineup of Disney+ Marvel series’, with The Falcon and Winter Soldier premiering March 19.