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WANDAVISION Kicks Off MCU Phase 4 Inside A TV Playground

Pop your TV dinners in the oven and get cozy in front of your screens, because WandaVision is here to transport you directly into beloved sitcoms of past. Following the events of Avengers: Endgame, the Marvel Cinematic Universe jumps to the smaller screen with this Disney+ series, starring Wanda Maximoff (Elizabeth Olsen), aka Scarlet Witch, and Vision (Paul Bettany).

Created by Jac Schaeffer and directed by Matt Shakman, WandaVision is a massive shift from the Marvel standard we’re used to. It’s a bonkers concept that makes for a wonderful homage to iconic television, while expanding the MCU in a fresh way. And as the first release in Phase 4, as well as the first Disney+/Marvel original to premiere, we’re certainly in for quite the unique ride.

There’s not much that can be said about its first few episodes, without giving too much away as for its overall narrative. But what WandaVision certainly does is deliver on its promise to hit us in our nostalgic hearts with surprises along the way. From the ever-changing classics-inspired opening credits (thanks to Frozen duo Robert and Kristen Anderson-Lopez), to the old fashion commercials mid-episode, the series nails every aspect of various television eras. The quippy one liners we’re accustomed to are present, but with hilarious twists as the two poke fun of their powers—very Bewitched-esque.

As the series moves through these classic shows, in such a clever way, we have a deeper mystery slowly unraveling that will have you immediately hooked. I genuinely couldn’t get enough of the show and will be frantically waiting for each new episode every week.

Like mentioned before, it’s unlike anything Marvel has done and also allows for Olsen and Bettany to show a different side of their characters, as well as their own comedic acting chops. It’s quite the departure from their big screen counterparts, but it works. With the shift in tone, it gives them the opportunity to explore more of their dynamic and present a new view.

Another aspect of the series that I adored is the exceptional set designs and costuming. They perfectly capture the time periods and inspirations they’re referencing, like a moving scrapbook of television history. Everything feels so thoughtful and authentic, making it an absolute joy to watch and recognize certain callbacks – it’s just brilliantly executed.

WandaVision offers something extraordinarily different from what we’ve come to expect. It hopefully gives us a sneak peak into what creative liberties Marvel can explore with Disney+. The comic giant has a vast landscape of various timelines and alternative universes that can’t all be explored inline with the existing film MCU. So seeing this series break from the norms of superhero storytelling, I think, bodes well for what’s to come.

You can catch the first 2 episodes of WandaVision premiering on Disney+ this Friday, January 15.

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