Series Review: Wandavision Ep 1 (2021)

It’s FINALLY here!! Phase 4 Kicked off today with the first 2 episodes of Wandavision and it is delightfully wacky!

Certificate: 12

Director: Matt Shakman

Screenwriter: Jac Schaeffer

Starring: Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Bettany, Kathryn Hahn

Genre: Adventure, Comedy, MCU

Runtime: 30 mins

Language: English

Rating: 4.5 Stars

Reviewed by: Pearl

Set as a homage to 1950s sitcoms like ‘I Love Lucy’ Episode 1 sees newlyweds Wanda and Vision moving into their new home in Westview and trying to keep their identities as Superheroes a secret.  Wanda gets to know her new neighbours, while at work Vision learns he has forgotten about a dinner party he and Wand are meant o be hosting with his new boss later that night. But something feels off about this idyllic world.

And just like that, Phase Four of the Marvel Cinematic Universe is off to a fantastic start.  We have been waiting for and speculating about this show for so long now, that it almost doesn’t seem right that we should finally be able to watch it.  I am not going to lie, I was so excited to dive back into this world that I didn’t even get dressed to watch it this morning.  I rolled out of bed, made coffee and sat on the sofa in my PJs, such was my excitement.  And all I can say is, that I am so glad it was worth it.

Wandavision really leans into it’s wackiness.  It boldly goes wholeheartedly into it’s 1950s sitcom setting, complete with a laugh track and 1950s style commercials.  It would have seemed gimmicky or empty had they not really gone for it and embodied the spirit they were going for.  Every actor does a great job encapsulating the feel of sitcoms from that era and I was laughing along with the ‘audience.’

After 10+ years of the MCU, and after a much longer break then they were intending, I think they needed to find a way to almost reinvent themselves for their return.  To really get people excited about something new.  And this show does that.  Not only does the episodic format allow them to build up this amazing mystery story in the background, but it also means they get to try slightly riskier and more imaginative methods of telling their stories and I think the franchise needs that.

There are little clues in this first episode as to how or why we find our heroes in the situation they are in.  There is a short scene right at the end of the episode that implies someone is watching them, and little scenes throughout the show that indicate that something isn’t quite right.  But I think the details of this mystery are going to be fed to us deliciously slowly.

A great way to kick of Phase 4 and I cannot wait to see the remaining episodes. 

Wandavision is finally streaming now on Disney+

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