What Did You Think of WandaVision?

By far one of my favorite elements in good fiction is when the audience is presented with something that doesn’t make sense…and then explains it in a completely satisfying way. WandaVision pulled off that feat for me.

For International Women’s Day, I thought I’d feature this wonderful show with an amazing female protagonist and created by a woman (Jac Schaeffer). Like any other Marvel fan who subscribes to Disney+, we finished the show this weekend, but it’s not too late if you aren’t yet a subscriber.

It’s best if you go into WandaVision knowing very little, perhaps nothing other than that the show changes dramatically after the first few episodes that really won’t make sense until you get through them. As clever as they are, it may take a little effort to get through them, but the payoff is worth it. So if you haven’t seen the show, stop reading, and come back in a few hours when you’re finished to read the rest. Oh, and always watch through the first few minutes of credits.

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There are plenty of little moments in WandaVision that I love, but I particularly appreciated the central theme of grief. We rarely see superheroes grieve for more than a few minutes before they’re back to saving the world. That’s probably for a good reason–grief isn’t your typical popcorn entertainment–but Schaeffer makes it work in episodic format.

Speaking of little moments, my two favorites were probably (a) the other Quicksilver popping in to say hi and (b) Vision logic-battling Vision. Oh, and also the whole “Agatha All Along” reveal and ensuing song.

Also, I love that the Marvel MCU has not only realized that we don’t need origin story movies for every character, but also that after a character appears in movies, they can go back and find a way to give them a proper introduction (potentially in short-run shows instead of movies).

Last, I love that the Scarlet Witch has leveled up to be as powerful as any of the other Marvel superheroes. Not that becoming more powerful makes a superhero better or more interesting, but Iron Man, the Hulk, Thor, and Vision are all men. There’s Captain Marvel, but she’s not a central character yet, so I’m just happy to see a main female character as powerful as Wanda.

What did you think of WandaVision? What’s your a favorite aspect or moment?

3 thoughts on “What Did You Think of WandaVision?”

  1. I liked it but needed to watch a youtube breakdown review every week.

    As an older viewer i enjoyed the first few episodes which parodied changes sitcom styles and therefore societal attitudes and concerns.

    The need to have a detailed knowledge of both the comics and mythology was a little overwhelming.

    It was a bold and clever series, which had the feeling of a dream state most of the time.

    What actually made this very clever programme work came down as always to the human charisma and amazing acting of Olsen and Bettany

    Chris Healey

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  2. I don’t understand how people liked the “Agatha All Along” part. It seems super lazy, like halfway through the season they needed a villain so people could have violent-constipation-with-CGI-drawn-over-it battles for the big climax like every other superhero thing. It wasn’t a clever reveal; it was Deus ex Machina with a Munsters joke.

    And the penultimate reveal is “you’re a scarlet witch, harry, er, wanda”? Like, maybe the character doesn’t know, but we did. Everyone did. That’s not a cliffhanger.

    I wholly realize I’m in the minority, but I didn’t get the show at all. I feel everyone’s collective standards go down when there are big CGI budgets and characters they already know (see also Star Wars).

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  3. Same 2 favourite parts. “She recast her brother?” was classic. And my daughter predicting Agnes a couple of episodes before the reveal were my favourites. A third favourite was dressing up for Halloween in original comic costumes.

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