Review: “WandaVision” (2020)


Micah Sanders

“WandaVision,” a Disney+ release, is rated TV-PG by the Motion Picture Association of America for suggestive dialogue and moderate violence. Running time: varies, approximately 30 minutes long. There are nine episodes in the series.


When it’s at its best, “WandaVision” makes you feel like you have slipped through a time travel portal, revealing an odd but familiar hidden pathway in an old genre of the 1950s and 60s. The set is plastered with clothing, household items, and other nostalgic paraphernalia— but you are seeing it from a different perspective and with a high quality camera. The cut scenes, angles, and lines pay homage to classic sitcoms like “Bewitched,” “I Love Lucy,” and “The Dick Van Dyke Show,” adding that perfect mixture of the past and the present within one fully refurbished show! 

“WandaVision,” which debuted Friday, Jan. 15 exclusively on Disney+, is directed and produced by Matt Shakman, who is famously known for directing some “Game of Thrones” episodes. Some of the writers include Jac Schaeffer and Cameron Squires, who have both worked in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). Elizabeth Olsen (“Avengers” series) stars as Wanda aka Scarlet Witch alongside her husband Vision (Paul Bettany), who find themselves in a world unbeknownst to its audience named Westview. 

As she magically puts away dishes, Vision enters the kitchen and asks about what special event is happening today as he looks at the calendar. “Oh yes, the heart,” Wanda says. “Today we are celebrating…” he answers, unknowingly. We are not revealed the significance of the day until Vision goes to his job, as the show immediately introduces us to some new characters. But, even when Vision tells Wanda what a special day it is, she causes mishap and trouble while comedically moving the plot forward.

Instead of trying to live their lives as bold and exposed supernatural superheroes, Wanda and Vision get married and settle into a wonderful ‘human’ home, where they try to do the normal things husbands and wives do. Unfortunately, as time progresses, they start to unwind on the concealment of their powers due to unforeseen circumstances and problems. Vision tries to convince his co-workers that he is an average human with no technological computer based brain or body while Wanda tries to fill in her desperate housewife role. With the added laughing track and the hysterically sticky situations, “WandaVision” does a great job of keeping the audience entertained while they look at the first edition of phase four in the MCU.

Shakman’s simplistic yet complex framework is a worthy and intriguing one, but “WandaVision” struggles to provide enough information within the first two episodes to showcase the genre of drama. However, this may be a great tactic to use to draw more viewership throughout the series. Wanda slowly starts to transform into a more conscious woman as weird and eerie things start to tear through the seams of her life, but her character’s psychology doesn’t completely fill out yet.

 As an audience member, you can see Wanda begin to figure out that something is not right and she tries to inform Vision, but he is ignorant to the cause. Even with supernatural abilities, something sinister and evil is lurking through Westville. The show brought in a ton of references from the MCU, including loads of easter eggs and hints to who the possible villain might be. It is also possible that the nosy neighbor could be a suspect, since she is too charismatic and clever to convince us otherwise.

Episode three of “WandaVision” premieres Friday, Jan. 22, exclusively streaming on Disney+.