This review may contain mild-spoilers based on theorising.
WandaVision brings the first new content from Marvel in well over a year and for that reason it has some high expectations to fulfil.
We join newly weds Wanda Maximoff and Vision in black and white, moving to the suburban town of Westview. This plays out through a 50/60’s style American sitcom, completely comparable to shows like Bewitched. In fact you could assume Elizabeth Olsen looked to the great Elizabeth Montogomery for inspiration. With an episode that feels exactly like that show, all that’s missing in Samantha’s infamous nose wink.
Straight away you’ll be wondering what the hell is going on. I found myself expecting some links to the MCU and some nods during commercial breaks amongst other hints, provide that. Wanda and Vision are living the stereotypical 60’s married couple life with Vision out working while Wanda plays the home maker. That is until a few freaky incidents begin take place which appear to pull Wanda out of this world and into chaos.
Both Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany are excellent and you’re left in no doubt of their abilities to lead this series and keep you entertained. The addition of Kathryn Hahn as their neighbour (to the right), Agnes is perfect. I love her and everything I’ve seen her in. She adds a great element of camp and humour, though I can’t help thinking there’s more to her character.
The world of Westview expands through the second episode as we meet other residents. One in particular being Geraldine played by Teyonah Parris, who we know is someone else entirely. I’m intrigued to see what happens here. By the end of episode 2 Wanda experiences more disturbances to this Inception-style world and we see her pause, rewind or just re-write things that happen to avoid being taken out of it. That leads me to think that this has to be some sort of alternate reality she’s created to keep Vision alive.
With the exception of the very first teaser trailer I made a point of avoiding watching or reading anything we were given about this. I wanted everything to be a surprise and that’s what I got. This isn’t what I expected but that’s a good thing and it works well that Disney+ released the first two episodes together because you need to watch them both to become invested.
With a bump in the road for our happy couple leading to a more colourful life, I’m definitely excited for more. This is Marvel with a twist. It’s funny, different and mysterious and I totally appreciate Marvel taking a risk with this. Genius!