WandaVision: A Visionary New Show Pushes Marvel to the Max(imoff)

Jack Rose, Staff Writer

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This article contains SPOILERS for the following Marvel-related content:

  • Avengers: Age of Ultron
  • Captain America: Civil War
  • Avengers: Infinity War
  • Avengers: Endgame
  • Spider-Man: Far From Home
  • WandaVision (All 9 Episodes and the post-credit scenes)
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In a world without The Mandalorian, Disney+ is putting out child dramas and Jeff Goldbloom documentaries, so when WandaVision came on the scene and shook things up, it was a turn for the better. Following the release of Spider-Man: Far From Home in mid-2019, Marvel took a break from its non-stop release of superhero films. Aside from the fact that the film Black Widow was pushed from its May 2020 release due to Covid-19, Marvel fans were left with nothing, except a name drop of a new “half classic sitcom, half MCU spectacular” called WandaVision. Now, 5 months after the first trailer release, the show has concluded, and it leaves many people asking, “Well, what is Marvel going to do now?”

When last we saw Wanda Maximoff and Vision, Wanda and Clint Barton (Hawkeye) were comforting each other about the deaths of Vision and Natasha Romanoff (Black Widow), and Vision was pushing up daisies somewhere in Wakanda. Now, the pair are married and living in Westview, New Jersey. The mystery of “wait, how did that happen?” was immediately set in place, and fans were led through the nine-episode arc creating new question after new question. However, intertwined with these aspects of confusion are tidbits filling the audience in, and, possibly even better, foreshadowing.

Revealed in episode 4 is the fact that Wanda is causing “The Hex” around Westview. However, the build-up of the fact she’s forcing all these people to play parts in her show is fantastic. For an extended period of time, there are little mentions as to what’s happening, such as Wanda’s doctor saying grimly, “It’s so hard to escape.” The best example of this, though, is when Wanda and Vision are discussing baby names. Vision proposed the name Billy after William Shakespeare and quotes the line “All the world’s a stage, all the men and women merely players,” referencing that all the people in Westview are being forced into the roles Wanda has chosen for them.

With the additional interlace of S.W.O.R.D. and their facilities monitoring Westview, the show is really tied together. Bringing back characters like a now much older Monica Rambeau, (originally from Captain Marvel), Jimmy Woo (Ant-Man and the Wasp), Darcy Lewis (Thor: The Dark World) and new character Tyler Hayward, Director of S.W.O.R.D, WandaVision explores a variety of how different people are being affected by The Hex. 

The ad for the Stark Toaster. Photo courtesy of thedirect.com.

Not mentioned up until this point are the advertisements. Sitcoms are TV shows, and TV has advertisements. At first, these ads might’ve been considered a fun gag, referencing some of Marvel’s earlier films, however as the show progresses, the ads become a story within themselves. 

The story of Wanda: The Stark Toaster begins Wanda’s story with the Stark bomb that killed her parents. It should be noted that the light flashing on the toaster is red (one of the few colors in episodes 1 and 2), and speeds up, similar to that of a near detonating bomb. The Strücker Watch is a reference to the Hydra scientist that experimented on Wanda and her twin Pietro. 

The Hydra Soak could be a reference to a couple of things. It could be a reference to her time as a prisoner of Hydra, or it could be a reference to her being cleansed of Hydra and joining the Avengers. 

After the step back in Episode 4, Episode 5 is unsubtle with The Lagos paper towels having the tagline “For when you make a mess you didn’t mean to.” This is an obvious nod to Captain America: Civil War in which Wanda accidentally blows up a hospital while trying to save Captain America from a suicide bombing. 

Up until this point, every ad has featured two pitch people: a man and a woman. Every ad up to this point has been about something from Wanda’s past, however, in Episode 6, they’re gone, suggesting all ads from now are taking place in the present. The Yo-Magic ad is weird. In essence, it seems that the boy in the commercial is Wanda, desperate for Yogurt (or Vision and Pietro), and would do anything to get them back. However, once she has brought them back, she realizes it’s not the same and continues to slowly die. 

Episode 7 features Nexus, an anti-depressant with the side effect “Confronting your truth.” This seems to be an ad about Wanda moving on with her life now that Vision and Pietro aren’t going to be able to come back, and we actually see Wanda taking pills from a Nexus bottle, suggesting she is ready to move on.

Overall, WandaVision is a really good show. Now let’s talk about the bad things. Agatha is a stupid villain. The reveal that she is a dark magic witch isn’t put together very well, and the acting in her backstory scene is just abysmal. Worst of all, the rune magic, and the fact that only a witch can use magic inside runes she cast were painfully obvious as the set-up for the final battle. Some positive feedback is, once again, the use of foreshadowing is really well done. A particularly well-done instance of this is the end of episode two’s opening. When all the neighbors show up at the end of the opening, the only one inside the house with the now undisguised Vision is Agnes. Also, the fact that her unseen husband Ralph’s full name is Ralph Bohner is very funny.

Photo courtesy of imdb.com.

The final episode is silly and is ok at best. It’s nice that we get to see Wanda’s family take on 3 different antagonists, but none of them can really be taken seriously. Already mentioned is Agatha and Wanda’s almost laughable final battle and the stupid rune magic. Tommy and Billy taking on SWORD was fun to watch and is reminiscent of Evan Peters’s scenes as Quick Silver in X-Men. Lastly, Vision and Vision’s battle is interesting as an intellectual argument about what it means to be alive. Again, it’s silly, but it ends with perhaps the best part of WandaVision. Finality.

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WandaVison, above everything else, is about closure. In the final act of Infinity War, Vision and Wanda’s story was brought to an abrupt end. We can clearly see her pain in Avengers: Endgame when she takes on Thanos by herself and says “You took everything from me.” Ending WandaVision, the family returns to their home and gets to say goodbye, not being rushed by a titan tyrant, but on their own terms. In a touching line, Wanda describes Vision as “My sadness and my hope. But mostly, you’re my love.” The pair’s story ends with the Hex closing on their house, and Wanda being left alone in the empty plot where she wanted to build a life, closing her story.

WandaVision is why people love superheroes, combining action with a good story. The show takes a different approach with the sitcom aspect but boiled down, it’s just a good example of superheroes having to deal with being superheroes. Its emotional ups and downs take the viewer on a ride, but the end leaves you believing anything is possible. Now we come back to the question “Well what is Marvel gonna do now?” The final episode sets up a couple of things, but with the conclusion we just experienced, the question’s still up in the air. The post-credit scenes tied into both Captain Marvel 2, and Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, which Wanda has already been confirmed to appear in. With The Falcon and the Winter Soldier coming out soon, Marvel’s future is still unclear, but here’s hoping.