New from Jonita Davis on The Black Cape: Review: ‘Wandavision’ Offers a Palette Cleanser for the MCU

Each week, the world awaits the latest installment to the trippiest superhero show we’ve ever seen. Wandavision is an MCU comedy, drama, sci-fi, mesh of genres that plays on years of television tropes and techniques. From the black and white slapstick comedy to the 2010s fourth wall breaking, Wardavision gives audiences a crash course in television history as well. The purpose of such a dive is not yet clear in the first few episodes of the season. However, the ride is more than enough to keep people glued to their screens each week. When the revelations started flowing, starting in Episode 3, everyone is ready for the oddities and wild storylines that tease out Wanda and Vision’s story.

Not Your Average MCU Story

Superhero movie fans are used to direct combat, loud fights with massive damage to the surrounding area. In fact, many fans have voiced their desire to see something “fresh” in this Phase 4 of the MCU stories. So, when this new idea of a show came out, most of the internet was intrigued. The rest were outraged at the changes. Wandavision’s story quickly unravels the aftermath of the last Avengers movie, Avengers: Endgame. Between then and the premiere of Wandavision, Wanda, played by Elizabeth Olsen, had somehow resurrected Vision, played by Paul Bettany. Together they are alive and happy, playing house in suburban town full of other possible MCU characters as Wanda’s and Vision’s best friends.

Characters with Dubious Backgrounds and Purpose

Agnes (Kathryn Hahn) is creepy and obvious early on. Wanda and Vision’s two boys (Julian Hillard and Jett Klyne) age rapidly with each era change. Then, there’s Wanda’s brother Pietro (Evan Peters), who has been “recast’ in another actor’s body (on the show and in real life). People who are characters in the MCU comes through the town as well. This includes Teyonah Parris as Monica Rambeau, risks life and limb to try and save Wanda through all of this. And the woman needs the help. All of this happens in a space where it appears that Wand is grieving and in denial of her reality. Here’s a clip of Parris talking to The Black Cape about her experience.

A Fresh, Fun Ride All Around

Outside the city, the Sword Agency has surrounded the dome over the city. They probe and push and eventually draw out Wanda herself.  In the meantime, several revelations muddle the ownership of the entire magical happening. Is it Wanda grieving as she brings forth a life that she feels that she lost with Vision? OR is it another witch or villain pulling the strings from the outside? What is Sword hiding as well? Wandavision is a fresh look at MCU formats and superhero stories. The show is an easy entry point for newbs to this multiverse. There are more than enough Easter eggs to appease the best long-term fans. The pop culture filed trip through TV history still has some purists screaming foul. Don’t mind them. Wandvision is worth a watch.

Binge the entire season of Wandavision on Disney+.

Rating 4.5of 5

 

 

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