WandaVision, the MCU’s first television series comes to a close after a 9-episode run on streaming service Disney+.
Should you skip it or watch it? Read on this review to find out.
MCU Drought is OVER
Finally, the Marvel Cinematic Universe has come back to life. In case you forgot, the last MCU movie, Spider-Man: Far From Home was released way back in July 2019. It was supposed to be followed by Black Widow in April 2020 but then we all know what happened. And while we did get some much-needed appetizer from the series finale of Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD in 2020, the year still felt like a drought for most MCU fans, me included. Then again, the movie and the entertainment industry in general suffered huge blows with some major releases eventually finding their homes in streaming platforms.
Thank God for Netflix, Disney+, HBO Max, Amazon Prime and all the streaming platforms out there for making 2020 much bearable.
Fast forward to 2021 or roughly one and a half years since the release of Spider-Man: FFH, we finally get to see WandaVision.
The 9-episode series features Wanda Maximoff (Elizabeth Olsen) and Vision (Paul Bettany) in a sitcom series that travels progresses decade after decade. Now, one may wonder how Vision came back to life after Thanos killed him and took the mind stone for himself back in Avengers: Infinity War. Obviously, I’m not here to spoil anything but the answer can be found when you watch the series.
It’s been a long-time coming for MCU fans and dare I say it, WandaVision does not disappoint. Unless, of course, you are one of those fans who reads all the internet theories about a show and sulks every time those theories are proven wrong. LOL.
WandaVision really holds up on its own. The visual effects alone are breathtakingly gorgeous. The series feels more like a 4.5 hour movie rather than a television show. The script perfectly captures the hilarity typical of Marvel productions. I’d go so far as to say that it is one of the most ambitious television shows I’ve seen so far.
It’s only drawback, I would say, is that it’s released one episode each week with only the first two episodes released in the first week. I’m not exactly a fan of that setup because it gives a lot more time to speculate and theorize. I’m not a fan of that either. I want answers right away. Why make us wait when all the episodes are completed anyway?
Elizabeth Olsen Shines
But the emotional level of WandaVision is what elevates it from the rest of the pack. We all wondered what the effects of the events of Avengers: Endgame would be to the other heroes. We saw what it did to Peter Parker/Spider-Man but it was actually Wanda who suffered the most and had everything taken from her.
WandaVision explores on that deeper and it gave us one of the most beautiful lines ever: “But what is grief if not love persevering.”
Indeed, Wanda lost everything but Elizabeth Olsen gained all the praises in return for her spot-on portrayal of the grieving Wanda Maximoff. The pain, the grief, all the emotion in Olsen’s face will give everyone major goose bumps.
Elizabeth Olsen definitely shines bright in scarlet on this one.
Skip or Watch?
Despite the year-long MCU drought because of the pandemic, the WandaVision series proves that Marvel Studios still got it. The series not only satisfied the hunger of most MCU fans but also drops major hints as to where the studio is going. Spoiler alert: The MCU is not going away anytime soon.
Oh, and be sure to stay for the patented mid-credits and post-credits scene.
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