TV Review: ‘WandaVision’ Offers Creepy, Delightful Vibe

Charles McLaughlin

Last Friday saw the release of the latest episode of the new Marvel series, WandaVision, which follows Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany, who reprise their roles from the Marvel Cinematic Universe as Scarlet Witch (Wanda) and Vision.

While an explanation of the setting of the show is difficult without spoiling the central premise, the gist of it is that Wanda and Vision—who appears to have made a solid recovery from his death in Avengers: Infinity War—find themselves in a small, picture-perfect town. . 

The first episode is very reminiscent of 50s era sitcoms such as I Love Lucy, while the third episode is more like a 70s style show, along the lines of The Brady Bunch.

For those who are tired of the rote nature of many previous Marvel movies (i.e. modern setting, literally every character being the sarcastic or quippy comic relief, and three big fight scenes with the rule of win the first, lose the second, and triumphantly win the last) this show is a much-needed breath of fresh air.

However, this creative “sitcom” has elements of horror as well.

To the show’s credit, a sense of dread slowly creeping in is essential to the show’s addictive nature. 

Whether you are a die-hard Marvel fan or just looking for something new to watch once a week, WandaVision is a great show that I highly recommend watching. While the plot seems to be going in a fairly obvious direction, who knows what Marvel has in store.