WandaVision Episodes 1 and 2: Review and Ratings

It’s been 18 longs months since Spider-Man Far From Home was released, but finally, the MCU is back!

No one could have imagined we’d have to wait over a year and a half following Tom Holland’s second solo Spidey movie to get our next fix within the incredibly popular Marvel Cinematic Universe, but due to the covid-19 pandemic, that’s just how long it’s been.

A lot of talk has surrounded Marvel Studios’ step into television and WandaVision offers us a first glimpse at what the future of the MCU will look like.

With Falcon and Winter Soldier, Loki and She-Hulk just a number of projects on the horizon, Marvel had to hit the ground running with WandaVision if they were to kick off stage 4 of the MCU with a bang and did they do that?

The first two episodes of the show were largely uneventful in the grand scheme of the MCU.

Both episodes took inspiration from and paid homage to the classic sitcoms of the 40s, 50s and 60s of American television.

I got some serious nostalgia watching the episodes and saw glimpses of classic shows such as The Dick Van Dyke Show and The Mary Tyler Moore Show.

It’s got to be said that Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany did excellent jobs and both showed their comedic chops brilliantly.

The first episode’s conclusion, revealing someone was watching the show on a TV screen in some sort of lab hinted at a rather sinister plot going on in the background.

Each episode had moments of intrigue, where Wanda was seemingly aware of something unusual going on. The first episode showed her react pretty peculiarly while Vision’s boss was choking and the discovery of the red and yellow toy helicopter trapped in the bush outside her home, with the entire series so far shot in black and white, had Olsen’s character shook.

The show does an excellent job making you forget that it isn’t actually a sitcom, but just as you’re getting into the slapstick comedy from yesteryear, it pulls you back to reality, with the creepy happenings really putting you on edge.

The radio message calling to Wanda is intriguing and, along with the TV screen in the science lab at the end of the first episode, it seems to be hinting that Wanda may be unconscious in some sort of laboratory and dreaming the events of the show so far.

The second episode’s conclusion, with Wanda mysteriously falling pregnant, before the two stars see a strange man in what looks like a beekeeping outfit emerge from a manhole on their road, with Wanda ultimately rewinding and removing him from the story further showing evidence that the show is taking place inside her head.

It seems the next episodes may move on from the classic sitcoms aesthetic, with the show gaining colour as the second episode concluded.

The gags throughout the two episodes largely called back to the type of comedy the popular sitcoms of those days regularly used.

While the show has been a breath of fresh air so far, and completely different to anything we’ve seen in the MCU so far, I’m hoping the high action and intense storytelling we’ve come to recognise from the franchise so far is heading our way pretty soon.

That being said, sat on my sofa this morning with a blanket wrapped around me, snow outside and watching these first two episodes really transported me back to my childhood watching these sorts of shows with my granddad and I really appreciated that.

Star Rating:

****

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