WandaVision: a strong start for string of new Marvel series

Photo utilized from Wikimedia Commons

Photo utilized from Wikimedia Commons

As Phase 4 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe starts picking up speed with new releases, “WandaVision” is among those that is stirring up a lot of conversation. Between the changing decades and the return of past characters within the MCU, “WandaVision” is certainly making its mark.

We’re all familiar with the characters Wanda Maximoff (Elizabeth Olsen) and Vision (Paul Bettany) from previous Marvel projects. In “Avengers: Infinity War,” we witness a horrible ending for Vision, dying at the hands of Thanos. Seconds later, we see Wanda reduced to dust, yet another casualty of Thanos’ snap. In “Avengers: Endgame,” we see the Hulk snap back all of the casualties of the titan, bringing back Wanda.

Viewers were presented with many questions when the first two episodes premiered showcasing Wanda and Vision in the middle of a black and white sitcom in Westview, New Jersey.

The audience is taken through the show, which is progressing by decades, until we finally get an outside perspective of the Westview anomaly in episode four. We are introduced to a grown up Monica Rambeau (Teyonah Parris), who we first met as a little girl in “Captain Marvel.” Agent Jimmy Woo (Randall Park) from “Ant Man and the Wasp” also makes a return.

Throughout the episode, the anomaly becomes more and more unpredictable, leading to the government agency S.W.O.R.D bringing in Dr. Darcy Lewis (Kat Dennings) who we first met in “Thor.”

The show definitely tugs on the heart strings and gives fans a better understanding of Wanda Maximoff. We finally get a full backstory, not just explained in a small monologue, but rather the entirety of episode eight. Olsen showcases her incredible acting abilities as we witness the bombing of Sokovia and the death of her parents, when Wanda is first brought to HYDRA where we are introduced to her character, and after the events of “Avengers: Age of Ultron.”

Fans love how different things from the comics are being incorporated into the show, specifically the character of Agatha Harkness (Kathryn Hahn). Many theories were circulating the internet when a character of the name Agnes was introduced in the first episode. There was much speculation as to this actually being Agatha Harkness, a witch who was tied to Wanda in the comics.

Hahn brings a delightful sense of fun to the character, she makes you love Agnes and she makes you love to hate Agatha, especially when her character’s theme song, “Agatha All Along” is first played.

This show was everything and more than I was expecting when it was first announced back in 2019. I had already loved the characters of Wanda and Vision and to get to see their stories continue after the events of “Endgame” made me extremely happy as a Marvel fan.

Of course, if you haven’t been following along with the movies from phases one through three, you may be a little lost when it comes to this show. I recommend watching the films in chronological order, starting with “Captain America: The First Avenger.” This way, you’re all caught up with the events of “WandaVision” and future Marvel releases.

Overall, I give the series a 9.5/10.