Elizabeth Olsen as Wanda Maximoff in Marvel Studios' WANDAVISION exclusively on Disney+. Photo courtesy of Marvel Studios. ©Marvel Studios 2021. All Rights Reserved.

WandaVision: Do not adjust your television sets!

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After weeks of waiting patiently and taking a stroll down the accolades of Hollywood television, it was clear to see that fans had to stay patient. Certain arcs and payoffs were being planted from the very first frame of exposure for the series until now. 

Paul Bettany as Vision in Marvel Studios’ WANDAVISION exclusively on Disney+. Photo courtesy of Marvel Studios. ©Marvel Studios 2021. All Rights Reserved.

For example, subtle easter eggs, and name drops, were sprinkled throughout episodes being framed to fit the style and feeling of such classic’s as “The Dick Van Dyke show’, and “Bewitched.” Later the narrative would then begin to evolve with the progression of times to sync up to a “Brady Bunch” montage in the rocking 70’s all the way up to the latest installment in the essence of a mockumentary such as hits like ‘The Office’, and ‘Modern Family.’  

However, the studio made the series feel fresh and unique by injecting a dose of Marvel Cinematic Universe(MCU) mystery through the presence of allegorical commercials being used to convey the cognitive state that we found Wanda Maximoff truly residing in after what transpired to the character during the events of “Avengers: Endgame.” 

The latest episode does give off a sense of filler to let the audience catch up. However, it also gives off a sense of commentary for what Wanda truly is feeling while living in the mirage she built. But like the rest of this series, that is a huge misdirect. 

(L-R): Jett Klyne as Tommy, Julian Hilliard as Billy in Marvel Studios’ WANDAVISION exclusively on Disney+. Photo courtesy of Marvel Studios. ©Marvel Studios 2021. All Rights Reserved.

The latest episode invokes the question of “is she ready to let go of the perfect ideal life she strove for, or will she reside in her fantasy?” I noticed that, through the episode, you start to see her crack and everything around her begins to drift from reality. For example, the peeling wallpaper in her home could be symbolic of the end on the horizon. 

I could feel a variety of emotions stemming from Wanda (Elizabeth Olsen) during the tender moments where she is talking to the camera, and you can see the depression latching to her body or the signs of fatigue and other clues being evident on Wanda. I kept asking what if the series is truly grounded upon the concept of having one more minute, but what does it cost to achieve our euphoria. 

So when you sync that storyline up with the other big reveal of Monica’s arc, it was ingenious because one character is grieving. In this case, Wanda is trying to change fate, while Monica is looking to bury the past, but honor the legacy of her family in her own narrative. 

Scene from Marvel Studios’ WANDAVISION exclusively on Disney+. Photo courtesy of Marvel Studios. ©Marvel Studios 2021. All Rights Reserved.

In addition to the story, arc’s being centered around humanity and loss, “WandaVision” also likes to play with the framework of building the MCU into the future and beyond. It’s so well layered, which is why the payoffs are essentially perfect. It’s not afraid to branch out and connect to the shared continuity through the presence of flashbacks or pull on the thread of established comic book lore and source material. 

Another reason why the series works as a whole is that every Friday we rush to log into ‘Disney+’ and get our fill of weekly Marvel content, but does it fly by,  the audience, and fans with more questions than answers. This is ironic because episode four features Darcy Lewis actually breaking the fourth wall, saying “I’m invested.”

I remember feeling a sense of confusion if that was a nod to the fans or just laying exposition of how the series is supposed to be a TV show, but also act as a different layer on the portrait of the MCU as a whole. Of course, now the shared continuity is officially into phase four of content. 

Elizabeth Olsen as Wanda Maximoff in Marvel Studios’ WANDAVISION exclusively on Disney+. Photo by Chuck Zlotnick. ©Marvel Studios 2021. All Rights Reserved.

Now, after witnessing the events of episode seven,  “WandaVision” feels like it’s begun to shed its nervous tension and comfort zone for what made the series from inception truly special. It looks to pivot, pulling out all the stops and setting the stage for a grand finale. Now the only thing left to do is to “Please Stand By” until the next episode. After everything that transpired, it’s hard to not imagine what the ending will hold. 

Brendan Rooney

Brendan Rooney has always been full of creativity and enthusiasm toward the world of widespread media. He is also a passionate comic book fan along with a die-hard sports pedigree. Brendan has written various articles covering all topics and dreams of forging a long-lasting legacy by bringing respect to the Rooney name as either a teacher, journalist, or whatever else the future holds. His work has been featured on Google, Quoted by Marvel Games, Reshared by Movie Trades, Broken exclusives, Spoke and presented at syndicated academic conferences as well.

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