Binge Breaks: “WandaVision” is an eerie, yet pivotal addition to the MCU


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Sports Editor Max Burke explains that although “WandaVision” may appear to look like an average sitcom, it is anything but average.

Max Burke, Sports Editor

Last year was supposed to be a landmark year for Marvel and the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, they had to reschedule several film and series release dates. One series that got pushed back was “WandaVision.”
“WandaVision” is Marvel’s newest series streaming on Disney+. This series focuses on Wanda Maximoff, played by Elizabeth Olsen, and Vision, played by Paul Bettany. This show is unlike anything Marvel has ever done before. This series has wowed fans around the world due to its complexity and ever-changing yet consistent story.
As of publication, eight episodes have been released. Each episode centers around a different decade and sitcom. The first two episodes are primarily in black and white and set somewhere around the 1950s and 1960s. As the episodes progress, so do the decades and sitcoms. For example, episode seven takes place during the early 2010s and seems to be a mixture of “Modern Family” and “The Office.”
We learn in episode four that this is not just a regular sitcom like the shows they are trying to portray. It is apparent through the first three episodes that the show is very eerie and that something does not seem right; however, the fourth episode explains much of what is going on.
Besides learning more about the plot, we also meet some principal characters in episode four. These characters include Agent Jimmy Woo, played by Randall Park, Darcy Lewis, played by Kat Dennings, Director Hayward, played by Josh Stamberg and Monica Rambeau, played by Teyonah Parris. These new characters will prove to be pivotal for the rest of the series.
The whole show from here on out becomes more intense as the viewer learns more about what exactly is happening in Wanda and Vision’s sitcoms. We begin to see that the seemingly regular town of Westview is more than it seems. Nothing about this town is what you think it is.
Each episode also has a commercial that includes a hidden message or meaning regarding Wanda’s past and present. These commercials are styled after the decade presented in each episode. The commercial break has honestly become maybe my favorite part of each episode because it adds so much in such a subtle way. If you know a lot about the MCU, you will be able to pick up on the many nods to the hardcore fans.
I cannot be more excited to watch the last episode of the series. This show has completely hooked me, which is not surprising because I love just about everything the MCU has ever done. This show, however, has blown me away. The writing and acting have been perfect so far. Each episode gives off a brief air of uneasiness while also making it seem like an average, fun sitcom. This disguise is just a brilliant way of keeping people hooked to the show.
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