Every Friday, Disney+ premieres a new episode of this singularly intriguing series that inaugurates a new era of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU)
In “WandaVision” (“Bruja Escarlata y Visión”), The new Marvel series just released on Disney +, superheroes Wanda Maximoff (Elizabeth Olsen) and Vision (Paul Bettany) aren’t wielding their powers (at least initially) to save the world, but for such mundane everyday chores as redecorating the house, cooking, and do magic tricks for the neighbors. They just want to fit into a universe as idyllic as the one represented in the classic sitcoms they worship (“I Love Lucy”, “Bewitched”, “The Brady Bunch”…), packed with canned laughter and simple gags. Never forgetting the nosy neighbor character, Agnes (Kathryn Hahn). However, they soon begin to suspect that something is wrong in their dream neighborhood and so do we, the viewers, who discover someone watching the characters from a screen, a lo “The Truman Show” style. A quirky opening that only proves that there’s nobody better than Marvel when it comes to playing around with this genre.
The first two episodes of this comedy from Jac Schaeffer (“Black Widow”) and directed by Matt Shakman (“Fargo”, “Game Of Thrones”) might catch even the most hardcore ardent superhero fans off guard. These hilarious salutes to a more mature audience: black and white footage, short episodes, recurring locations, skits based on confusion and suffocating… Never before had Wanda Maximoff done the diligent housewife so well, nor Vision the accounts so efficiently. Seeing both of them as concerned parents of twins is also weird out. However, soon “WandaVision” recovers the color (and the pace) and swaps out the trip down memory lane for the gamery and kinship of the vast Marvel Universe.
In this sense, the re-appearance of Monica Rambeau, who already appeared as a child in the “Captain Marvel” movie and the first African-American Avengers superhero, capable of absorbing energy bursts. In “WandaVision” however, she returns as a grown woman, played by Teyonah Parris (“Empire”). The actress has ensured fans that the series will reveal details about her past while still remaining fully focused on our pair of protagonists, characters who are undoubtedly entitled to their own series, were it based solely on the magical chemistry between Bettany and Olsen.
Each of the nine episodes of “WandaVision”, with one being released weekly, are our passage into what they are referring to as Phase Four of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), having discovered a fantastic ally in Disney+. The storyline of this production, which in terms of when?, takes place just after “Avengers: Endgame” –the highest grossing movie in history– closely ties in with the second Doctor Strange movie, postponed by the coronavirus. The successful “The Mandalorian” has shown that this platform, especially in times of pandemic, is an essential weapon to continue expanding the House Of The Mouse franchises. As far as the coming few years are concerned, and assuming they manage to deliver on shooting schedules, they’ll have some pretty heavy artillery to play with: “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier”, “Loki”, “What if …”, “Hawkeye”, “Ms. Marvel”, “Moon Knight”, “She Hulk”, “Ironheart”, “Armor Wars”, “Secret Invasion”, and a Guardians of the Galaxy Christmas Special. Oh, but to complete the puzzle, you’ll have to pay attention to the cryptic credits exhibited by Wanda and Vision’s mysterious observer at the end of the episode one: “Please, stand by”.