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Wandavision centers on Wanda Maximoff (Elizabeth Olsen) as she deals with the grief of losing her loved one, Vision (Paul Bettany) and the trauma she faced throughout her life.

Almost each episode of this series plays out like a sitcom from a different decade (50s to 2010s). This turned a lot of people off, but I was thrilled. This is the first project in the MCU that feels different from their typical formula. Wandavision feels unique and experimental, and is unlike any other MCU project so far, but the series does still play into and relies on the MCU narrative formula at times.

First off, thanks to this show, Wanda Maximoff has become a favorite character of mine. Though she has a few cool moments in the MCU movies thanks to her powers, you never got to really know her. Here, she has the chance to be fleshed out in her own show. It’s in this show that you realize how much tragedy and pain Wanda has gone through. And even though she is technically an Avenger, it seems like she felt a bit outcast from them as well. We learn that sitcoms give Wanda comfort, so she creates a pocket world for her and Vision to live out the rest of their lives relatively drama free.

I have never really been a fan of Vision in the MCU movies before. Bettany gets the chance to be a bit more charming as him in the show and we get to see how his relationship with Wanda plays out more, but he is not as fleshed out as Wanda. Though I suppose it is hard to write a 3 dimensional character for a character that is a synthetic android. The series is called Wandavision, but really Vision is a supporting character in Wanda’s show.

Shenanigans ensue in each sitcom episode, but Wanda’s world is slowly getting torn apart. Wanda has a nosy neighbor, Agnes (Kathryn Hahn), who ends up being more than what she seems to be. Vision is also clued in by the residents of their neighborhood that not everything is pitch perfect in this world. And not to mention, there is a new government agency named S.W.O.R.D that is trying to infiltrate Wanda’s world and take her out.

There are some returning characters like Darcy Lewis (Kat Dennings) from the Thor movies, Jimmy Woo (Randall Park) from the Ant-Man movies, and Monic Rambeau (Teyonah Parris) from Captain Marvel, who is now all grown up and works under S.W.O.R.D.

I have to say being in Wanda’s world was a lot of fun. Some of the sitcom episodes worked more than others, but I honestly could have gone for more of those episodes. It was interesting to see how the mystery of how Wanda created this world was pieced together. But I have to say every time we were taken out of her world and switched back to the MCU reality, it was always a bit disappointing. I could have done without the S.W.O.R.D element all together in this series. Most of everything involving S.W.O.R.D served as exposition for the audience and they were not really any threat to Wanda; they were just an auxiliary obstacle in her way that ended up being fruitless.

If you’re a fan of sitcoms and the MCU, Wandavision is worth checking out. I found the show to be delightful overall. There are some nitpicks that I have of course that mainly are how the series reverts back to the MCU formula in a few episodes (especially the finale) and how the credits are way too long. But Wandavision has great acting, some nice surprises, and the added bonus of being a compelling character study.

I give Wandavision a B+

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