WandaVision blends television eras and superhuman elements in miniseries


Emily Dixon

An infographic depicts ratings for the new miniseries “WandaVision” on Disney Plus.

The new Disney Plus series, “WandaVision,” offers a rare, refreshing break from typical Marvel storylines and should be mandatory viewing for all Marvel fans. The miniseries plays off of classic television tropes to convey a much larger, more sinister plot at work.

WandaVision takes place after the events of “Avengers: Endgame,” and marks the beginning of phase four of the MCU. Newly married couple Wanda Maximoff, an Avenger who can harness magic, and Vision, an android created with artificial intelligence, live in a small town attempting to hide their superhuman abilities from their neighbors. Strange events begin occurring throughout the town seemingly caused by Wanda’s powers which results in them coming closer and closer to being discovered.

The storyline departs from typical Avengers action cinema as the characters act in the fictional series while watched by an unknown audience. The series takes viewers through multiple television eras while the couple acts as characters from sitcoms through the decades. 

The show is full of plot twists, cliff hangers, easter eggs, surprise characters, and elements from the original Marvel comics as well as storylines from the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

The unusual plot marks a huge leap for Marvel, whose movies generally all follow the same staple principles. Avid Marvel fans will be delighted to see callbacks to previous movies; however, newer fans may find the plot slightly convoluted. Viewers should keep an open mind though, as the innovative series will keep them on the edge of their seats, and the “Please Stand By” screen that marks the end of each episode will frustrate and leave them wanting more.

So far, the series has received a 93% rating on Rotten Tomatoes and a score of 8.2/10 from IMDB. The final episode was released on March 5; a second season has not been confirmed or denied yet.