Director(s): Matt Shakman
Stars: Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Bettany, Kathryn Hahn
Synopsis: Blends the style of classic sitcoms with the MCU in which Wanda Maximoff and Vision -two super-powered beings living their ideal suburban lives-begin to suspect that everything is not as it seems.
This show opens on such a high note for me. I am a sucker for everything involved in the show. The characters, the black and white, the feel, the silliness, the set, it all came together for a magical pilot. WandaVision was always played out to be something that would be new and something that would bring life back into the MCU after such a hard-hitting end to the first chapter of the MCU, and I think if they are able to keep up with the momentum the built with the first episode, I think this show will be something truly special because this was a perfect episode.
Getting more into the lore and idea of what this show really is, we still are given the hilarious old school comedy, but with some more revelations. A bit from Vision had me really laughing, and answered some questioned I never even knew to ask. Plus, this episode gives off a very Pleasantville feel to it that I highly enjoyed.
Episode three furthers the story and introduces a few more characters in a major way. The previous episode felt very Pleasantville, while this one feels much more Truman Show. A world where everyone knows what is happening except the protagonists of the story. Still hilarious and ingenious in what they are able to pull off.
Part Truman Show, part Pleasantville, and all Marvel, WandaVision is a spectacular blend of realism and escapism that breath of fresh air in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. This show forces you to question the reality with which you are given, but also enjoy every aspect of the world that is created. The lore and meaning behind the show are beginning to unravel, and the comedy and wit that fill the show within the show are downright brilliant. Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany provide a certain amount of charm and comedic wit that I didn’t know they could do, nor thought I needed it as much as I do. Their timing and humor is off the charts. This is a show that throws a wrench what some would call the formulaic aspect of what the MCU films have made, and it not only gets me excited for the rest of this show but even more excited to see where the MCU goes as a whole. This was a great launching off point into the next saga of whacky, witty, and fun adventures. This will be to the MCU what The Mandalorian was to Star Wars in that it blended in new and old characters, new stories, and new ways of telling these stories. Overall, this just feels like a breath of fresh air for Marvel, and I hope all of their shows are this good. I can’t wait to get to the rest!
Jacob is a film critic and co-founder of the Music City Drive-In. He is a member of the Music City Film Critics’ Association and specializes in the awards season. You can find him on Twitter @Tberry57.