WandaVision review: Is Marvel’s first major Disney+ series a quirky hit?

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*This review is of WandaVision is for episodes 1 to 3*

Despite not originally being planned as the debut Marvel Cinematic Universe series for Disney+, WandaVision is now fulfilling that tall order, but has Disney made the right call?

Following on from the events of Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame, the powerful superheroine Wanda Maximoff (Elizabeth Olsen) was left grieving for her beloved, the sentient android Vision (Paul Bettany).

Yet, viewers can expect to find something rather jarring when the series opens in a black-and-white sitcom show entitled WandaVision, a kooky 1950s comedy in the style of Bewitched that follows the unconventional marriage of Wanda and the now-alive Vision.

While the pair get into some innocent scrapes and comedic misunderstandings in their domestic suburban bliss, the threat of something darker slowly trickles into the frame.

It is certainly intriguing that Marvel is launching its Disney Plus series with this unique, humorous and enigmatic series.

It's a brave new world for Wanda Maximoff (Elizabeth Olsen) and Vision
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Experimenting with styles, tone, and proving to be the most cryptic of what the studio has churned out thus far, the opening episode especially will surprise with its lack of clear telegraphing of what to expect from the show as a whole.

Thankfully the performances will keep any early doubters on board as the show's true purpose is unwrapped.

The talented Elizabeth Olsen offers a positively bright and sparkly take on a more comedic Wanda, but the threat of something murkier lingers beneath in moments of curious mystery.

Elizabeh Olsen returns as Wanda Maximoff in WandaVision
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Reality appears to undergo some changes in WandaVision
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It is wonderful to see the actress at the forefront after being so woefully underused in her previous MCU appearances.

Bettany, meanwhile, is clearly having a lot of fun as he gets to flex his comedic muscles, channelling the likes of Dick Van Dyke, Hugh Laurie, and other sitcom leading men of yesteryear.

The supporting cast is also a delight, with hints of further meaning yet to be unveiled, with the impeccable Kathryn Hahn bringing the sass as the couple's helpful neighbour Agnes and Mad Men's Teyonah Parris as the mysterious Monica Rambeau.

Kathryn Hahn stars as Wanda and Vision's neighbour, Agnes
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Teyonah Parris takes on the role of Monica Rambeau in WandaVision
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The offerings of the first three episodes suggest that WandaVision will prove to be one of the most surprising and inventive additions to the Marvel family.

Effortlessly recreating past eras of television comedy whilst weaving through the potential for a nightmarish psychological thriller, the stage is set for some surprising but universe-bending changes.

What does the future hold for the marriage of Wanda and Vision?
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We can only hope that Elizabeth Olsen's Wanda especially will be given the time to shine in future outings.

Verdict

WandaVision is a quirky, mysterious, and increasingly engrossing addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe that boasts a particularly wonderful turn from Elizabeth Olsen.

WandaVision premieres on Friday, January 15, 2020 with two episodes on Disney+, with further new episodes every Friday.

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