Wandavision Episodes 1 & 2 (Spoilers!) – Disney+ Talk With Megan Williams:
15th January saw the release of the first two episodes of ‘Wandavision’, a Marvel Studios show revolving around Wanda Maximoff (a.k.a Scarlet Witch) and Vision. Out of all of the projects that have been announced for Disney+, this was the one I was most interested in. However, I can’t talk about these episodes without spoiling some of the content. Therefore, this article will include a spoiler section at the bottom, similar to how my review for Pixar’s ‘Onward’ was constructed.
‘Wandavision’ is a 9-episode series that places Wanda and Vision in a black & white American sitcom-style show as they try to fit into their new neighbourhood. But there is more that meets the eye with this reality…
Firstly, the first two episodes are a masterclass in writing a typical American sitcom. Writing influences have clearly come from shows like ‘Bewitched’, ‘The Dick Van Dyke Show’, and even ‘Friends’. The comedic traits included are slapstick gags and tropes like the miscommunication trope and hiding certain things from other people. In this case, Wanda and Vision are hiding their superpowers from the new townspeople, which then leads to hilarity. The episodes even feature ‘advertisement breaks’, showing off products and inventions, and each episode introduction is a parody of a different sitcom, giving the show even more of a 1950’s feel.
In last week’s article, I mentioned that I was hoping this show would give Wanda and Vision more of a centre stage to shine, and I’m really glad to see that my wishes have come true. It is their show and, so far, it’s been their show right from the start. Both lead characters get time to shine. Episode 2, for example, is focused on a problem that Vision has, while the first episode gives both characters an equal amount of screen time. And, while I never cared for Vision in the MCU films, it’s a different case here; Paul Bettany is fantastic as Vision here, as a fish-out-of-water type character. He has more of a challenge than Wanda because of his human disguise. As well as this, he has to pretend to be human so as to why not draw suspicion in their new town. However, they’re both delightful and intriguing.
Overall, ‘WandaVision’ has so far met expectations and got me looking forward to what the rest of the show holds. I think even non-Marvel fans will enjoy the first two episodes, which is something I’ve rarely thought. However, my thoughts on this may change as the show goes on. But, so far, it’s a wonderful change of pace from the usual explosive action-packed nature of the films.
Now that I’ve said my non-spoiler thoughts on ‘Wandavision’, I want to now talk about my theories on what I think is going on so far. If you have not seen the show, and are still interested in doing so, please be aware that the section below will have spoilers!
I have two theories in terms of what I think is going on. My first theory is that Wanda has placed herself and Vision into this town and is using her powers to place the town under a type of trance. This is to either make them forget something or to not make them suspicious of the two newcomers. The two biggest clues that are shown to introduce this theory is in episode 2. In one scene, women’s group leader Dotty is talking to Wanda. But, as the radio nearby crackles, Dotty seems to break character and turns to Wanda, scared, to ask her who she is before everything goes back to normal. The second clue is at the end of the same episode, when Vision and Wanda see a beekeeper outside of their house. Vision looks surprised, but Wanda looks oddly calm and responds with ‘no’ and rewinds the show. When the show stops rewinding, the previous scene seems to have been erased. Wanda put herself and Vision there and doesn’t want to be saved.
However, my second theory is the opposite. With the introduction of S.W.O.R.D (a space-based department of S.H.I.E.L.D) at the end of episode 1, it’s possible that they imprisoned Wanda and Vision in this show for the safety of the planet. Near the end of episode 1, Vision’s boss, Mr Heart, questions where Vision and Wanda moved from, and they can’t answer the question because they don’t remember. Vision also questions his workplace and what they do and, while this would be normal if he were just starting there, the show seems to imply that they’ve been there for a while by this point.
These are my two theories so far and I can’t wait for the next two episodes this week!
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