Joel Cooper’s review published on Letterboxd:
As one of those people who stopped watching Marvel films after Endgame, I must say I was pleasantly surprised by how much fun WandaVision is. I had been invested in the MCU since I watched Iron Man when I was 10, but by the time Endgame was out I was feeling pretty burned out on superhero movies, so I felt I had closed that chapter of my life.
But, WandaVision totally sucked me in. It’s got heart, humor, and it’s infused with so much emotion. For a TV series about two of Marvel’s supporting characters, I was surprised how focused the story is on a much more personal level than I’m used to seeing from Marvel.
Elizabeth Olson and Paul Bettany have such great chemistry, too. It was apparent post-Civil War, but it’s on full display here. Kathryn Hahn absolutely kills her role as well, never a dull moment with her on-screen.
Two of the episodes felt a little like filler to me, specifically episodes 2 and 7, but the show’s best moments in the other episodes make up for that. I felt the writing was very, very good, much better than I had anticipated it being, and much more mature than a number of the MCU’s films.
There’s really only one major gripe I have with the show, and that’s with the Director of S.W.O.R.D. The guy was a dick for almost no reason other than to set up plot events in the finale which will be set up to connect to other MCU titles in the future. It’s pretty convoluted, but it’s probably the best they could’ve done given that this is Marvel’s first TV IP on Disney+ and they have to lay the groundwork for their future content on the platform.
The finale left me with more questions than answers and I definitely wanted to see more, but I certainly was not disappointed. All-around a fun time, though I don’t see myself rewatching it any time soon.
Marvel did a stellar job here, and my interest in Falcon and the Winter Soldier has been piqued. Might have to give that one a shot, too.