WandaVision

WandaVision ★★★★

Wandavision is directed by Matt Shakman and stars Elizabeth Olson and Paul Bettany as Wanda Maximoff and Vision - two super-powered beings living their ideal suburban lives - begin to suspect that everything is not as it seems. I haven't talked very much on the page about this show, since it started back in mid-January, but like every other Marvel fan in the world I have been watching it week to week and now that it's had its close, I'm ready to give my quick thoughts on the series as a whole! This is the MCU's first dive into the realm of TV, which is fitting since it takes a lot of inspiration from some of the greatest TV sitcoms of all time, and I would say out of all the new MCU TV projects, I was looking forward to this one the most. Just because it looked so unique and different. But did this giant Marvel hype train live up to expectations of the MCU starved fan nerds that had waited far too long for a new Marvel show or movie? For me, I think it did.
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This show had the herculean task of being the big comeback for the MCU, so no matter what it was going to be met with extremes from both sides of the critical spectrum. People were either going to love it and say it was the best thing Marvel has ever done, because they had waited so long for new Marvel content, they were willing to put out for anything, or it was going to be the worst thing the company has ever done because it was so drastically different from anything they've ever done. Now me, not being a big comicbook guy, I just took it for what it was, a uniquely scripted, intriguing Marvel spectacle with one of the most wildly imaginative set ups and premises I've ever seen in this Marvel universe. Which at this point, 13 years in, is exactly what I'm craving. I want something different. And I hate to break it to everyone, but we're not getting another "Infinity War" or "End Game" level movie anytime soon, maybe ever, so leaning into these type of weird, obscure sensibilities is exactly what I want from this universe right now. The acting here is top tier in my opinion, with maybe the best MCU performance outside Downy Jr. and Evans with Olson. She absolutely knocks it out of the park here and showcases just what Marvel has in this performer moving forward. Betney is brilliant as well and their chemistry together is off the charts. Where I felt nothing for their relationship and romance in previous movies, for the first time I actually became invested in them and their story here. Not just as a couple, but as actual characters as well. Everyone in this is great, with Haun and Parris being fantastic in their supporting roles as well. I even enjoyed Kat Denning in this, which I honestly never saw coming! The music and score is among my favorites of the MCU as well and the visual aesthetic with the black and white and how it changed through different generations of sitcoms is some of the coolest effects work I've ever seen.
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Now this show is not without some faults. I do think the true strength in this show is how well it builds the mystery and intrigue of it all. I was fully engaged and invested throughout and I think they did a great job hooking you in to figuring out what actually was going on. Unfortunately that ends around the final moments of episode 7 and what you get after, isn't necessarily bad, but kind of predictable and a little basic for what had been built up to that point. I also found Wanda's motivations and how she handles the aftermath of her actions to be a little thin by the time we close on the finale. Still a strong finale with some super awesome moments that could be in the running for top MCU moments, but I think they could have tied a bow just a little bit tighter on this story. All in all, I still found several aspects of this show to be truly great and as a fellow starved MCU fan myself, ultimately a satisfying experience overall!
SCORE - 8.5/10

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