Saturday, January 16, 2021

WandaVision: Episode 1


1. Filmed Before a Live Studio Audience
Newlyweds Wanda Maximoff (Elizabeth Olsen) and Vision (Paul Bettany) move to a nice suburban home. He now works for a computational company, touted by his colleagues as responsible for 300% increase in productivity. They liken him to a machine that gets the job done quickly. He vehemently disagrees instead of taking it as a compliment. The two prepare for an event marked with a heart on their calendar, not really knowing what it is. She thinks it’s their anniversary, but he later discovers that it’s a dinner date at their home with his boss and his wife, Mr. and Mrs. Hart. With the help of nosy neighbor Agnes (Kathryn Hahn), Wanda prepares a dinner in vain but manages to pull through. As the dinner small talk begins, the couple is grilled with probing questions about their marriage, to which neither of them has any answers. As the duo celebrate the success of their first house party, the screen zooms out, revealing that the two are literally starring in a television sitcom being watched by an unknown individual holding a remote in a control room.



After more than a year without anything Marvel-related, WandaVision finally arrives to kick off MCU’s Phase 4. At this point, any Marvel fanboy will most likely pounce on anything after that long drought, without much hesitation. WandaVision is quirky and a good reintroduction to the cinematic universe after a long break. This also seems to be the better opening salvo given the filming challenges brought about by the pandemic. The format embraces the minimalist TV sitcom setup, replete with black and white tones and ubiquitous laugh tracks characteristic of 50’s comedy shows. The MCU is not at all devoid of humor, but we can all agree that Wanda and Vision are not the comedians of the bunch. This is why this show is such a breath of fresh air, because we get to see them drop punchlines, which is so not them. All we know for now is that there's manipulation going on because of that final scene, but we are yet to find out who is actually behind it. Clues are cleverly integrated in the dialogues if you pay close attention.

“We are an unusual couple, you know?” –Wanda

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