Each Friday, Darren from @darrenmoviereviews will be recapping the most recent episode(s) of WandaVision and the show’s overall connection to the larger Marvel Cinematic Universe.
This is Darren from @darrenmoviereviews on Instagram, and I am a big fan of movies, television shows, and pop culture, especially if it is Marvel related! Starting today, I’m happy to announce that starting this Friday, January 15th, I will be talking about WandaVision and the beginning of Phase 4 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (“MCU”) every Friday until the finale in March.
WandaVision marks the first Marvel miniseries series on Disney+, as well as the first television series that will share the same continuity of the MCU films. Yes, there have been Marvel television shows before such as ABC’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Netflix’s The Defenders, but these shows have not been referenced in the films at all. The shows took place in the same universe as the films, and even Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. had characters from the films appear and referenced events of the film, but the different sides of the Marvel Cinematic Universe hav been kept separate… until now…
WandaVision will focus on Wanda Maximoff (aka Scarlet Witch) and Vision as they adjust to life in the suburbs, and is being marketed as an homage to classic sitcoms of past decades. Not much more is known about the series because, as per usual, Marvel is keeping the story tightly underwraps to avoid any spoilers.
We last saw Wanda and Vision in the latest Avengers films: Infinity War and Endgame. Infinity War began with Wanda and Vision having their secret, romantic relationship away from the prying eyes of Tony Stark and Steve Rogers, who were still not speaking due to the events of Captain America: Civil War, only to be called upon once again to save the world with Thanos coming to Earth to collect the Infinity Stones. That film ended with Thanos ripping the Mind Stone out of Vision’s head and killing him in front of Wanda, minutes before snapping Wanda out of existence. Wanda was brought back to life in Endgame after the Avengers completed their time heist, gathering all of the Infinity Stones to bring back all those who were disintegrated by Thanos’s snap in Infinity War. But as Thanos’s snap was not the cause of Vision’s death, he did not return to life at the end of the film. And this leads us to the events of WandaVision.
It’s hard not to be excited for WandaVision to premiere on Friday. It’s the first entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe we have got since 2019’s Spider-Man: Far From Home, marking the longest period of time between the entities in the MCU ever. We all know the reason why, and the fact we are getting new content to enjoy from the comfort of our homes is enough to get anyone excited. WandaVision also marks the beginning of Phase Four of the MCU, and fans will be excited to see where Marvel goes next as very little is known about the next phase’s direction since Phase Three wrapped up The Infinity Saga. So until Friday arrives and we can all watch the first two episodes, here are just some of the elements of the miniseries I’m excited for and hopes I have as the story progresses:
- Exploration of the characters of Wanda and Vision. Up to this point in the MCU, Wanda and Vision have been secondary characters. But this time, they are the stars of the show and I’m excited to learn more about them as characters, compared to learning about them through other character’s stories. Especially Wanda. She was snapped out of existence minutes after watching the love of her life die in front of her eyes, and she will be adjusting to the fact that five years have passed since she disappeared and the fact that Vision has died
- The story of Vision’s return. As this is a comic book series, we know that characters can come back from death easily enough. But Vision is a synthetic being that was given life due to the Mind Stone, and he is shown in images that have debuted from the show to have the Mind Stone back in his head. So how did he get the Mind Stone back? Because last time we saw the stone, Steve Rogers was returning the Infinity Stones back to their original timeline before returning as an old man to pass along his shield and the mantle of Captain America to Sam Wilson. So are all of the events of WandaVision happening in Wanda’s head, or is there another explanation for Vision coming back to life and the appearance of the Mind Stone?
- Setting up Phase Four of the MCU. We have known for a while that the events of WandaVision will help set up the events of Doctor Strange In the Multiverse of Madness, and it has been rumoured it may play into the events of the currently untitled third Tom Holland Spider-Man film. But I’m more excited to see if the series starts laying breadcrumbs for the larger story being told in Phase Four the MCU with carefully placed details throughout the nine episodes miniseries. Time will tell, but if Marvel’s past is any indication, there could very well be some clues hidden throughout the miniseries indicating where we are going next in the MCU.
- The scale of the miniseries. The miniseries has been reported to have a budget of up to $25 million per episode, which guarantees this is not going to be a small television series like previous Marvel shows. This budget indicates that the show will have the scale of the MCU films with stellar special effects, incredible sets and the movie magic you expect from a big blockbuster. It’s nice to know that the show will be treated the same as the films in terms of the scale, ensuring that they are equal to the films in quality rather than a little show to tide fans over between films.
- Surprise MCU appearances. The Marvel films have become known for their surprise appearances of other characters appearing for a quick cameo to set up a future film, and I expect the same with WandaVision. It has been confirmed that Kat Dennings and Randal Park will be reprising their roles from the Thor films and Ant-Man and the Wasp respectively, and that Teyonah Parris will be playing a grown up version of Monica Rambeau, who we last saw in 2019’s Captain Marvel as a young girl. But who else could make a surprise appearance? Benedict Cumberbatch as Doctor Strange? Tom Holland as Spider-Man? Another beloved MCU character? Or a new character that we have not seen before? Only time will tell, but I suspect that WandaVision will have lots of surprises in store for fans.
So there you go, get excited for WandaVision premiering this Friday on Disney+. And make sure to check back in on Friday as I discuss the first two episodes of the show to cover what we know so far and speculate as to where the miniseries could be heading next.