“But what is grief, if not love persevering?”
Like many others, I was concerned about where the MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe) would be headed after the conclusion of the most ambitious events in the series thus far.
However, my doubts were proven wrong, and once again, Marvel has found a way to hook their fans back in if they’re willing to stick with it.
Living as ordinary suburban citizens, Wanda (Elizabeth Olsen) and Vision (Paul Bettany) suspect that everything may not be how it seems.
Finally a Breath of Fresh Air!
As an avid watcher of the MCU, most fans will be able to say, “well, I saw this coming.” These films typically play out in a familiar fashion. Surprisingly, WandaVision breaks the norm and does it well.
I’d argue that within the MCU that nothing like this has been done before. While also giving their audience a mystery that will have them just wondering what exactly is going on.
Admittedly WandaVision has a slow start compared to other media in the series, but it’s still compelling.
Much Needed Depth
Having a show focused on two Avengers who are incredibly powerful but lacking in screen time so far in the MCU worked out in Marvel’s favor.
Previous to watching this show, I wouldn’t have had much to say about either character. It has been exciting to see them display their unique abilities, but that was about it from me.
WandaVision does an excellent job of expanding its characters. Sides that were previously hidden from both Wanda and Vision are now present.
The performance of Elizabeth Olsen was simply fantastic to watch as well. Seeing her depth as an actress sold every scene. Hopefully, going forward, the MCU will allow her to have more freedom since she ended up stealing the show.
Stick With It
This is not your typical Marvel adventure, and you can tell by the opening scene. The concept was fascinating, and I must applaud Marvel for straying so far outside the traditional formula.
However, I feel that a good chunk of the MCU fans won’t persevere through a good albeit incredibly different Marvel outing.
For those who carry on with the show, there are some pretty large payoffs throughout. Even twists that I didn’t see coming.
Ultimately, Marvel succeeded in the tone they were going for, and looking back on the season, they did it expertly. Although the pacing does suffer at times.
… So Am I Missing Something?
There’s a poor balance in a couple of the episodes between things that are interesting and aspects that aren’t.
While the concept of WandaVision was very unique, some of the episodes feel like they run too long. It is almost like a 10-page paper that’s only halfway done and due in a couple of hours, forcing you to add unnecessary filler. There are just pieces here and there that just aren’t too interesting.
Even after the ending of Avengers: Endgame, Marvel has some fight left in them, and WandaVision was a great way to start in the tv show industry. It was so pleasing to have something fresh!
Although I love Marvel, they have a particular way of doing things, which doesn’t often change. They also did a fantastic job at flushing out some of the strongest Avengers in the series.
The cast did a fantastic job with Elizabeth Olsen at the helm. Other standouts include Kat Dennings (Darcy Lewis), Randall Park (Jimmy Woo), and Teyonah Parris (Monica Rambeau). While the main stars aren’t present, these three are all enjoyable anytime they appear on the big screen.
I hate the idea of saying “stick with it” because a show should be captivating regardless of what their goal is.
Sadly there are times where I didn’t want to sit there and wait for something to happen. The payoff is satisfactory and meets my expectation. However, it doesn’t surpass it.
If the pacing had been a tad better at times, I think that the show could’ve been perfect. For the first MCU tv show, it came out good, and the once worrisome future of the MCU seems to be very bright.
Verdict 8 out of 10 Stars