TV Show Review: wandavision

Review by: Scott Reckers

Director: Matt Shakman

Rating: 8/10

WandaVision, directed by Matt Shakman, is the first Marvel Cinematic Universe show on Disney+, and six episodes through, it’s a perplexing watch to say the least. Wanda Maximoff, AKA Scarlet Witch (played by Elizabeth Olsen), and Vision (Paul Bettany) are a couple of newlyweds and have just moved to a new town called Westview. Like the couple, both extremely powerful members of the Avengers extended universe, the town is anything but ordinary. 

Everything in the New Jersey suburb is just a bit off. In the first two episodes, both set in the ‘50s, seem like a typical sitcom, remaining relatively tame. But make no mistake: there are some shocking moments (that I won’t reveal) that keep the experience utterly captivating. 

The show has a degree of unease to it, which only increases as the episodes go on. Shakman leaves each episode on a new head-turning twist in the plot, which takes the MCU into a direction it hasn’t really gone before. Furthermore, he adds a decent amount of complexity to the show with characters that we haven’t seen for years making a ghastly return, memories traveling across the multiverse, and mass manipulation from an unforeseen source. 

The sitcom-turned-thriller is definitely a strong statement for Marvel to make, puzzling and fascinating at every turn. And if that wasn’t enough, WandaVision will definitely play a role in the MCU, making the show an essential watch for all marvel fans.