Review: WandaVision, did Marvel’s risk-taking pay off?


The first series to be completely tied to the Marvel Cinematic Universe (which can now be shortened to MU as a result?), WandaVision was also responsible for introducing Phase 4. A huge responsibility that required great power…

Despite the wrath of his detractors, the fact is undeniable: Kevin Feige’s small business doesn’t know crises. Anyway… twenty-three films and billions at the box office in total, no, like it or not, the Marvel Cinematic Universe is a huge hit. And since Feige doesn’t understand why it should stop there, it’s now the series empire that Marvel Studios is looking to conquer with its first weapon: WandaVision.

Admittedly, this isn’t the first time the studio has released its heroes for the small screen and we all remember the excellent first season of Daredevil. Inhuman to remember a little less . But WandaVision has a special status because it is branded Marvel Studios. Understand that this is the first in a long list to be fully connected with the film. In other words, where to fully understand Avengers, you had to watch the movie before, now you have to watch the same universe series on Disney+ too. It’s too early to know whether this strategy will be as profitable as it is in theaters in the long run, however, we have to admit one thing after seeing the first three episodes (out of nine) of the show: Marvel Universe or not, there is interest in watching WandaVision.

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Before explaining why and how, let’s put the context back in place: Vision (Paul Bettany) will die in Avengers: Infinity War under the watchful eye of the inconsolable Wanda Maximoff (Elizabeth Olsen). But it was the couple that we found, after the incident, moving together in a house in a quiet American neighborhood. An important little detail: we’re in a sitcom from the ’50s.

For those who find that the Idea House has no more ideas, this first foray into Phase 4 is likely to prove otherwise. Placing our superheroes in a 1950s sitcom creates a dichotomy that is both fun and interesting. Not only did Marvel step out of its comfort zone and green backdrop, but the studio took the opportunity to tailor the history of the series to its own taste.

Each episode, lasting approximately thirty minutes, seems to take the position of revisiting each decade with its technique and code, from the opening credits. But who says appropriation doesn’t always mean a lot of distortion and tribute (the film in which Paul Bettany played). The most obvious ones are those devoted to the inevitable desired and expected references that we let you find.

Be it the costumes, hairstyles or the environment, the artistic direction plays the game perfectly and we have the feeling of a timeless series where landscapes are painted, decor elements are moved. go up each line. Each decade change also makes it possible to realize the evolution of the format as black and white gave way to color and 4/3 became 16/9.

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A serial universe that also includes a secondary cast takes shape on the small screen. We love seeing Debra Jo Rupp, the unforgettable Kitty Forman on That ’70s, and above all, the downright down-to-earth Kathryn Hahn (Mrs. Fletcher) whose role is likely to grow in importance.

If their story never really had a place to develop in Avengers, Wanda and Vision can now occupy all their space and translators to showcase their full talents. With plenty of humor, the two adapt to their tidy lives while trying to hide their differences. In this little play, Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany remind us that they are great actors and, together, demonstrate undeniable alchemy. The duo has fun away from heroic betting and the fun is communicative.

Since we’re talking about MU, we should definitely talk about the issues the series raises in this Phase 4. For now, they are wise, preferring to let us immerse ourselves in this universe before getting to the heart of the matter. An introduction but far from pointless as several elements come to remind us of the distortion of reality in which Wanda is immersed and the consequences, which are clearly catastrophic, that will follow. There are a lot of questions at the end of these three episodes, but the plot is already starting to reveal its first card, proof that the series doesn’t mean to beat around the bush for too long.