WandaVision Episodes 1 and 2: Filmnetic Review

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Paul Bettany as Vision and Elizabeth Olsen as Wanda Maximoff in Marvel Studios' WANDAVISION exclusively on Disney+. Photo courtesy of Marvel Studios. ©Marvel Studios 2020. All Rights Reserved.

The Marvel Cinematic Universe is finally back. After an unexpected year and a half long break the MCU has kicked off its phase 4 journey with a major push into television, literally. WandaVision’s classic sitcom gimmick is on full display for the first two episodes, and the show is all the better for it. 

The first two episodes of WandaVision follow the titular superhero couple in a classic sitcom illusion that the filmmakers are not afraid to lean into completely. These episodes are almost entirely recreations of classic sitcoms in the vein of The Dick Van Dyke Show and Bewitched, so much so it may be worth checking out those shows beforehand.

Marvel Studios and director Matt Shakman expertly crafted a recreation of these classic television shows while hinting at a larger mystery that is set to have repercussions across the multiverse. The sitcom gimmick is a welcome change of pace for the MCU, but hopefully the show recognizes the necessary balance between the two tones moving forward. 

So far, the shows greatest strength is the bold strokes that the show takes to ensure that the creative vision is perfectly executed. Some may feel that the first two episodes are too slow and ill-paced, and to be fair to that argument, maybe the show would have benefited from dropping all at once instead of the weekly release model. Still, the show does not waste a second of screen time whether it be establishing the tone, planting easter eggs, or developing the mystery. 

Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany give mesmerizing performances that embrace the change of pace and allow the audience to fully invest in the sitcom universe. Bettany shines in particular with his comedic timing that is perfect for these types of sitcoms. Olsen shows off her range by being able to change up her acting on a dime based on the situations her character is (maybe) forced into. The supporting cast is also phenomenal but have less development in these two episodes than the main leads. 

So how is WandaVision overall? Well, the first two episodes seem to set up an interesting mystery and a charming atmosphere to explore, but it’s hard to tell the overall quality of the show from the first two episodes. Everyone should definitely check out the show, but keep in mind that it intentionally has a slow burn in order to preserve and expand the mystery. 

Filmnetic Grade: A

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