Early Reactions to “WandaVision” Call Marvel’s First Disney+ Series a Game Changer
The early reactions to WandaVision have been pouring in since Disney and Marvel made the first three episodes available to critics. If you were curious about Marvel’s very different-seeming take on its superpowered romantic couple living in a bizarro-world of evolving sitcoms, prepare to have that curiosity piqued tenfold.
For the uninitiated, WandaVision posits a world in which Vision (Paul Bettany) is somehow alive (you’ll recall he was killed by Thanos in Avengers: Infinity War) and living with his paramour, Wanda Maximoff (Elizabeth Olsen) in the quiet suburban idyll of Westview. Yet Wanda and Vision can sense something’s not quite right, and the series will explore their odd predicament as they exist in a changing world of period sitcoms, from I Love Lucy to Bewitched and on. Captain Marvel‘s talented scribe Jac Schaeffer is the showrunner, with Matt Shakman directing the six-episode limited series. Like all the upcoming Marvel series on Disney+, WandaVision is directly tied into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, so what happens in these series will have an impact on the larger MCU.
WandaVision represents a fairly bold departure for the MCU. From tone to style to narrative, it’s clear Marvel President Kevin Feige, Schaeffer, Shankman, and the rest of the cast and crew were really going for it here. Does it work? The first reactions we’ve compiled say yes, yes it does, and in an immensely satisfying way, too.
So without further ado, here are your spoiler-free reactions. WandaVision premieres on Disney+ on January 15.
I’ve watched THREE episodes of #WandaVision and have thoroughly enjoyed it. Truly unlike anything Marvel Studios has done — it’s light, funny & fully committed to its retro sitcom inspirations, but it also carefully sprinkles in enough mystery & intrigue to keep you guessing pic.twitter.com/8dqegsg5By
— Erik Davis (@ErikDavis) January 9, 2021
— Ash Crossan (@AshCrossan) January 9, 2021
I’ve seen the first three episodes of #WandaVision and man is it my jam. If you fret that all superhero stories can feel the same, here is big proof otherwise. I found it delightfully trippy and intriguing. I love what I’ve seen so far and can’t wait to see the entire season.
— Eric Goldman (@TheEricGoldman) January 9, 2021
WandaVision – it’s a gas! After screening the first 3 episodes, I’m hooked! Fun, clever, and Marvel-ous, the quirky 30-minute sitcom style leaves you wanting another episode each time.#WandaVision pic.twitter.com/HHuTj93cdf
— Tania Lamb (@LolaLambchops) January 9, 2021
Watched 3 episodes of #WandaVision and the show is weird as hell (in a good way).
Two things are clear. 1) Marvel is dedicated to parodying classic sitcoms and 2) the MCU is finally back!
Can’t wait to see how this show sets up Doctor Strange 2 and Spider-Man 3 👀 pic.twitter.com/nR6rTShfOY
— Dorian Parks (@DorianParksnRec) January 9, 2021
I got to see the first three episodes of #WandaVision and it was everything I hoped it would be: funny, clever, creepy, and above all, sort of tragic.
The reality is: WandaVision is taking the Marvel Cinematic Universe places it has never gone before, and there’s no going back. pic.twitter.com/BzNujPcUtP
— Hector Navarro (@Hectorisfunny) January 9, 2021
#WandaVision is truly unlike anything the MCU has put out before. I can’t emphasize that enough.
It is a blast to watch. It is so committed to the sitcom structure of story telling that it feels like a bold risk – but it pays off and builds a mystery.
It is awesome. pic.twitter.com/NbGBsGLfmc
— BD (@BrandonDavisBD) January 9, 2021
We knew #WandaVision was going to offer a much different view of the MCU, and boy does it. Much of the sitcom setup of the show makes the reality of the situation moments incredibly tense and gripping.
— James Viscardi (@JimViscardi) January 9, 2021
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Featured image: L-r: Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany in ‘WandaVision.’ Courtesy Marvel Studios/Disney+