WandaVision Review


Matt O'leary, Staff Writer

Director Jac Schaeffer’s WandaVision succeeds in revolutionizing the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) by drawing inspiration from classic American sitcoms. The show is centered around the superheroes Wanda Maximoff (Elizabeth Olsen) and (Paul Bettany) who were previously featured in the Avengers films. Since the plot of WandaVision directly follows the events of Avengers Endgame, I would highly recommend new Marvel fans to watch the Avengers films for context. From a directing standpoint, Shaeffer seamlessly switches between traditional sitcom cinematography styles to more modern directing techniques that  MCU films  generally utilize. She also uses color to effectively change the mood of scenes and pay homage to early sitcoms such as I Love Lucy and the Dick Van Dyke Show. Olsen and Bettany also give powerfully emotional performances, giving more depth to their characters who were largely overlooked in the MCU films. With surprising twists, impressive practical effects, and refreshingly new concept, WandaVision certainly takes full advantage of its 200 million dollar budget. Shaeffer’s miniseries will certainly please long-time MCU fans and new viewers alike, for it serves as a triumphant start to a new era of Marvel projects. WandaVision is a sensational watch and available for streaming on Disney Plus.