WandaVision episode 1 review: “Showcases how experimental Marvel can be with these Disney Plus shows”

If you were to go into WandaVision completely blind – without seeing any trailers, or reading any interviews, or seeing SFX Magazine’s excellent cover on newsstands – then there’s every chance you would have absolutely no idea what’s going on in Marvel’s first Disney Plus series. That even goes for superhero fans who have been eagerly anticipating the much-delayed start to Marvel Phase 4 for the better part of two years.

WandaVision throws you in at the deep end of American sitcom traditions, spoofing the Dick Van Dyke Show with pinpoint accuracy. There’s studio laughter; it’s filmed in black and white; Wanda fulfills the role of dutiful housewife; Vision’s very ordinary workplace is filled with quirky characters; some mixed communications between Wanda and Vision leads to a humorous scenario involving a hard-to-impress company boss; there’s even an advert break in the middle. Showrunner Jac Schaeffer has gone all-in to make this as authentic as possible.


(Image credit: Marvel/Disney)

However, to enjoy WandaVision, you don’t need to know your classic Dick Van Dyke Show situations from your I Love Lucy setups. There’s something off-kilter about everything that happens, cluing us in to the fact that this is fundamentally a Marvel series about a mysterious, powerful witch and an A.I. turned sentient robot. 

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