A sitcom, or something more?


A promotional image for Marvel’s new series Wandavision, which is streaming on Disney+.

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A promotional image for Marvel’s new series Wandavision, which is streaming on Disney+.

With no new releases in 2020, Marvel Cinematic Universe has returned with “Wandavision.” The show, featuring main characters Wanda Maximoff and Vision, has been airing since Jan. 15 on Disney+ and is the first show Marvel has produced for the streaming service. It releases weekly episodes and will come to an end when it releases its ninth episode on March 5. 

I have to be completely honest—when I saw the first episode of the show, I wasn’t really that impressed. I expected a more serious show, and certainly not a sitcom. At first, I found myself disappointed with the series because after so many people hyped up its release it didn’t live up to my expectations. 

Looking back, I think that I judged the show too quickly. It takes some shows a few episodes before they finally get interesting, and that was the case with this show. The first episode felt like just another regular sitcom to me—a regular sitcom if you add two Avengers to the mix. I probably was not the only one who was skeptical of the show at first. Many Marvel fans, especially those who have read the comics and know who Wanda is and what she is capable of, probably felt the same way. I would advise against brushing the series off as a simple sitcom, though; the show becomes more serious as it continues. 

I believe that this show is a great return for Marvel’s Cinematic Universe. Most superhero shows include a fight during the first episode, but none of that happened in the first episode for this show. However, that’s what makes the show even more spectacular. 

The first episode acts as a regular sitcom, but the show slowly starts to lose its comedic feel. The first episodes, set in the 1950s and 1960s, are shot in black and white, and color is added to the show in the third episode because it’s the 1970s. I thought this transition to color was clever. 

There are various hints throughout the show, near the end of the episodes, to help the viewer figure out what’s happening and why. It all comes full circle in episodes four and five when the show reveals what’s happening. Also, I like how they involve multiple characters from the MCU in the show in a very clever way. You can see Monica Rambeau from “Captain Marvel,” Jimmy Woo from “Ant-Man and the Wasp” and Darcy Lewis from “Thor: The Dark World.” 

The show makes references to various sitcoms throughout the episodes. Since each episode, except for the fourth episode, happens in different time periods, they reference sitcoms from whatever time they’re in. For example, the second episode is an homage to the sitcom “Bewitched,” which ran from 1964 to 1972.

I definitely recommend that you give this show a try because it appeals to many different audiences. If you’re a fan of older sitcoms, this show might feel like a wave of nostalgia. If you’re a Marvel fan, you will enjoy the slow unraveling of the show and the introduction of multiple Marvel characters.