I am here for Marvel taking big swings.
The guts it took to filter a show about grief through sitcom tropes is impressive. And to pull that high-wire act off while also making it exciting, mysterious, fun, thoughtful, and a catalyst for the MCU? Well, that’s just remarkable.
Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany put in exceptional work. They deftly bounce between time periods, tones, and emotions. And when they need to land a line, they don’t miss. Just look at the last scene between Wanda and Vision: this heartfelt moment could have collapsed with one misplaced look. But they nailed it.
I’ve also enjoyed the discussions that have popped up around this show. It reminded me of the heady days of “Lost,” where every line of dialogue and background visual was deconstructed by fans searching for clues. I got a particular kick out of the “WandaVision” episodes on Empire’s “Spoiler Special” podcast and the Easter egg hunts from Nora Dominick at BuzzFeed.
There’s still something I want to see: My understanding is that “WandaVision” takes place a few weeks after half of the universe’s population returned in the Blip. It appears this transition has been handled remarkably well, which I find curious. In “Endgame,” we saw the intense fallout from 50% of the population disappearing. Yet, the sudden return of all those people and animals was smooth? Did Bruce Banner ask for an elegant transition when he snapped everyone back into existence? I’d like to know more about the post-Blip world and what kind of presumed but as-yet-unseen chaos it brought.