With WandaVision, the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) has reached a whole new level. For the first time, it is not a big blockbuster cinema that tells the story of the popular superheroes, but a series with many episodes in appetizers of around 30 minutes in length. At Disney, WandaVision is the start of a slew of MCU series, next with The Falcon and the Winter Soldier and Loki
However, many MCU fans may not have noticed how great WandaVision is. The unusual and playful first episodes apparently don't fit into the MCU at all, but far from it! The shrill sitcom parade is just waiting to reveal its secrets and take the viewer into a beautifully tangled story.
From the 4th episode at the latest, WandaVision has become a spectacular jewel that inspires MCU fans with important connections to the films and familiar faces.
After the creative experiment, the MCU connections shine in WandaVision
In the first three episodes, the Marvel series dances back and forth between confusing and funky and funny and entertaining. MCU fans don't get that really smart about the whole thing here.
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Why is this all done in the black and white style of old sitcoms? Are the Avengers characters Wanda Maximoff and Vision trapped in an illusory world? And why is Vision even alive again after his tragic death in Avengers 3: Infinity War?
Questions after questions, to which WandaVision provides more and more answers from the 4th episode on. The series takes up our confusion in a great way and suddenly brings the familiar reality from the MCU back into play alongside the sitcom illusion. The series turns out to be a reunion with familiar faces for fans of the movies.
Monica Rambeau (Teyonah Parris), who we only knew as a little girl from Captain Marvel, suddenly becomes a key figure as an adult. There are also two returnees from Ant-Man and the Wasp and the first two Thor films.
FBI and former S.H.I.E.L.D. agent and humor guarantor Jimmy Woo (Randall Park), who last supervised Scott Lang's probation at the MCU, is back. And astrophysicist Darcy Lewis, who got a little lost in the Thor universe, is brought back by Kat Dennings with a lot of sympathy and humor.
The role of Monica in particular also means that the MCU characters aren't brought back just for fun. WandaVision builds an important bridge between the franchise's blockbusters and is of great importance to the plot of the upcoming sequels Captain Marvel 2 and Doctor Strange 2!
WandaVision is growing alongside the Easter eggs and connections to the emotional MCU highlight
The Marvel series not only succeeds in combining the wacky sitcom fake world with the well-known MCU. In the second half, WandaVision climbs to an emotional climax, which above all does Wanda Maximoff more justice than ever as a multi-layered personality.
In the MCU blockbusters she is one of the most tragic characters ever, having to deal with the loss of her parents in childhood, the death of her twin brother Pietro / Quicksilver by villain Ultron and the double loss of her lover Vision.
We won't reveal too much at this point, but how touching and creative the series illuminates the various stages of Wanda's trauma and the talent of actress Elizabeth Olsen has not yet been seen in the movies. This alone makes WandaVision a fantastic addition to the MCU that all fans shouldn't miss despite the unusual start of the season.
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