Don't Touch That Dial

By Kevin Schlieder (12) 

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No matter the decade, one thing remains true. Love never dies. Nowhere is that more prominent than the story of Wanda and Vision through the Marvel Cinematic Universe. A magical orphan raised to hate those around her and a vibranium synthezoid wouldn’t seem like the perfect couple to most, but the chemistry between Wanda and Vision is like no other. Set a few weeks after the events of Avengers Endgame, WandaVision takes viewers through the emotional and physical turmoil of love and loss on one of the strongest Avengers, Wanda Maximoff.

 

Loss is one of the most impactful things anyone can experience. It’s that sudden realization that there is a permanent emptiness in your life. It’s a void that can only be filled by something that no longer exists. Wanda has had her fair share of loss throughout her life. At the age of 10, her parents were killed by an air strike inside their home. At the age of 26, her brother Pietro was shot while risking his life to save Hawkeye (aka Clint Barton) during their fight with Ultron. At 28, Wanda had to use her magical abilities to sacrifice the love of her life, Vision, to prevent Thanos from taking the Mind Stone from inside of Vision’s head, only to then watch Vision be brought back to life and killed in front of her at the hands of Thanos and the time stone. She herself then snapped into nonexistence. 

 

After the defeat of Ultron in Age of Ultron, Wanda joined the Avengers and found a new home, a new family, and a place in the world where no one saw her as a monster. When Wanda and several others returned from “The Blip” (Thanos’s snap), she found herself once again alone. Almost everyone she called family was gone. Those who protected her and treated her like no one ever had were gone. Overwhelmed with grief and sadness, Wanda took herself to Westview, New Jersey. She needed to find a place where she could create a new home. In Westview, she did just that.

 

Unaware of the magnitude of her powers, Wanda took over the town of Westview to live out the life she always dreamed of. As a child, Wanda grew up watching old tapes of TV comedies like I Love Lucy and Bewitched. Wandavision takes inspiration from these classic shows and presents every episode in a new decade and era of television, starting with the 1950s through the 2000s and modern day. The first episode starts with Wanda and Vision preparing for what Wanda thinks is their anniversary in a black and white world of hijinks. All seems well in Westview, until there are some minor “glitches” in the programming.

 

Throughout Wandavision’s nine episodes, viewers will notice oddities scattered about, and sometimes blatantly shown to the viewers. Objects from different eras can be seen in decades where they don’t belong and the citizens of Westview can be seen acting strangely. It soon becomes evident that things aren’t as they appear to be, and that something, or someone, is helping Wanda produce this fictitious reality she has created. Insightful viewers will notice that Wanda and Vision’s neighbor, Agnes, is odd to say the least. 

 

Additionally, each episode of the series represents one of the seven stages of grief. Episode 1 and 2 represents denial. Episode 3 and 4 represents anger. Episode 5 represents bargaining. Episode 6 represents guilt. Episode 7 represents depression. Episode 8 represents the uphill turn. Finally, with Episode 9, we see acceptance.

 

As a fan of the MCU, I absolutely loved this series. While it definitely wasn’t what I expected it to be, especially with the many, many theories circulating around the show, it still was highly enjoyable for most.

 

“I actually really enjoyed it, I thought the way they did the setting and plot was actually well done. Not to mention I think that all the fan theories were part of the fun,” said senior Ella Alcantara.

“First 3 episodes were the most interesting. Hayward was a bad villain and the last episode was kinda bad. The show was great until it wasn't,” said senior Matthew Villavcencio.

Some may say that the first few episodes are a little slow and that the villains are on the weaker side when compared to others we have seen in previous Marvel media, but I’d argue that there is still plenty of classic Marvel action and Easter eggs to satisfy any Marvel fan. If you go into Wandavision with the expectations of a origin story type of series, you’ll be extremely pleased. 

What’s next for Wanda Maximoff and the MCU? Wandavision acts as a prequel and starting point for the 4th phase of the MCU. Marvel president, Kevin Feige, has stated that the series will directly connect to the third Spiderman film, Spiderman: No Way Home, and the Doctor Strange Sequel, Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness.

 

Wanda’s story is only beginning and we can expect to see it flourish and grow through the next decade of Marvel Cinema. Until next time, don’t touch that dial. There’s more Wanda Maximoff coming up!