Why Is Everyone Talking About WandaVision?

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Many people, especially Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) fans, are talking about the new Disney+ show WandaVision. If you haven’t watched the show, you might feel the urge to catch up on the nine-episode miniseries since the show recently had its finale. However, if you want an overview before getting started, here are several reasons why everyone is talking about WandaVision. Beware of spoilers toward the end of this article!

First MCU release after no releases in 2020

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, 2020 was the first year since 2009 in which MCU fans didn’t get any new Marvel Studios content. The only new Marvel content MCU fans did have was the final season of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. However, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. hasn’t had close ties to the larger MCU for several years, so many fans said that it didn’t feel like a Marvel Studios product. 

Vision’s return

MCU fans were excited to see the synthezoid Vision, played by Paul Bettany, in WandaVision. The series marks Vision’s first appearance after Thanos killed him in Avengers: Infinity War. The main trailer for the series, though, shows Vision and Wanda happy together.

Many viewers have assumed that Wanda, played by Elizabeth Olsen, is responsible for this altered reality in which Vision still exists. In general, before WandaVision was released, many people were left wondering how Vision is alive in WandaVision after he died in Infinity War. Fans have said that, since Scarlet Witch is one of the most powerful Avengers, she would likely have something to do with it. WandaVision shows there’s still some backstory yet to be revealed.

The show’s format

WandaVision uses a self-aware television sitcom format that many people, whether longtime MCU fans or not, have loved. Many successful sitcoms have used WandaVision’s portrayal of an idyllic suburban lifestyle as their motifs, and WandaVision doing so aligns it with the many non-superhero shows from which it takes cues. 

The first episode is inspired by the classic sitcom The Dick Van Dyke Show, and the second episode takes inspiration from another popular sitcom, Bewitched. The choice of the series being created as a sitcom also made it easy for viewers to see the characters facing problems and the harshness of reality.

The casting of Kathryn Hahn

Many people love that Kathryn Hahn appears in an MCU role, portraying Wanda and Vision’s nosy, talkative neighbor Agnes. In this role, she acts like a classic wine mom. Many people think Hanh consistently stole the show with every episode of WandaVision given her outsize personality. Her character received tons of praise on the internet, which turned her iconic wink in the miniseries into a meme

Spoiler alert: 

In Marvel comics, Agatha Harkness (Agnes’ real identity) is often depicted as a stereotypical crone witch. Her background story is that she was a witch without a coven for a couple of centuries. Hahn’s portrayal of Harkness was a departure from this narrative, and Agnes (before being revealed as Harkness) provides some of WandaVision’s most upbeat moments before her dark side is revealed. 

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