“WandaVision”: the strange new addition to the Marvel Universe

“WandaVision” is Marvel’s newest show featuring Scarlet Witch and Vision. After the first four episodes, I was left confused yet intrigued.

by Sophia Rall, Features Editor

(Major spoiler alert.)

If I had to describe “WandaVision” in one word, it would be weird. The show is extremely strange, and I was often confused with what was going on. However, the story still intrigued me. 

As suggested by the title, it is about Wanda Maximoff, also known as Scarlet Witch, and Vision. In the first episode, they seem to be inside a 1950’s sitcom, complete with corny jokes and a live studio audience. The storyline is that Vision and Wanda moved into a small, intimate town, and they must conceal their powers from their neighbors in order to appear as “normal” people. However, Wanda and Vision don’t seem to remember anything about their lives. In fact, it is unclear if the show is taking place before or after Avengers: Endgame, or even in an alternate universe. 

The show progresses as a black and white style sitcom, until a strange event occurs: Wanda comes across a toy helicopter that appears in color. This was the first indication that there was something strange about Wanda’s world, and I was left confused yet intrigued. I wasn’t sure what was going on, but I felt like more strange events would follow. 

After the first two episodes, I was slightly bored with the show. It was very slow and the plot seemed surface-level. However, I was determined to know what was happening with Wanda and Vision! I had to stick with the show to learn why Wanda and Vision were in a strange small town, in a 1950’s sitcom. 

The plot was not particularly interesting, but I was still highly impressed by the outfits, backgrounds and overall attention to detail in the show. My favorite detail was that the show was interrupted by fake commercials, which were 1950’s themed. One such commercial was advertising Stark Industries toasters, which was a perfect reference to the rest of the Marvel universe. 

The first episode ended with what looked like a modern television showing the “WandaVision” show, and it looked like someone was watching the monitor. However, the weirdness did not end there  — Wanda appears to be pregnant!

The third episode of the show was a welcome change from the 1950’s sitcom — the show was in-color and 1970’s theme. I was totally impressed by the attention to detail in the show at this point.The 1970’s theme was a great change. Vision’s hair was grown out, and Wanda donned a multicolored flowy dress. Wanda and Vision’s home was also transformed — it had wood paneling and bright orange details. 

Wanda miraculously has twin babies during this episode, even though the episode only covers three days of her life. Geraldine, one of Wanda’s friends, assists her throughout the episode. The episode ends with a shock: Geraldine is seemingly thrown into a different universe, and she is surrounded by police and military forces. 

After finishing the third episode, I went down the rabbit hole of “WandaVision” fan theories. Since Vision died at the end of Avengers: Endgame (spoiler alert), is the show taking place in the past when Vision was alive? Did Wanda (Scarlet Witch) use her powers to create an alternate universe in which everyone is alive? Is the town a figment of Wanda’s imagination? 

Episode 4 totally threw me for a loop. It felt like a typical Marvel movie — filled with cool technology, action scenes and a good versus evil plot. It begins with a woman named Monica Lambeau, the same woman who was Geraldine in Wanda’s world. She was one of the people who disappeared when Thanos snapped his fingers, aka “the Blip.”

I won’t completely spoil the show, but I will say that Episode 4 answered a lot of my questions. It also completely hooked me on “WandaVision” — a complete 180 degree turn from my confusion and borement from the first three episodes.