WandaVision: Episode 1 Review


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On Jan. 15, the first two episodes of Disney Plus’ original series WandaVision was released. Set to star Wanda Maximoff (Elizabeth Olsen) and Vision (Paul Bettany), this series was a highly anticipated addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) as it is Marvel’s first Disney Plus original.

At the beginning of the episode, Wanda and Vision are seen arriving at their new house in Westview as a newly married couple. The episode revolves around a misunderstanding of a heart symbol above the day’s date on their calendar. Wanda thinks that it is her and Vision’s anniversary, and their new neighbor Agnes helps her plan a special night for them while Vision is at work. Meanwhile, Vision realizes that the heart symbolizes his boss, Mr. Hart, and his boss’ wife coming over to their house for an important dinner. When Vision, Mr. Hart and Mrs. Hart arrive at the house, Wanda has set up a romantic evening for her and Vision. Wanda and Vision quickly excuse themselves and Vision explains to Wanda about the dinner. During dinner, Mr. Hart repeatedly demands to know why Wanda and Vision moved to Westview and they seem at a loss for an explanation. The longer they take to answer, the more agitated Mr. Hart becomes and suddenly he starts choking, and Vision has to use his powers to assist him. Luckily, the powers go unnoticed, and Mr. and Mrs. Hart leave, viewing the dinner as successful. As the episode ends, it is revealed that someone was watching everything, as if on a television screen.

I really enjoyed this episode, as it was very different from anything else I have seen in the MCU. This episode seemed to be set in the 1950s, and the show itself was in black in white, minus the end, with an audible audience throughout. There is already a mystery unraveling with the peculiarity of the way some of the characters were acting and I am excited to continue watching to see what happens next.