When Marvel first announced their series ideas pre-covid, I will admit that this series was the one I expected the least from. Now that this was the first show we were able to witness I cannot say if that is still the case or not. Wandavision is a very important piece to the ever evolving MCU puzzle, but that doesn’t mean it is without its flaws. Most of which are simply a matter of opinion.
I think the most important episode of the series would be episode eight “Previously On”. This not only introduces Wanda Maximoff as “Scarlet Witch” but gives a full insight to her previous life changes and events that lead her to this point. Including more hints at future X-Men involvement due to a theory that I will link right here. We have a very thorough introduction to Wandas new “alias” or “funny nickname” as Hayward would put it…still don’t like him and I just KNOW he’s going to be back in some way. We see her shift fully into the persona in the final after credits scene of the finale giving us our first full idea of how we will see her in Dr. Strange Multiverse of Madness.
The not so good:
I feel that the reason I find these things to be let downs or missed opportunities is truly my own fault. I fell victim to the rabbit hole theories, ESPECIALLY Paul Bettany’s little cameo joke. We were told that this series would lead us directly to Dr.Strange Multiverse of Madness (as we are already aware of Wanda Maximoff’s role in the film) and even some rumors to Spider-Man No Way Home hints. Those did not come to fruition. I was very firmly convinced we would see Patrick Stewart calling out to Peter Maximoff after he was pulled from the X-Men universe into Westview by Agatha, who was in fact behind everything all along. My hope for X-Men integration with the MCU is not completely extinguished however…I just can’t personally let go of that yet.
So overall, I enjoyed Wandavision in some aspects and was sort of let down by it in others. I appreciate Marvel letting me not see Vision brutally murdered again when I am still trying to cope with the events of Endgame. I think the introduction of “Scarlet Witch” was done incredibly well and created a very exciting character arc for her. I wish we had a little bit more set up for future projects and I most certainly wish we had a more concrete X-Men introduction…but we have a lot more shows and movies to get through.
All episodes of Wandavision are available now to stream on Disney+ and make sure to mark your calendars for Falcon and The Winter Soldier which begins streaming March 19.