WandaVision Provides an Escape


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Oftentimes people yearn for an escape from the stress of their current reality, whether it is the stress of school or work, or, in Wanda Maximoff’s case, the destruction of everyone she holds dear. Three weeks after the events of Avengers: Endgame, Wanda Maximoff and Vision are living an idyllic married life in the suburban town of Westview, New Jersey. However, nothing seems to quite make sense, as time appears to have a mind of its own, and people are starting to act strangely. Wanda and Vision seem to have no recollection of their life together before they moved to Westview, but they have a very loving marriage nonetheless. Meanwhile, Captain Monica Rambeau, along with other S.W.O.R.D. and F.B.I agents, sets out to discover how an entire town mysteriously disappeared. Aspects of each episode are clearly reminiscent of past sitcoms, such as Bewitched and Full House, while keeping the intensity typical of a Marvel Cinematic Universe creation.

Reception of WandaVision has been overwhelmingly positive, receiving a Rotten Tomatoes score of 92%. TVision proclaimed it the most watched title of January 2021 across all major U.S. streaming and advertising video on demand services, with the series’s first two episodes having around 6.48 million views. Reception from the Pine Crest Community is equally positive.

“Before watching WandaVision, neither [Wanda nor Vision] was my favorite character, but they definitely grew on me because the new show has helped them shine in a brand new way. It was really unique in that it was almost a parody of other comedy shows, which, combined with action-packed scenes, was hilarious. I think the sitcom feel was really perfect for quarantine, because it kept it lighthearted yet still just as exciting as other Marvel movies” said Grace Hancock ’22.

Many viewers were surprised by the content of the new series but loved it nonetheless.

“[WandaVision] really wasn’t what I expected” said Alex Bodmer ’22. “Before it came out I heard it would be a little weird, but I didn’t think it would be such a change from the normal content in the MCU. Even though it is so strange I really like it. I love the MCU and think everything is so well thought out and this show fits in that same mold. Everywhere you look in this show there are mysteries to uncover and a bunch of different theories to be made on what’s really happening. Wanda has also been one of my favorite characters in the MCU since Age of Ultron so I was really happy they would expand on her character by giving her her own show.”

“Wanda and Vision’s journey to this point is a story of pure, innocent love and deep connection with another person,” Elizabeth Olsen (Wanda) tells Elle Magazine,“It was also very traumatizing. Tragedy has always been their story. In our show, we kind of wipe that clean and start fresh.”

Olsen is right; Wanda and Vision have had more than their fair share of tragedy. Right as their affection was culminating into a relationship, they were swept into opposing sides in Captain America: Civil War, only for them to rekindle their relationship before Vision is destroyed in Avengers: Infinity War. WandaVision offers fans of Wanda and Vision’s relationship a glance into how things could have been, while still featuring the suspense and dark plotlines that all MCU fans adore. WandaVision has proven to be a fan favorite and the perfect escape from the pandemic reality.

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