A Vision of the Past: WandaVision First Impressions


The title menu of “WandaVision” is open in the Disney Plus application. The show is ready to stream with new episodes every Friday (photo credit A. Kice).

I’ve been a fan of the Marvel Cinematic Universe since the first movie was released in 2008. Then Disney Plus was released and multiple shows to expand the MCU were announced. “WandaVision,” the first of these, was released on Jan. 15, with the first episode starting off in a classic black-and-white sitcom style. The majority of the episode had light humor and over-the-top acting, the kinds of things you would expect from a 1950s sitcom. Watching through the episode, I lost interest but wanted to finish two released episodes before coming to a conclusion. 

The initial episode was fun, but was missing that action comedy style that the MCU is known for. I sat on my couch watching while thinking “What is this? Where is the advanced CGI? Who came up with this?” Then the credits began to roll, but the next episode option didn’t pop up on the screen yet. Once the credits were done, a scene appeared on screen for just a second, and all my concern washed away. The scene panned out and showed someone watching “WandaVision” on an old television surrounded by computer monitors. On one of the monitors a logo known to fans knowledgeable of the comics was visible: it belonged to an organization known as S.W.O.R.D. 

S.W.O.R.D., or Sentient Weapon Observation Response Division, was hinted towards at the end of the “Spider-Man: Far From Home” movie during its post-credit scene and was now confirmed to exist. With this appearing, I knew the action and adventure I had been missing was not far. I watched the second episode looking for more clues toward what was actually happening in the series, multiple scenes all pointed to one question “What is happening?” Each week brings more questions than answers. Wanda and Vision seem trapped in some fake world, living out their lives in a classic sitcom setting. I for one am very excited to see where the show takes us and what it might mean for the entirety of the universe!

With episodes releasing on Fridays until March 5, more information will be added to the ever-expanding universe that is the MCU.