Fans react to WandaVision, anticipate MCU’s future

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Sophomore Daniella Schneider watches WandaVision on DIsney+. Schneider enjoys the show’s storyline and numerous Easter eggs that are dropped in the episodes.

Juan (Johnny) Garibay, Business Manager

*This article does not contain spoilers to WandaVision*

The Marvel intro starts to play in. The iconic and familiar scene-flipping logo starts to shade from a vivid red to a monochromatic gray. Wow, we are in the 1950s. No wait, now we are in the 1960s. 1970s? 80s? 90s? 2000s? WHAT IS GOING ON?

WandaVision took the world by storm with its initial release on Disney+. Being the first Disney+ tv show from the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), WandaVision introduced a new medium and experience for Marvel fans to see their favorite superheroes on the small screen, or medium screen, depending if viewers watched it on their mobile device or television. 

WandaVision commenced an experimental concept to viewers by having each episode partake in a decade of television. Episode 1, titled, “Filmed Before a Live Studio Audience”, was heavily influenced by television in the 1950s. The Dick Van Dyke Show was strongly reflected in this episode as the wardrobe, acting style, and sets were similar to those in the classic sitcom.

We see these episodes progress more as they switch decades and more shows like Bewitched, The Brady Bunch, Malcolm in the Middle, Modern Family and The Office become morphed into the world of WandaVision.

Explaining the concept of WandaVision to someone who has not seen the show will either have their interest in the show or split the viewer into two.

For sophomore Maxwell Slater, it was the latter.

“It went exactly as I thought because when I first heard of the show, I was confused,” said Slater. “When I watched it, I was still confused.”

But for sophomore Gerritt Ewing, it was interesting how he was introduced to the show.

“When I was first recommended to Wandavision by a friend, it was intriguing to me when he explained that the first 3-4 episodes were layered out in the same way as ‘Don’t Hug Me I’m Scared‘,” Ewing said. “It was a YouTube thriller series masked to look like a muppets show.”

For a show that is from the MCU, there is always an element of surprise. Devoted and analytical Marvel fans will always try to beat Marvel to the punch to see if their theories were right.

Sophomore Daniella Schneider experienced this while watching the show.

“The show did not go how I expected it. It was full of turns,” Schneider said. “There were so many different theories I heard, but none of them were right.”

Besides the twists and turns, the show has hidden Easter eggs for fans to find and enjoy.

“I think the easter eggs I liked the most were in the commercials, like the Stark Industries’ toaster commercial or the Struckers’ watch,” Schneider said. ” I liked them because they were all part of Wanda’s life at some point.”

Ewing said he believed that these commercials were creepy interventions.

“Going through the different times, the various old pop culture references were extremely entertaining and I had not expected anything like it,” Ewing said. “Along with the occasional creepy interventions in each episode it always got me wondering what was really going on.”

With all the interesting elements and cinematography, the show had an overall positive review from watchers. Ewing rated the show a 7.5 out of 10, Slater rated it a 9 out of 10 and Schneider rated it a 10 out of 10. This brings the average rating to an 8.8 out of 10, which surpasses IMDb’s rating of 8.2 out of 10. 

So, What is the MCU’s future?

WandaVision’s release did show that this new genre of tv-show adaptation is very successful and will continue to happen in future Marvel and MCU projects.

So far, the next installment of the MCU superhero tv-show series is The Falcon and The Winter Soldier, set to be released on Mar. 19, 2021. 

“I’m really excited for Falcon and The Winter Soldier that comes out in a few weeks. Bucky is one of my favorite characters and I think his relationship with The Falcon is hilarious,” Schneider said.”It’ll be cool to see Captain America’s legacy get passed on.”

For Marvel movies, the long-anticipated and delayed solo female movie, “The Black Widow” is set to be released on May 7, 2021.

Fans like Ewing will try to see it on the day that it is going to be released in order to finally see justice be made over Black Widow’s well-deserved movie.

But for future installments, there seems to be a theme it will be focused around. Magic. As WandaVision sets the stage for magic, future movies and tv shows like “Loki”, “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” and ” Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness” will try to fit how magic plays a role in the cosmic universe. 

“I think [WandaVision] it will cause a lot of inspiration for future projects about what goes on during the show,” Slater said. “I think [future MCU projects]they’re really cool because they’re going to be based on great movies and shows and it will incite amazing ideas.”

Besides the focus on magic, future movies and shows will shift the attention towards the MCU characters after the events that occurred on Avengers: Endgame.

“The MCU is going further and further back into their old comic lineups and creating dedicated films for the characters that everyone knows and loves, even when they’re not as relevant as other shows that they care a lot more for,” Ewing said.

You can watch all the episodes in season one of WandaVision on Disney+. Try to steal your friend’s account if you can. 

Don’t miss The Falcon and The Winter Soldier on Mar. 19, 2021.