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[CRÍTICA] WandaVision casts renewal spell for the Marvel Universe

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Last Friday (05), the last episode of WandaVision aired, making it the first series in the Marvel Cinematic Universe to air on Disney +. In the story, we are immersed in the “perfect life” of Wanda Maximoff and Visão, as they attempt to pass for an ordinary couple in the suburban Westview neighborhood, but things soon start to get tense and mysterious.

The series is Marvel Studios’ weirdest, weirdest project in recent years, combining the action scenes we know and love with an aesthetic that pays homage to America’s most popular sitcoms. But all of this is a facade for a dense story involving mourning, acceptance and discovery. Here you can check out our WandaVision review!

data sheet

Title: WandaVision

Creation: Jac Schaeffer

Director: Matt Shakman

Year: 2021

Number of episodes: 9

Synopsis: Wanda Maximoff and Visão, two overpowered beings living daily in the suburbs, begin to suspect that things are not exactly what they seem …

WandaVision casts a renewal spell for the Marvel Universe!

When Marvel Studios announced the production of several original series for Disney +, fans were curious and excited about what was to come. If, on the one hand, there was an opportunity to explore characters who had never been of great importance in cinemas with longer screen time, many also believed that the studio’s “formula” could. easily wear out in a five to six hour story.

Amid delays, postponements and uncertain futures, WandaVision gave way to this initiative. And whether it was by Disney’s decision or by fluke of fate, it couldn’t be a better choice, both for the series itself and for the longevity of waiting for the series to come. In its first episodes, the plot was already proving weird, weird, and weird, as we were thrown into a universe nothing like the one we already know.

To locate the lost (but be aware that the review will contain spoilers, if you haven’t seen it yet), WandaVision follows the lives of Wanda Maximoff and Visão. The two form an exemplary couple who settled in the suburbs, while fully living the American dream. They have to hide their powers, but they have very fun and friendly neighbors. And yet, problems and mysteries meet them.

This premise seems to be very basic and doesn’t go into much detail about the story. What we have in the first few chapters, however, is a complete deconstruction of the “superhero genre,” as we cross the odd threshold between sitcom comedy, suspense, family drama, and even a few light touches of. horror. The perfect reality of Wanda Maximoff is revealed, and we quickly realize how the heroine deals with her own grief.

In fact I am fighting which is the main theme of the series. Throughout the nine episodes, we got to see the heroine go through all the stages, from denial to acceptance, in an impressive crescent. Coming from a Marvel production, well known for “shedding light” on the themes and plots of its films, it’s a surprising and mature character build, which masterfully reveals Wanda’s fragile state after Infinite War and Ultimatum.

And all this is only possible thanks to the brilliant work of Elizabeth Olsen. Proving that she owes nothing to the other major players in the franchise, she manages to cut through a range of emotions in the blink of an eye, conveying the veracity of her gaze at every dramatic turn. In the first few episodes, Olsen’s work is clear, especially in the scenes where something causes a “glitch” in its perfect reality.

However, the series definitely knows how to deconstruct and rebuild, as seen after the fourth episode. From then on, even the sitcom model gains new tunes with the introduction of what is happening in the “outside world”, through characters such as Monica Rambeau, Jimmy Woo and Darcy Lewis. This is where WandaVision could have slipped in and lost sight of the number of its characters, but that certainly isn’t happening.

The mysteries and secrets continued with force week after week, leading fans to come up with thousands of theories, from the most plausible to the most absurd (which certainly led to a high degree of frustration with the last few episodes). Yet WandaVision showed what it is by not appealing to the megalomaniac and the gigantic, but by portraying the life and personal dilemmas of Wanda and the characters around her.

In this sense, a special round of applause for Kathryn Hahn, who appeared in the role of the inflexible neighbor Agnes, but gradually revealed her true face. When we found out that she was Agatha Harkness, the series gives another 180 ° and offers to go in another direction, presenting us with a scarlet witch closer to the comic book, placing her in the direction of Chaos Magic.

And it’s very curious that the series can do such a dedicated character study, using other characters to compose Wanda’s journey. If you take Vision himself, he doesn’t have a big arc of his own (although he does have the name in the series title), but it’s essential in transforming his beloved. By the way, he is the protagonist of the two best dialogue scenes of the series, which take place in episodes 8 and 9 respectively.

And while the compliments are plentiful, it’s important to say that the series isn’t perfect. For starters, there is a very clear fear of being this daring. Therefore, the fourth episode (which shows more of SWORD and what’s going on outside of Westview) ends up being the season’s low point, as it’s just chewed up exposure that could easily not be the.

Another point worthy of debate is Evan Peters’ Pietro Maximoff, which has raised a range of speculation and theories from fans ranging from exploring the multiverse to the presence of a certain cramunhão known from the comics. . And as much as the series isn’t to blame for the expectations placed on it, the conclusion of this specific puzzle was far from satisfactory, playing a questionable trick on audiences.

Either way, WandaVision remains a very worthwhile project, especially for those who tell the winds that “Marvel always does the same.” If anything has been proven over the course of the nine episodes it hasn’t, and the studio is ready to find new narratives and new propositions, without necessarily portraying superheroes as the pinnacle of goodness, justice and altruism.

And that’s exactly what we see here in The Scarlet Witch’s Journey: a fragmented and shattered heroine who, thanks to her powers, is able to find a ‘shortcut’ to rid herself of all the pain she has suffered. since childhood. It is through this that the series created by Jac Schaeffer and directed by Matt Shakman (by the way, an exceptional duo) is able to show how much this character and all his dramatic construction dominates.

May WandaVision be just the start of a new era for the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Kevin Feige has already stated in interviews how “the future is streaming” and we can see it clearly in the next announced series. Hopefully, the spell cast by Wanda Maximoff will show us that it is possible to tell such good, complex, and well-grounded stories in upcoming Marvel Studios TV productions.

WandaVision is available on Disney +, with its nine episodes.

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