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WandaVision is upon us. And being the first MCU property to release since 2019, the anticipation of where this show might take the Marvel universe is at an all time high. But if you’re on the fence, here are 3 reasons why I think it’s worth a watch.
MARVEL ON TV
Marvel is no stranger to the episodic format. Dating back to The Incredible Hulk in 1977, to now with shows such as Daredevil. Marvel has always excelled in television. But there have been some hiccups. Inhumans was a massive failure that we all like to forget about. And although the Marvel Netflix shows had a lot of fans, it was always criticized for basically ignoring the larger MCU- the universe it was supposedly set in. But now, things are gonna change.
WandaVision will set the precedent for the MCU going forward. And with Kevin Feige deeming the Marvel Disney+ shows as essential viewing for the MCU, WandaVision needs to knock it out of the park.
“If you want to understand everything in future Marvel movies, he says, you’ll probably need a Disney+ subscription, because events from the new shows will factor into forthcoming films such as Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.”
The excitement of WandaVision is that it will actually tie into the MCU. Agents of S.H.E.I.L.D. did that and it was awesome. But as the series went on, the link to the MCU started to feel non existent. But I will never forget watching the first season and seeing how the events of Captain America The Winter Soldier directly affected the events of the show. It was awesome. And with the Disney+ shows being a huge part of the future of the MCU, it will have no choice but to tie in. And I can’t wait to see how the ramifications of the Disney+ shows affect the larger universe and vice versa.
THE MARVEL FORMULA
A big criticism of the MCU is that it feels “formulaic” at times. And it’s warranted in my opinion. Just looking at the past few MCU films, barring Avengers Endgame; Spider-Man Far From Home, Ant-Man & The Wasp, and Captain Marvel, all feel the same and aren’t very memorable. But if you’ve been paying attention the the WandaVision marketing, it looks like anything but that. It looks wacky and weird and most importantly it looks like it’s gonna take a chance on something new.
With the conclusion of the “Infinity Saga”, the MCU is in need of something fresh. And WandaVision seems to be just that thing. Elizabeth Olsen seems to be sinking her teeth into the role more than ever before and the tone seems unlike anything we’ve seen before in the MCU. And if this show does what I think it will, and dives into the inner psyche of Wanda, it might be one of the darker MCU properties.
WANDAVISION AND THE MULTIVERSE
As I mentioned, the ramifications of the Disney plus shows will affect the larger Marvel universe in a big way. And one thing that particularly excites me about WandaVision is how it will usher in the multiverse. Elizabeth Olsen is set to appear in Sam Raimi’s Dr. Strange And The Multiverse Of Madness, so it’s no question that WandaVision will tie into that. How it does, I’m not sure, but the future of the MCU lies within the multiverse. And the fact that this show will tie into that is pretty exciting.
It’s heavily rumored that the untitled Spider-Man 3 will incorporate Spider-Men such as Andrew Garfield and Tobey Maguire. And there’s also speculation that the mutants will start to be ushered into the MCU as well. WandaVision could plant the seeds for that. And if you’re familiar with the comics, WandaVision seems to be taking cues from the popular comic event House Of M. Which is a comic about Scarlett Witch going insane and eradicating mutants from the world. If my hunch is correct, WandaVision will show Wanda’s decent into insanity and it will end with her messing with the constructs of the multiverse, thus inviting a new age of the MCU that will include multidimensional characters such as the Fantastic Four, the X-Men, and multiple Spider-Men.
Overall, the potential for what WandaVision could do is extremely high. Not only will it tie into the larger universe in a big way, but it could plant the seeds for the multiverse as well. And it seems like one of Marvels biggest risks in a long time. Here’s hoping it can deliver.
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