WandaVision goes above and beyond with an old-school mystery


GRAPHIC BY DENISE THUONG

By MAEVE GRAY

STAFF WRITER


“I give you, Wanda and Vision!”


On Jan. 15, the new hit Marvel series bestowed fans with exemplary screenwriting and quality production. Streaming exclusively on Disney Plus, WandaVision has hooked audiences with its old-school aesthetics, referencing popular 50s shows, such as I Love Lucy and The Brady Bunch. The first episode starts with the lead cast, Wanda Maximoff (Elizabeth Olsen) and Vision (Paul Bettany) going through their day-to-day life as a couple in a new neighborhood. However, as the series progresses, viewers start to notice something unusual in the scenes.


With nostalgic references and theory-inducing mysteries, WandaVision successfully integrates itself within the Marvel franchise as one of its own kind.


At its release, there are already weird developments that leave the audience intrigued. For example, at the very beginning, Wanda and Vision discover a small toy plane in the bushes. Surrounded by the black-and-white scenery, the toy was the only object with a speckle of color in the shot, hinting that there is more to the series than a story about the suburb life of a superhero couple. Their mysterious neighbor Geraldine is also not off the hook as she opens a crack in speculations with mentions of her brother's death by Ultron. These small details within these scenes are the most notable aspects that help build up to particular plot twists. In the third episode, Vision breaks “the fourth wall” by explicitly telling Wanda that there is something wrong with the town; however, it results in a “glitch” that rewinds them back to their clueless selves. The constant switch between a fun classic sitcom and a thriller-like mystery creates a loop of emotions for the audience, as the show takes a risk by not sticking to one genre.


Notably, the dialogue in each episode ties in with the idea that Wanda is unable to move on from the past. Following the events in Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: End Game, it is revealed that Wanda created an alternate reality in her mind to escape after she was forced to break the mind stone, attempting to defeat Thanos but killing Vision along the way. But, while it is hinted from trailers that Wanda is the sole perpetrator, some indicators showcase the possibility of a third party being involved from behind the "screen." One such example was a newspaper Wanda saw that contained a picture of a mother and a child, which influenced her to get pregnant. It is likely that this development points towards someone that is trying to control Wanda and her actions. It would also explain the radio that had interrupted her conversation in the second episode when it kept asking, “Who is doing this to you?” If Wanda was truly the creator of Westview, these strange events would not have occurred.


Not to mention, the symbolism in the series should be noted. Specifically, the callback to American entertainment culture with the show’s unique set up to old sitcoms. The “television” motif represents the premise of WandaVision’s story. From the trailers to official art, multiple easter eggs references to the TV, foreshadowing a direction the show is going towards. It is especially relevant since a particular symbol is seen again and again throughout the series. At the end of the first episode, while the credits zoom out, a man watching TV appears, and the screen shows a logo that also appeared as Geraldine's necklace within Wanda's alternate reality. But, what does it represent? Does it mean that a certain individual or an organization is behind all of this?


Overall, WandaVision boldly takes a unique step in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. According to Elizabeth Olsen, part of the mystery will be solved in the upcoming episode this Friday. Hopefully, more is explained on the show’s plotline and whether these theories and speculations are correct.