WandaVision – Different World, different universe

WandaVision is a science fiction drama sitcom that began airing on Disney+ in January 2021. It is a comic book adaptation of the Marvel Studios in-house production. What many viewers don’t know is that this one is about coming to terms with grief, suffering and despair.

The first time we meet the characters Wanda Maximoff (Elisabeth Olsen) and Vision (Paul Bettany) is in the Marvel movies. They first appeared as villains, but then were recruited by the Avengers. Both characters are of evil lineage: Wanda is the child of Magneto and Vision is a creation of Ultron. It was revealed that the two developed feelings for each other early on.

Vision was created mainly to destroy the Avengers. It turned out that he had a good heart and stood up to his creator, the actual villain. He has the ability to change density at will, flying and gliding through walls. Other strengths include his near invulnerability and his ability to absorb solar energy for the beam from his forehead crystal (Infinity crystal).  This Infinity crystal plays an important role in the movies Avengers: Age of Ultron and Avengers: Infinity War. Vision dies in the last movie Avengers: Endgame.

Wanda Maximoff and her brother Pietro Maximoff, also known as Quicksilver, grew up with foster parents. Both realized over time that they possessed extraordinary powers. Wanda possesses the power of chaos magic, thus she can change reality according to her ideas. Her brother possesses speed powers. Both of them do not agree with the fact that their father Magneto wants to destroy the world, and distance themselves from him. However, her brother comes around while helping to save the world.

Wanda, still struggling with the loss of her lover, finds herself in another reality, living a perfect suburban life with her husband Vision in Westview. He is an employee at a tech company and she takes care of the household, often using her powers. They lead a quiet life, but must protect their identities to avoid exposure. Wanda gets pregnant in the course of the series, which progresses as if in a flash. Strange things often happen that force Wanda to make a correction in the given reality. Again and again, the environment changes in the 50s style and the feeling that something seems wrong. Vision, meanwhile, wonders why he can’t remember anything before his time in Westview.

This change does not go unnoticed by the S.W.O.R.D. organization. The viewer is left with questions like: Did Wanda create this world herself? How can it be that the murdered Vision is alive again after all?

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Marvel fans are hoping for a second season of this series and for answers to open questions. After the sad shocking ending, one hopes for a reunion of Wanda and Vision, as their love affair is the focus here. The exploration of her magical powers also seems important.

The various streaming platforms like Amazon Prime, Disney+, HBO or Netflix offer a wide range of entertainment these days. This includes not only classic movies like Scarface or current series like Money Heist, which is a Netflix in-house production, but also documentaries like the Oscar-winning documentary Free Solo. Diverse platforms are constantly evolving. There is something for every target group. The monthly fee is cheap when compared to a single DVD or season box.

As a big Marvel fan, I have to say I was quite pleased when I discovered “WandaVision” on Disney+. It’s a trip back in time to another peaceful world where almost everything seems perfect. Isn’t that what we all wish for sometimes? Just to escape everyday life and shape our reality the way it suits us best. A world without worries and problems, especially when you look at the world nowadays. I grew up with the oldschool scene, whether that be movies, tapes, values or attitudes. It was easy to get into the roles. The series finale was emotional and surprising to me. It’s often the case that reality does catch up with you in the end.

An absolute must-see for Marvel fans and of course for those who just want to escape the daily grind. Goodbye Reality, Hello Westview!

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Text: Marvel-Fan (no rating)

GastmitarbeiterInnen / guest contributions

GastmitarbeiterInnen / guest contributions

Regular guest contributors e.g. Melanie Kircher, Tatjana Tattis Murschel, Grit Kabiersch, Marina Minkler, Jasmine Frey, Maria Levin, Elvira Visser, Nina Ratavaara, John Wisniewski