The first series to be entirely linked to the Marvel Cinematic Universe (which can now be shortened to MU?), WandaVision is also responsible for introducing Phase 4. Great responsibilities which require great power …
Despite the anger of its detractors, the facts are indisputable: the small business of Kevin Feige does not know the crisis. Anyway… twenty-three movies and billions at the box office in total, no, like it or not, the Marvel Cinematic Universe is a huge hit. And since Feige does not see why to stop there, it is now the kingdom of series that Marvel Studios wants to conquer with its first weapon: WandaVision.
Admittedly, this is not the first time that the studio has released its heroes for the small screen and we all remember the excellent first season of Daredevil. We remember Inhumans a little less. But WandaVision has a special status since it is stamped Marvel Studios. Understand that this is therefore the first series in a long list that will be completely connected to the films. In other words, where to fully understand an Avengers, you had to watch the previous films, now you will also have to watch series from the same universe. on Disney +. It is still too early to know if this strategy will be as profitable as in the cinema in the long term, nevertheless, we must admit one thing after seeing the first three episodes (out of nine) of the show: Marvel Universe or not, it there is an interest in watching WandaVision.
Before explaining the why and how, let’s put the context back: Vision (Paul Bettany) would die in Avengers: Infinity War under the eyes of an inconsolable Wanda Maximoff (Elizabeth Olsen). And yet it is the couple that we find, after the events, moving together in a house in a quiet American neighborhood. Small detail that is important: we are in a sitcom from the 50s.
For those who found that the House of Ideas had no more ideas, this first foray into Phase 4 tends to prove the opposite. Placing our super heroes in a 1950s sitcom creates a dichotomy that is both fun and intriguing. Not only does Marvel come out of its comfort zone and its green backgrounds, but the studio takes the opportunity to appropriate the history of the series to its sauce.
WandaVision goes back in time
Each episode, lasting more or less thirty minutes, seems to take the bias to revisit each decade with its techniques and codes, from the opening credits. But who says appropriation does not necessarily mean distortion and tributes are legion (a film in which Paul Bettany played by the way). The most obvious being the one devoted to an inevitable desired and expected reference that we let you discover.
Whether it is the costumes, the hairstyles or the environment, the artistic direction plays the game to perfection and we have the feeling of a timeless series where the landscapes are painted, the elements of the decor are moved. hand-drawn and recorded laughs support every line. Each change of decade also makes it possible to realize the evolution of formats when black and white gives way to color and 4/3 becomes 16/9.
A serial universe which also passes through its secondary cast formed on the small screen. We have the pleasure of seeing Debra Jo Rupp, unforgettable Kitty Forman in That ’70s show, and above all an absolutely earthy Kathryn Hahn (Mrs. Fletcher) whose role is likely to gain importance.
Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany, obvious!
If their story never really had a place to be developed within the Avengers, Wanda and Vision can now occupy all the space and their interpreters to show the full extent of their talent. With a lot of humor, the duo adapt to their tidy life while trying to hide their differences. In this little game, Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany remind us that they are great actors and, together, show an undeniable alchemy. The duo have a lot of fun away from the heroic stakes and the pleasure is communicative. You feel less in the Marvel Universe than in a toy box.
Since we are talking about the MU, we must obviously talk about the issues posed by the series within this Phase 4. For now, they are discreet, preferring to let us immerse ourselves in this universe before entering the heart of the matter. An introduction nevertheless far from being in vain since several elements come to remind us of the distortion of reality in which Wanda is immersed and the consequences, obviously catastrophic, which will follow. The questions are numerous at the end of these three episodes, but the plot has begun to reveal its first cards, proof that the series does not intend to beat around the bush for too long.
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