If names of upcoming Marvel films like Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness or Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania are any indicator of what awaits, then phase four is certain to be trippy AF. But Marvel doesn’t seem to be interested in introducing us to this new phase slowly—no, we are jumping headfirst into a TV show that Paul Bettany described as “utterly bonkers and ambitious”: WandaVision.
Each consecutive trailer has hinted more and more at what we can expect (or just how confused we’ll be). The official synopsis explains that Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch and Vision are living their ideal suburban life as a married couple, but begin to realize that nothing is quite what it seems. They appear to be living through what the audience will recognize as classic and kitschy sitcom tropes from across the decades of the small screen—all the while, trying to hide (or realizing that they have??) incredible powers.
Aside from wondering how this amazing duo ended up in a strange, mind-bending composite of American television favorites that many of us probably remember fondly, there’s the important question of chronology. WandaVision supposedly takes place after the events of Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame…and *spoilers* Vision is dead. Like really dead. The reversal of Thanos’s gauntlet didn’t appear to bring him back to life—so what is he? A figment of Wanda’s imagination? A recreation of the original Vision? A version of himself from an alternate universe, or perhaps a side effect of the time travel in Endgame?
WandaVision premieres on Disney Plus this Friday, January 15, with two episodes about a half-hour in length. As the show progresses through the remaining seven episodes, the format and running time will supposedly change to reflect the changes in not only the plot but also in the tropes our heroes are living through.
Ready to get weird?