I happily grew up watching “I Love Lucy”, “Bewitched”, and “I Dream of Jeanie” which made me an instant fan of “Wanda Vision” as it mimics those shows in every way from the laugh tracks to the black and white composition. Overacted in a self-aware manner is quite entertaining to those of us who enjoy that type of old school entertainment. However, I fear the audience and massive fandom of the Marvel Universe may not understand what the hell is going on. Though there are Easter eggs sprinkled throughout the episodes, there is no mention of why these superheroes are in a 50’s sitcom or how we got here in the first place. One thing is clear, however, Elizabeth Olsen (Wanda) and Paul Bettany (Vision) are divine together whether they’re fighting super galactic bad guys or trying to fit into American suburbia.
If you’re tuning in to see the continuation of "Endgame" or other Marvel movies of the like, you will most likely find yourself disappointed with this Truman show type of presentation. It’s still unclear where this series is going and because everyone is home and definitely watching the new series, the Marvel empire better hope they can keep the audiences’ attention with this slow-moving, unexplained start to their newest installment.
I, personally, could watch this ridiculous reprise of a 1950’s sitcom as is for an entire season, but I know I’m most likely on an island with that opinion. I would, also, watch these actors over perform as undercover superheroes for the entire season, but I also had high hopes for an action-packed thrill ride I so desperately miss during the pandemic. This series, so far, seems targeted more towards adults than the young fans and hopefully it can maintain even those viewers. I’ll be tuning in (obviously) to see how this plays out, but I don’t foresee any massive shifts in the tone any time soon, other than the explanation of why Wanda starts to see in color. Watch with caution; I hope you enjoy.