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Wandavision Spoiler review

For 8 weeks, fans stayed up during the middle of the night to watch “WandaVision.” We crashed Disney+ multiple times, and afterwards flocked to Twitter to discuss theories and reactions. Now it’s time to say goodbye to our beloved twilight zone sitcom, and say hello to the Scarlet Witch.

“WandaVision” was not planned to be the start of Phase Four of the MCU, but boy am I glad it did.

Since the very first trailer aired back in February 2020, we all knew this show was going to be a wild and weird ride. For the first couple of episodes they delivered on the weirdness, but the true beauty of the show is its titular characters.

Wanda and Vision have been the more underrated and unknown characters of the MCU. We never really got to know who they are, their relationship and their powers. But this show gave us all of that and more.

“WandaVision” has the best character development in all of the MCU. In nine episodes, I went from not caring about them to nearly crying when they had to say goodbye in the end.

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Wanda was the real star of the show, and they did beautifully with her story. Through Wanda, we saw the power of love and witnessed the devastation of grief. 

We started this journey with Wanda simply wanting closure, but she couldn’t get it so she created an alternate reality where she could finally be happy with the man she loved. 

In the end, she does realize that this isn’t right, she’s hurting innocent people and she has to let them go. She has to let Vision and her children go. 

But now, she’s okay with that. Wanda has had her extra bit of time to live a life with Vision and to start a family. She can let go now, because she has finally gotten her closure. It’s a beautifully tragic end to Wanda’s story, and they took just the right amount of time to tell it.

Vision also had some amazing character development. For a while, he was really one-note, but here he’s a whole new character. We saw his comedic side, his angry side and his passionate side. 

There was a great line Vision said that encapsulates his journey through the MCU: “At first I was a voice with no body. Then a body, but not human. Now I am memories made real by you.” This was a touching way to look back on Vision’s journey. When we started he was just the A.I.,  J.A.R.V.I.S, and now at the end, he is as close to human as he could ever get.

The writers excelled with this series. They did such a phenomenal job writing these characters, and writing their relationship in a way that felt so personal and heartbreaking. 

There were multiple superhero landings in “WandaVision,” and it’s safe to say they stuck the landing on setting up phase four.

The biggest set up was of course – Scarlet Witch.

Up until now Wanda has just been Wanda Maximoff who can make things move with her mind. But now, she is the feared Scarlet Witch with the capability of rewriting reality on a universal scale.

Agatha Harkness herself said she is more powerful than the Sorcerer Supreme, Doctor Strange. A big thing to note as Wanda will appear in “Doctor Strange: The Multiverse of Madness.”

The series was all about Wanda becoming the Scarlet Witch, and they delivered. The scene where she harnessed all her power and transformed was chilling.

We also saw some set up for Monica Rambeau’s role in Captain Marvel 2 with her powers and the mid-credit scene where she was summoned to space.

The twins may have been erased from reality, but we did hear Billy’s voice while Wanda was astral projecting in the post-credit scene. Perhaps, the twins will make a return as well, and be even more powerful.

Overall, “WandaVision” was an excellent series. Many fan theories were shot down, the most disappointing being Pietro/Peter. We all know the multiverse is coming, so it would have been nice for them to show how Wanda ties to the multiverse. The finale wasn’t that explosive, I would’ve liked to see the trio (Jimmy, Darcy and Monica) take down SWORD maybe to protect Wanda. However, it was cute seeing the twins use their powers one last time. I think they did what they needed to do, which was to round out Wanda and Vision’s story.

A poetic story with a sensational ending, I couldn’t have asked for more, except maybe for Wanda’s happiness but alas.

Disney+ a Year Later — Is It Worth It?

We all waited in anticipation on Nov 11, 2019. As the next day would be the launch of the highly anticipated new streaming service from Hollywood’s biggest studio — Disney+.

I remember vibrating with excitement as I typed in my information to create my account. It reminded me of the excitement of buying tickets to see “Avengers: Endgame,” without the anxiety of seats selling out. To commemorate the event, I made Iron Man my profile picture. But now, it’s been over a year. The excitement has worn off, the hype has gone down, so it’s time to reflect and ask ourselves. Was it worth it?

In short, yes. However, it did take a while for audiences to reap the benefits.

Disney’s pride and joy is their catalog, and it’s the main force driving audiences to their app. All the Pixar classics, throwbacks to Disney Channel favorites and Earth’s mightiest heroes. It’s safe to say you can never run out of things to watch.

That is, if you’re not looking for a new original series. In that department, it’s safe to say that Disney is lacking.

Now we all know about their crown jewel, “The Mandalorian,” the western inspired Star Wars series has been the top dog of Disney+ since it’s premiere last year. There’s also “Star Wars: The Clone Wars,” and “High School Musical: The Musical: The Series.” That’s about it in terms of their major new original series.

“Star Wars: The Clone Wars” barely counts considering it was originally made by Cartoon Network, but was canceled when Disney bought Lucasfilms. Unreleased episodes were put onto Netflix as a new season. Then Disney finally decided to revive the show for its final season to draw fans to the app.

Two new series and a new season isn’t too bad. When Netflix first started they only had a few original series, “House of Cards” being the most notable. Amazon Prime Video has a few gems too, “Fleabag,” “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” and “The Boys.”

Is Disney only having three new series really that bad? No, but only one of them has expanded to general audiences – “The Mandalorian.” The other two are for more niche audiences or teenagers and young adults. 

In this day and age, new original series are they key to getting audiences to subscribe to a streaming service. One would think Disney would have plans to roll out more original series to compete with  Netflix and Amazon Prime Video.

But, Disney could afford to not launch without a vast collection of new content.

They say nostalgia sells, and Disney has nostalgia on lock. 

Many signed up so they could rewatch shows like “Kim Possible,” “That’s So Raven,” and “Hannah Montana.” (Enormous joy ran through me when I heard the “Wizards of Waverly Place” theme song after all these years.)

This was a chance to return to the shows that made our childhood, to be a kid again. For so long we’ve searched for websites that had the entire series or begged Netflix to add the show, but now we have it all in one place. Although I’m still waiting for “American Dragon: Jake Long” to be added.

Millennials aren’t the only ones who benefit. Parents now have a plethora of Disney & Pixar classics to distract the little ones for a few hours.

With the acquisition of 20th Century, audiences can watch icons such as “The Simpsons,” and holiday favorites like “Home Alone.”

The list goes on and on, and not to mention the celebrity collaborations with Beyoncé and Taylor Swift on their projects “Black is King,” and “Folklore: the Long Pond Studio Sessions,” respectively.

Clearly, Disney should not worry that they don’t have enough for audiences to watch. 

If audiences are craving for new content, they do not have to wait much longer.

When President of Marvel Studios, Kevin Feige, announced the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s phase four lineup, there were several limited series planned for Disney+.

After delays due to COVID-19, the first one up is “WandaVision” premiering on January 15 2021. Coming afterwards will be “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier,” “Loki,” “She-Hulk”, and “Ms. Marvel,” all of which are scheduled to complete or begin filming in 2021. 

Image courtesy of Marvel

The MCU shows will be a game changer for Disney+, attracting general audiences who love the films and Marvel fans who don’t want to miss a thing.

Signing up for Disney+ on Nov 12 2019 meant waiting a while before we got to the good stuff, but now it’s all about to pay off.

Featured image courtesy of Star Wars: The Clone Wars