“WandaVision” comes to a disappointing end


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By Alex Hartleb

On March 5 the ninth and final episode of “WandaVision” was released on Disney+. Taking place approximately three weeks after the events of “Avengers: Endgame,” the show follows the superhero couple Wanda and Vision as they move to the fictional town of Westview, New Jersey, in order to start their lives anew.

While the series finale and the show as a whole are receiving positive feedback from audiences, I felt that “WandaVision” really does not live up to the hype with a disappointing and rather boring conclusion. While there certainly are some good moments and aspects of the show, the negatives hold it back from what could have been a positive step forward in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. 

Some of the better aspects of “WandaVision” are the characters and the way in which they are developed. Wanda is extremely emotionally driven and will do anything to protect herself and the ones she cares about, which helps to create a sense of purpose behind her actions. Vision is also characterized well, and it is easy to find oneself enjoying his presence on screen. 

Disney also brought back previous characters such as FBI agent Jimmy Woo from “Ant-Man and The Wasp” and the astrophysicist Darcy Lewis from the “Thor” franchise. Seeing some of these previously forgotten characters was a nice addition to the show. 

A big negative for me was the stylistic choices that Disney decided to make with earlier episodes taking the form of early U.S. sitcoms such as “The Dick Van Dyke Show.” This style just seemed to fall flat and the earlier episodes do not seem to have a plot one would expect from a Marvel production. There seem to be more episodes that are like filler rather than focused on plot details, and the ending seemed extremely rushed and forced. 

Over the years, Marvel has demonstrated that they are able to produce action packed films that are visually pleasing to watch. Sadly, “WandaVision” is the direct opposite with both characters hardly using their powers in any sort of combative way. When action does occur, which is rare, it consists of boring and overly done CGI that does not compare to anything Marvel has been able to accomplish in the past. 

While “WandaVision” has many well-developed characters and an overall interesting concept, I feel that fans of classic Marvel action films will find themselves disappointed with how the show turned out. For those who have enjoyed the direction that Disney has taken Marvel over the past few years, this show sets up many new story elements to come later on down the line in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.