WandaVision: The Story of a Couple with Superpowers in the Suburbs

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A cover for the Disney+ exclusive MCU show, WandaVision. (Photo Courtesy of Wallpaper Cave)

There may be spoilers throughout this article from previous MCU works, you have been warned! With the end of the MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe) Avengers Endgame movie, many Marvel fans were left curious about what was next for the series. Starring Elizabeth Olsen as Wanda Maximoff and Paul Bettany as Vision, the two characters live through their life as the heroes post Endgame. The show aired on January 15th and was released to be watched only on Disney+ with a total of nine episodes. 

The two had experienced quite a tragic event in both Infinity War and Endgame. For a quick recap, Thanos was trying to collect the six infinity stones, and Vision had one of the infinity stones in his head, which is his life source (other than being a computer program). Wanda, having loved him, and Vision, knowing what was coming, he had requested her to remove it and keep it away from Thanos. Reluctantly, she removes the stone, thus killing Vision. But, with a twist of events, it turns out that Thanos has the ability to turn back time. This also comes from one of the six stones that Thanos had succeeded in collecting from Dr. Strange. Thanos turns back time, brings Vision back, and takes the last stone he needs to complete his goal: to get back those he loves. 

Now you may be asking, well then, how did Wanda get him back if all that had happened? Well, there is a simple answer for that, and it is for you to watch WandaVision and find out! With their return, they appear in their own show from their perspective of how things occurred and how they deal with it. Wanda and Vision portray a suburban superpower possessing couple who go through different time periods while also maintaining the “American Dream.” These periods ranged from the 1950s to the early 2000s. Mitzi Rangel, a senior at Parkview, states, “I love that each episode in the [show] is a different time like the 50s, 60s, 70s, etc.” The story also goes in-depth to Wanda’s history as it was still a mystery of what her background was. We also get a grasp on how Wanda can maintain this mirage of reality. “I saw the trailer back in February of 2020, fell in love with the concept of sitcom, so I did my research and began to watch all 23 MCU movies for the first time over the summer with my friend on Disney +,” says senior Triem Le.

Because the show is on a pay-to-watch streaming service, there has been some controversy. Rangel mentions, “It limits a lot of MCU fans from being able to watch it.” This could be because of the fact that you have to pay a subscription fee every month in order to watch. Many teens do not have access to a means of making money and probably cannot afford it. However, this can be solved by getting a joint account with friends or family and all chipping in to pay for the subscription, as there only needs to be one form of payment which allows for up to seven separate accounts. These individual accounts can be useful for dividing up amongst a group of people who watch different things. The benefit is that there will be many more movies to stream on the platform that relate to the MCU—such as The Falcon and The Winter Soldier, coming March 19th.