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Pick of the Month: WandaVision

Warning: spoiler alert

Disney Plus recently released a new streaming television series called WandaVision based on the characters Wanda and Vision from the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). WandaVision stars Elizabeth Olsen as Wanda Maximoff (a.k.a. Scarlet Witch) and Paul Bettany as Vision. At the time of me writing this blog post, there have been four episodes thus far. The first three episodes are a throwback homage to classic television shows from the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s. Every episode evolves to the trends and cliches of a specific decade.

The fourth episode takes a dramatic turn, honing in on real-life characteristics of a Marvel crime scene sting operation. With many familiar faces to join the investigation from other Marvel movies such as Thor and Ant-Man, this episode almost feels like a Marvel cinematic reunion. In the words of Darcy Lewis, played by Kat Dennings from the Thor movies, “FBI, Army, saw the Air Force of Special Investigations out there... Research Lab, Space Command, too... a bona ride joint multi-service response. Really looking forward to the commemorative t-shirt.”

To put WandaVision in perspective, consider the timeline of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. All of the Marvel movies are connected in some manner, most notably in the last few Avenger movies. For the sake of brevity, I’m omitting the Marvel television series. The movie release dates are not chronological, but this list is:

  • Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)

  • Captain Marvel (2019)

  • Iron Man (2008)

  • Iron Man 2 (2010)

  • The Incredible Hulk (2008)

  • Thor (2011)

  • The Avengers (2012)

  • Iron Man 3 (2013)

  • Thor: The Dark World (2013)

  • Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)

  • Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)

  • Guardians of the Galaxy 2 (2017)

  • The Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)

  • Ant-Man (2015)

  • Captain America: Civil War (2016)

  • Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)

  • Doctor Strange (2016)

  • Black Panther (2018)

  • Thor: Ragnarok (2017)

  • Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018)

  • Black Widow (2021)

  • Avengers: Infinity War (2018)

  • Avengers: Endgame (2019)

  • Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019)

Figuring out where WandaVision fits in the timeline is confusing at first. The first episode seemingly takes place in the 1950s, the second in the 1960s, and the third in the 1970s. By the end of the third, I wondered what their “endgame” was concerning the plot. I didn’t see that pattern continuing for much longer with the throwback novelty wearing off. Episode 4 (“We Interrupt This Program”) takes the viewers to modern times, but when? Where and when does WandaVision fit in within the grand scheme of the MCU timeline?

According to Marvel themselves, WandaVision takes place sometime between Avengers: Endgame and Spider-Man: Far From Home. Even with this confirmation, time seems wonky in the show. How could it not with its anachronistic episodes? Episode 4 leaves more questions than answers, but like any good show, the setup is engaging. I love the dynamic between Darcy Lewis and Jimmy Woo (played by Randall Park from the Ant-Man movies). I’m curious to see where the show goes from here. I’m intrigued.


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