What is WandaVision? Marvel’s bold, bizarre TV series explained

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Wanna know something messed up? We haven’t had a single Marvel movie since 2019! And even then, it was the cute-but-forgettable Spider-Man: Far From Home. Thanks to the whole pandemic thing, it feels like we’re never going to get a big blockbuster superhero flick at the cinema again.

The good news is, we don’t need to. Because WandaVision is the latest, greatest, addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe and it’s shaping up to be epic and weird and pretty damn great.

A black and white photo of Wanda Maximoff (played by Elizabeth Olsen) and Vision (played by Paul Bettany) in Wandavision
Wanda Maximoff (Elizabeth Olsen) and Vision (Paul Bettany) are here to bring you a wholesome, old fashioned good time... OR ARE THEY? Photo: Disney+

But what is it? How’s it work? And why should you care?

What is WandaVision?

WandaVision is a black and white sitcom set in the friendly suburban town of Westview. It stars Wanda Maximoff aka Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) and Vision (Paul Bettany) as a married couple who are just trying to fit in with the regular folk and live their lives loving one another.

Wait, seriously? It’s a sitcom?

Sure is! There’s a laugh track and everything. It’s very old school.

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Kathryn Hahn in character as Agnes in Wandavision
Nosy neighbour Agnes is played by resplendent acting KWEEN Kathryn Hahn and how did we get so lucky? Photo: Disney+

Are you SURE that’s all that’s going on?

Okay, fine. There is much more to WandaVision than first meets the eye. Initially, it explores sitcom conventions from the 1950s to the 1970s and then…

And then?

Look, we don’t want to spoil anything major, but let’s just say episode four changes the game entirely and you realise what’s been going on the whole time. It’s big. Huge, actually.

Is it cool?

So cool! And funny. And a bit sad. But this is a proper Marvel story, with suitably epic reveals and mind-blowing spectacle.

Darcy Lewis (Kat Dennings) and Jimmy Woo (Randall Park) in Wandavision
Darcy Lewis (Kat Dennings) and Jimmy Woo (Randall Park) do their best impression of the Internet trying to figure out the twist in WandaVision. Photo: Disney+

Hang about, didn’t Thanos kill Vision during Avengers: Infinity War?

He sure did. Makes you wonder, doesn’t it?

Okay, fine. Who’s in it?

Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany are the stars, obvs. But you also have deadset character acting legend Kathryn Hahn as Agnes the nosy neighbour, Teyonah Parris as Monica Rambeau (the daughter of Captain Marvel’s bestie Maria) and Kat Dennings reprising her Thor character, Darcy Lewis.

Righto, where can I watch it?

Disney+ is where you’ll find it. Five episodes so far, with four more on the way weekly. Come on, be part of this strange, wild ride.

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