WandaVision, the first Marvel TV series from Disney has just been released. Here’s what you need to know about the genre-bending TV show.
It seems rather fitting that after a year that can be described as anything other than normal, our first moments back into the MCU after a long absence will be with the franchise’s most daring and unexpected entry to date. From the very first teaser trailer, it’s been clear that WandaVision will be unlike anything we’ve seen before from the MCU, jumping between genres and subverting the classic imagery of white picket fence suburbia in a manner more typical of David Lynch than a comic book adaptation.
Fans have been speculating about what it could all mean and how it ties in with the larger narrative – particularly after the events of Avengers: Endgame – and here’s how you can watch it to find out for yourself.
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WandaVision release date – When is WandaVision coming out?
WandaVision came out on January 15, 2021. Fans have been eagerly anticipating the date since November of the previous year, so we hope it lives up to those high expectations.
WandaVision’s delay to 2021 means that 2020 will mark the first year since its inception that we haven’t seen any new content from the MCU. Such a thing would’ve been unheard of at one point, but that was 2020 for you.
How to stream WandaVision
WandaVision will be available exclusively on Disney Plus, so don’t expect to see it turn up anywhere else. It will kick off with two episodes on the release date, followed by weekly instalments starting on January 22, so this series will be a slow-burning affair rather than a quick binge.
You can sign up for Disney Plus here. The monthly subscription cost is £5.99, or else you can buy a year’s membership for £59.99. For that price, you’ll have access to all of Disney’s streaming goodies, including films and TV shows from Star Wars, Pixar, and National Geographic.
It’s just the first in a tranche of new TV series based on Marvel characters coming to the platform, so over the coming months keep your eyes peeled for Loki, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, What If…? and more.
What is WandaVision about?
Now that the series has been released, be careful to avoid the spoilers littering the web so that you can experience the surprises of the series just as they were intended.
But if you want to read our appetite-whetting insights, just to get a taste of what to expect, then read on for our speculation on the two trippy trailers that foreshadowed the release.
As we know from the events of Avengers Infinity War and Avengers Endgame (quick spoiler warning), Vision is dead – having been brutally murdered at the hands of Thanos. The show isn’t trying to sweep anything under the rug, with the trailer itself making a direct reference to Visions’ demise. With that in mind, it’s probably not outside the realm of possibility that the events of WandaVision are something that Wanda herself has concocted – potentially as a means of dealing (or not dealing) with Vision’s passing.
After all, the structure of this reality seems to crumble at multiple point in the trailer, specifically as Wanda and Vision can’t recall how they got to be where they are. There is a moment where you see someone hurtling through the air in an Eisenhower-era neighbourhood, only to emerge through a portal into what looks like the present day.
The second trailer builds on this premise, with more sitcom-based scene switching, on top of a more sinister tone that builds towards a looming menace that our protagonists will have to deal with:
Whatever’s going on, it seems certain that WandaVision won’t shy away from its quirky scenario and genre jumping, feeling very much like a modern day Twin Peaks. Maybe that means David Lynch is just as excited as I am to tune in and binge the series.
The initial reaction has been very positive; on the day of release, the series had received a critics’ score of 94% (based on 97 reviews and an audience score of 88% on Rotten Tomatoes, so this has all the makings of a surefire success.