WandaVision ★★★★

I'll be the first to admit I was pretty sick of Marvel by the time Avengers: Endgame rolled around. And seeing as that functioned as a pretty decent end to the majority of those characters' stories, I really didn't know why we needed more Marvel movies... let alone about a dozen upcoming TV series. But just when I'd lost faith in Marvel's ability to take legitimate risks, they put out this.

Now, WandaVision isn't great. And there are only two episodes out at the time of writing this, but one thing I can say about it is that it's really, really weird. It fully commits to its sitcom homages in a way I never quite expected it to. And the way it occasionally weaves in this sinister undertone - the climax of episode one feeling borderline Lynchian as the reality breaks for the first time, the lighting shifting and the whole thing switching from multi-cam to single - is just exceptional. It's actually a bit baffling to me that this wasn't originally meant to be the first Disney+ series to premiere. It's such a meta take on the format that it seems like the natural choice.

Again, I don't think it's great - it often feels like you're watching a generic episode of I Love Lucy or Bewitched instead - but its ability to commit so lovingly to these homages is commendable and it's very clear that everyone involved is having a lot of fun doing something entirely different in this world. I hope that even if Marvel does continue to play it safe in the movies, they'll use this platform to change things up. I really look forward to seeing where it goes.

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