Warning: Light WandaVision spoilers ahead
Any time someone tells me you have to “wait for the third episode for it to get really good,” I have to fight to suppress an eye roll. Who wants to sit through multiple episodes before a show gets interesting?! But here I am, eating—and repeating—those words: Give WandaVision a chance, if you haven’t already. What seemed like a cheesy superhero show has unraveled into a powerful allegory for living through loss and extreme trauma, and in some ways, it mirrors how we’re all coping with pandemic life.
If you’re unfamiliar with the Disney+ show, it follows two Marvel superheroes—sorceress Wanda Maximoff (played by Elizabeth Olsen) and Vision (aka Paul Bettany), a very human-like android—and their newlywed life in the small town of Westview, New Jersey. The first episode is shot in black and white, with the set, fashion and plotlines all eerily similar to sitcoms from the 1950s, like I Love Lucy and Leave It to Beaver.