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The new show WandaVision is unlike any other modern series.

Disney’s new Marvel TV show “WandaVision” was announced in early November of 2020. The show’s first episode came out on January 15 and is now available to all Disney+ members.

The trailer, which was released in September, created more questions than answers. The show revolves around two Marvel superheroes, The Scarlet Witch and Vision. Both characters were introduced in the 2015 movie Avengers: Age of Ultron.

Elizabeth Olsen as Wanda, courtesy of imdb.com

The Scarlet Witch is also known by her given name, Wanda Maximoff. She is played by Elizabeth Olsen. Her character wields telekinesis-like powers and played a vital role in stopping Thanos in the later Avengers movies.

Vision, played by Paul Bettany, is an advanced AI being. Vision is essentially a robot made by Tony Stark. Created to combat his more sinister counterpart, Ultron, Vision has the voice of Jarvis and a mind powered by an infinity stone.

If fans feel the need to watch a recap, Disney+ has released a segment of shorts called Marvel Studios LEGENDS. Seven minute long character recaps will jog viewers’ memories and remind them of Wanda and Vision’s fantastic origin stories.

The show has a unique style in that as the episodes move forward, so does the decade in which they are set. The first one was based on the 1950’s and the second episode echoed 1960’s style. The hairstyles, clothing, and language reflect this transition.

Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany in WandaVision, courtesy of imdb.com

The show is almost entirely black and white and follows the life of two superheroes trying to live a typical suburban life. The series is presented in the traditional sit-com style of the era, laugh track, theme song, and all.

So far, no information on how the characters arrived in the 1950s have been given. In fact, all hints at their backstories with the Avengers have been hidden. The only supernatural occurrences besides Wanda and Vision’s powers were odd glimpses of color and a suspicious voice coming out of a transistor radio.

The show’s producers have artfully kept much information away from the audience, a tactic that has left viewers on the edge of their seat waiting for the next episodes, which air every Friday.

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