By Sarah Brill, Science & Technology Editor
***Wanda Vision Spoilers Ahead!***
On January 15, 2021, Disney+ released the show-stopping mini-series “WandaVision”. Instantaneously, “WandaVision” captured the hearts of Marvel fans across the globe integrating a plot line consistent with the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). This show not only provided viewers with intrigue, but it left each episode on a cliffhanger so encapsulating that it was impossible not to return the following week.
The show follows two Avengers, Wanda Maximoff (Elizabeth Olson), a superhuman who can shape reality and use her powers to control objects and people, and Vision (Paul Bettany), a synthezoid with incredible knowledge and powers formed from the mind stone. In the show, these Avengers are living idealized suburban lives in the fictional New Jersey town of Westview which, quite unfortunately, turns out to be a facade. As the show progresses, we see the town of Westview move quickly through time starting in the 1950s and moving through the decades. Not only that, but the audience soon learns that all the citizens of Westview are trapped inside of this reality, created by Wanda, broadcasted on television.
Directly outside of Wanda’s reality in suburban New Jersey, SWORD agents attempt to solve the happenings inside of the town by recruiting help from Monica Rambeau (Teyonah Parris), who had been stuck in Wanda’s reality for many days, Agent Jimmy Woo (Randall Park) and Dr. Darcy Lewis (Kat Dennings).
Monica serves as Wanda’s advocate throughout the series, championing her innocence and calling out SWORD’s Director Tyler Hayword’s (Josh Stambord) lies about the Avenger. Unfortunately, she, Woo and Lewis, are expelled from SWORD headquarters after questioning the Director’s motives.
Soon into the series, the viewer is introduced to Agnes (Kathryn Hahn), a nosey neighbor who reveals herself in later episodes as the infamous witch Agatha Harkness. After her reveal as the witch, Agatha leads Wanda to the conclusion that she is indeed the Scarlet Witch and not some super-powered human as once thought.
This show is packed with tragedy, loss, comedy, action, and everything else a Marvel fan could ask for. Each episode progressed in a way that kept that viewer trapped and begging for more. The finale of the series aired on Friday March 5, 2021 concluding with an epic battle between the now Scarlet Witch and Agatha Harkness. The show ended with a cliffhanger end-credit scene setting up another Marvel wonder.