Last week’s episode of WandaVision (the sixth, the review of which you can read here) served as a bridge to inaugurate the final stretch of the season and close the mysterious history of WestView. In that chapter we not only witnessed great revelations and new characters or in the shadows, but it was also the last time we will see the sitcom format as the main aesthetic of the show. Our critique of WandaVision episode 7 with light spoilers below.
Finally it has been concluded that the sitcom was a distraction manufactured to keep both Wanda, and everyone involved within the enigmatic town at bay. But beyond that, it was about giving a well-deserved twist to the Marvel universe to try to engage the audience with a different and beautiful narrative that could capture the needs of television, with characters that we have seen grow on the big screen.
Although the bold aesthetic movement has proven to work week after week, this time episode 7 of WandaVision was about the deconstruction of the sitcom and the official farewell to this narrative experiment and each of the different television formats that we saw parading.
The MCU has fully entered WandaVision to end an aesthetic that echoed contemporary comedy series and that keep a mockumentary style. Obligatory references are of course Modern Family, from whom the inspiration for the creation of an intro was taken directly; and The Office from where the fake explanatory interviews were extracted, which add intermediate gags to the actions of the characters.
More than ever the fourth wall was broken obeying the style of said comedy series, but above all it was used as a resource to further explain the psychology of certain characters. In this chapter, Wanda is more on the edge than ever, as she watches how little by little she loses control of the world around her. The ages intertwine between the decor and objects in your home as you slowly understand that the whole situation is a time bomb.
Fortunately, the character of Agnes (Katherine Hahn) is available who offers to entertain the twins to give the protagonist the respite she deserves. Curiously, the themes handled in each episode respond to the generational problems and concerns of each era. While in the first the main plot revolved around organizing a dinner that would demonstrate the abilities of Wanda and Vision to enter an acceptable range of society, in this episode it is mocked based on the crisis of a marriage and a woman In pajamas she definitely needs to spend time with herself to figure out the ins and outs of her life.
In previous episodes, the arrival of the children would mean a tool to achieve the stability of the couple and to demonstrate to the neighbors that the goal of marriage between Wanda and Vision was finally achieved. However, here children are perceived as an inconvenience and as something that must necessarily be suppressed even for a second. All of the above speaks of a thorough analysis on the part of Jac Schaeffer and his team, who knew how to understand the themes of each generation and the recurring themes that characterized each era of television.
With Down the fourth wall, the series finally graduates from its review of television history and, as its title indicates, says goodbye to this experiment to give way to an expected conclusion that will serve the purposes of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. . And here we find out that the world of WestView, and the control of each of its inhabitants, is not actually the work of Wanda, but of another witch who has operated from the shadows throughout the series.
Although it shouldn’t come as a surprise, after so many rumors and fan theories, the arrival of Agatha Harkness to the Marvel audiovisual world is probably one of the most exciting events we’ve had thus far. And it was satisfying not because of the reveal itself, but because of the way that surprise was executed. Once again, the direction of Matt Shakman and the creative team behind the show proved that what is interesting about WandaVision will forever be the form and not so much the substance.
Agatha Harkness introduced herself through a video clip very much in the vein of Crazy Addams or Sabrina: The Teenage Witch, with a review of all her misdeeds and a sinisterly delicious jingle. In just a few moments, the witch has positioned herself as probably one of the most charismatic villains Marvel has ever had. So much so that his arrival inevitably left the official presentation of a new superhero in the background.
Outside the Hex, Monica Rambeau, determined to return to the interior of the town, broke through the protective barrier imposed by Wanda and in the process rewrote her own physique to finally obtain the abilities that will make her a Photon. We even got a brief glimpse of some of his powers in an organic way that at no point placed the character out of place in the main narrative of the series.
With just two episodes remaining, WandaVision continues to lead the way. Not only has he shown his agility to perform aesthetic tributes while constructing a story, but he has also managed to insert the set within the planned Marvel Cinematic Universe. While at first it was believed that everything would revolve around Wanda Maximoff and Vision, the show has managed to insert a wide variety of characters that will serve various purposes in the future.
In episode 7 of WandaVision, the enemy audience sign at the beginning of the credits, the famous « Please Wait, » has more meaning than ever. And it is that this time it is really worth the wait, because the studio has finally returned to tradition with an additional surprise at the end of the credits. One more proof that the sitcom will be a thing of the past and we are about to come face to face with the fourth phase of Marvel.
Original title: WandaVision
Director: Matt shakman
Actors: Paul Bettany, Elizabeth Olsen, Kathryn Hahn, Kat Dennings, Teyonah Parris, Evan Peters
Release date:February 19, 2021 (MX)
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Luis Angel H Mora My letter from Hogwarts never arrived, so I focused my life on the cinema. I like writing, Harry Potter, Doctor Who and the parties I get to be an astrologer. John Williams and The Killers musicalize the drama of my life.