As Marvel’s ‘WandaVision’ provides a very non-Marvely experience, that is equally entertaining and binge-worthy, we discuss the possibility of a second season.
After the Marvel cinematic universe took a small break after the release of 2019’s ‘Avengers: Endgame’, writer Jack Schaeffer came up with an idea to explore more stories of the Avengers, this time through the medium of television. The characters he developed were Vision and Wanda Maximoff, and the series thus produced was titled ‘WandaVision’, which premiered to a great critical and commercial response in January 2021.
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The story takes place three weeks after the events of ‘Avengers: Endgame’. After the chaotic events that took place, the world is at relative peace with Wanda and Vision leading a quiet, suburban life in New Jersey as a couple, hiding their powers from the world. However, the dreamy life they have been living, which resembles television tropes of sitcoms, seems too good to be true. Very soon, they begin to notice some anomalies, which leads them to further explore the world around them. And very soon they find out that they just cannot run away from their old selves as easily as they thought they could.
What works in ‘WandaVision’?
What works greatly in favour of the show is the subversion of expectations. Marvel, in general, is known to be playing the safe way with large doses of superhero entertainment without ever peeking into the darker or surreal territory. When the show ‘WandaVision’ was announced a year back, fans expected more or less the same. And when the first trailer dropped, it did nothing more to challenge the usual Marvel tropes. But as the series began airing, episode by episode, the fans of the Marvel superhero universe felt something was off. The show was bizarre, weird, and nothing like a Marvel film, a bold step, which works for a number of reasons.
As the show progresses, it gets creepier with every passing sequence and becomes bizarrely entertaining as the existential themes set in. Quicksilver makes a surprising ending in the fifth episode of the season and this further raises the fans’ interest about what to expect from the coming episodes. Marvel films are known for many things, surprising the audience with surreal themes was not one of them. But the opposite is true about ‘WandaVision’. If spoofing sitcom tropes isn’t reason enough for you to get down to watching the series, maybe the Lynchian treatment will.
As for the cast, Elizabeth Olsen knocks it out of the park with her performance. Equally loud and nuanced at just the right spots, she embodies the superhero trying her best to lead an average middle-class American life. Paul Bettany as Vision leaves no stone unturned in making his AI character both funny and sinister whenever the plot demands it. The additional cast comprising of actors such as Kathryn Hahn, Teyonah Parris, and Debra Jo Rupp among others make for the perfect ensemble.
Is Marvel playing cards close to its chest?
Everything about this show works and as the 1st season of ‘WandaVision’ is now over, the creators are yet to make an official announcement regarding the second season. But don’t be upset. Isn’t it classic Marvel to keep these things close to their chest and not reveal anything until the time comes? However, while we’re at it, we need to play the necessary evil and it’s our duty to remind you that the producers never intended to go beyond the 1st season as the show was projected as a mini-series. But again, you can never be sure, for Marvel is also known to change its mind from time to time.
Additionally, ‘WandaVision’ surely seems like an experiment, as if Marvel was trying to test the waters. Now that the responses are in and the show has received general acclaim, we can at least hope that the 2nd season of ‘WandaVision’ might just become a “reality” (pun intended).
Will Marvel listen to the cast-members and fans?
What further fuelled the fire was Elizabeth Olson’s interview with “Collider”, where she did not exactly deny the possibility of WandaVision season 2. It was when the Marvel actors are known to be notoriously bounded with a “no disclosure” agreement.
Let us discuss in comments if Marvel will bless us with season 2 of ‘WandaVision’. Until then, an announcement would do just fine.