The first three episodes of the nine-part series prove to be stingy with significant clues, so audiences should be warned to brace for the ride. The satirical setting – placing the central duo in old sitcoms – will also resonate more with an audience capable of understanding how carefully director Matt Shakman and lead author Jac Schaeffer have replicated them, unless the kids were weaned off programs like ” The Dick Van Dyke Show “and” Bewitched “and get visual spots about married couples in separate beds.
The most well-known elements happily see the return of Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany as Wanda and the Vision, Scarlet Witch and synthetic android, whose unlikely love affair wandered from the pages of the Avengers comics to the screen.
They are reintroduced, somewhat jarringly, in a black-and-white sitcom episode that reflects a genuine love for the genre and are portrayed with spot-on performances by the leaders. The show features plenty of knowledgeable nods to early TV conventions ̵
What’s really going on here considering where moviegoers last saw these Avengers? This is the basic mystery that the producing team is clearly not in a hurry to reveal. Patience becomes a virtue, taking the sitcom tributes with an attentive eye for lurking Marvel references and cleverly placed dolls of color, presenting possible cracks in the black-and-white veneer.
The usual pyrotechnics with special effects, meanwhile, are channeled into much more subtle triumphs of production design and costume – a TV show that transforms decades of TV history into an ally.
Of course, something structured like “WandaVision” can only really be judged once you have reached the end of the journey. To begin with, however, the studio vision of the studio studio looks quite clear, though the black-and-white fate of these heroes does not.
“WandaVision” premieres January 15 at Disney +.