Director: Matt Shakman
Price: $6.99 (Disney+ Subscription)
Release Date: 2/26/21
This has been one interesting roller coaster ride of a tv show. Marvel has seriously upped their game with WandaVision. From the overall plot, costumes, and of course the character development, I am beyond impressed. With that being said, let’s take a peek into what is taking place in episode 8 of Marvel’s WandaVision.
Being a fan of comic books is both a blessing and a curse. On one hand, you understand the source material, so when you see certain characters on the big screen (or small screen in this case) you understand what is going on. You are excited to see their powers demonstrated via special effects and of course, your favorite storylines reinterpreted. On the other hand, you understand the source material. So, therefore, when there are massive reveals in the movies and/or tv shows, the excitement that should be there, is a bit anti-climatic. I know I find myself saying, “well duh” a lot of the time. It is not Marvel’s fault (per se) that I have grown up with these characters and I can connect the dots. For the most part, WandaVision has kept me from saying “well duh” as often as I normally do. From the beginning, I had a sneaking suspicion that Agnes was Agatha Harkness (the brooch gave it away for me). The slow build-up to the big reveal was a pretty ho-hum in my opinion, but everything else has been top-notch. Agatha Harkness is an amazing villain and she hits a full stride during this episode. She has such a rich history, that I would be interested to see what she had been doing in the years since the 1600s. She is evil (she even killed Sparky!) but yet, there is a certain charm to her that Kathryn Hahn adds to her overall character. Hopefully, this is not the last time we see or hear of Agatha Harkness.
To me, the Marvel Universe is separated into three different categories: Earth, cosmic, and magical. Marvel’s Earth-bound characters are heroes such as Spider-Man and Elektra. The cosmic side deals with entities such as the Phoenix Force and The Living Tribunal. Lastly, the magical side consists of heroes and villains such as Doctor Strange and Kulan Gath (deep cut). WandaVision drifts over to the magical side of Marvel, and I love it. For the past 10 years or so, we have been dealing with a mashup of both the Earth and cosmic portion of Marvel. We had a tiny taste of what the magical realm looks like via Doctor Strange and Thor (to an extent) but seeing witches and magic in full strength, is a welcomed change of pace. The special effects department did an amazing job with showing Wanda’s past via Agatha. In fact, I am salivating thinking about how they can eventually show a telepathic battle between Jean Grey and Emma Frost.
I have said it once, and I will say it again, certain comic book outfits should not be translated onto the big/small screen. I do not need to see a comic book-accurate 70’s Storm costume (I just want 90’s Storm). Episode 8 of WandaVision both confirmed and rejected my thoughts on costumes. We see an amazing vision (see what I did there) of what is to come for Wanda. It was so well executed, that I can see what the natural progression is for her outfit…and I want it! Agatha’s get up though…It was too purple in my humble opinion. The only villain who should wear that much purple is Max Eisenhardt.
Well, my friends, we are close to the end. If you have not watched WandaVision by now, I’d wait until 3/6 and do a complete binge watch. This show is so amazing…Like beyond belief amazing. Marvel is finally entering Phase 4 and it is sure to be an amazingly curated piece of art. We are finally arriving at the magical side of Marvel with shows and movies such as Loki, WandaVision, Dr. Strange, and Spider-Man. I am beyond ready to see how the MCU handles the magical side of things and WandaVision is the perfect appetizer.
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