Another week, another masterful and mindblowing episode of WandaVision. There’s an awful lot going on here following the events of last week’s episode, the conclusion of which saw WestView expanding and taking on new residents.
This week’s sitcom style is – following the pattern we’ve seen in previous weeks – more contemporary than the Malcolm-in-the-Middle homage of episode 6, with a Modern Family-esque mockumentary. Complete with direct to camera confessionals, slightly shaky camerawork and sideways glances to camera along with other fourth wall breaking techniques (literally, in one instance elsewhere in this episode), it’s yet another clever collection of stylistic flourishes that works perfectly.
There’s also what appears to be an origin for a Marvel hero within its all too brief running time. This really made me think about how WandaVision is shaping the MCU post-Infinity Saga; there was a common and not unjustified complaint that Marvel movies, particularly the first entries in any given series, followed a rough template – more or less laid down by the first Iron Man movie. Yet WandaVision seems to be expanding the possibilities for not just those origin stories but the MCU in general, with so many clever narrative and filmmaking tricks that it’s an absolute joy to watch and unpack, every single week.
The crazy thing is that, after seven weeks and plenty of exposition, it still feels unpredictable, surprising and eventful. This week’s shocking conclusion giving us another reason to lament having to wait a further week to see events unravel. As I’ve mentioned in reviews of the earlier episodes, WandaVision really is true event television – somehow the stakes continue to be raised and we keep being left with our jaws on the floor; this week’s episode is no exception. Though it may well have plenty of viewers scrambling to Google a certain character’s identity and their history in the pages of Marvel Comics, the reveal is another brilliant touch in a series not short on smart storytelling techniques (and do make sure not to miss the mid-credit scene!).
With just a few episodes to go, we’re now headed towards an epic conclusion – and I for one can’t wait to continue on this incredibly exciting journey.
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