WandaVision changes the MCU

Courtesy of Disney | Marvel Studios present "WandaVision," a blend of classic television and the Marvel Cinematic Universe staring Elizabeth Olsen as Wanda Mximoff and Paul Bettany as Vision.

The first season of the hit Disney+ show “WandaVision” wrapped on March 5. The show created buzz in the Marvel community and kicked off phase four of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Matt Ramos, account owner of @SUPES, runs an Instagram with 117k followers and a TikTok with 1.8 million followers. Ramos uses his social media platforms to teach his followers about the world of superheroes.

Ramos said WandaVision is significant to the MCU because of its originality and context.

“WandaVision is so important to the MCU because not only is it their debut original series on Disney+, but this series dives deep into the character of Wanda Maximoff and shows us her journey to becoming the Scarlett Witch,” Ramos said. “This series is also confirmed to setup ‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’ and ‘Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.’”

Marvel fans can expect the following new movies in 2021: “Black Widow,” “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings,” “Eternals” and “Spider-Man: No Way Home.” While there are rumors of more to be coming out this year, these are the only confirmed films so far.

Torrin Diaz, senior film production major, said he has enjoyed watching “WandaVision.”

“With the last year devoid of any major Marvel releases, ‘WandaVision’ reignited interest in the franchise as they change gears for a new phase,” Diaz said. “It’s been great watching and discussing the new episodes with fellow fans who are all eager for more content.”

“‘WandaVision’ created a new way for fans to enjoy the Marvel Cinematic Universe by streaming on Disney+. Fans like Diaz and Ramos agree this opened up a new world for Marvel.

“’WandaVision’ has changed the way we experience the MCU and superheroes because, with Marvel having Disney+ at their disposal, they can dive deep into exploring stories for characters who aren’t necessarily ‘big’ enough for their own blockbuster movies,” Ramos said.

“’WandaVision’ has shown that there is a demand for more fresh and creative approaches to the superhero genre,” Diaz said. “While films will no doubt remain the mainstay of the Marvel franchise, their television series should continue to focus on more experimental stories within the universe.”

Marvel also has plans to release more shows on Disney+ in 2021, including “Loki,” “What if…?,” “Ms. Marvel” and “Hawkeye.”

Chris Styerwalt, junior computer science major, said he enjoyed watching “WandaVision” and learning about her perspective as a superhero.

“I went in with almost no expectations because I didn’t watch any trailers and therefore had little to expect,” Styerwalt said. “I’d say it definitely exceeded my expectations. It was really interesting to see Wanda’s backstory, and I’m interested to see what happens with the new Vision. I really liked how they portrayed the weaponized Vision. It felt very in-character for the two Visions to end up having a philosophical discussion instead of fighting further. Even when evil, it makes sense that Vision would still take the time to learn and consider the other side because that is very much in his nature.”

With this new found interest for streaming series for MCU fans now increased, the first episode of Marvel’s next show, “Falcon and the Winter Soldier,” will be launched on March 19 and will run for six weeks on Disney+.

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