Disney has one of the most impressive entertainment empires in the world. The dream of its founder fulfilled, the wealthy leaders of the mega corporate giant have exceeded other media competitors in practically every regard at this point.
Disney Plus is estimated to exceed Netflix by 2022, and their brands (purchased frequently for billions of dollars individually) like Marvel and Star Wars have grown beyond the novel or comic book realm, becoming staples of modern fandoms internationally.
And speaking of Marvel, their latest series has premiered with a bang!
The series previously mentioned is none other than “Wanda Vision”, and boy does it present a side of Marvel story telling that has really never been seen before! Wanda (also known as Scarlet Witch) is played by none other than 31-year-old actress Elizabeth Olsen (previously starring in movies like the 2011 move “Silent House” and the 2014 version of “Godzilla”).
Vision is played by popular British-American actor Paul Bettany. His previous noteworthy roles include “Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World” (2003) and “The Da Vinci Code” (2006).
More recently, the 49-year-old actor rose to a respectable level of fame playing the voice of J.A.R.V.I.S. and subsequently Vision, from Marvel’s “Avenger” series of movies.
To put it succinctly, the overall response from viewers of the show has been overwhelmingly positive, with most criticisms (and those criticisms are very few) generally expressing a lack of understanding of the plot.
Having seen the show, it isn’t hard to see how some might be confused by the plot overall, though that is the magic (figuratively and metaphorically speaking) of this show.
While many TV series’ attempt to create mystery with specific story arcs and character origin stories, “Wanda Vision” chooses to leave the audience speculating about the entire setting and every character the two protagonists interact with.
Questions And Feedback
Here are just a few of the Instagram comments that Disney has received upon announcing that the first episodes were live on Disney Plus.
“it’s so good so far and the possibilities are endless” (Commentator) “I will ride it out but so far, I don’t get it.” (Commentator) “Soo many questions! And lowkey, watching this makes me kinda sad lol.” (Commentator) “Am I the only one that hasn’t a clue what is going on?! Everyone saying they love it. I’m sat here stretching my head thinking I’ve missed something” (Commentator)
First Episode Secret!
Although the post-production quality of this show is spot-on perfection in practically every way, Olsen shared that adopting this mix of sit-com TV and Marvel cinematic wasn’t easy. She shared that it actually threw her for a spin, especially since the first episode of the series featured a live-audience!
“It was the first thing we shot and it was so nerve-wracking. There was a lot of adrenaline. There are a lot of quick changes. It totally confused my brain. It really messed with my brain, the idea of not playing to an audience, but feeding off of an audience and having a camera. I was really grateful when we added the fourth wall.”