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Review: 'WandaVision' flexes some different muscles as Marvel adds its power to Disney+

January 14, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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Marvel flexes different muscles with "WandaVision," leveraging major assets while stretching its creative formula in this first series for Disney+. The result wields more of a scalpel than a hammer, wryly celebrating the history of television while slowly, very slowly, pulling the viewer into an enticing "The Twilight Zone"-esque mystery.

(CNN)Marvel flexes different muscles with "WandaVision," leveraging major assets while stretching its creative formula in this first series for Disney+.

The satirical framework -- placing the central duo in old sitcoms -- will also resonate more with an audience able to appreciate how meticulously director Matt Shakman and head writer Jac Schaeffer have replicated them, unless the kids were weaned on programs like "The Dick Van Dyke Show" and "Bewitched" and will get visual gags about married couples in separate beds.

They're reintroduced, somewhat jarringly, in a black-and-white sitcom episode, reflecting a real fondness for the genre, and portrayed with spot-on performances by the leads.

Patience becomes a virtue, taking in the sitcom homages while maintaining a watchful eye for sly Marvel references and cleverly placed dollops of color, presenting possible cracks in the black-and-white veneer.

Overall, "WandaVision" serves as a shrewd and generally impressive calling card for Marvel's broader Disney+ strategy, after the high bar that Lucasfilm established with "The Mandalorian. " Unlike the smaller-scale shows produced for ABC and Netflix, these projects draw upon high-profile names from the movies -- with the still-to-come "Loki" and "The Falcon and the Winter Soldier" -- then showcase them in ways that emphasize character over cinematic blockbuster trappings.

For starters, though, the studio's streaming vision looks quite clear, even if these heroes' black-and-white fate doesn't.

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