“WandaVision” Episode 1 & 2 Review / Marvel Mania Podcast (Episode 1)

Audio/Story posted January 19, 2021 in CommRadio, Arts & Entertainment by Sam Roberts

In the first episode of the arts & entertainment department's new Marvel Mania podcast, host David Fortunato and guests Sam Roberts and Colton Pleslusky review the first two episodes of Marvel's new series "WandaVision."

On Friday, Jan. 15, Disney released its first installment of the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Phase 4 with the first two episodes of the new show “WandaVision.” The two released episodes follow Wanda Maximoff (Scarlet Witch) and Vision as they live in a 1950s-type alternate reality sitcom and try to learn how to fit into their false world.

The first two episodes showed us how the format of this show will very heavily mock sitcoms throughout different decades of American TV. Writer Jac Schaeffer has shown her ability to imitate the style of sitcoms from the past, and the continuing episodes will show us all the different styles she has incorporated into the MCU.

So far, viewers have learned very little about what is happening to Wanda in this reality, but Schaeffer has given us enough detail for viewers to try to piece it together. With the subtle references to the devil, the other characters chanting “for the children,” and S.W.O.R.D. watching over the two titular characters, it seems that Wanda is trapped in this sitcom reality.

Not only is she trapped in this reality, but she also has the power to change and influence her reality. Toward the end of the second episode, we see a S.W.O.R.D. agent, and Wanda says “no” and rewinds reality. Then Wanda appears pregnant and adds color to the reality she’s in since the first two episodes were in black and white. It’s certainly a wild and unique take on the typical superhero archetype.

“WandaVision” showed with its first two episodes that this show is going to be nothing like MCU fans have ever seen before. This show is going to take its viewers on a journey through reality and the multiverse while following the format of a TV network sitcom.

Fans may not be happy with the format Schaeffer is following, but as the plot unfolds and becomes clearer, fans should eventually be applauding the show’s creativity and uniqueness.


Sam Roberts is a junior majoring in telecommunications. To contact him, email sam.robertspsu00@gmail.com.

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Sam Roberts

Sophomore / Telecommunications

Sam Roberts is a sophomore majoring in telecommunications who is a member in the Commradio arts department. He is usually writing reviews for singles, albums, movies, and TV shows.

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David Fortunato

Senior / Broadcast Journalism

David Fortunato is an aspiring broadcast journalist with a passion for both sports and the arts at Penn State. Along with being one of the directors for the CommRadio arts & entertainment department, he has written articles, participated in podcasts and even done a live show for the CommRadio sports department. In addition to his work for CommRadio, David is also involved in PSNTV’s Penn State Sports Night. David was also an intern for the Penn State men’s club hockey team, where he did player interviews, produced live streams, did camerawork and even did some play-by-play. He can be contacted at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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Colton Pleslusky

Fourth-Year / Telecommunications

Colton S. Pleslusky is a fourth-year from Aliquippa, Pennsylvania majoring in telecommunications at Penn State. He is a director and writer for the CommRadio Arts & Entertainment Department as well as the host on Nittany Stories and a co-host on Nittany Record Club alongside Emily McGlynn. He does behind the scenes tasks, including directing, producing, programming and more for the Centre County Report. To contact him, email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).