Vision wearing his comic accurate costume but with added yellow high top chucks.
The Marvel Cinematic Universe has taken over popular culture in a way that most comic book fans would have never imagined. After 13 years and 23 films, including the highest grossing film of all time in Avengers: Endgame, heroes like Iron Man, Captain America, and Thor are woven into the lexicon of people everywhere. With the arrival of Disney+, the House of Ideas is bringing the MCU to the small screen with brand new series featuring characters you love and those you’ve yet to see in live action. The first of these series is WandaVision, a miniseries featuring the magical Wanda Maximoff and the Vibranium synthezoid Vision. The series stars Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Bettany, Kat Dennings, Randall Park, Teyonah Parris, Julian Hilliard, Jett Klyne, Evan Peters, and Kathryn Hahn. The show premiered on January 15th, 2021, and concluded on March 5th, 2021.
“Mr. Stark we don’t feel so good.”
The show follows Wanda Maximoff (Olsen) after the events of Avengers: Endgame, as she deals with her grief stemming from the loss of the love of her life, Vision (Bettany). She’s been busy in the three weeks since the battle with Thanos. She has created her own pocket dimension in a small town in New Jersey, in what’s referred to as the “Westview Anomaly”. She also somehow brings Vision back from the dead, and casts him as the male lead in her fantasy. Controlling the town’s residents through her telepathic powers, Wanda manipulates the people and environment into recreating classic American sitcoms. The show uses this concept to travel between decades, from the 1950’s to today. Chucks begin to take over the style of the characters once they arrive in the 90’s, as both Vision and the kids wear them in the final few episodes. Are there darker forces at play, or is this just the twisted way Wanda is grieving?
A good look at Vision’s yellow high top chucks.
Like The Mandolorian before it, WandaVision captured the attention of just about everyone as they sat on the edge of their seat to figure out the mystery behind the faux-sitcom. The show plays with the sitcom theme incredibly well, paying homage while also incorporating classic tropes and storylines into the overall narrative. The show’s focus on two underdeveloped Avengers also works in its favor. It truly is a story about Wanda and Vision and the fleshing out of their characters will make viewers excited to see them again on the big screen.
The show’s finale was a bit rushed (perhaps due to COVID time constraints) and left some questions unanswered. The online speculation behind the show’s mystery fueled many people’s disappointment with the finale, which is unfair to show as a whole. Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany shine in this series, and add interesting and needed layers to these characters. Olsen’s journey as the now fully realized Scarlett Witch is especially satisfying, despite the pain that she experiences to get there.
In the series Julian Hilliard who plays Billy Maximoff wears red high top chucks and Jett Klyne who plays Tommy Maximoff wears optical white high top chucks. Paul Betthany who plays Vision wears yellow high top chucks with his green and yellow costume.
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