'Why is WandaVision a Sitcom?': All Your Questions About the Show, Answered

WandaVision on Disney+ is one of the strangest Marvel projects for a long time. Half classic sitcom pastiche, half superhero serial, the first two, mostly black and white episodes have left a lot of fans who were expecting the usual smashing and crashing action to be very bemused.

Those fans have been taking to Google to ask questions about the show, wanting to know whether the whole thing is black and white, why it is a sitcom, and, more brutally, many have been Googling "why is WandaVision so bad?"

In the lead up to Episode 3 of the show coming to Disney+, we have looked at the most-searched questions about WandaVision according to Google Trends and tried to answer all of them.

What is WandaVision all about?

The official Disney+ synopsis offers a pretty good explanation of the plot of WandaVision. It says: "Marvel Studios' WandaVision blends the style of classic sitcoms with the Marvel Cinematic Universe in which Wanda Maximoff (Elizabeth Olsen) and Vision (Paul Bettany)—two super-powered beings living their ideal suburban lives—begin to suspect that everything is not as it seems..."

Why is WandaVision a sitcom?

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Paul Bettany and Elizabeth Olsen in 'WandaVision.' Disney+

There are multiple answers to this question, as there are two questions implied by this query—why does Wanda appear to be trapped in a sitcom, and why did Disney+ decide to make a tribute to classic sitcoms like The Dick Van Dyke Show, I Love Lucy and Bewitched.

Let's look at the latter question first. As WandaVision is the first (of many) Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) TV show to come to Disney+, and one that marks a new era of television, it seemed like a good time for a show that paid tribute to the history of TV, starting with the 1950s sitcoms pastiched in the first episodes and move throughout the decades as Wanda and Vision's reality starts to shift.

The decision to make a Marvel sitcom came when Marvel Television shut, and all future TV projects moved to Marvel Studios, the same team that makes the MCU movies. Studios boss Kevin Feige is a self-described sitcom nerd, so took the opportunity to make the first Marvel sitcom.

Per Feige's interview with Entertainment Weekly, it seems that the decision was due to his love of sitcoms, but also offered a change of pace from the MCU, a huge intertwined world where every plot detail branches out across multiple movies.

Sitcoms, in contrast, are very different. As Feige explained: "I would get ready for the day and watch some old sitcom because I couldn't take the news anymore. Getting ready to go to set over the last few years, I kept thinking of how influential these programs were on our society and on myself, and how certainly I was using it as an escape from reality where things could be tied up in a nice bow in 30 minutes."

As for why Wanda seems to be trapped in a sitcom world, the answer is sure to be revealed across the season. However, fans have speculated that this is a new version of the Marvel 'House of M' storyline, which saw Wanda expressing grief through shifted the reality around her.

As such, they speculate that Wanda has created this fantasy world where nothing bad really happens and everything rests back to normal at the end of an episode as a reaction to her grief at losing Vision. However, the first two episodes also hinted that she could be being kept in an artificial reality by some nefarious force.

When does WandaVision take place in the MCU?

As hinted by the previous answer, WandaVision has been confirmed to take place after Avengers: Endgame, which means it is taking place in a world where Vision has died after the Time Stone was removed from his body.

This is something that is hinted at in the trailer for the series, which sees Kathryn Hahn's character tell Vision he's dead.

The movie also has been confirmed to lead up to the upcoming Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, one of the Marvel Phase 4 movies currently set for March 2022.

Is all of WandaVision in black and white?

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'WandaVision' phased by black and white to color in its second episode. Disney+

No. At the end of WandaVision Season 2, the show phases into color, after the previous installments saw brief moments of color—one of the in-universe adverts featured a red blinking light, and at the start of Episode 2, Wanda found a color toy airplane.

From the trailer, it seems that the show is going to pay tribute to the entire history of the sitcom, starting with the '50s and taking us through the decades. The promo, for example, features a number of moments that seem to be paying tribute to later color shows like Married with Children and Full House.

Why is WandaVision so bad?

The breakout search question at the time of writing is 'why is WandaVision so bad,' with some more traditional Marvel fans finding the first two episodes boring.

Of course, how good or bad WandaVision is subjective. Our review of WandaVision was a positive one, and the show currently has a 97% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes—though it should be noted that the audience score is lower at 80%.

What is for sure is that the show is more interested in its early episodes of creating a tone than giving fans the high-octane set pieces they usually get from Marvel, which is sure to leave some impatient for the latest big battle, or for something more like The Mandalorian, a Disney+ movie spin-off that has a big set-piece in every episode.

Ironically for a show that is paying tribute to classic TV, WandaVision seems to be more interested in the rhythms of modern prestige television shows, which build up over multiple episodes. In that way, The Mandalorian is actually more like a classic sitcom, with that episode's action mostly tied up after each episode.

When are more episodes of WandaVision coming out?

This is an easy one. WandaVision Episode 3 will come out on Friday morning at 8 p.m. GMT, with episodes airing weekly at the time until Episode 9, which will be the season finale of the Disney+ show.