From ditzy sitcom to surreal menace: Marvel's new genre-bending TV

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Author: Roz Kaveney
Date: Feb. 12, 2021
From: TLS. Times Literary Supplement(Issue 6150)
Publisher: NI Syndication Limited
Document Type: Television program review
Length: 598 words
Lexile Measure: 1180L

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WHEN CONSIDERING POPULAR CULTURE, we often have to look backwards at context, at the story so far, the fragmentary clips assembled as "Previously on ..." Thus, when Disney's streaming service Disney+ announced WandaVision as their first TV show linked to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, there are certain things their assumed primary audience is expected to know already.

Among these are that Vision is an artificial person given autonomy and something like a soul by the Mindstone, an arcane artefact; that Wanda Maximoff has reality-bending powers; that somehow they managed to fall in love. Moreover, that Vision is dead, the Mindstone ripped out of his head by the genocidal Thanos at the end of Infinity War: that when Wanda was returned to existence in Endgame, she attacked Thanos with her powers and a terrifying degree of fury ...

It is very disconcerting, then, to see them as a...

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