Kids’ TV show recommendation: WandaVision on Disney+

WandaVision is set just three weeks after the events of the film Avengers: Endgame (2019) and sees titular characters Wanda Maximoff and Vision living a happy suburban life in New Jersey…

 

Each month, MCC co-founder Sara Khaled selects a fun or educational TV show that has caught her eye; tried and tested by her four young children. This week, Sarah takes a look at WandaVision, a US-made TV series based on the Marvel characters of the same names – Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch and Vision. 

Show: WandaVision

Platform and streaming: Disney+

Age: 8-12+

 

Summary

This is a difficult show to slot into a category, but it’s oddly fascinating. The story takes the characters of Wanda Maximoff and Vision from the Marvel films franchise and Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany reprise their roles as Avenger and android.

The action is set just three weeks after the events of the film Avengers: Endgame (2019) and sees Wanda and Vision living a happy suburban life as a married couple in the town of Westview, New Jersey, while trying to conceal their special powers.

They notice that surroundings seem to change very rapidly as, therefore, does the TV filming. The first episode is set in the black-and-white TV world of the 1950s, the second in the 1960s and so on. Subtly week by week, the surroundings keep changing and the couple begin to realise that their world is not all it seems.

The series premiered on the Disney Channel in January 2021, with nine episodes. It was critically well received and was nominated for eight Primetime Emmy Awards and 15 Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards (winning three Creative Arts Emmys). Episodes are around 30 minutes long.

The whole concept of WandaVision is more tangled than a fishing net caught in a propeller. But it’s basically a Marvel mystery with an entire homage to US television history built in. Anyone old enough to have watched I Love Lucy and The Mary Tyler Moore Show in the 1950s and 60s – or their decades of reruns – will know exactly where the first two shows are coming from.  It’s the same through the TV decades – adult audiences of different ages will be grinning with recognition of their generations’ favourite sitcoms.

It should be noted that while there is scarcely any violence or bad language in the shows, Wanda does become pregnant and there are a couple of bedroom references – albeit innocent. There are also one or two scenes that might scare very small children.

While the plot is thickening constantly, it may go straight over the head of younger children, but there is enough humour in the situations to amuse them, while older children and adults will read a lot more into it. The themes of grief and nostalgia are also explored, and for older children the stereotyped roles portrayed in the early TV sequences can be explored.

 

Why we love it

  • This is a curiously complex show using popular comic-book characters to illustrate themes that are sometimes difficult.
  • Adults will be able to watch with children as the humour is multi-layered.
  • There’s a certain amount of moral value, with the ever-present comic-book theme of good triumphing over evil, plus the advisability of questioning situations that might not be all that they appear.
  • Children can explore the themes of grief and nostalgia, as well as the stereotyping common to all media.

 

Watch the trailer

Stream now on Disney+

 

About the author

Sara Khaled is based in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, where she lives with her husband and four young children, aged between 6 months and 10 years old. A public health graduate of King Saud University, Sara is a co-founder of Moon Community Club, and passionate advocate of causes that promote social development.

 

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