With your permission, I’m going to geek out for just a moment.
It’s 1977. That’s the year Star Wars rearranged the pop-culture universe forever, of course. But even before that, I’d been introduced to another character whom many casual Marvel fans have only met more recently: Vision.
He was a synthezoid (think robot-meets-android-meets-human, and you’re in the neighborhood). He was a bit Spock-like, with red skin and a green-and-yellow outfit. And the love of his synthetic life was Wanda Maximoff, aka the Scarlet Witch.
I’ve been a Vision fan almost as far back as I can remember. I didn’t much care for [spoiler warning] his sad fate in the movie Avengers: Infinity War, where he perished not once, but twice. Poor Vision.
But Marvel wasn’t done with him. You know, death can’t keep a good hero down. There are always ways around it in the comics, be it through time-travel alternate universes or the method that Wanda has used to bring him back to “life” in the new Disney+ series WandaVision. I think it’s safe to say that this series—which is largely constructed in the form of old TV sitcoms—is unlike anything Marvel’s ever done before. Not surprisingly, it has generated a huge amount of buzz, too.
So this week on The Plugged In Show, we’re diving head first into this hit series, as well as talking more broadly about the escapist appeal of sitcoms. So, take a listen, then take a look at the links below related to our show this week. Excelsior!
- Gift of Any Amount Offer: Burning Bush 2.0: How Pop Culture Replaced the Prophet by Paul Asay
- Plugged In Blog: What WandaVision Tells Us About Our Own Alternate Realities
- Plugged In Review: WandaVision
- Plugged In Review: The Avengers
- Plugged In Review: Avengers: Age of Ultron
- Plugged In Review: Avengers: Infinity War
- Plugged In Review: Avengers: Endgame