Episode 174

WandaVision

The MCU has changed a hell of a lot in 15 months. Back in June 2021 Loki was on everyone's lips, my Avengers series was winding to the end of Phase 3, and Marvel had officially started Phase 4 of the MCU with WandaVision... (and June 2021 is when this episode was originally recorded.)

Post Vision's death at the hands of Thanos, and the resulting snap, Wanda Maximoff is bereft. She ends up in Westview, NJ; a small town where Vision had big dreams for their future together.

So, based on the US sitcoms she grew up watching in Sokovia, Wanda creates that future. It's a fascinating exploration of grief, love, loss and power, told through Wanda as she and Vision live "happily" in different eras of American sitcoms. They marry, have children, and this manifestation of life is as real for Wanda as it could ever be.

It's a great showcase for the range of both Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany, and explores trauma, grief and complex mental health issues as being the main antagonists in a superhero story.

Who's been messing up everything, though?

This episode was originally released as a Patreon exclusive in June 2021... and is being re-released to everyone to fill a gap in my schedule due to being ill recently. Technically it counts in Sequeltember, as a sequel to Avengers: Age of Ultron/Infinity War/Endgame etc.... Since this recording, we've obviously had a continuation of Wanda's story in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness - this episode makes no mention of the events of that movie, because it wasn't out when I recorded it. ;-)

About the Podcast

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Verbal Diorama
The podcast on the history and legacy of movies you know, and movies you don't.

About your host

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Em .

Hi! I'm Em. I created Verbal Diorama in 2018, and launched the podcast in February 2019 to rapturous applause and acclaim.... from my cat Jess.

The modus operandi of Verbal Diorama is simple: movies are tough to make! The coming together of a team of people from all walks of life to make something to entertain, delight and educate us for 90+ mins is not an easy task, and yet so many succeed at it. That must be something to celebrate.

I'm here to do just that - to celebrate movies. Their history and legacy, and why they remain so special to so many of us.

Episodes are book ended by my cat Jess (pictured with me!). She sadly passed away in March 2022, aged almost 18. She featured in many episodes of the podcast, and that's why you can hear her at the end of every episode. The role of official feline producer is now held by six-month-old Evie.

I love podcasts and listen to many, but never my own.

I unashamedly love The Mummy (1999) and Grease 2. I'm still looking for a cool rider.