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WandaVision review: Truman Show meets Bewitched in kooky Marvel series

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Caption: Important points to remember ahead of WandaVision\'s release

In the charming neighbourhood of Westview in WandaVision, life appears as perfect as can be.

Of course, there's the odd hiccup here and there – such as prying neighbours and the pressure to impress the boss – but on the whole, married couple Wanda Maximoff (Elizabeth Olsen) and Vision (Paul Bettany) are doing their best to fit in with their bubbly community.

Marvel's WandaVision immediately sweeps you into a kooky, sitcom-esque world, where a non-existent audience belly laughs at light-hearted gags and the stakes are never higher than a dinner party gone wrong.

But there is an undercurrent of unease as you watch Wanda and Vision gaze adoringly at each other and exaggerate every word that comes out of their mouths – one that gradually becomes more pronounced as you continually question how and why the superpowered pair found themselves in these peculiar circumstances.

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WandaVision is unlike anything Marvel Studios has ever done before. It draws inspiration from retro American TV shows such as Bewitched and I Love Lucy, a far cry from the action-packed Avengers: Endgame, when Scarlet Witch was last seen in action on the battlefield.

However, one can't help but also draw parallels with films such as The Truman Show and The Stepford Wives, that feeling of being watched lingering in the shadows, unnoticed or ignored by the titular characters.

What mystery lies behind the superpowered couple's smiles? (Picture: Marvel Studios)

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