WandaVision Makes Me Want an Avengers Sitcom
The charming first episodes make me nostalgic for the television shows of yesteryear.
I remember back in 2012. The first Avengers movie came out, rounding out the multiple solo movies that had come before it to bring the original team together. Captain America, Iron Man, the Hulk, Thor, Black Widow, and Hawkeye showed off their skills as a team against Loki and the aliens appearing out of the wormhole.
Like with most major franchises, fanfiction exploded within the fandom.
Fanfiction, in my opinion, is a wonderful way for people to show their love for a franchise. It allows people to exercise their creative muscles, to continue the adventures, to answer what ifs, to further develop characters, to fix any plot holes or even endings that they do not agree with (hello to all of the fanfiction after Avengers: Endgame that allowed Natasha and Tony to live). The effort and time that writers pour into their fanfictions — shared with us readers for free! — is nothing short of amazing to me.
The ending of the first Avengers movie showed Iron Man changing the damaged Stark Tower into the renovated Avengers Tower. He had driven off with Bruce Banner, after promising state-of-the-art labs earlier in the movie, and fans took that to mean that Bruce was now a resident of the Avengers Tower where he had his own Hulk-proof floor.
And since Bruce had his own floor, that must mean that every other original avenger had his or her own floor as well. Common floors for movie nights and a large kitchen to serve everyone were a staple. Thor always had poptarts. Hawkeye had hidden nests in the vents. Natasha was no stranger to stealing the men’s over-sized hoodies.
In short, with the Avengers movie, there was a special pocket of Avengers fanfiction created that is dedicated to domestic shenanigans in the spirit of sitcoms.
And WandaVision is making me nostalgic for them again.
After seeing the Avengers all together in that cumulative movie, fans were delighted with the idea of them living as a wacky family. Found family is a popular trope in fiction — where the characters choose their loved ones, their family, after dealing with the trauma of not-great blood relatives — and it is abundant in the Avengers fanfiction community.
Seeing WandaVision’s first three episodes as dedications to the sitcoms of old made me wistful for those simpler times. The Dick van Dyke Show is still one of my favorite go-to television series, and I was delighted by the references to the classic show in WandaVision’s first episode. Considering the tribulations of 2020, coming into the first month of 2021 with a series that was familiar both with beloved MCU characters and references to fun sitcoms brought the nostalgia tenfold.
I want to see more of the neighbors and their quirks. I want to see more of West View and its retro setting. I want to see Wanda and Vision living their best, even with silly gags, life during this miniseries.
But I also want to see episodes of Tony Stark being more of a father-figure to Peter Parker. Of Steve Rogers getting used to the modern world, of figuring out the Internet, with Natasha and Clint trolling him. Of Bruce and Thor debating science versus magic after the group watches a Disney movie.
One of my favorite scenes in Avengers: Age of Ultron was after the party, with the group shooting the breeze and taking turns to pick up Thor’s hammer. I want more of those scenes as sitcom episodes.
WandaVision, of course, is abundant with mysterious and strange happenings from the neighborhood itself and the other people included in the episodes. Theories abound with what the show is truly about and I’m just as curious as anyone else as to what is really going on.
For now, though, I’m basking in the normal, wackiness that comes with the sitcom setting.