By Stephen Ippolito | January 17th, 2021
On Friday, WandaVision became the first MCU film/show to be released since Spider-Man: Far From Home came out in July 2019. Since the first two episodes premiered on Disney+, it has been met with universal praise from critics. In fact, it’s received so much praise that it’s now the highest rated MCU film or show on the popular ratings website Rotten Tomatoes.
Officially “Certified Fresh” with a 97% rating, the series has been reviewed by 128 critics. That puts it ahead of Black Panther (96%), Avengers: Endgame (94%), Iron Man (94%), Thor: Ragnarok (93%), and Spider-Man: Homecoming (92%). For those curious, Thor: The Dark World has the lowest rating with a 66%.
The fans reaction to the show has been a little more mixed. Based on 1,036 reviews on Rotten Tomatoes, the series has an Audience Score of 83%. At the moment, that’s more toward the middle/bottom area of the list for MCU films. However, because it’s a weekly show, that rating has a chance to improve as more episodes are released.
After watching both episodes twice already, personally, I thought it was a good, not great, start for Marvel Studios’ first series. As someone who used to watch a lot of Nick at Nite, I enjoyed the throwback to 50s sitcoms. It felt very authentic. However, I also thought it was a slow/dull start. Thankfully, because I had read some reviews on it before watching, I had some idea to expect this. Still, I thought it could have used a “holy crap” moment, particularly at the end of the second episode.
I absolutely expect things to pick up, maybe even in the next episode. In a recent interview, Vision actor Paul Bettany said that by the end of the series it will shift into a “full, MCU action movie.”
So what did you think about the first two episodes of WandaVision?