WandaVision and the Death of the Cinema


Streaming services are overlapping with series about soul mates, but Disney is taking my heart off this year.

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Wanda Maximoff is my valentine

If you use Netflix, you probably also have an overly long watch list full of things to watch again. Series and films that have been there for months, but you never really feel like it. Osmosis was such a series for me. This French show is about a dating app that can find true love. After giving the first episode a chance a few times, I finally kicked the series off the list.

However, the concept just keeps on haunting me. The various streaming services seem to have some kind of strange fascination with the concept of soul mates. The idea that there is only one true love in all the world. When you find it, you have true happiness.

For example, on Amazon Prime Video you can now watch Soulmates. This series is also about a test you can take to find your soul mate. The One will be released on Netflix next month, in which a DNA researcher develops a dating service to find the ideal partner. A reality series entitled Are You the One is also being widely advertised. The perfect match is determined via a dating algorithm.

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Black and white

Disney used to be mainly concerned with this exhausting concept. Just think of all those animated films about a princess and a prince that belong together, with magic that is broken by a kiss of true love. Fortunately, that is a lot less nowadays, but this year my heart was stolen by someone on Disney Plus.

In this column series I have grumbled several times on the streaming service. In November I wrote: “After January I may be back on a Disney Plus subscription without things to look at”. But at the moment it turns out to be one of the most interesting streaming services on the market. That’s all because of WandaVision, the series about superheroes Scarlet Witch (Wanda Maximoff) and Vision who seem to be stuck in American sitcoms over the years.

In the first episodes, WandaVision was exceptionally good. Disney dared to reject its standard audience by delivering something the average Marvel viewer would not want: homages to old series in black and white. Later the standard Marvel style came back, full of soldiers and quick jokes. Nevertheless, the quality remains excellent.

Lost

WandaVision mainly brings back something that we have not had for a long time. Since Lost (which happens to be on Disney Plus starting next week), there hasn’t been a series that left viewers in between each episode with questions and theories they’d love to discuss. Nowadays you have to do a series within a day binging, because otherwise people throw spoilers on social media.

If you have watched the episode with WandaVision, you can then enjoy theories, speculations and YouTube videos that manage to find all the easter eggs for a week. After some cliff hangers, you want to dive straight into a YouTube hole or watch previous Avengers movies.

Somehow I find it difficult that Disney has become so big, but in the meantime it does not always radiate the values ​​that I find important. Series like The Mandalorian and WandaVision are so good, however, that I can’t help but get excited.

Disney was the supplier of most cinema films in the time before corona, including Marvel, Star Wars and Pixar. At the end of last year, the giant announced that it was focusing on streaming. With the quality of these shows, the death of the cinema has never been so rosy.

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