Wondering if WandaVision is ok for kids? WandaVision is rated TV-PG for language and a bit of suggestive content for the first few episodes. However, WandaVision then turns TV-14 for later episodes. Is WandaVision kid friendly? Kids may be scared by some sinister storylines. A mixture of classic sitcom and Marvel mystery, here’s what parents need to know in this WandaVision Parents Guide.
Is WandaVision Kid Friendly?
WandaVision is the start of Phase 4 in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which means it’s post-Avengers Endgame. Wanda and Vision are an unusual couple trying to fit in a town, but as time goes on, they start to realize things aren’t as they appear.
The first episode begins as a sitcom-style comedy, live audience and all, reminiscent of the Dick Van Dyke show. Cute and kitschy, you appreciate the throwback, but at the same time wonder what does this have to do with Marvel? It feels like a slow trail of breadcrumbs.
WandaVision is rated TV-PG, which is a lower rating than Disney+’s The Mandalorian at TV-14, so I do expect less violence that that. Parents need to know that once the sitcoms become less sitcom-y and more Marvel, the WandaVision rating turns to TV-14. Episode 8 is by far the most intense and dark .
Language is mild in WandaVision. There are a few uses of damn and hell.
Episode 6 adds a couple of uses of kick-a**, dammit, bastard, and “charming as hell.”
There are a few sexual innuendos in conversations that kids probably won’t pick up on. For example, when Vision talks about chewing, referring to it as mastication, a friend gets a guilty look and says, “Oh no, I don’t do that.” In another instance a character suggests goosing his wife to keep his wife.
Some characters drink alcohol.
There is some kissing.
There are a few tense moments in the WandaVision episodes that could be scary for kids, but no blood or gore as of yet. Action seems to pick up a bit in each episode, so I will update this post as new episodes are released.
Episode 4 is when WandaVision really feels like Marvel. There are some scary scenes, but nothing too bad, although there are some flashbacks and repercussions to the “snap” in Avengers: Endgame.
Episode 6 shows a character with bullet holes in his chest.
Episode 8 is intense and starts off with a dark scene with a witch on a stake that people try to kill. Also there are some scenes from the past that are sad and show an explosion and Wanda’s childhood and how her parents died. This episode definitely earns its TV-14 rating.
Is WandaVision Appropriate for Kids Under 10?
What is my age recommendation for WandaVision? If your kids have been exposed to old sitcoms like The Brady Bunch and Bewitched, then they’ll see similarities and appreciate the Wandavision humor and stylization. I’d recommend WandaVision for kids ages 10 years and older, and even that may be too young. Not for content, but understanding what is the point in all of this?
Younger kids may be bored and want some action. Also if they’re fans of the MCU, they may question how Wanda and Vision got here. Same, little one, same. But questions are starting to be answered in Episode 4.
WandaVision is so different than what we’ve seen from Marvel, and it’s not bad to shake things up. Kevin Feige said in the WandaVision press conference that it’s a show meant to be seen each week.
Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany have wonderful chemistry, and this type of comedy not only works for them as actors, but also for their characters. WandaVision is weird. But so are Wanda and Vision. This is for the weirdos and why it resonates so much with me.
Kathryn Hahn is so good as nosy neighbor Agnes. And Teyonah Parris as Monique Rambeau is another standout, giving us more clues as to what she’s been through since Captain Marvel. If you think you’re going to get hard core Marvel straight out of the gate, you’re not. Stick with it. I’d say give it at least the first 3 episodes.
WandaVision is clever, quirky, delightful, and has a dark edge coming. The best combination of the MCU. Even the theme songs are fantastic and witty.
The hints, the jokes, the Hydra commercials, everything is intentional, and it’s so fun to unravel the mystery and complete the puzzle. Welcome back, Marvel! This was worth the wait.
WandaVision is now streaming on Disney+!
To see how WandaVision may compare to other kid friendly Marvel movies, check out where to start with your kids in the MCU.
If you want to know more about the inspiration for WandaVision in the comics, then my friend Tessa breaks it down for you.
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