New details surrounding the mysterious Marvel series “WandaVision” have been revealed with the series set to debut this winter on Disney+…
The mystery surrounding the upcoming Marvel series “WandaVision” continues to baffle and intrigue fans but a few new details have finally emerged as the show gets closer to a release date on Disney+ on Jan. 15.
The show reunites Elizabeth Olsen’s Wanda Maximoff with her counterpart Vision, played by Paul Bettany, with the series set in the aftermath of “Avengers: Infinity War” and “Avengers: Endgame.”
The curiosity around this series started to build immediately after “WandaVision” was announced because Bettany’s android character actually dies towards the conclusion of “Avengers: Infinity War” and he does not return for “Avengers: Endgame.”
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Unlike past Marvel series such as “Daredevil” or “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” the upcoming “WandaVision” show is being produced by Marvel Studios with plans to tie this series directly into the larger Marvel Cinematic Universe. In fact, Marvel Studios’ chief Kevin Feige had a creative hand in the idea behind “WandaVision” with confirmation now that Olsen will return as Wanda Maximoff for a major part in the upcoming film “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness,” which is due out in 2022.
According to Feige, the look and feel behind “WandaVision” was actually inspired by his own love of classic sitcoms that he used to watch on Nick at Nite. The initial trailer for “WandaVision” shows the loving couple living in some sort of bizarre black-and-white sitcom alternate reality that will obviously play into a much larger storyline once the series debuts.
“I would get ready for the day and watch some old sitcom because I couldn’t take the news anymore,” Feige said about his inspiration for the new series. “Getting ready to go to set over the last few years, I kept thinking of how influential these programs were on our society and on myself, and how certainly I was using it as an escape from reality where things could be tied up in a nice bow in 30 minutes.”
Many comic book fans have theorized that “WandaVision” actually takes place inside Wanda Maximoff’s own head as she deals with the grief from losing Vision.
In comics, after suffering a nervous breakdown, Wanda — better known as Scarlet Witch — uses her powers to create an alternate universe where mutants are the superior species, outnumbering the human population with Magneto (her father) as the leader. Eventually, Wanda reverses course before shouting three words — “no more mutants” — and the world is returned to normal except she’s single-handedly wiped out 90 percent of the mutant population on Earth.
It’s entirely possible that Wanda’s fractured mind creates an alternate reality where she lives in this sitcom universe with Vision and that this could eventually lead to the multiverse being created and perhaps the introduction of mutants into the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
What we now know for sure is that “WandaVision” will serve as an important cog in the larger Marvel machine with a six-episode season set to debut on Disney+ later this year.
“WandaVision” opens as sitcom with Wanda and Vision living in the town of Westview where “we find Wanda and Vision living a blissful suburban existence, trying to keep their powers under wraps,” according to series head writer Jac Schaeffer.
The series will also introduce Teyonah Parris as a grown up Monica Rambeau, who was first introduced as a child in the film “Captain Marvel” alongside Brie Larsen. It’s not clear yet how Monica plays into “WandaVision” but obviously she will have a major role tying into the larger storyline that will unfold over six hours.
According to Parris, “WandaVision” is not your typical TV series but rather a massive endeavor from Marvel Studios that’s being chopped into six individual episodes.
“I was like, ‘Oh, I thought we were doing a little show,’ but no, it’s six Marvel movies packed into what they’re presenting as a sitcom,” Parris said.
While Feige confirmed “WandaVision” will play a major part in the next “Doctor Strange” movie, he promises that longtime fans along with casual observers will be able to enjoy this show once it debuts.
“If you haven’t seen any of them and just want to step into this weird thing because you love The Dick Van Dyke Show, it’s going to work,” Feige said. “But if you’ve been tracking the 23 movies we’ve made and following along the stories into Phase 4, there’ll be a wealth of rewards waiting for you as it all unfolds.”
“WandaVision” is set to debut on Disney+ on Jan. 15 as the first series from Marvel Studios with several more — including “Falcon and Winter Soldier,” “Loki,” “She-Hulk,” “Ms. Marvel,” and “Moon Knight” — also on the way.