WandaVision Stars And Head Writer Talks Sitcom Shenanigans And More

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Marvel is eyeing to bring the MCU to television in a big way with WandaVision. Starring Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany, this six-episode series takes a twisty turn through campy 50s sitcoms to 90s zany family series. They went all out for it: black and white, period appropriate clothing, and, of course, a studio audience that probably had to sign away their souls when signing that NDA.

Talking with EW, Olsen and Bettany admitted that it was the live studio audience that scared them the most. Olsen, however, was taken back to childhood with that first chuckle.

“There was something very meta for my own life because I would visit those tapings as a kid, where my sisters [Mary-Kate and Ashley] were working [on Full House].”

The original plan did not have WandaVision as the Phase 4 opener with the MCU. Black Widow and The Eternals were supposed to be the films to kick things with Falcon and the Winter Soldier kicking off the Disney+ series. Due to the pandemic, however, that threw everyone into chaos. It’s up to WandaVision to kick things off.

Jac Schaeffer, the head writer of the series, said, “The show is a love letter to the golden age of television. We’re paying tribute and honoring all of these incredible shows and people who came before us, [but] we’re also trying to blaze new territory.”

On the show itself, Olsen said, “It’s been the biggest gift that Marvel’s given me, getting to do this show. You get to just focus on her and not how she felt through everyone else’s story lines.”

Bettany, meanwhile, was not expecting to be brought back. Like at all. Vision looked pretty dead at the end of 2018’s Avengers: Infinity War.

“I thought I was being brought in to be let go. I thought Kevin was doing the decent thing and bringing me in, and he and [executive producer] Louis [D’Esposito] were going to tell me, ‘It’s been a great ride, and it’s over.’ So it was a really pleasant surprise for me and my bank manager, too, obviously.”

At the end of the day, however, WandaVision is a love story. Schaffer said, “It’s always so appealing when outsiders find each other. They’re both different with capital Ds. Wanda has so much pain, and Vision has so much curiosity.”

WandaVision will also lead into 2022’s Dr Strange and the Multiverse of Madness. Though Kevin Feige, Marvel Studios Head, is making things clear that they’re working really hard to make sure the story continuity makes sense in this pandemic world. I’m not envying him right now.

Currently, there’s no release official release date for the series. Though we’re all guessing Dec. 2020 or around there.

Bec Heim