WandaVision: what you need to know about the first Disney+ Originals series from Marvel Studios

Herve Mouyal

From January 15th on Disney+, WandaVision is the first original Disney series from Marvel studios centred on the couple formed by Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) and Vision (Paul Bettany).

The first series from Marvel Studios was created exclusively for Disney+. WandaVision is an atypical series focused on Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) and Vision (Paul Bettany), the couple with destiny as romantic as it is tragic in the Marvel Cinema Universe. The first two episodes of WandaVision will be available this January 15, 2021, on Disney+ and the sequel will be broadcast at the rate of one episode per week.

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Located after the events of Avengers: Endgame, WandaVision stage the duo in a strange universe: they are married in a suburban city idealized in the 1950s. Playing the perfect couple in Westview, Wanda and Vision try to integrate into their neighbourhood and become friends with their rather intrusive neighbours. But the couple, who will have twins, realize that their idyllic daily life may not be as rosy. As Wanda and Vision mysteriously go through the decades, they increasingly ask themselves questions about the world around them as they try to hide their identity.

Created and written by Jac Schaeffer (Black Widow) and directed by Matt Shakman (Game of Thrones, Fargo), WandaVision is a daring series that blends American culture sitcom with the Marvel universe by further exploring the personalities of two complex and powerful MCU characters. It should be noted that the first of the nine 30-minute episodes, set in the 1950s, was shot live in front of a live audience to record the laughter.

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Elizabeth Olsen commented on this particular experience: "It was the first thing we shot. It was so nerve-wracking and adrenaline-packed. There were a lot of changes, and it scrambled my brain to feed off an audience. I was happy when we broke the fourth wall in the second episode". The WandaVision teams were committed to this realistic approach and documented themselves, as director Matt Shakman explains: "We wanted to be as authentic as possible. That was one of our biggest goals. To take ownership of the design, the staging, the costumes of the time, we, along with the actors, watched a ton of old sitcom episodes to see the different evolutions. The approach to comedy varies according to the decades between the 1950s, 1960s, 1970s and more".

The creator and screenwriter Jac Schaeffer describes WandaVision as "a love letter to the golden age of television" with connoisseurs. Kevin Feige interviewed the famous Dick Van Dyke, Matt Shakman, a sitcom actor when he was a child. Elizabeth Olsen's twin sisters, Mary-Kate and Ashley, were the stars of Full House, one of the inspirations for WandaVision with the Dick Van Dyke Show and Bewitched. To punctuate the series, original music was created by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, the composers of Frozen.

Present respectively in the MCU since Captain America - The Winter Soldier and The Avengers: Age of Ultron, Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany are once again slipping into the costumes of Scarlet Witch and Vision. Other MCU characters accompany the couple: Monica Rambeau, seen as a child in Captain Marvel, is played as an adult by Teyonah Parris, Darcy Lewis, Jane Foster's former assistant in the first two parts of Thor, is played by Kat Dennings, and Jimmy Woo, seen in Ant-Man and the Wasp, is played by Randall Park. The rest of the cast includes Kathryn Hahn (Mrs Fletcher), Evan Peters (American Horror Story) and Emma Caulfield (Buffy, the Vampire Slayer).

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