We’ve learned a little more about Marvel’s WandaVision, and how it aims to take the Marvel movie template, and turn it into 6 hour-long sitcom episodes.A new report from EW explains that the show will cycle through homages to multiple eras of classic TV, beginning with a full black-and-white episode filmed in front of a studio audience. Set after Avengers: Endgame, Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) and Vision (Paul Bettany) are living as a married couple in the suburban town of Westview, trying to hide their powers – but before long their perfect world begins unravelling for reasons still unknown.
Kathryn Hahn plays Agnes, the couple’s nosy neighbour, and Teyonna Parris will play the grown-up Monica Rambeau (although it’s not yet clear how Rambeau will fit into the sitcom storyline). New images from the show appear to hint that there will be a pregnancy storyline of some kind, too:
Head writer Jac Schaeffer explains that, “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.” Schaeffer and director Mat Shakman even went so far as to ask sitcom legend Dick van Dyke for advice on how to make the show authentic.
But the show will also feature the character development and action expected of MCU stories. As Parris puts it: “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.”
We already know that the show will mix classic sitcom with action movie tropes, and we’ve now heard a hint that the show will allow Scarlet Witch to show off “the full capabilities of her telekinetic powers”. Given that the character has, in the comics, rewritten the history of the Marvel universe, that could be a fairly dramatic event.
Olsen also explained that she won over Marvel Studios chief Kevin Feige by discussing specific Scarlet Witch comic book stories with reference to the show, but won’t say which ones as they’d essentially be spoilers. We’ve already concluded that this show will act as the MCU’s House of M storyline based on the trailers – here’s an explanation of what that could mean.
In a video interview, Bettany sums up the show by saying that it’s an “elegantly put together puzzle piece”, adding that “as bonkers as it looks, everything make will make sense. It’s a really strong piece of writing.” We know that this show will lead directly into the events of Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness, so it appears that the mystery at the heart of the show will become a key part of the wider MCU story in its new phase.
The show has now wrapped production, and is scheduled to launch on Disney+ in December 2020 – although an exact date has not yet been set.