Avengers Fans, Assemble! Here Is Everything You Need to Know About Marvel’s New TV Series WandaVision
Phase 4 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe officially begins with WandaVision this month. Unlike the blockbuster Marvel films, this story is being told via a TV series. “As intimidating as it is to be the first Marvel Cinematic Universe television show, this story couldn’t be told not on television because we use the medium of the American sitcom to help explore the emotional storylines of our characters,” Elizabeth Olsen, who plays Wanda Maximoff, previously explained to Parade.com. “It represents quite a few different things that will reveal themselves starting a few episodes in.”
Before the Marvel Universe expands, here is everything you need to know about the highly anticipated Disney+ series, WandaVision:
What is WandaVision about?
At first glance, WandaVision might seem a bit confusing. The official logline for the show describes the series as “a blend of classic television and the Marvel Cinematic Universe in which Wanda Maximoff and Vision—two super-powered beings living idealized suburban lives—begin to suspect that everything is not as it seems.”
WandaVision pays homage to a number of classic American sitcoms, including The Dick Van Dyke Show and Bewitched. “We blur the lines between sitcom, but we stay within whichever decade that we are living in at that time within that episode, and it can turn maybe into Twilight Zone, or it can turn into some thriller,” Olsen told Parade.com. “But it’s all in order to serve a greater purpose, which is the emotional lives and inner life of our characters.”
Wanda, aka Scarlet Witch, has been dubbed by Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige in the past (via Screen Rant) as the “strongest Marvel hero,” but it seems she might be unleashing more of her powers in WandaVision. Olsen revealed to Parade.com, “There is definitely a growth to her powers and her abilities in this, and that’s very important to the story as well.”
Meanwhile Paul Bettany, who plays Vision, told ComicBook.com that in later episodes of WandaVision, “You’re gonna start hurdling through the decades of the American century and, well, much like Vision, you’re probably gonna go, ‘Something’s not right in this town, something wrong is happening in this town.’”
He added, “I think that’s gonna be really fun for the audience but I think that when you get full awareness of what the hell is going on in this place is probably somewhere in the region of seven and eight and then you need some big battles and you’re gonna get ’em.”
WandaVision premiere date and time
The series premieres Jan. 15 with not one, but two episodes! They drop at 3 a.m. ET.
Where to watch WandaVision?
The Marvel show will stream exclusively on Disney+.
Will all WandaVision episodes be released at once?
While the streaming service is releasing two episodes on the series’ premiere date, subsequent WandaVision episodes will be released once per week like Disney+’s popular original series The Mandalorian.
“We had discussions about [dropping the season all at once],” Feige told TVLine. “But everybody at Disney+ had decided—and we very much agreed with—the notion of the fun of week-to-week.”
Is there a trailer for WandaVision?
“Unusual couple” Wanda and Vision appear to be living in suburban bliss, but Vision points out that “something is wrong” in the trailer…
Who is in the WandaVision cast?
Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany are reprising their roles as Wanda Maximoff and Vision. The series also stars Kathryn Hahn (neighbor Agnes), Emma Caulfield (whose role is currently unknown), Kat Dennings (Darcy Lewis from Thor), Randall Park (Jimmy Woo from Ant-Man and the Wasp) and Teyonah Parris, who plays Monica Rambeau. If Parris’ character’s name sounds familiar, it’s because Marvel fans met Monica, the daughter of Carol Danvers’ best friend, as a young girl in Captain Marvel.
How many episodes of WandaVision are in Season 1?
Season 1 will consist of 9 episodes.
When does WandaVision take place in the MCU timeline?
Per Entertainment Weekly, the Marvel series is set after Avengers: Endgame.
How is Vision alive in WandaVision?
Fans may recall that Vision was killed by Thanos, who wanted his Mind Stone, in Avengers: Infinity War. So how exactly is he alive in WandaVision? “Oh, well I know what happened to Vision’s body and you’re all very soon gonna know what happened to Vision’s body,” Bettany teased to ComicBook.com.
Will WandaVision connect to other Marvel movies?
Olsen revealed on Good Morning America that her show “is a natural progression into what happens” in 2022’s Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness. The actress shared, “I think Kevin Feige’s doing a really amazing job intertwining the television format with the films so that we can tell more interesting stories moving forward.” Aside from the Doctor Strange sequel, ComicBook.com reports that WandaVision will also “lead into Spider-Man 3.”
Do you need to watch other Marvel films to understand WandaVision?
According to Marvel Studios’ president, there is no need to sit down and binge the Marvel films before tuning into WandaVision. “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 revealed to Entertainment Weekly. “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.”
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