Sunday 10 January 2021

WandaVision two-episode premiere on Disney+

WandaVision, the first Marvel Studios live-action spin-off series for Disney+, premieres with two half-hour episodes this Friday.

The $225 million dollar 9-part sitcom format series, starring Elizabeth Olsen (Wanda) and Paul Bettany (Vision), begins Phase 4 and is the latest Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) instalment since Spider-Man: Far From Home. Vision perished in Avengers: Infinity War. So, fans (myself included) are speculating this is all in Wanda's traumatised mind.

The Falcon and the Winter Soldier was initially going to launch the MCU on Disney+ last October but got delayed due to the pandemic.

WandaVision will directly tie into the events of Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (currently filming in London and rumoured to introduce the X-Men) and Spider-Man 3. The series appears to be inspired by the House of M and Vision comic book storylines.

Here’s the official synopsis for WandaVision:

“Marvel Studios’ “WandaVision” is 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.”

The initial reaction from critics, taking to social media, is positive. Citing the series' ambitious blend of comedy and mystery with knowing nods to the soap noir genre popularised by director David Lynch (Twin Peaks).

“I hope it says get ready for the new and the different,” said Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige during Sunday’s Zoom press junket, “I hope all of our movies have said that one after the other over the years but certainly with the Disney+ opportunities, it has allowed us to expand creatively what we do. This show being our first one, I love how bold it is. I love how different it is. We have things that you will only be able to see initially in theaters. We have things that are made for that. This is very much made to be seen week after week on television which is very different for us and was very fun.”

Phase Four continues with The Falcon and the Winter Soldier premiering the first of six episodes on 19th March. The delayed Black Widow standalone movie is expected in cinemas in May.

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Are you looking forward to WandaVision and do you think the Olsen twins, Elizabeth's sisters Mary-Kate and Ashley, will cameo? Let me know in the comments below.

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