4 Adjectives Elizabeth Olsen Used to Describe ‘WandaVision’
WandaVision will be the first of the Disney+ Marvel installments to hit the streaming platform. The series — following the events of Avengers: Endgame — will dive further into the unexplored corners of Vision and Wanda’s relationship. Wanda has presumably willed Vision back to life to create a distorted I Love Lucy / Leave It To Beaver–type reality, which will inevitably lead to a high-octane thrill ride with bits of nostalgiac sitcom splendor.
During an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany sat down to discuss the upcoming series, and why they enjoyed working on the production together. Olsen explained why the show surpassed her expectations — further improving upon the strong material pitched earlier.
How Elizabeth Olsen describes ‘WandaVision’
When discussing WandaVision, Olsen used four primary adjectives to encompass the show. She said:
It’s even more complicated, and fun, and interesting, and playful than I could have ever imagined this job being.Olsen | EW
Olsen chose four words that may seemingly defy one another but adequately describe the “totally bonkers” TV show, as Bettany explains it.
The show is bound to be “fun” in that it will have sitcom-like moments, yet complicated as it explores Wanda’s fractured psyche and fading grip on reality. As for playful, Bettany and Olsen reveal that they had the opportunity to go ham with the series. Nothing was too much, no scene was “undersold” as Bettany explains. And, interesting seems like a pretty self-explanatory choice,
How can mixing a high-octane, MCU-level action flick with a black and white sitcom setting be anything less than interesting? The show will take risks. Using a major budget and the franchise’s prior success, the studio had the opportunity to defy expectations, and they took it. Here’s to hoping that the diverse and shifting moods do not make for a tonally incongruous show.
‘WandaVision’ presented the opportunity for Olsen to further explore Scarlet Witch (concerning the character’s comic book depiction)
So far, the MCU has yet to fully turn Wanda Maximoff into Scarlet Witch. And, based on teasers for the upcoming series, it looks like the extent of her powers — and maybe even her iconic costume — will come forward. Olsen explained:
I’ve always been hungry to lean into the comic book stories that we’re leaning into in this show. And, I didn’t know if I’d have the opportunity to explore it, which is the reason why I wanted to be a part of the Avengers to begin with when Joss [Whedon] asked me to. He said, “look at these comics and tell me if you’re interested.”Olsen | EW
Olsen went on to explain that Feige wants to bring forward the specific comics that Whedon presented all those years ago. So, at last, Olsen will get the chance to portray the Scarlet Witch character that’s in between the source materials’ pages.