Elizabeth Olsen Was Terrified When She Learned About Marvel’s WandaVision

If any of the upcoming Marvel Cinematic Universe TV show coming to Disney + takes a risk, it’s WandaVision – so much so that Elizabeth Olsen doesn’t quite know what to say about it.  And that’s not just the MCU’s typical web of secrecy – it’s a different kind of show, conceived by none other than the big Marvel boss, Kevin Feige.

So when Feige called Olsen and her co-star Paul Bettany into his office, both of them gnashed their teeth. And although the actors probably wouldn’t say so, we bet Feige was too. 

Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany onstage at San Diego Comic-Con
Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany | Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images

What is ‘WandaVision’ about?

The concept art for WandaVision is puzzling. It doesn’t look like your typical superhero show. Instead of facing down villains or solving some cosmic problem, Vision and Wanda appear to be in the 1950s, looking like refugees from Leave it to Beaver.

They’re both decked out in domestic bliss, watching a TV with rabbit ears. Yes, kids, this was even before cable television, when we had to rig up an antenna that looked like a very strange Easter decoration. 

The only real hint of anything MCU-ish is the fact that behind our heroes are shadows on the wall, and those shadows have the shapes of the modern characters. It was strongly reminiscent of the poster for Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace, which showed young Anakin Skywalker in the foreground, but behind him is the shadow of Darth Vader — helmet and all. 

We only know the barest outline. Despite the 50s style, a description on CNET says it takes place after Avengers: Endgame, and it will tie in to the events of Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness, which comes out May 7, 2021. 

WandaVision itself will run on Disney+ starting in the spring of 2021. 

‘WandaVision’ is making everyone edgy

The concept of the show is apparently so out there that even if the MCU actors were allowed to talk about it, they wouldn’t know how to describe it. During Comic-Con, Bettany openly admitted, he had “never been more confused in front of so many people.”

When Feige called Olsen and Bettany for separate meetings, both thought they were in some kind of trouble, Olsen told Jimmy Kimmel. 

“When I found out about it, Feige had Paul and I come in at different times to his office, and it really felt like being called into the principal’s office. Paul was worried he was getting fired, but he’s really great at telling stories. I don’t know how accurate that is, or if it’s just a better story saying that, but for me, I thought I just got in trouble saying something [spoilery],” she said. 

Then Olsen explained the whole show as Feige’s idea. Although we know Feige to be the guiding hand of the MCU, this is one of the few times that we know a particular show or movie was actually his brainchild. So in a way, Feige is sticking his neck out as he’s never done it before.

If it were to miss, it would be one of his few stumbles, but it would be a big one. In a very real way, WandaVision could be the show that makes or breaks the MCU on the small screen. 

What is Olsen doing now?

Having almost defeated Thanos single-handedly in Avengers: Endgame, Olsen is embarking on the second season of Sorry for Your Loss, her Facebook Watch show that she not only stars in but also produces — a first for her. 

“I play a young widow, and it’s the experience post her husband’s death and the experience that the people around her also have with his passing,” she told Kimmel. There has also been something of a mystery to the manner of her husband’s death, in that it’s not immediately clear if he took his own life or if his death was accidental.

It’s a very serious and sobering topic, and the gravity becomes heavier for Olsen because she’s one of the people calling the shots. She’s involved in every step from pre-production to post.

Being in the MCU takes energy enough, but this is “exhausting at a whole new level and I’ve enjoyed it. It’s just been a crash course from the pitch process to the color correction … it’s been a lot of learning and I have 1,001 opinions,” she said.