How Elizabeth Olsen Described ‘WandaVision’: What Can Viewers Expect?

WandaVision will premiere on Disney+ on January 15, kickstarting a series of Marvel shows to highlight characters who didn’t receive just attention in the cinematic spotlight. Reports suggest that WandaVision will segue directly into Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. Thus, moving forward, Marvel Cinematic Universe Phases will be multi-platform, as the narrative develops across both TV and film. 

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(L-R) Director Matt Shakman and Head writer Jac Schaeffer, President of Marvel Studios Kevin Feige, Paul Bettany and Elizabeth Olsen of ‘WandaVision’ | Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Disney

The MCU is about to enter unforeseen territories with TV shows boasting budgets greater than many blockbuster movies. And, the anticipation surrounding WandaVision is high. Vision died in Endgame, and this show takes place after his demise in the timeline. Thus, House of M rumors — suggesting a Maximoff descent into madness — have taken center stage.

While Elizabeth Olsen can’t provide many details surrounding the show, she did discuss what it was like to film the series, noting the show’s tone and overall journey during a sit-down with Jimmy Kimmel. 

‘WandaVision’ takes a trip down memory lane, visiting much of the mid-late 1900s 

Elizabeth Olsen told Jimmy Kimmel about the show, carefully treading as she spoke, avoiding spoilers that would get her in trouble. She said, “I think I can say it’s Wanda and Vision living their suburban sitcom dreams,” before explaining the show’s progression: 

We cover all of American sitcoms starting with the ‘50s alla Dick Van Dyke, and we progress until the aughts, and there’s a reason for it. It’s not just a fun trick we do. 

Olsen | Jimmy Kimmel Live

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WandaVision, for a reason intimately connected to the show’s purpose — a reason Olsen cannot share — will take viewers through the glory days of American sitcoms. And, the show will do so as authentically as possible. 

The 1950s episode of ‘WandaVision’ was filmed in front of a live studio audience 

Olsen explained that it was important to those involved in the show that they capture the spirit of each decade. She shared: 

“…We tried to film each episode kind of as authentically as we could to each decade. And in the ‘50s, we filmed in front of a live studio audience filled with so many NDAs and it was really strange and fun and had practical special effects on strings, and the whole thing was just so silly and so much fun…”

Olsen | Jimmy Kimmel Live

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Thus, while the show will likely boast some solid cinematic grandeur, there will also be evidence of old-school filming techniques and camera tricks when it comes to conveying the olden days of TV.