‘WandaVision’ Could Change the Future of the MCU Forever
When Marvel first announced WandaVision last year, no one knew what to make of it — not even the people who were in it. Based on the art put out at the time, it seemed to place Wanda and Vision in ’50s domestic bliss, a la Leave it to Beaver or I Love Lucy.
Flash forward a year later, and the stakes have gotten much higher. With the seemingly endless release date shuffles prompted by the pandemic, WandaVision has become not only the first new Marvel/Disney+ TV show, but also the first MCU product of any kind since Spider-Man: Far From Home.
The stakes for ‘WandaVision’ went higher
When Paul Bettany and Elizabeth Olsen appeared at San Diego Comic-Con in 2019, they took fans by surprise. First of all, Bettany’s Vision had died in Avengers: Infinity War, so what was he doing in another Marvel show? Second of all, the premise just sounded strange. 50s TV seemed to mix with Marvel superheroes about as well as oil and water.
Still, even though people were puzzled, they were very curious. Then, curiosity piqued when a Super Bowl spot showing all the MCU TV shows revealed that WandaVision wasn’t just about 50s TV — it was spoofing sitcoms through several decades, including The Brady Bunch and Roseanne.
Then the pandemic happened, with that halting production on what was supposed to be the first MCU show, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier.
That left WandaVision first in line. Initially the show had been expected to appear in December, but Marvel last week announced the show would premiere January 15.
That made 2020 the first year with no MCU product since 2009. Fans were disappointed, but ironically, early 2021 was when WandaVision was originally supposed to start anyway. That said, WandaVision is still the launchpad for both Disney+ Marvel shows and for Phase 4 of the MCU.
How do fans think the show could change the MCU?
Fans have already endlessly analyzed both the Super Bowl trailer and the trailer specifically for WandaVision, trying to find clues as to what it’s about. Even without the benefit of those previews, fans know the show is a game changer just for its format. After all, there aren’t many superhero sitcoms.
One fan on Reddit said: “If Marvel can literally pull off an old-timey sitcom, even for just [an] episode or two, nothing should be off the table.”
That Reddit thread was based on a quote by Bettany from Games Radar, who was asked if this show felt smaller scale because it was on TV. He answered, “Frankly, what I have been surprised about is that it felt just as large as any other Marvel movie, with the same sort of production values. It’s been just wonderful. The writers – Jac Schaeffer and Matt Shakman, steered by Kevin Feige – it’s such a big swing that they’re taking. I think that this is [Marvel’s] biggest swing yet. It’s absolutely bonkers.”
Fans have seized on that “bonkers” quote, with one fan saying, “I really need ‘It’s absolutely Bonkers’ on a t-shirt. Preferably a Wandavision official merch.”
Is ‘WandaVision’ still connected to other Marvel works?
One of the most intriguing aspects of WandaVision was that it was supposed to connect to Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, which was originally supposed to come out in May of 2021, a few months after WandaVision finished its run. Another Marvel TV show, Loki, was supposed to feed into that movie too.
Now, however, with the release dates having changed, Multiverse of Madness is supposed to be last in line for Phase 4, in March of 2022 – about a year after WandaVision and/ or Loki runs. Would it be wise for a show to lead into a movie with that long a gap?
Marvel’s plans with the TV shows have been a bit cloudy, but Disney has made it clear that their streaming outlet is high priority for them. After a topsy turvy 2020, hopefully 2021 will bring things into sharper focus.