‘WandaVision’ Is Coming Sooner Than Fans Expected

Marvel’s wildest and weirdest project yet, WandaVision,  will be hitting Disney+ earlier than previously announced, and anytime fans get something from Marvel sooner than expected, that’s welcome.

The series had been slated to debut in 2021. Now it will come out in 2020 instead, around the same time The Falcon and the Winter Soldier debuts. 

However, some not-so-good Marvel news has since broken. The director of Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness has departed the film, and WandaVision was supposed to lead into that movie somehow. Could WandaVision’s move be related?

Disney+ has big 2020 plans

The cast of WandaVision
The cast of WandaVision | Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Disney

The news that WandaVision had been moved up came via a promo from Disney+ announcing their lineup for 2020. Many of the items were expected, including the addition of the Aladdin and Lion King remakes to the platform. However, Marvel fans were pleasantly surprised to see WandaVision among the bunch.

Fans have been especially curious to check out this show, which seems like an oddball mashup between MCU heroics and 50s TV tropes like Leave it to Beaver. The series reportedly chronicles what happened to Wanda after Avengers: Endgame, and fans have speculated the 1950s setting, with Wanda and Vision awash in happy domesticity, is an illusion Wanda created to cope with Vision’s death. 

The series will also further Wanda’s journey to becoming the full-on Scarlet Witch, who has a history of being both virtuous and villainous in the comics. Add to that the fact that this particular show is the baby of Marvel chief Kevin Feige, and intrigue runs amuck on this show. The sooner this show explains itself, the better. 

The move evens out the Marvel schedule

As Screen Rant points out, the show gives Marvel a little more breathing room between movies and shows. Previously, Marvel had only three major projects due this year: Black Widow and May, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier in the fall, and The Eternals in November. 

By contrast, 2021 was jam-packed, with Loki, WandaVision, and What If ..? all set to make their debuts on Disney_. On the movie side, Marvel has Shang-Chi in February, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness in May, their third Spider-Man movie in July, and Thor: Love and Thunder. 

That’s maybe all the Marvel the market could stand and then some. Disney thought that putting too many Star Wars movies out in such a short time might have been overly ambitious, to the point that audiences were indifferent to Solo, the first Star Wars movie to lose money.

As successful as Marvel has been, perhaps Disney didn’t want to risk that much saturation with four movies and almost as many TV shows all in the same year. With the new schedule, 2021 still has a ton of products, but it’s less lopsided compared to this year. 

‘Multiverse of Madness’ needs a new director 

Then came the news Thursday that Marvel had parted company with Scott Derrickson, the director of Doctor Strange, who had also been expected to make the sequel. For now, at least, Disney still intends to stick to its May 2021 release, date, so they’re looking for a new director to take over stat. 

Marvel had ballyhooed the fact that WandaVision would somehow set up Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, and one wonders if that will still be the case, now that WandaVision has moved further away from the Doctor Strange sequel.

Marvel and Derrickson did not say exactly why Derrickson left the movie, except to put it down to the usual “creative differences.”

Rumor has it Derrickson wanted to make it like a horror movie, and Marvel balked.

This is at least the third time a Marvel movie has had a director change. The first occurred when Patty Jenkins was going to direct Thor: The Dark World, until Marvel eventually replaced her with Game of Thrones director Alan Taylor. The other director switch came with Ant-Man, which was going to be directed by Edgar Wright, who left when he realized he would not have the creative freedom he usually enjoys. He was replaced by Peyton Reed. 

What this all means for WandaVision is hard to know at this point. It could also be that WandaVision’s move has nothing to do with the troubles on Multiverse of Madness. Marvel, secretive as they are, probably won’t provide an explanation anytime soon.