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Elizabeth Olsen on WandaVision Fan Theories & Exclusive Never-Before-Seen Clip

 

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‘WandaVision’ First Reactions: Funny, Sharp, Weird, Unlike Anything from the MCU Before

Social media reactions to first viewings of the upcoming Disney+ show “WandaVision” are starting to trickle in ahead of the series premiere on January 15th

So far, there’s plenty of praise for the Marvel Cinematic Universe spinoff, which centers on Wanda (Elizabeth Olsen) and Vision (Paul Bettany) as they try to live out an idealized suburban life in the small town of Westview, where the residents don’t know about their powers...but the border between reality and illusion starts to blur for the pair...


 

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Effusive random bloggers... :whistle:
Used to be that certain reviewers would always do a review with an effusive tagline that the movies would use in their adverts. I knew who they were and always disregarded them. I'm not buying these bloggers as I'm not even sure how they got access to the previews. There are some YouTubers who give pretty objective reviews that I will rely on but, who am I kidding. I will watch the first few shows even if it is a stinker. Then I will feel bad about myself wasting my time and then ... (spirals down the drain). Or maybe it will be good?
 

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Used to be that certain reviewers would always do a review with an effusive tagline that the movies would use in their adverts. I knew who they were and always disregarded them. I'm not buying these bloggers as I'm not even sure how they got access to the previews. There are some YouTubers who give pretty objective reviews that I will rely on but, who am I kidding. I will watch the first few shows even if it is a stinker. Then I will feel bad about myself wasting my time and then ... (spirals down the drain). Or maybe it will be good?
I'm not sure who those bloggers are but TV and Movie studious usually send out review copies prior to a major release (or private screenings are held)...it seems like the early reviews are from those screenings...I can understand being skeptical about early previews giving a bit too much praise to something...I usually don't care about reviews for something I'm interested in watching but it's good to get a sense of things...I rely on a few sites which I trust that usually line up with my own opinions for reviews on games, movies, TV shows etc
 

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I'm not sure who those bloggers are but TV and Movie studious usually send out review copies prior to a major release (or private screenings are held)...it seems like the early reviews are from those screenings...I can understand being skeptical about early previews giving a bit too much praise to something...I usually don't care about reviews for something I'm interested in watching but it's good to get a sense of things...I rely on a few sites which I trust that usually line up with my own opinions for reviews on games, movies, TV shows etc
Netflix and Amazon frequently provide early streaming access to certain content for review publications. In the case of a TV show, sometimes the entire season is available, but often it's just the first few episodes. I assume Disney+ does the same thing.

As for WHO they're providing this early access to, well, that can vary. Studios have been known to try to build positive buzz by targeting sycophantic fanboy bloggers and "influencers" for the first reviews, the kind that rave about every and any new thing being the most mind-blowingly amazing thing they've ever seen. Check the bylines. If it's a reputable source you've heard of before, you might give that more credit than, say, some Youtuber with a handle like DISNEYISAMAZEBALLS.
 
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‘WandaVision’ Team On MCU Connections & How Disney+ Series Is “Cute-Cute Until It’s Not”
Spoiler Warning: This piece contains spoilers about Disney+’s upcoming Marvel series WandaVision.

 

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this sounds like a slow burn series...will probably take until Episode 9 or 10 for everything to make sense
 

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Disney must have set some new record with the amount of promos/trailers released for this series...

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Disney must have set some new record with the amount of promos/trailers released for this series...
They do seem excited. If they keep this pace up for the recently announced 50+ projects they will definitely keep the promo department busy.
 

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How ‘WandaVision’ Reassembles the MCU With a Crash Course Through TV Sitcom History

Marvel returns after an unexpected 18-month hiatus with a laugh track
Tim Baysinger

“WandaVision” wasn’t supposed to be here. Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic upending Marvel Studios’ carefully-laid plans, the whacky, sitcom-inspired Disney+ series was expected to cap off the first year of the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Phase 4, one that included its first foray into episodic television.

Instead, it has to reintroduce the MCU to content-starved Marvel fans who have been waiting (im)patiently since “Spider-Man: Far From Home” swung into theaters some 18 months ago. When “WandaVision” debuts on Friday, it will end the biggest gap between Marvel Studios projects since the powerhouse company was in its earliest days.

“I don’t love that the whole world has been delayed by a year. But if it had to happen, ‘WandaVision’ being our first Disney+ series is perfect,” Marvel Studios chief Kevin Feige told TheWrap. He heralded the 9-episode series as “a bold declaration of new storytelling medium — which is what television is for us at Marvel Studios — in which, on certain levels, ‘WandaVision’ was built to explore in a very direct way.”


In doing so, it aims to prove just how different the MCU will look on Disney+ compared to the big screen. The series finds Elizabeth Olsen’s Wanda Maximoff and Paul Bettany’s Vision living in suburban bliss, in a setting that feels like it was transported from “The Dick Van **** Show” or “Bewitched,” before skipping through decades of TV history as fast as people flip through channels on their remote.

For Feige, “WandaVision” enables him to scratch a particular itch that the 24-film “Infinity Saga” has been unable to accomplish: episodic television. “Everything that influenced me as a child and as a fan and as a viewer is what has gone into everything I’ve worked on,” he continued. “One segment of that, that I wasn’t able to, was an obsession with TV, with episodic television, and with sitcoms as a kid.”

Olsen’s Wanda Maximoff debuted in “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” as did Bettany’s Vision (though Bettany has been with the MCU since its beginning, providing the voice to Tony Stark’s A.I., J.A.R.V.I.S.). Despite the two’s weird-but-cute romance playing out in much more detail in the comics, their storyline was often relegated to the background, except when they were needed to provide an emotional gut-punch. “Wanda and Vision are a very unique couple who’ve gone through more trauma and changes than any characters in our films,” he said.

That’s why, when Feige was trying to figure out where the MCU would go after “Avengers: Endgame,” he couldn’t help but stare at some of the pair’s classic comic covers that depicted their stormy relationship. “Those were on my desk for a long time, as I was thinking about what was next,” he explained, adding that he often watched TV as a “comforting” factor while he was finishing the emotionally-heavy “Infinity War” and “Endgame.”

“I sort of questioned why is that? Why is there comfort in these silly dated shows? Exploring that has been a lot of fun.”

“WandaVision” takes its sitcom homages seriously. Matt Shakman, who directed all the episodes, put the cast through a sitcom boot camp and even brought in a dialect coach to help with some of the era-appropriate lingo. The first episode is in black-and-white and was filmed in front of an actual studio audience. Kathryn Hahn, who plays “noisy neighbor” Agnes, said her character is, essentially, a sitcom trope brought to life (who may or may not have more nefarious intentions).

“There’s that person that just stops by uninvited. You don’t really know anything about their personal life, but they seem to know a lot about yours,” Hahn said. “They’re just always around. And for a couple like Wanda and Vision that are trying just to fit in, having this person kind of constantly breathing down their neck sets up for life to be a little bit more difficult.”

While the first episodes largely apes “Dick Van ****” and the second one evokes “Bewitched,” as the show powers through eras, it starts to mash-up shows, alluding to how television’s popularity grew throughout the years. Teyonah Parris, who plays the grown-up Monica Rambeau from “Captain Marvel,” describes one episode as “Good Times”-meets-“The Brady Bunch.”

“We’re in a ‘Brady Bunch’ situation, and my point of reference and source was ‘Good Times,'” Parris said. “It’s like a clash of lots of elements and characters, and you’re like, how does this fit? Does that fit? It’s kind of off… I guess it’s meant to be off.”

While its TV roots make sense thematically to kick off the MCU’s Disney+ era, it was initially supposed to air after “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier,” which will now premiere in March. “WandaVision” is the first out of the gate for Phase 4 largely because it was the one that Marvel could complete sooner, given that “Falcon and the Winter Soldier” featured a much more globetrotting shoot.

“We were really lucky that we always knew that after we finished this big chunk, we were gonna have a tiny hiatus,” Hahn said. The pandemic hit during that hiatus, which pushed back their return date. “The work that we had left to do was, for the most part, outside. And so when it was safe to do so, we were able to slip back in there.”

“WandaVision” premieres its first two episodes on Friday, Jan. 15 on Disney+.

 

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WandaVision: How Baby Yoda Changed the All-at-Once Release Plan — Plus, the Truth About Episode Lengths

It is almost time to turn on the WandaVision, with Disney+‘s first live-action Marvel series set to premiere this Friday, Jan. 15. And when it does arrive, it will not be all nine episodes at once, but instead a Mandalorian-like weekly rollout.

“We had discussions about [dropping the season all at once],” Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige tells TVLine, “but everybody at Disney+ had decided — and we very much agreed with — the notion of the fun of week-to-week.”

To be exact, WandaVision (which stars MCU vets Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany as Wanda Maximoff and Vision) will launch with its first two episodes, before going to a once-a-week schedule.

The Mandalorian has certainly proven this — there’s something fun to be able to follow along, to try to guess what happens next, to have a week speculating or rewatching and building that anticipation,” Feige notes. “Part of the fun, to me, of movies, is the anticipation leading up to it, so it’s fun to get to have a ‘mini-version’ of that every week. And we did build the stories with that in mind, on all of our series.”

“With that said, I think it’ll be another experience — an equally fun experience — to binge them once they’re all available,” Feige adds.

Disney+’s other live-action Marvel series in the pipeline include (but are by no means limited to) Falcon and the Winter Soldier (premiering March 19) and Loki (which is penciled in for May).

Feige also cleared the air for us on WandaVision episode lengths, seeing as the first three episodes screened by the press on Friday all hovered around a half-hour, which frankly makes sense given the way the titular characters’ life is presented via fantastically faithful homages to sitcoms from the 1950s, ’60s and ’70s.

Once the series begins to break away from that creative construct, as the close of Episode 3 most strongly suggests, running times “start to vary more, yes,” Feige assures TVLine.

“That’s one of the fun things about streaming — and even on the shows that I watch, as a fan: You don’t have the rules of network TV and selling ad time, where it has to start now and end now. [Episodes] can grow or shift or shrink or expand to fit the story you’re telling. Even in those first three, the lengths are somewhat different, and that will continue through the rest of the show.” (With reporting by Rebecca Iannucci)

 

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Is WandaVision 'Required Reading' Ahead of Doctor Strange Movie Sequel?

As Marvel devotees are likely aware, Disney+’s WandaVision won’t be the last project to feature Scarlet Witch. Rather, Elizabeth Olsen’s character is confirmed to appear in the MCU’s forthcoming Doctor Strange sequel, too.

Which, naturally, begs the question: Will WandaVision‘s nine episodes (premiering Friday, Jan. 15) be crucial to understanding Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness?

As Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige explains to TVLine, “‘required reading’ is not something that’s fun when you want to turn on the TV or go to a movie. We try to make all of our movies, and now shows, stand alone and work together.”

After various COVID-related delays, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is (for now) slated to hit theaters in March 2022, more than a year after WandaVision airs its finale. And aside from Olsen’s involvement with the Doctor Strange sequel — which will also have direct ties to the next Spider-Man film, swinging into theaters December 2021 — Teyonah Parris will appear as an adult version of Monica Rambeau in Captain Marvel 2, following her stint as that same character in WandaVision.

Still, Feige maintains that Marvel’s upcoming films should be viewer-friendly for all levels of fandom, regardless of whether you’ve seen the studio’s assorted Disney+ series.

“The challenge is making them work for both types of viewers — viewers who follow everything we do, and the much more casual viewers who just heard something good about it and want to check it out,” he says. “And that’s what we’ll continue to do.”

WandaVision drops with two episodes on Friday, Jan. 15, followed by a weekly (not binge-release!) rollout.

 

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Check out Vision from his time in the MCU thus far, and how he'll be seen in the upcoming Marvel Studios' WandaVision, premiering January 15th on Disney+.



Calendar | Marvel Studios’ WandaVision

 

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If someone puts all these clips together would we have the entire first episode already? :)

Universe | Marvel Studios’ WandaVision

 
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