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I mean, is Disney serious? I haven't watched anything since the main trailer...I'm already hyped enough for new MCU content - just release the damn episode(s)!
 

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I call BS on his line that this series required more special effects then Avengers: Endgame...but I do think the last 2 episodes will be really cool...but it'll be a slow build getting there...

WandaVision's Paul Bettany Says Vision's Return Will Be Explained

With Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany set to reprise their MCU roles in the series, which is set after the events of Avengers: Endgame, one major question looms: How is Vision even in this series? After all, he was killed by Thanos in Avengers: Infinity War and could not be resurrected by Tony Stark’s Infinity Gauntlet reversal during Endgame. It’s a huge mystery that Bettany says will be addressed in the Marvel spinoff

“Trust in Marvel,” Bettany tells TVLine. “We got ya. Everybody, stop working so hard to figure it out. Buckle in and love it, and it will take you on a ride. All of these things are going to be explained.”...of course, the ‘real’ world and this world are on a collision course, and there is an epic denouement for the whole thing,” he adds, noting that the series required more special effects than Endgame. “Be sure, we are heading somewhere massive.”

 

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WandaVision Season 2 Is Possible, Says Elizabeth Olsen
Elizabeth Olsen said that WandaVision season 2 is a possibility in a new interview, hinting that Doctor Strange 2 won't complete Wanda's story.

BY GRAEME GUTTMANN

WandaVision season 2 could happen, according to star Elizabeth Olsen. The first of Disney+'s MCU shows, WandaVision will officially begin Phase 4 of the MCU when it hits the streamer on January 15. It will also kick off a banner year for the studio that will see Marvel release several shows and four movies in 2021. All of them will be part of the same interconnected story in typical Marvel fashion.

WandaVision will lead directly into the Doctor Strange sequel Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness, as will the Spider-Man: Far From Home sequel. Plot details have been kept under wraps for WandaVision with a level of secrecy that rivals the studio's biggest films. Still, information has been gleaned from trailers and promotional materials and it's clear that Wanda and Vision's suburban dream is not all that it seems.


Things will come to a head in the final three episodes of WandaVision, but that may not be the end of the road for the series. In a new interview with Collider, Olsen is asked if Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness will act as WandaVision season 2. Olsen laughs this off before saying, "I guess the answer is that [WandaVision] could [get a second season]." Olsen ultimately says that she is unsure if it will because she doesn't have that information, but her answer is still telling.

The fact that WandaVision could get a second season is telling in and of itself. Olsen clearly doesn't know the end of Wanda Maximoff's story, and it seems that neither WandaVision nor Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness will provide those answers. It's already clear that Marvel has big plans for Scarlet Witch. Her unique set of powers not only make her one of the strongest heroes in the MCU roster, but they also seem uniquely connected to the future of the MCU and the upcoming exploration of the Multiverse.

Wanda's prominence in the MCU is only growing, and her story is nowhere near its end, but that may not be the case for her partner. Going into WandaVision, fans know that Paul Bettany's sentient super machine is already dead, having been dispatched by Thanos at the end of Avengers: Infinity War. This realization could lead to Wanda's eventual breakdown and her potentially explosive reaction at the end of WandaVision's run of episodes. The show is already set to explore her trauma and grief, but WandaVision may need more than nine episodes to do that and it looks like a deeper exploration after the show's first season isn't off the table.

 

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Elizabeth Olsen said that WandaVision season 2 is a possibility in a new interview
First let us see season one and we'll let you know if a second season is needed. :)
 
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First let us see season one and we'll let you know if a second season is needed. :)
Seriously. My wife has no interest in watching this based on the trailers. She hates that whole black and white goofy sitcom feel they are doing. Fingers crossed that is not the whole show.
 

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Decent primers with Ep 1 (Wanda) and Ep2 (Vision) of Marvel Studios LEGENDS for anyone that might be coming in cold to the WandaVision series. Each is about 7m in length. I am guessing they are using this series as a springboard for all of the upcoming Marvel TV series.

 

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WandaVision Review: Marvel Studios' First TV Series Is an Ambitious, Refreshing Break From the MCU Norm
By Rebecca Iannucci

In the 13 years since Iron Man first hit theaters, Marvel Studios has established quite well its ability to nail a big-budget popcorn movie. The proof, outside of gargantuan box office numbers, is right there in those Avengers: Endgame audience reaction videos that circulated last spring; Marvel’s got the best action scenes in the superhero game, and it’s been regularly thrilling fans with that level of spectacle for more than a decade.

And yet, with WandaVision — the studio’s very first TV series, premiering Friday, Jan. 15 on Disney+ — Marvel’s proven, perhaps surprisingly, that it can nail a different format entirely: the classic sitcom. In fact, the first three episodes that I’ve seen contain none of the usual Marvel trappings — no fight sequences, no CGI villains — and the result is an intriguing, fresh, genuinely delightful deviation from what we’ve come to expect.

WandaVision, as the title suggests, stars Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany as their respective Marvel Cinematic Universe characters. (Among the show’s many mysteries is how Vision can even exist here, given his death in Avengers: Infinity War, but Bettany assures us that will be solved.) For reasons that are unclear but presumably ominous, they’re the protagonists of their very own sitcom; each episode pays homage to beloved comedies from a different decade, all while maintaining an undercurrent — for both viewers and the two main characters — of, “Say, what’s really going on here?”

It’s rare to encounter a TV show that remains enjoyable in spite of how little information it gives the audience. The first three episodes offer only hints of what’s behind Wanda and Vision’s bizarro universe, yet it remains compelling in the meantime. WandaVision so perfectly encapsulates the retro sitcoms it’s honoring that even as you’re desperate to know what’s really going on, you can’t help but delight in its main characters’ earnest, old-timey antics. (That said, I have to wonder if the show would have been better suited for a binge release, rather than a weekly one — though it’s obvious why Marvel and Disney+ would want to wring weeks’ worth of discourse out of this show.)

Anchoring the series’ unusual premise are excellent, completely committed performances from WandaVision’s cast. Bettany is a gem, bringing a charming goofiness to Vision that he hasn’t been able to showcase in the MCU films, while Kathryn Hahn (Transparent) and Teyonah Parris (Survivor’s Remorse) shine as Wanda and Vision’s new, and nosey, pals in Westview.

But the show really belongs to Olsen. In channeling sitcom legends like Lucille Ball and Mary Tyler Moore, the actress delivers as fearless and dazzling a comedic performance as those icons before her, punctuated by Wanda’s wide-eyed worry that something isn’t quite right with her reality. Olsen previously wowed us in her most recent TV project, the now-cancelled (and underrated) Sorry for Your Loss, and it’s a treat to watch her showcase so many skills here.

As with any Marvel project, WandaVision is primarily designed with MCU fans in mind, though casual viewers can more or less jump right in with no prior knowledge. (Everyone on this show is confused, too, so that helps.) But don’t let the show’s outside-the-box approach worry you: Yes, WandaVision is unlike anything Marvel has done before — but it turns out that’s a very good thing.

 

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WandaVision is a boldly surreal new direction for the MCU. Or is it?: Review

On Marvel's first Disney+ miniseries, Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany look liberated in their sitcom prison.

If you asked me to rank every single character in the Marvel Cinematic Universe from very favorite all the way down to Dr. Strange, Wanda Maximoff (Elizabeth Olsen) and Vision (Paul Bettany) would land right in the middle. The benchwarming Avengers were crucial plot points for three of the biggest films ever made. Their powers are eccentric: she's sort of telekinetic (plus also red energy beams), he's an android with radical density. A shared comics history offers weird-as-hell adaptation possibilities, and Bettany and Olsen are appealing performers. But the movies squashed them between cosmic twists and global ensembles, leaving their romance as vague as Wanda's disappearing Sokovian accent.
All of which makes the miraculous season premiere of WandaVision a real feat of chaos magic. The first two episodes of the nine-part miniseries launch Friday on Disney+. At the beginning, the familiar Marvel Studios logo fades to black and white. An opening title sequence introduces Wanda and Vision as a "regular husband and wife" newly arrived in suburban Westview. The town's a '50s retroscape lousy with nosy neighbors and gruff bosses. Vision worries the fellas at the office will find out he's not quite human. "I'm a regular carbon-based employee!" he sputters, while the studio audience cackles. Wanda can move objects with her mind and bewitch-ify a chicken into an egg — but that doesn't help her cook a last-minute lobster thermidor.

Any resemblance to the Donna Reed or Dick Van **** shows is very much intentional. And something is obviously wrong. Today's date is marked on the kitchen calendar, and neither Wanda nor Vision can't remember why. There's a lot they don't remember. In the three episodes I've seen, nobody mentions that time Vision died in Infinity War. Strange sounds rumble outside. Curious color intrudes on the monochrome world: A beeping red light, a drop of blood.
WandaVision casts a spell with its rigid dedication to the throwback conceit. The first episode focuses on an old-fashioned misunderstanding: Guess who's coming to dinner! As chatterbox-next-door Agnes, Kathryn Hahn keeps pouring herself into the house. Agnes has a habit of mentioning her unseen husband, and Hahn somehow turns the name "Ralph" into a hilarious catchphrase and an eerie threat. You feel you're watching an actual legendary sitcom character — and then Debra Jo Rupp, an actual sitcom legend, shows up as the tetchy wife of Vision's boss (Fred Melamed).

Director Matt Shakman honors the rigidity of '50s multicam, only breaking from that format for an unsettling scene near the end of the premiere. Somehow, the artifice sets the lead actors free. Shorn of whatever emo thing she wasn't nailing in the movies, Olsen pinpoints a particular strain of daffy exasperation. There are wheels turning within wheels behind Wanda's domestic pirouetting. Her internal struggle is sort of a plot thing, but it's also a sincere homage to how Laura Petrie always looked streets ahead of Rob. Meanwhile, Bettany dials up his English as a desperate-to-please goofball husband. And WandaVision cleverly keeps shifting the landscape under their feet. Clothes, furniture, and even camerawork evolve forward a decade per episode. Part 2 is suddenly the '60s: Wanda in pants, scenes shot outside, the historical invention of sex. By episode 3, the opening title sequence advertises "WandaVision in Color!" and Vision's got sideburns.

Along the way, Wanda befriends another Westview newcomer supposedly named Geraldine, played Teyonah Parris. (Her actual identity is a matter of record.) Great to see Parris, who's no stranger to vintage between Mad Men and If Beale Street Could Talk — and she has a monologue that left me in stitches. Still, a prominent Black character arriving in a meticulous midcentury caucasiaverse opens up questions I'm not sure WandaVision can answer. There are more urgent concerns, maybe. How did the superheroes get here? Where is here? The neighbors start whispering. A voice calls out in the darkness. Is this cheerful suburban domesticity some sort of prison?

Yes, duh: That's the point of every novel ever written about American suburbia. And getting trapped on a TV sitcom is nothing new. It happened twice last year, on an absurdly entertaining DuckTales and a Legends of Tomorrow episode literally titled "The One Where We're Trapped on TV." WandaVision adds opulent visual gloss and the patience of a megafranchise on a victory lap. Creator Jac Schaeffer has a ball building her pleasantville into a netherworld of familiar clichés: poolside planning committee meetings, the way '70s television kept discovering new colors to paint on walls, uh oh the Vision swallowed some gum!

The assumption is that viewers coming off an 18-month MCU drought will groove onto a serialized enigma buried beneath layers of meta-parody. A good assumption, and WandaVision is already the best original series on Disney+. I should point out that I have many dear friends who get such joy from The Mandalorian, whereas I watched that show's second season premiere and had the sudden urge to crush every screen in my house with a hammer and take with my family to a far away land untouched by the lobotomizing scourge of blockbuster television, like maybe we could move San Luis Obispo. The streaming brand for Disney's other cosmic saga is nostalgia overload, whereas Marvel Studios is cheekily unafraid of tossing out its own history. (A good example: Wanda's accent, which really did have to go.)
That instinct explains WandaVision's in-your-face strangeness, which pulls freely from the characters' previous screen appearances and comics canon while sending its own storyline in some unexpected directions. Free of any obvious plot requirements, Bettany and Olsen get to fire up some real chemistry. Their beautiful light twisted fantasy wavers between sweetness and sorrow. You start to worry what secrets their laugh track is hiding. "Is this really happening?" Wanda asks her husband. "Yes, my love," he promises, "It's really happening."

Is it, though? There's a small problem in these opening episodes. I can't decide if it's a problem future episodes will fix — or if the problem is, like, the entire purpose of the miniseries. WandaVision keeps pulling back to suggest the underlying wrongness of their domestic reality, clockwork nudges that grow a bit dull from repetition. Whenever you catch a glimpse of the "real" world, it looks notably lamer than the lusciously imagined blandness of sitcom land. Episode 3 has a sequence where something scary is supposed to be happening, and the whole mood turns generic: spooky choirs on the soundtrack, lights from the sky, one expressive actor's face suddenly sternly mysterious like they're setting up a cliffhanger that won't pay off for weeks.

There's a lot of stuff to enjoy in WandaVision, and I haven't even mentioned the period-appropriate theme songs by Frozeneers Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez. But if you pop the hood of this overlit comedy twilight zone, I worry that the central mystery is a bit standard. Success will depend on whether the eventual answers are satisfying — and whether all those fancy sitcom adornments are just a long wind-up to an overly familiar superhero smash-up. Consider WandaVision an unusual first step for this new Marvel phase. The best parts lovingly conjure the mood of very old television shows. The worst parts feel like just another movie. B+

 

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'WandaVision': TV Review

Elizabeth Olsen's Scarlet Witch and Paul Bettany's Vision are trapped in a loop of familiar sitcom plots in Marvel and Disney+'s first project blending the worlds of film and TV.



‘WandaVision’ Is Better as a Weird Marvel Swing Than Sitcom Twist: TV Review
The new Disney Plus series, starring Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany, strands Wanda and Vision in an eerie sitcom world.

 

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I think all 10 episodes need to drop before people can accurately review this series...sounds like a slow-burn and the early episodes won't give an accurate sense of what the series is really about...one of the reviews I read I think best describes this series...

"If you’re the kind of person who likes Marvel stuff because there’s a bunch of snappy dialogue in-between s*** blowing up, WandaVision will not give you what you want...If you’re someone who likes weird TV shows that intentionally obscure their backstories to draw you into a season-long mystery– ala’ Twin Peaks or Westworld— then, WandaVision is going to be your new slow-burn TV jam...Imagine a Black Mirror episode like “San Junipero” but much longer, and with fewer explanations, and you’ve got the feeling of the first three episodes of WandaVision...It’s high-concept surrealist sci-fi, which also means it’s not exactly a crowd-pleaser

Without spoiling the first three episodes specifically, WandaVision is not a feel-good Marvel romp...Instead, it seems to be a metafictional mind-melt more similar to the cult-classic The Prisoner, or an episode of any version of The Twilight Zone"
 

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Instead, it seems to be a metafictional mind-melt more similar to the cult-classic The Prisoner, or an episode of any version of The Twilight Zone"
The original 60's The Prisoner was some trippy TV.

I can see that this will likely be one polarizing show. I like that after the first two episodes is will be a weekly release. A slow-burn show deserves a slow-burn release schedule.
 

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I am a big MCU fan...but for some reason I just can't get excited or interested in this show. Feels like a satire.

I will watch the premier then judge...but its rare to not be hopeful for excited for a MCU production.
 

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Small Town | Marvel Studios’ WandaVision



Virtual Launch Event | Marvel Studios' WandaVision



WandaVision's Cast & Creators Reveal the Secrets of the Show!

 

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I am a big MCU fan...but for some reason I just can't get excited or interested in this show. Feels like a satire.

I will watch the premier then judge...but its rare to not be hopeful for excited for a MCU production.
the satire bit is not the 'real' show...it has to be some construct or VR that they are trapped in and don't realize it...so the entire season will be about them realizing it and escaping...I'm hoping they introduce some new big bad villain along the lines of Thanos at the end as the big reveal...hopefully it's not something silly like an accident caused by Dr. Strange
 

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because this is apparently such a slow-burn series I want to wait until 5-6 episodes drop before starting this but I might get tempted to check out the 2 episode premiere later tonight...
 

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because this is apparently such a slow-burn series I want to wait until 5-6 episodes drop before starting this but I might get tempted to check out the 2 episode premiere later tonight...
Is it going live in an hour (12 Midnight ET)? Or are they doing some random time later tonight PT time (like 11PM PT)?
 

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Is it going live in an hour (12 Midnight ET)? Or are they doing some random time later tonight PT time (like 11PM PT)?
Disney+ always unlocks new content at 3:00 AM EST...and unlike Amazon Video they never seem to unlock anything early
 

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I think I'm going to save the rest of these up and watch them as the 3-hour movie they really seem to be. It might be a good movie, but the bites are too small they way they're serving them up.
 

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WandaVision REVIEW - NO SPOILERS
 
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