Out of all the projects Marvel Studios have announced for Disney+, I’m most curious about WandaVision. I mean, The Falcon and The Winter Soldier is probably going to be some sort of spy thriller/action flick, which I’m sure will be great, but it’s not something we’ve never seen before. I’m also not a huge fan of Loki as most people are, so while I’ll no doubt be watching the Loki series, I’m not particularly hyped about it. But WandaVision has always sounded so bizarre. Even the title — WandaVision as opposed to Wanda and Vision — made it sound like a romantic comedy.
Well, now it’s confirmed that, while not exactly a romantic comedy per se, WandaVision will be the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s first sitcom. But don’t worry, there will be your usual comic book-y action stuff in it as well. In an interview with IGN during Disney’s D23 Expo, Matt Shakman (It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia) who will be directing all six episodes of the series had this to say:
“It’s definitely a mix of sitcom and big Marvel action. So, we will see Wanda and Vision be funny for sure. Which they can be. And I found great humour in their love story — cooking together obviously. Seeing them together in this environment that we’re creating will be, I think, very special.”
Elizabeth Olsen, who plays Wanda in the MCU and Paul Bettany who plays Vision shared similar sentiments:
Olsen: There are plenty of comic books that support why both of these characters should be in a sitcom.
Bettany: It’s definitely the oddest of all the Marvel endeavours so far.
The show has also signed on some of the funnier supporting characters in the MCU too, namely Randall Park (who played Jimmy Woo in Ant-Man 2) and Kat Dennings (who played Darcy Lewis in Thor 1 and 2). When asked why Darcy and Jimmy Woo are returning to the franchise, Jac Schaeffer, Executive Producer of WandaVision said:
“Marvel has long wanted an opportunity for Kat to come back as Darcy Lewis. And this really seems like the right moment for that. And Randall Park is so exceptional and great in Ant-Man 2 and it just really dovetailed with the story that we’re telling and we’re delighted to have them as a part of it.”
If you’re wondering how Marvel Studios is planning to tell a story centred around a dead character (Vision died at the hands of Thanos in Avengers: Infinity War), we don’t really have a proper answer to give. When asked the question, both the cast and the crew gave responses that a politician would be proud of. However, they did use words like “weird” and “unexpected direction.”