WandaVision, the first series in the Marvel Cinematic Universe to air exclusively on Disney+, is just days away from release. The series certainly has a lot of hype around it, mostly because of the potential for further exploration and expansion of the Wanda Maximoff/Carpet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) and Vision (Paul Bettany) stories. There’s no denying that the series is inspired by several Marvel Comics series – and it seems that director Matt Schuckman sees a special responsibility in this. In a recent interview with Movie, Shackman talked about the various comic book stories that have influenced the series – particularly the complex story of Scarlet Witch – while creating a new plot.
I can’t say too much about direct prequelquel comics and what we’re relying on, but I would say that every new MCU project is like a new comic book series. None of them are strictly an adaptation of any particular theme and are very similar to many of these famous comics, be it Vision & Scarlet Witch or Witch’s Way or House of M, revealed by Shackman. Each of them was based on what happened before, so that’s really what we do. We take everything that was about Wanda in the past, we make sense of it and think about it, but now we are doing something new and original. Something that arises in that moment, that reacts in that moment, and that’s what’s exciting.
Marvel Studios’ WandaVision combines the style of classic sitcoms with the cinematic world of Marvel, as Wanda Maximoff (Elizabeth Olsen) and Vision (Paul Bettany) – two overpowered beings who live their lives as perfect suburbs – begin to suspect that not everything is as it seems. The series will also feature Kat Dennings as Darcy Lewis, Kathryn Hahn as Agatha Harkness, Teyonah Parris as Monica Rambo and Randall Park as Jimmy Woo.
I’m very grateful and excited about our existence, said the series’ creator, Jac Schaffer, in a recent interview with SFX magazine. I think WandaVision is appropriate this time. I think in many ways our show provides a lot of comfort and respite. And many of them are not exactly intentional, but accidental.
This series reflects the great anxiety we have and the great pathos and chaos of the past year, so it feels very good, Schaeffer continued. I think Marvel feels the same way. Mary and I talk about it all the time and we feel very good about it. There’s something special about that time.
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