The upcoming Marvel series WandaVision premieres in just a few hours. Here’s what you need to know!
The countdown is finally coming to an end. In just a few hours, the new WandaVision series will premiere on the Disney Plus streaming platform. This will be the first project included in Marvel’s Phase Four due to incessant delays on movies and other television shows. Fans are excited to see Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany return to the screen as the underrated Avengers Wanda Maximoff and Vision in this sitcom-esque show. The series has a packed cast with Kathryn Hahn (Parks and Recreation), Kat Dennings (Darcy from the Thor movies), and Randall Park (Ant-Man and the Wasp’s Jimmy Woo).
Taking place after the unforgettable events of Avengers: Endgame, fans are left with many questions. A popular one being, “How is Vision still alive?”
How is Vision still alive? We’ll find out in WandaVision
Vision, Tony Stark’s artificial intelligence-turned-Android was sacrificed at the end of Avengers: Infinity War in a failed attempt to destroy the Mind Stone before Thanos could obtain it and wipe out half of the human population. The beloved character did not return in Avengers: Endgame leading Marvel fans and Bettany himself to believe that he was gone for good. However, he returns as the co-titular character in WandaVision, living in a “pocket reality” universe where he is married-with-children to his then-girlfriend Wanda. Although many have speculated on the reason behind his return, such as time travel or the utilization of Wakandian super-technology, this is a plot that is destined to be at the heart of this new series.
WandaVision is scheduled to have nine episodes, premiering every Friday starting this week with a double feature premiere. This past weekend, critics were given screeners of the first three episodes and social media was overrun with radiating and enticing reviews. The show was described as “trippy” and “risky,” with many praising the show’s actors and writing team. Writer and director Ben Mekler tweeted that, “Elizabeth Olsen has never been better.”
WANDAVISION feels like a brand new chapter in the Marvel saga. The action, heart, and humor is here alongside a bolder exploration of mental health, monogamy, and the ethics of recreating a CG Lucille Ball without permission from her estate. Elizabeth Olsen has never been better
— ben mekler (@benmekler) January 9, 2021
Film critic Rohan Patel has confirmed that the premiering three episodes are low in action. He wrote, “The first three episodes are unlike anything Marvel has ever attempted before, very light on superhero action, but the overarching mystery will have you completely hooked.” Worry not as in an interview with Jimmy Kimmel, Bettany confirmed that while the first few episodes will adopt the timing and characteristics of a classic sitcom show, it will eventually lose itself into Marvel’s conventional, full-fledged cinematic action.
Another unexpected twist in WandaVision, confirmed by the Head of Marvel Studios Kevin Feige, is the return of Monica Rambeau who was last seen in Captain Marvel as the 11-year-old daughter of Carol Danvers’ best friend and Air Force Pilot colleague Maria Rambeau. Monica will be introduced in the show as an adult, portrayed by Dear White People’s Teyonah Parris. Feige teased her grown-up debut as being a “key” part of the series. Parris will later be seen in the highly-anticipated sequel to Captain Marvel, which is expected to premiere next year.
— alias – WV TONIGHT (@itsjustanx) January 12, 2021
It is clear that WandaVision will be an integral part of the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, both in developing new characters and expanding the definition of what Marvel can do. Let’s watch it together! Be sure to tune in at the end of each week from now until March 5 for our recaps and commentary of the new episodes.
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