Marvel Studio’s WandaVision on Disney Plus has launched. All nine episodes of the first Marvel Cinematic Universe TV series on Disney Plus are now available to stream on the service. So what is WandaVision, and why is everyone so excited about this limited series? Most importantly, will there be a WandaVision season 2?
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We have your answers (without any real spoilers for the first season) in this article. You can sign up for Disney Plus at the link below.
What is WandaVision?
This is a nine-part limited TV series starring Elizabeth Olsen, reprising her role from the MCU movies as the magic-based character Wanda Maximoff. It also stars Paul Bettany, who is back as the super-powered android known as Vision. This is the first Marvel TV series that is being produced directly by Marvel Studios, which has made all 23 films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Marvel Studios is headed up by Kevin Feige, and according to an article from EW.com, he’s the one who came up with the basic idea for the series.
What is the basis for the show’s story?
The first WandaVision trailer will give you some general ideas about the plot of the show. It shows that Wanda and Vision are trapped in an ever-changing family TV sitcom, which evolves from the classic black-and-white TV shows, to more modern series. So what’s created this scenario? Also, Vision “died” (or seemed to be permanently shut down) at the end of the MCU movie Avengers: Infinity War. So how is he back with his love Wanda?
One interesting thing about the series, according to the EW.com article, is that the show filmed part of the sitcom sequences on a stage, in front of a live audience.
Who else is in WandaVision?
Three more characters that have appeared in other MCU movies are back for WandaVision. One is Monica Rambeau, who first appeared as a child in the 1990s set movie Captain Marvel. In the series, as played by Teyonah Parris, she’s grown up.
In the Marvel comic book universe, Monica Rambeau is actually a powerful superhero. She can fly and turn into pure energy. She’s had a number of superhero names over the decades, including Captain Marvel, Photon, Pulsar, and Spectrum.
In addition to Rambeau, FBI Agent Jimmy Woo, who first appeared in Ant-Man and The Wasp, is back and played again by Randall Park. Also, Kat Dennings, who played the assistant scientist Darcy Lewis in Thor and Thor: The Dark World, returns in the same role in WandaVision.
Kathryn Hahn also appears in the series. In the trailer, she appears to be something of a nosey neighbor to Wanda and Vision named Agnes. The trailer also shows two more unnamed characters, played by Fred Melamed and sitcom veteran Debra Jo Rupp (That 70s Show, Friends).
Who wrote and directed WandaVision?
While Kevin Feige came up with the initial idea for the show, WandaVision’s head writer is Jac Schaeffer, who also co-wrote the scripts for the MCU movies Captain Marvel and the upcoming Black Widow. Matt Shakman, who has directed tons of episodic TV shows (Game of Thrones, The Boys, and many more) directed all nine episodes of the series.
In addition, the theme song for the show, along with other original songs that are in the series, were composed by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, who also wrote songs for Frozen.
What is the WandaVision release date?
Disney Plus started showing the series on January 15, 2021, with the first two episodes. After that, the other seven episodes were released on a weekly basis, like most of the service’s scripted shows.
What has been the response to the series?
Most critics have been very kind to the show. WandaVision has a 91 percent Rotten Tomatoes score from critics, and a lower, but still impressive, 81 percent score from audiences. In July 2021, WandaVision was nominated for 23 Emmy awards, including for Outstanding Limited Series. Olsen and Bettany were nominated for Outstanding Lead Actress and Actor, respectively, in a Limited Series. Hahn was also nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series.
What happens after the series ends?
Marvel Studios has already confirmed that Wanda will play a key role in the upcoming MCU sequel film Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. Barring any more Covid-19 delays, that movie is scheduled to be released to theaters on March 22, 2022.
Will there be a WandaVision season 2?
Right now there are no officially announced plans for a WandaVision season 2. In a chat with The New York Times, the show’s lead writer Jac Schaeffer stated the goal was to make “a very complete and satisfying series” with the show’s first season. However, she added, “But with an entity like the MCU, you never know.”
Are there more MCU TV shows coming to Disney Plus?
You bet there are. WandaVision is just the tip of the iceberg for Marvel Studios and its plans for Disney Plus TV series. Several more live-action shows, plus at least one animated series, will be coming to the service in the coming months.
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That’s all we have at the moment about WandaVision on Disney Plus (without spoiling things).