Marvel’s ‘WandaVision’ Is a “Love Letter” in More Ways Than One

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WandaVision — which stars Elizabeth Olsen as Wanda Maximoff and Paul Bettany as Vision — debuts on Disney+ in just a few days, and already fans are getting excited to finally see Wanda and Vision’s love story on the small screen.

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Up until 2021, we’ve only gotten to see small glimpses of Wanda and Vision’s love for one another. We know the two are inseparable, but fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe haven’t ever been able to fully understand Wanda and Vision’s romantic — albeit complicated and superhuman — relationship. But with the premiere of WandaVision on Disney+ on January 15, all of that will change.

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In a press release, Marvel Studios shared some more details about the new series:

Marvel Studios presents “WandaVision,” a blend of classic television and the Marvel Cinematic Universe in which Wanda Maximoff and Vision—two super-powered beings living idealized suburban lives—begin to suspect that everything is not as it seems. “‘WandaVision’ will be the very first Marvel Studios series on Disney+,” says Kevin Feige, president, Marvel Studios and chief creative officer, Marvel. “Wanda and Vision are two of our most powerful and complex heroes, and this series is a perfect expansion point for MCU storytelling.”

The series not only marks the first Marvel Studios’ Disney+ series, it is its first journey into the world of sitcoms—with an MCU twist. “It’s a mash-up of classic sitcoms and large-scale Marvel action,” says Matt Shakman, who directs all nine episodes. “I think it’s really lovely that the first streaming show from Marvel Studios—producer of huge blockbuster films—is really a love letter to the history of television.”

From what the Wandavision showrunners and cast have shared, this show fits right into the Marvel Cinematic Universe in its own unique way. Of course, we get to see Wanda Maximoff and Vision onscreen again, only this time we finally get an exploration of their relationship. Marvel Studios has found ways to incorporate romance into films before (don’t we all love seeing Tony Stark and Pepper Potts, or Steve Rogers and Peggy Carter?) but WandaVision goes a step further and finds a way to really expand on who Wanda and Vision are as people and as a couple.

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Head writer Jac Schaeffer shared more details of this during the global press conference for the new Marvel series on Disney+.

“I think Wanda and Vision are a couple of fan favorites because their love story is so tragic, but also really kind of warm and intimate. We’ve seen them in these really beautiful stolen moments in the MCU; it’s actually been a small amount of screen time, but very powerful and very soulful… We’re opening up the stage and space for them in this domestic sphere.” 

As Schaeffer notes, we get to see Wanda and Vision live (or attempt to live) a “normal” suburban life together as a couple — “It’s a lot of cute-cute…until it’s not.”

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It’s clear that WandaVision will truly offer something that the rest of the Marvel Cinematic Universe hasn’t fully expanded on: a fully fleshed-out love story. If you’re a fan of adventure, action, heroes, and, of course, Marvel, then there has always been something for you to enjoy in the MCU. But now, with WandaVision, Marvel is offering romance in a new and very different way.

The WandaVision Marvel Disney+ series is directed by Matt Shakman (Game of Thrones, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia) with head writer Jac Shaeffer (The Hustle, Olaf’s Frozen Adventure). Kevin Feige, Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Shakman, and Schaeffer serve as executive producers, with Mary Livanos and Trevor Waterson as co-executive producers. Jess Hall, ASC, is director of photography, Mark Worthington is production designer, Mayes C. Rubeo is costume designer, and Tara DeMarco is VFX supervisor. The composer is Christophe Beck, and the theme (for certain episodes) is done by Kristen Anderson Lopez and Robert Lopez, the team behind the beloved Frozen franchise for Walt Disney Animation Studios.

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WandaVision debuts on Disney+ on January 15, 2021.

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