MCU boss Kevin Feige has confirmed that WandaVision will pay homage to contemporary sitcoms like The Office and Modern Family.
In an interview with Empire, Feige talked about the various shows that have influenced Marvel’s WandaVision. He opened up about the different styles that have been employed across the six-episode series, revealing that some episodes will feature mockumentary techniques similar to those found in more modern sitcoms, while still honouring several classic sitcoms from the ’50s, ’60s, and ’70s.
“I loved TV, and watched far too much The Dick Van Dyke Show and I Love Lucy and Bewitched and everything,” Feige explained, touching on some of WandaVision’s classic TV influences before moving onto the contemporary styles that are present in the series. “We go up to the Modern Family and The Office style. The talk-to-the-camera, shaky-camera, documentary style.”
WandaVision is reuniting Elizabeth Olsen’s Wanda Maximoff and Paul Bettany’s Vision in a trippy dreamscape that will shift the duo through various family sitcom styles of several different eras – from the black and white ’50s/early ’60s era to the groovier ’60s/’70s period and the classic ’80s/”TGIF” ’90s. In order to replicate these classic sitcoms, Olsen and Bettany even acted out some scenes in front of a live studio audience.
Olsen previously said that Feige managed to win her over on the concept of the show by discussing specific Scarlet Witch comic book stories with reference to the Disney+ series, though she didn’t share which specific storylines would be brought to the screen. Feige, however, told Empire that WandaVision will delve further into the character’s “ill-defined and unexplored” powers.
“If you look at the Infinity Saga, I don’t think any single person has gone through more pain and trauma than Wanda Maximoff. And no character seems to be as powerful as Wanda Maximoff. And no character has a power-set that is as ill-defined and unexplored as Wanda Maximoff,” he said. “So it seemed exploring that would be worthwhile post-Endgame. Who else is aware of that power? Where did it come from? Did the Mind Stone unlock it?”
Based on this information and all of the footage shown in previous trailers, we’ve already concluded that the show will act as the MCU’s House of M storyline – so you might want to read our explanation of what that could mean ahead of WandaVision’s new Disney+ premiere date, which is now set for January 15, 2021.
Adele Ankers is a Freelance Entertainment Journalist. You can reach her on Twitter.