The MCU series WandaVision has been described as “half classic sitcom, half MCU spectacular” during the Disney+ panel at this year’s D23 Expo. The series will air on the upcoming streaming service along with Falcon and the Winter Soldier, Loki, What If...?, and Hawkeye, as well as the newly announced Moon Knight, Ms. Marvel and She-Hulk.
WandaVision is set to take place in the aftermath of Avengers: Endgame. It’s not clear how Vision can be involved since he was killed by having the Mind Stone ripped from his head rather than being dusted along with half the universe, and so was not brought back along with everyone else when Banner undid the Snap. The series’ events will also tie in with Scarlet Witch’s appearance in Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness, but like everything else about the show, specifics have yet to be forthcoming.
The description of WandaVision as “half classic sitcom, half MCU spectacular” was one of several fragmented reveals about the show that formed part of a myriad of revelations about the Disney+ catalogue of MCU shows. A short clip was shown, featuring scenes of Wanda and Vision together from previous MCU movies, interspersed with clips from early ‘60s sitcom The Dick Van Dyke Show. This is presumably to tie the series to its ‘50s setting and give a rough indication of the tone intended by juxtaposing superhero powers with comedy stylings well over half a century old. It was also said that she series will explore Wanda as Scarlet Witch, possibly highlighting the fact that like several of the MCU heroes, she has never actually been referred to by her comic book codename within the films.
The series will also include appearances from the minor MCU characters of Kat Dennings’ Darcy Lewis from Thor and Thor: The Dark World, and Randall Park as Jimmy Woo from Ant-Man and the Wasp. They will join Teyonah Parris, who has already been announced as playing an adult version of Monica Rambeau, who we met as a child in Captain Marvel. Also to be featured is Kathryn Hahn as a “nosy neighbor”, of whom nothing else was said, but as such a person is a stock character of classic sitcoms, her purpose will most likely be to create hilarious misunderstandings from her spying on Wanda and Vision.
Every snippet of information revealed about WandaVision makes it sound stranger and stranger, and it’s precisely that which makes it such a joy to consider. Exactly why the show has a classic sitcom setting is yet to be explained, and since as far as we are aware Wanda has never met Darcy, Jimmy or Monica, why they have become part of this new world is something else confusing. Also unclear is how and why this world exists in the first place, though it’s possible that the whole thing will be revealed as being a creation of Wanda's as she processes the idea of Vision being gone for good. The realm of exaggerated ‘50s wholesomeness may have been created by the unstable combination of her emotional volatility after seeing her love killed and the potentially reality warping powers she wields. Such a setup can only end with a tragic return to reality, but from what has been revealed so far, it will be a demented ride getting there.