WandaVision star Paul Bettany knows how to get fans excited about his new show: by telling them it's more like a six-hour movie. The upcoming Disney+ series, which will premiere in 2021, reunites Bettany's Vision with Elizabeth Olsen's Scarlet Witch. The two characters first met in Avengers: Age of Ultron when Vision was created by Tony Stark and Bruce Banner using the Mind Stone. They met again the next year in Captain America: Civil War, where their relationship ultimately deepened. They're seen again in Avengers: Infinity War, but their romance is cut short when Thanos kills Vision by removing the Mind Stone from his head.
Vision will somehow be brought back for the WandaVision TV series, though Marvel has yet to reveal how. The series takes place after Avengers: Endgame, suggesting that time travel or Scarlet Witch's magic will play a role. It will also immediately precede the release of Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, with Olsen starring in both. In addition to Bettany and Olsen, WandaVision will feature an adult version of Captain Marvel's Monica Rambeau, as well as the MCU returns of both Kat Dennings and Randall Park.
In an interview with MTV News at last weekend's D23 Expo, Bettany spoke about WandaVision and what drew him to the show:
I don’t think that myself or Lizzie have ever been more surprised than when [Marvel Studios head] Kevin [Feige] pitched the idea to us...he pitched this idea for a sort of six-hour movie that I would never in a million years...have thought of.
Bettany went on to discuss the series in more detail, saying, “It’s so avant-garde, and weird, and messed up, and then moves seamlessly into more familiar territory. But the place that it starts is so odd.” The series has previously been described as "half classic sitcom, half MCU spectacular," which lends some clarity to Bettany's comments. It also takes place in the 1950s, which explains the "classic" element of it.
WandaVision will join a host of other Marvel shows on the Disney+ streaming service that drops in November. First up will be The Falcon and The Winter Solider in 2020, featuring Captain America's Bucky Barnes and Sam Wilson. In addition to WandaVision, 2021 will introduce Loki and Hawkeye, as well as the animated series What If...?. That show will explore alternate timelines and realities within the Marvel universe, starting with Peggy Carter as Captain America. The MCU Phase 4 will take effect soon after, with Moon Knight, She-Hulk, and Ms. Marvel all a part of that. Ms. Marvel's inclusion is particularly impressive, considering that her comic debuted within the last decade.
Bettany's comments follow the understanding that the Disney+ shows will feel like an extension of the MCU and be an essential part of it. Marvel knows it has a huge fan base from the movies, so it makes sense that they would entice fans to Disney+ with the promise that the TV shows will be similar. Plus, as TV becomes more serialized, even network and cable shows are starting to feel more like season-long stories than individual episodes. WandaVision may not be the first show to be described as one long movie, but it won't be the last.
Source: MTV News
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