WandaVision has officially arrived. The new live-action series is the first in a new era for the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Whereas shows like Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. were, at best, only tangentially connected to the movies, these new shows will be heavily connected to the wider MCU. And it all begins now on Disney+.
The first two episodes of WandaVision have been released on Disney+ as a double-header premiere event. The series centers on Elizabeth Olsen’s Wanda Maximoff and Paul Bettany’s Vision. That alone helps set the series apart from previous live-action shows of the MCU era, as the big screen actors are reprising their roles. The cast also features other returning characters such as Kat Dennings as Darcy Lewis, Randall Park as Jimmy Woo and Teyonah Parris as an adult Monica Rambeau. Kathryn Hahn rounds out the ensemble.
Here is the synopsis for WandaVision.
“Marvel Studios’ captivating new series ‘WandaVision,’ which premieres in early 2021 on Disney+. Starring Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany, ‘WandaVision’ marks the first series from Marvel Studios streaming exclusively on Disney+. The series is 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.”
Matt Shakman is on board as director of the series, with Jac Shaeffer serving as the head writer. The show is truly unlike anything in the MCU before as it blends classic sitcom styles with trippy action. It will also lead directly into the events of Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, which is currently filming. Olsen will, additionally, reprise her role as Scarlet Witch in the upcoming movie.
This is just the first of many such shows coming to the streaming service over the next few years. The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, Loki, Hawkeye, Ms. Marvel, She-Hulk, Moon Knight, Secret Invasion, Armor Wars and more have already been announced. There is also the animated What If? which will take a look at alternate realities within the Marvel multiverse.
These shows will be a huge part of Phase 4 and 5 of the MCU. They will join a large slate of movies that includes Black Widow, Eternals, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, Thor: Love and Thunder and the Fantastic Four reboot, among others. Blade, Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, Captain Marvel 2, Black Panther 2 and an X-Men reboot are also in the works.
WandaVision is streaming now on Disney+.