WandaVision to feature fake TV commercials hinting at threats
Just five days before its official release, the spirits behind WandaVision got a chance to talk about the upcoming show at a recent press conference featuring showrunner Jac Schaeffer, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige, and most of the cast. Some information was already public, such as the fact that they filmed the first episode in front of a live studio audience and had lunch with and consulted with Dick Van Dyke. But there was some interesting new information, like special Easter eggs that Marvel Studios is cooking, including some fake ads.
“Other truths about the show are starting to leak, and the commercials were a first idea for that,” Feige said (via Variety). “And if that’s the very first thing you watch on the Marvel MCU, it’s just a weird version of an ad from the 50s or 60s that you’ll have to keep watching the show to understand. If you’ve watched the movies, you might be able to begin to connect what these things mean with the past. Like, maybe, Hydra.
Feige then moved on to the subject of how the COVID-19 outbreak has forced Marvel’s plans to reshuffle.
“Part of a long-term plan is having the capacity and the ideas of how to mix, if the need arises,” he added. “I’m not saying we were prepared for a global pandemic, we weren’t… The Unexpected has often served Marvel Studios well. And that served us well in this case, because this show being our first, I like its boldness, I like its difference.
The upcoming miniseries will tell what happened to now-adult Monica Rambeau after we left her at the end of Captain Marvel. He will also introduce a new character to the Marvel Cinematic Universe in Agnes, Wanda’s curious neighbor and Vision portrayed by Kathryn Hahn.
“In all of those classic sitcoms there’s always this person walking through the doors and sitting on the couch, but you never know anything about them,” Hahn said of his character, who apparently did no comic book counterpart. “In that classic way, I was able to walk in as Agnes with all these beautiful tropes set up behind me to just keep going.
WandaVision will debut its first two episodes on Disney + on January 15. In the meantime, the first reactions from critics have been solidly positive.
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