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‘WandaVision’: Cycling through the decades of TV

WandaVision has strong ties to the golden age of television.

The current pandemic caused Marvel Studios to shuffle their TV and film resulting in the Disney+ series, WandaVision, to be the next installment of the MCU. Today, Entertainment Weekly revealed some of the details of the show before its premiere later this year.

WandaVision takes inspiration from fan-favorite TV shows from the 50s to the 90s. Kevin Feige came up with the idea of a suburban fantasy that blended super heroes with small town absurdity. The architect of the MCU is known to enjoy classic sitcoms and grew up on Nick at Nite.

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The series is a love letter to the golden age of television but also sets off to blaze a new trail. The first episode was shot in black and white using period lenses and filmed in front of a live studio audience to obtain that sitcom feel. It also relied on wires and camera tricks used in Bewitched and I Dream of Jeanie to show Scarlet Witch’s tdelekinetic powers.

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The show has many ties to TV of yore. It was partially filmed on Blondie Street in the Warner Bros. Ranch in Burbank. Beloved shows such as Father’s Knows Best, The Partridge Family, and Bewitched were all shot there. Head writer, Jac Schaeffer, and director, Matt Shakman, even met with Dick Van Dyke to pick his brain on ways to capture the feel of that era.

It is set after Endgame with the couple living a peaceful suburban life in the picturesque town of Westview. They cycle through the decades experiencing familiar TV tropes including a possible new bundle of joy on the way. Soon, they realize things are not as perfect as they seem.

WandaVision directly sets up Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness arriving in 2022. The Scarlet Witch will play an important role in the film. Also, because of the pandemic shuffle, the creators had to ensure the show didn’t spoil any plots from Black Widow, Eternals and The Falcon and The Winter Soldier since they were all planned to come beforehand.

There is still no official series premiere date, but WandaVision is planned to be released before the end of the year. Watch the trailer here.

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