It’s going to be freaky" - 'WandaVision' breaks mold of MCU
Fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe have been eagerly awaiting the next phase - officially known as Phase 4 - ever since the culmination of previous movies in the franchise in 'Avengers: Endgame'.
However, with theaters shuttered because of coronavirus, both of 2020's Marvel Studios offerings, 'Black Widow' and 'Eternals' were postponed until 2021.
That means the Disney+ television show 'WandaVision' is the first to whet fans' appetites in over a year and officially opens Phase 4.
The show sees the two characters in the title, Wanda Maximoff and Vision, in a very different place from where viewers last saw them together - with Wanda looking over Vision's dead body in 'Endgame'.
In the first episode, the pair are all smiles, alive and in a black and white 1960s 'Bewitched' style sitcom.
"They are hurtling through the American century in sitcoms," said Paul Bettany, who plays the android Vision. He added "At some point Vision realizes 'God, there's something wrong about this town' and so that's what's going on and the MCU and this world will collide in an epic way at the end of the show."
Although, the first few episodes don't break from the sitcom format (the first episode was filmed live in front of a live studio audience), the characters occasionally do.
"It's that tension, however much we share of it, is what our show is, that inbetween space," Elizabeth Olsen (Wanda) told Reuters.
She added "Someone had said earlier that usually when they watch the movies, they know when the villain is coming but with this, they don't even know who the villain is."
Olsen promised "lots of surprises" and added "If you're fans of the comics there's a lot of additions in this world that I think will make them excited."
One of the new additions is Monica Rambeau. Created in the early 80s, the character, who goes by various aliases including Captain Marvel and Spectrum, even led the Avengers for a while.
She was featured as a young child in 2019's "Captain Marvel" but now she's fully grown and played by Teyonah Parris in the series as Geraldine, another character in the sitcom struggling with its reality.
Unlike the women of Wakanda in 'Black Panther', it marks the first time an African-American female superhero will grace the MCU franchise.
Parris said "I'm honored and very excited that young girls will have a Monica Rambeau to look up to and young boys. I think she's going to be special for a lot, a lot of people."
"WandaVision" begins with a two-episode premiere on Friday (January 15).