Marvel Studios’ WandaVision Receives Long-Awaited Release Date For 2021
It’s been a long coming for one of Marvel Studios’ most highly anticipated live-action series, WandaVision. After massive production halts due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, which also caused a domino effect of delays. Marvel Studios was able to revamp production on WandaVision over the Summer and has officially wrapped filming on the series. Fans have been eager about any and all information regarding the series, which in true Marvel Studios fashion, they have kept severely under wraps.
Despite that, Marvel Studios were feeding fans with teases and tidbits on the series leaving them anxious and foaming at the mouth for trailers, official images, and official release date. While we got what we wanted from the former, we were never given a definitive answer to the latter until today!
In celebration of Disney+’s One Year Anniversary, Marvel Studios released a new promo teaser announcing the official release date for WandaVision. Although Marvel Studios almost guaranteed that WandaVision would release by the end of 2020, that was never set in stone and for various reasons, the most specific and clear one being COVID_19. Those who were looking forward to watching the series later this year will have to wait a bit longer as the series will now premiere on January 15, 2021.
While we have a fair share of mixed feelings about WandaVision’s official release date I think releasing at the beginning of the year to officially kick off Phase 4 of the MCU is the right move. More so because we have not MCU projects in 2020, making it the first year without an MCU project since 2009. I think we can all agree that the year-long break from anything MCU is a breath of fresh air. Not saying that being spammed with MCU content all year long, every year is a bad thing but absence does make the heart grow fonder.
Earlier this week Entertainment Weekly released a massive story on WandaVision and in the process releasing their exclusive WandaVision magazine cover (pictured above), new still images, an exclusive interview and a chunk of new still images. All which you can check out below.
WandaVision stars Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany who play Wanda Maximoff and Vision respectively sat down with Entertainment Weekly to discuss the series, the filming process of the series since the first episode was shot in front of a live studio audience. Something that is deeply rooted in sitcoms. And while this is a first for Marvel Studios, series stars Elizabeth and Paul seem to have found a new calling in the process.
While WandaVision was never intended to be start of Phase 4 of the MCU, that role was given to Black Widow which has been delayed until May 7, 2021. The series is set to not only kickoff Phase 4 of the MCU, it is set to change the entire landscape of the MCU while also directly setting up the events that will unfold in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness starring Benedict Cumberbatch. That film will also see Elizabeth Olsen co-starring alongside Cumberbatch to fix whatever mess she has created during the events of WandaVision.
The domino effects don’t stop there, the series is also set to introduce the adult version of Monica Rambeau played by Teyonah Parris, who was first introduced as a young girl in Captain Marvel (2019). It is not yet known how pivotal her role in the series will be, or if and when she will take up the mantle of Photon or Spectrum as she does in the comics.
In a time where representation has been huge topic of discussion and fight that not only actors, but fans are also pushing for, Parris is also poising herself to only further the push for representation.
“I feel so special and honored to be able to walk in her shoes and bring her story to life,” Parris says. “I hope that me playing this character (a) gives a group of people who are underrepresented a chance to see themselves, and (b) seeing my face and my Black body helps them engage with Black women and our humanity.”Entertainment Weekly
It has also been confirmed that WandaVision takes place after the events of Avengers: Endgame and will start the series with the seemingly odd couple married and living in the idyllic town of Westview. But as the couple cycle through the decades and thought the familiar sitcom tropes, they start to realize that their “perfect” life may not be as gleamingly picture-perfect as it seems. So expect things to get a little weird and a little wonky. As Thanos said in Avengers: Infinity War, “reality is often disappointing”…damn you Thanos for being right!
The series will also star Kathryn Hahn as Agnes, who is heavily rumored to playing Agatha Harkness. This has yet to be confirmed by Marvel Studios and was not confirmed in Entertainment Weekly’s story.
Needless to say, WandaVision will have fans hyped for what’s to come in Phase 4 of the MCU. WandaVision premieres January 15, 2021 exclusively on Disney+.
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