WandaVision Not A Standalone, Connects With MCU Says Paul Bettany

Paul Bettany and Elizabeth Olsen in Wandavision
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WandaVision is one of the many Marvel shows slated to debut for Disney+. Along with The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, the series was supposed to debut this year. However, due to the unpredictability of the coronavirus pandemic, the official release date was moved to January 15, 2021. Viewers who have been anticipating the series, which was announced some time ago, are totally hyped about its every detail.

Part of the excitement surrounding these shows root from their significant linkages to the MCU. Unlike Marvel TV series Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Agent Carter which relationships were mostly one-sided, Disney+ shows will serve differently. 

WandaVision star Paul Bettany says the upcoming series aptly connects with the Marvel Cinematic Universe. In fact, there’s already evidence where Elizabeth Olsen aka Scarlet Witch in particular will have an impact on the MCU. She will appear in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, which will likely use references from events in WandaVision.

In an interview with Collider, Bettany shed some light on the series and its relation to MCU as a whole. “I think it’s going to make you think about the MCU in a whole brand new way but I do think that it’s absolutely a part of that universe,” he explained.

“As each episode unfolds, the audience will be able to peel back layer upon layer until this rather beautiful puzzle box written by Jac Schaeffer and directed by Matt Shakman and shot by [cinematographer] Jess Hall will be revealed to everybody and it will make sense. All of the bonkers stuff will be about something.”

What can we look forward to in WandaVision?

The series will feature classic sitcom elements, including filming in front of a live studio audience. Moreover, it will be paying homage to multiple decades of TV sitcoms. “It’s ’50s, ’60s, ’70s, ’80s, ’90s, and all of it,” revealed Bettany. “We end up in the MCU, in the real world.”

However, Bettany remains positive that different aspects of the show won’t stop it from being a part of the MCU.  After all, the action components Marvel fans have accustomed themselves with will definitely be present in the series.

“If you think about it, what Kevin Feige has done is like a grand TV experiment anyway. It’s sequels and spin-offs, in an episodic formula and spin-off formula, like you’ve had in television forever, just done on a grand scale in film. So, moving it to TV, I think they made a really smart decision, as an homage to lots of different eras and genres of the American centuries’ TV,” he explained.

WandaVision will exclusively stream on Disney+ beginning January 15. Watch the official trailer below.

Ria Genteroy
Ria Genteroy is an English Language Studies graduate from the University of Santo Tomas. A media personnel by profession and a storyteller by heart, she aspires that her words spark meaningful conversations.