‘WandaVision’ spins heroes through Marvel worlds and classic TV sitcoms By Reuters

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By Rollo Ross LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The Marvel Cinematic Universe returns to the screen beginning Friday in “WandaVision,” a story that takes two popular characters on a journey that alternates between classic American television sitcoms and a modern world of superheroes. The nine-episode series is the first Marvel has made for Walt Disney’s (NYSE 🙂 Co.’s Disney + streaming service. It follows the characters Wanda Maximoff and Vision, who were last seen together when Wanda was looking at the corpse. of Vision in the 2019 movie “Avengers: Endgame.” In the first episode of “WandaVision”, the couple is alive and smiling, living a quiet life in the suburbs as a witch and her android husband. The scenes are filmed in black and white and in the style of a classic television comedy like “Bewitched.” The pair quickly move through comedies from various eras. “They’re traversing the American century in sitcoms,” said Paul Bettany, the actor who plays Vision. “At some point, Vision realizes that ‘God, there’s something wrong with this city,'” Bettany added, setting up a collision between comedy and the Marvel Cinematic Universe “in an epic way.” Elizabeth Olsen, who plays Wanda, said the show’s unusual format provides surprises. Olsen said he was told by a viewer that the audience can usually tell when a villain will appear, but on “WandaVision” “they don’t even know who the villain is.” The series also features Monica Rambeau, a character who appeared as an 11-year-old girl in the 2019 film “Captain Marvel.” In “WandaVision,” Rambeau (Teyonah Parris) has grown up and makes her debut in the series as a comedy character. Parris said she was honored to play Rambeau, who will appear in an upcoming film sequel to “Captain Marvel.” “Having a black superhero in this day and age is just … what a moment!” Parris said. “I think it’s going to be special for a lot of people.”

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