WandaVision is a Disney+ series that is part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the first Marvel Studios original series that follows Avengers member Wanda Maximoff after Avengers: Endgame and will serve as a tie-in to the upcoming Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. Its premiere episode aired on Disney+ on January 15, 2021 and finale aired on March 5, 2021.
WandaVision blends the style of classic sitcoms with the Marvel Cinematic Universe in which Wanda Maximoff and Vision, two super-powered beings living their ideal suburban lives, begin to suspect that everything is not as it seems.
- Elizabeth Olsen as Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch
- Paul Bettany as Vision (Chaos Magic) and Vision
- Kathryn Hahn as Agatha Harkness
- Teyonah Parris as Monica Rambeau
- Randall Park as Jimmy Woo
- Kat Dennings as Darcy Lewis
- Evan Peters as Ralph Bohner/"Pietro Maximoff"
- Debra Jo Rupp as Sharon Davis/Mrs. Hart
- Fred Melamed as Todd Davis/Arthur Hart
- Asif Ali as Abilash Tandon/Norm
- David Lengel as Harold Proctor/Phil Jones
- Emma Caulfield as Sarah Proctor/Dottie Jones
- Jolene Purdy as Isabel Matsueda/Beverly
- David Payton as John Collins/Herb
- Ithamar Enriquez as Commercial Man
- Victoria Blade as Commercial Woman
- Amos Glick as Dennis the Mailman
- Josh Stamberg as Tyler Hayward
- Grey DeLisle as Commercial Announcer
- "Filmed Before a Live Studio Audience"
- "Don't Touch That Dial"
- "Now in Color"
- "We Interrupt This Program"
- "On a Very Special Episode..."
- "All-New Halloween Spooktacular!"
- "Breaking the Fourth Wall"
- "Previously On"
- "The Series Finale"
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- The series will lead directly into Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.
- The series is based on the comics "The Vision and the Scarlet Witch" (the two heroes have adventures together) and "Visions" (the Vision tried to live a normal life with his family).
- This was originally intended to be the second Marvel Cinematic Universe series on Disney+ and the fourth installment of Phase 4, but production delays and/or theatre closings caused by the government response to COVID-19 forced the earlier series The Falcon and the Winter Soldier and films Black Widow and Eternals to be pushed back. WandaVision was moved forward to January 15, 2021, because its production was further along (plus it was far easier to stay within COVID protocols due to being filmed entirely on interior sets), becoming the first installment of Phase 4.
- The crew wanted to have Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany sing one of the opening credits songs but they were unable to find time to record before the series premiere. They did manage to get Kathryn Hahn to sing "It Was ______ All Along" for Episode 7, however.
- Producers Jac Schaeffer and Mary Livanos considered having every episode filmed in front of a live studio audience, but the idea was quickly shot down and limited to just the first episode, which is fittingly called "Filmed Before a Live Studio Audience".
- Jackson Robert Scott was initially cast as Billy and had filmed a few episodes before the lockdowns hit and had to shut down production. By the time the filming got back on track, there was a scheduling conflict which necessitated the recast to Julian Hilliard.
- Jac Schaeffer claimed that before learning she could use the adult Monica Rambeau, she had a different character in mind for the role that Monica eventually came to serve.
- There was originally going to be a scene in the final episode where Monica, Darcy, Ralph, and the twins would try to steal the Darkhold from Agatha's basement. Agatha's pet rabbit, Señor Scratchy, would stop them from stealing the book by transforming into a giant demon familiar and chasing them around the basement, Goonies-style. Though the scene was shot, the effects weren't finished in time and ultimately didn't fit the pacing of the episode.
- Darcy's bizarrely brief role in the final episode is because Kat Dennings was busy after the lockdowns extended the hiatus and couldn't attend the new filming dates, and the one scene she had already shot was not being used. She filmed her single line in front of a bluescreen as the producers figured Darcy needed some kind of role in the story's resolution after she'd been such a big presence in the rest of the show.
- The biggest post-COVID change to the finale was the scene where the townspeople confront Wanda. Originally, they were supposed to swarm Wanda like zombies and attack her. Instead, they stand at a distance and reveal how miserable they are by having to act out parts in Wanda's sitcom fantasies, which Jac Schaeffer found more psychologically compelling.
- Agatha Harkness was originally imagined as a more mentor-like figure for Wanda, much like her original character in the comics, with Jac Schaeffer even imagining a version of the story where the two of them "walk out into the sunset" at the end of the show. This changed as Schaeffer eventually realized that having her be a proper antagonist would work better structurally, though parts of the original concept were still kept in the final incarnation of the character.
- This show along with all the other Disney+ series were going to have their entire seasons released at once, as with the MCU Netflix shows, but changed to a weekly schedule after seeing how well it worked for The Mandalorian.