'WandaVision' to blend Marvel thrills with sitcom style
By Sugandha Rawal
Anaheim, Aug 24 (IANS) Actors Randall Park, Kat Dennings and Kathryn Hahn will be joining Paul Bettany and Elizabeth Olsen in the series "WandaVision", which will blend the style of classic sitcoms with all the thrills of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
With "WandaVision", Bettany is returning as Vision and Olsen as Wanda Maximoff -- the two super-powered beings living their ideal suburban lives.
Marvel chief Kevin Feige surprised the audience at the D23 Expo on Friday by bringing to the stage Dennings and Park who will reprise their roles from "Thor" and "Ant-Man and The Wasp" respectively.
Dennings will return to the MCU as Darcy Lewis from "Thor", while Park will be back as FBI agent Jimmy Woo from "Ant-Man And The Wasp".
Feige then introduced actress Hahn who has been cast as a new character in the series. Her character is being described as a "nosey neighbour from a sitcom".
"What does every sitcom need? A nosy neighbour," Feige joked, and added: "There's always a nosy neighbor that's stirring up trouble."
He then called on Hahn on the stage. She said: "What world have I entered into? This is so awesome."
The six-episode series, with Jac Shaffer on script duty and Matt Shakman on board to direct, aims to be a blend of 1950s sitcom and Marvel adventure. Feige has promised a never seen before treat with the show. He also showed a teaser with blended shots of Olsen and Bettany from their various appearances in Marvel films merged with the footage from "The Dick Van Dyke Show".
"We're so excited to start shooting. This is going to be so wacky and fun, I am so excited to share it with everyone," Olsen said.
To this, Bettany added: "As the scripts keep rolling in that we get allowed to read, it is so funny and it just ends up being this huge epic. The writing's so extraordinary, thank you very much. We don't know about the directing yet, but we'll see about that."
"WandaVision" will premiere on Disney+ in 2021.
(Sugandha Rawal is in Anaheim on an invitation of Disney India. She can be contacted at [email protected])