The trailer for WandaVision, Marvel’s newest addition to its superhero universe, was unveiled at the 72nd Primetime Emmy Awards on September 20. The American miniseries, placed as the first one in the Fourth Phase of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, is gearing up to be all kinds of weird (good weird). It features two characters who have gained supreme prominence in pop culture – Scarlet Witch and Vision – as a time-travelling couple, set in the aftermath of the events of 2019 film Avengers: Endgame. The series will follow their story over six episodes on Disney+ released in December 2020.

Starring Elizabeth Olsen as Wanda Maximoff (alternatively Scarlet Witch) and Paul Bettany (Vision), who will reprise their roles from the Avengers film franchise, the series is set in a common neighbourhood in the 1950s where the couple is leading a (seemingly) normal life, babies, et al. Their sweet black and white existence in history, however, is slowly jarred by the sense that things aren’t as smooth as they seem. Thereon, the story flits back and forth in time, as the couple tries to grapple with their changing reality.

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WandaVision Is A Throwback To Classic Television

The film is laid out like a hallmark MCU flick, bearing comedy and superhero action balled into an extravagant watch. I’ve never been one for the Marvel brand of films, for their repetitive content, save for the changing heroes with their changing powers, and humour. However, WandaVision seems to stray away from the characteristic features, with its muted surroundings of an urban neighbourhood that offer some semblance of realism. In part, it looks like any other feel-good American show meant to be binged without much meaning or thought, but still heavy with a legacy of its predecessors in the MCU.

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What makes WandaVision look doubly attractive is its timespan peppered with historical television and film references that cine-heads will be able to recognise instantly. In the teaser released during the Super Bowl this year – alongside two other Marvel series The Falcon and the Winter Soldier and Loki – viewers were able to spot classics like The Dick Van Dyke Show, Leave it to Beaver, The Brady Bunch, and Full House. 

(Trivia: The 1987 show Full House features Olsen’s twin siblings Mary-Kate and Ashley as the memorable Michelle Tanner, the youngest member of the Tanner household.)

Fans React On Social Media

The reaction to WandaVision’s trailer has been largely positive on social media, compounded by the excitememnt surrounding the Emmys. Marvel fans are eagerly looking forward to what is being touted as the MCU’s most different project till date.

Watch the official trailer for WandaVision:

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