This week’s Man Candy Monday featured Paul Bettany, which reminded me that the new Marvel Cinematic Universe TV show, WandaVision (2021) is debuting this December. Now, I know that this is a blog about historical flicks, and superhero flicks don’t usually fall under that category, but WandaVision is shaping up to be quite the little crossover between genres.
What we know right now: After the events of Avengers: Endgame (2019), Wanda Maximoff (played by Elizabeth Olsen) and her boyfriend, Vision (played by the never not awesome Paul Bettany) find themselves somehow transported to the 1950s. Or, is it a 1950s sitcom? Or is it … something else entirely?
Marvel has dropped precious few teasers hinting at what might be behind the timeline jump backwards, so I won’t speculate too hard about what could be the cause of their transportation 60-something years into the past (and hints at further time jumps), but there is the fact that Wanda, aka Scarlet Witch, has time-bending abilities. Could she somehow be responsible for the retro timeline? Of course, all will be revealed once December rolls around and the show is released on Disney+, and I, for one, am greatly looking forward to it.
I love Paul Bettany as Vision, and Elizabeth Olsen capably has held my attention as Wanda throughout various MCU movies, so the addition of a costume piece on top of the super powers has me very intrigued. Also in the plus category is the addition of Kathryn Hahn, one of my favorite small-screen actresses of the last 20 years; she’s always a delight in any show she pops up in.
Costumes are by Mayes C. Rubeo and look like solid 1950s couture for Wanda in the preview, which is always delightful. Rubeo designed costumes for the wonderful Jojo Rabbit (2019), as well as non-historical films such as Thor: Ragnarok (2017), John Carter (2012), and is on board to design costumes for the upcoming Thor: Love and Thunder, which is slated for a 2022 release.
Are you looking forward to a crossover between a period piece and a superhero flick? Share your thoughts with us in the comments!