MCU Phase 4: “New And Different”
Kevin Feige doubles down on WandaVision and its bold storytelling…
This wasn’t supposed to be the way it went.
Nope, at this point in the calendar, the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) should have seen tent pole films like Black Widow and shows like The Falcon and the Winter Soldier become canon.
However, it will be WandaVision that leads the parade for Marvel as it enters its “Phase 4.”
Meanwhile, we now enjoy some insight on this particular show leading the way.
Thanks to a virtual press conference reported on by ComicBook.com’s Nicole Drum, fans know what Marvel’s president is thinking just days before WandaVision’s premiere on January 15.
As is often the case when you’re thrown curveballs, the unexpected has often served Marvel Studios well and it has served us well in this case because this show, being our first one, I love how bold it is.”
A Bold WandaVision
WandaVision is bold; incredibly bold. And viewers need only read the official boilerplate to understand(?) just how different this new show will be.
Marvel Studios presents “WandaVision,” a blend of classic television and the Marvel Cinematic Universe in which Wanda Maximoff (Elizabeth Olsen) and Vision (Paul Bettany) – two super-powered beings living idealized suburban lives – begin to suspect that everything is not as it seems. The new series is directed by Matt Shakman; Jac Schaeffer is head writer.
Bold seems to not exactly tell the story.
The Boss’ Take
Asked about what WandaVision says about this new phase of MCU storytelling, Feige told writers:
“I hope it says, ‘Get ready for the new and the different… Certainly, with the Disney+ opportunities it has allowed us to expand creatively what we do. [The Falcon and the Winter Soldier] was gonna debut first last year, followed very soon behind by WandaVision. Creatively, it didn’t reshuffle.”
Feige admitted that didn’t mean MCU creatives were fully prepared for the COVID-19 pandemic, but seemed to emphasize that the creative pieces to the Phase 4 puzzle could each stand on their own.
Meanwhile, first reactions to WandaVision are encouraging, as evidenced by one of my favorite reviewers, Perri Nemiroff:
Very, VERY into what they're doing with #WandaVision after seeing the first 3 episodes. It's different, and it might take a moment to adjust but, thus far, this feels like a creative pivot well worth taking – one that's highly entertaining and could have a huge payoff. pic.twitter.com/PQjKouT77z
— Perri Nemiroff (@PNemiroff) January 9, 2021
That sounds awesome, all around.
BTW: Be sure to read Nicole Drum’s full article over at ComicBook.com.