With “WandaVision” Marvel dares a series restart on Disney +. This comes across as surprisingly adventurous.
The “Marvel Cinematic Universe” has so far comprised 23 films. Since Robert Downey Jr. was allowed to shine in his computer-generated armor for the first time as “Iron Man” almost 13 years ago, the franchise has become the most successful in cinema history.
The MCU titles are said to have brought in a good 22.5 billion US dollars worldwide. More than all “Star Wars” and “Harry Potter” films put together. A track record that should give thought to even Real Madrid, Starbucks or the Catholic Church.
Series? So far, rather vegetables
Thanks to its movies, Marvel is more prominent in pop culture than ever before. The numerous series from the same company, distributed over various stations and streaming services, have so far been perceived by the broad masses as more of a vegetable. Despite some good reviews and ratings.
That should change now – thanks to new shows on Disney +, in which important characters (and thus familiar faces) from the films are at the center.
The series creator Jac Schaeffer doesn’t try too long to fool her audience into believing that the premise is wrong. The bourgeois couple are two superheroes that viewers know from the “Avengers” films:
“Scarlet Witch” aka Wanda, a witch with magical powers and “Vision”, an android with all kinds of superhuman talents. The y are aware of their abilities, but not that they are actually fighters for the law.
Elizabeth Olsen (“Wanda Maximoff” / “Scarlet Witch”) and Paul Bettany (“Vision”) are allowed to take on the lead roles and play with well-known sitcom clichés.
For Marvel, “WandaVision” is a conceptually adventurous series debut on Disney +. Although the story ties in with the canon that has been established over 23 films – it plays with form and tone like never before.
It remains to be seen whether the next Marvel series will be similarly playful. “ The Falcon and The Winter Soldier” as a buddy-cop duo à la “Starsky & Hutch”? “Loki” as a hardened Scandinavian homicide detective who doesn’t stick to the rules?
We will see.