And now back to our regularly scheduled programming. After two long years in the Marvel Cinematic Universe desert, since Avengers: Endgame and its postscript Spider-Man: Far from Home, Marvel’s mightiest are back on the air. For the first MCU series on Disney Plus, we have WandaVision, a TV show that is very much about TV shows and what the medium means to us. The comfy-cozy sitcom rhythm of the show, as Elizabeth Olsen’s Scarlet Witch and Paul Bettany’s Vision make-believe they’re on the sets of The Dick Van Dyke Show or Family Ties, is interrupted by unsettling reminders of where we left these characters. Wanda was grieving–because Vision was dead. What’s going on here? Don’t change that channel, because Paul, Arlo, and special guest Michael Holland–currently post-production supervisor on The Afterparty–discuss how showrunner Jac Schaeffer and director Matt Shakman channel grief, capture the nostalgic spirit of old TV, weaponize fan expectations, and more.
NEXT: we’ll be back, same Bat-time, same Bat-channel.
- 00:00:50 – Intro / Guest
- 00:05:53 – WandaVision
- 01:51:39 – Outro / Next
- Michael’s Blog – Holland Imaginarium
- How the ‘WandaVision’ Creator Brought Her Vision (and Wanda’s) to Life by Dave Itzkoff, The New York Times
- ‘WandaVision’ Creator on That Ending, Wanda Criticism, and Why Paul Bettany Is Allowed to Troll by Liz Shannon Miller, Collider
- ‘WandaVision’: Let’s Break Down What Those Commercials Reveal About the Show’s Mystery by Tom Reimann, Collider
- ‘WandaVision’: MCU Easter Eggs You Might Have Missed by Allie Gemmell, Collider
- “A Newlywed Couple” by Kristen Anderson-Lopez & Robert Lopez, WandaVision (2021)
- “Agatha All Along (feat. Kathryn Hahn)” by Kristen Anderson-Lopez & Robert Lopez, WandaVision (2021)