The first trailer for a new live-action Marvel TV series is here. And once you watch it, you’ll want to watch it all over again. But, the refreshing thing is, the reason we’re so pumped about WandaVision has nothing to with badass superhero stuff. Instead, this trailer reminds us of two things. First, we love Paul Bettany and Elizabeth Olsen as Vision and Scarlet Witch. Second, we still really have no idea what this show is actually about, and the release date is still a little murky, too.
During the 2020 Emmy’s, Disney+ dropped the new trailer for WandaVision, a new ongoing series set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It stars Olsen as the super-powered Wanda Maximoff and Bettany as Vision, everyone’s favorite red android, respectively. But when does this show happen? And what’s the deal with the black-and-white retro sitcom setting?
Right now, WandaVision presents itself as two kinds of TV shows, both of which are a huge departure from the cookie-cutter Marvel movies we’ve been getting for the last decade and change. On the one hand, WandaVision looks like a show about undercover superheroes living as a suburban couple in a black-and-white 1950s I Love Lucy-type setting. But, when someone accuses Vision of being “dead,” the show also presents itself as a mystery-box-WTF-is-going-on type of show, too. Are Vision and Wanda living in a computer simulation where he’s still alive? Are they hopping through different dimensions? Will other Avengers appear in the series? Did, maybe, the Tony Stark “snap” in Endgame bring Vision back to life, albeit in a different timeline?
All of this dot-connecting is fun for Marvel nerds (read: a bunch of dads I know) but that’s not why this trailer or the show seems so interesting. In Infinity War, and Civil War, we got a hint at what a lightly more realistic super-hero romance might look like inside the hyperbolic constraints of the Marvel movies. Sure, Tony Stark and Pepper Potts relationship is threaded throughout a bunch of the movies following the first Iron Man, but it’s not like you really get a sense of what they’re like as a “normal” couple. WandaVision has a different promise: What if a big Marvel show was about a married couple?
For the grown-ups in the audience, this is the best news out of the Marvel camp in a very long time. These movies have offered top-shelf escapism since 2008. But now, maybe the MCU can do something else: Speak directly to the day-to-day experiences of extraordinary people, living out seemingly ordinary lives. It doesn’t look like Vision and Wanda have kids, but parents can already relate.
WandaVision is expected on Disney+ sometime in December 2020.