The smash Marvel Studios and Disney+ original series WandaVision was previously planned for ten episodes before the ultimate change to containing nine, according to Screen Rant. The first Marvel Studios and Disney+ television series premiered its first two episodes on January 15 before finishing its run with its ninth and final episode on March 5. This reveal for a planned tenth episode was made by the series’ director Matt Shakman (It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia) and the episode was ultimately never filmed.
WandaVision centered on idyllic suburbia in Westview, New Jersey, and the relationship between Wanda, or the Scarlet Witch, and Vision following the events of Avengers: Endgame. The comedy series hopped through different decades and paid homage to classic sitcoms such as The Office, Modern Family, Dick Van Dyke Show, Brady Bunch, and many more. The series was filled with surprises such as Evan Peters’ (American Horror Story) reprisal of the X-Men character Quicksilver or Pietro, marking his introduction into the MCU instead of the previously featured Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Kick-Ass). Further reveals included Kathryn Hahn’s (Step Brothers) villainous turn as Agatha Harkness as well as Wanda’s final transformation to the Scarlet Witch in the final episode.
According to Shakman, the narrative of the series was constantly revolving. “There was a lot of experimentation going on and sort of trying different things out,” said Shakman via Screen Rant. “We also at one point had 10 episodes planned and we ended up collapsing a couple, you know just to make the rhythm feel a little bit better…once we wrapped in Atlanta the pandemic hit and we ended up having months off so then further changes during that we were doing post-production and then ideas would come up and little changes would happen as a result.”
WandaVision marked the return of Elizabeth Olsen (Wind River) as Wanda alongside Paul Bettany’s (A Knight’s Tale) reprisal of Vision. Further MCU returnees included Kat Dennings (2 Broke Girls, Thor) as Darcy Lewis and Randall Park (The Interview) as FBI Agent Jimmy Woo.
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