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WandaVision: release date, cast, trailer, MCU connections and more

WandaVision release date
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The WandaVision release date is finally official, and it's here very soon. The weird Marvel spin-off wasn't always set to be the first MCU show to come to Disney Plus – that honor goes to The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, which has struggled with coronavirus-related setbacks – but after its premiere was moved forward to 2020, it's now back to early 2021, and we've finally got a confirmed date that's coming ahortly after the Holiday season.

WandaVision promises to pack in plenty of surprises. It stars Wanda Maximoff (Elizabeth Olsen), aka, the Scarlet Witch and the Vision (Paul Bettany). The thing is, Vision died in 2018's Avengers: Infinity War, but he's somehow alive again, living a nice suburban life with Wanda.

Still, Vision and Wanda are not the only characters returning from the MCU's greatest hits. In this curious blend of American sitcom and high-octane Marvel action, nothing seems to be as it seems, and we're excited to see it unravel now we have a proper launch date. So, below you'll find everything you need to know about WandaVision, including the latest release date information, trailer, cast details, and more.

WandaVision release date: January 2021

Disney has confirmed that WandaVision will be the first MCU live-action TV show to land on its streaming service – and it's almost here, on January 15, 2021. Disney confirmed the date on Twitter – you can see the tweet below.

WandaVision was originally set to premiere in 2021, but was brought forward to 2020 after The Falcon and the Winter Soldier was pushed back due to coronavirus-related complications.

WandaVision trailers: watch them here

We got a second WandaVision trailer as part of the Disney Investor Day 2020. In it we get to see more of the strangely stylized suburbia in which the superhero couple live, and how that unravels in this surreal one-of-a-kind MCU offering. Roll on January 15.

WandaVision's first trailer looks fantastic, too. The production values are impressive, and the contrast of sitcom styling with Vision and Wanda's existential horror makes it look very different to any of the Marvel movies. We expect there's a lot more to the series than what we see in this trailer, based on the confirmed cast. Scroll down for more on that.

Our first look at WandaVision came in Disney Plus' Marvel Super Bowl trailer earlier this year:

WandaVision's story: what's the show about?

It's the big question – what the heck is WandaVision about? We know for certain that WandaVision will focus on Wanda Maximoff and The Vision, reunited in some form after the events of Avengers: Endgame. But how that happens isn't exactly clear. The last time we saw Vision, Thanos was ripping the Mind Stone from his head, leaving the synthetic superhero dead. 

Marvel has revealed that WandaVision will tie into the upcoming MCU film, Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness, which might offer a clue as to how this story is being told. Marvel's riff on the notion of alternate universes could mean there will be at least one where The Vision is still alive. 

Does that mean WandaVision exists in an entirely different reality altogether? It's possible, but Wanda has always had reality-altering powers, too – in the comic House of M, she reshaped the entire Marvel Universe so that characters were placed in entirely different situations. It could be that this sitcom reality is one of her own making. 

Some details add intrigue to the story. Spotted shooting on location in Atlanta, actress Teyona Paris was seen carrying an ID badge for fictional US government department, SWORD. Marvel fans will be aware of SHIELD already, of course – but SWORD was actually introduced in Avengers director Joss Whedon's comic Astonishing X-Men, as the outer space-policing opposite to SHIELD. 

The story of the upcoming WandaVision TV show remains a bit of a mystery beyond the sitcom stuff, but series star Elizabeth Olsen has revealed that the show will explain why Wanda becomes known as Scarlet Witch. 

We know that the show will focus on Wanda's considerable and relatively unexplored powers. Speaking to Empire, Marvel boss Kevin Fiege said "no character seems to be as powerful as Wanda Maximoff. And no character has a power-set that is as ill-defined and unexplored as Wanda Maximoff." To what extent did she gain them from the Mind Stone?

The series' suburban setting is inspired visually by the acclaimed Vision comic by Tom King and Gabriel Walta from 2015 – and we're likely to see Sparky the dog from the comic appear in this series, who's like the Vision version of a pet. 

The WandaVision cast features heroes from across the MCU

Obviously WandaVision will see the return of Elizabeth Olsen as the Scarlet Witch and Paul Bettany as The Vision, but they'll be joined by some other familiar names from across the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Kat Dennings will return as wisecracking political science major Darcy Lewis from the Thor movies. Randall Park is also back in the role of FBI agent Jimmy Woo from Ant-Man and the Wasp – he was a highlight of an otherwise lesser entry in the MCU canon. Both have deep sitcom backgrounds, which might explain why they're a good fit for this show. 

Joining them is another familiar character – but the last time we saw them in a previous Marvel movie, they were a lot younger. 

Teyonah Parris has been cast as Monica Rambeau – that's the daughter of Carol Danvers's best friend Maria Rambeau in the movie, Captain Marvel. This time around, she's an adult and working for the aforementioned government agency, SWORD. 

Matt Shakman (It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia and Fargo) will be bringing his comedy touch to the show as director, while Black Widow's Jac Shaeffer is WandaVision's lead writer.

WandaVision adds a touch of classic sitcom to the MCU

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WandaVision has opted for a genre-smashing combination of sitcom style with classic Marvel superhero tales. In fact, the show's official poster even forgoes the usual sleek Marvel visuals in favour of a classic 1950s sitcom style, bringing to mind classic shows such as Bewitched and I Dream of Jeannie, and the "talk-to-the-camera, shaky-camera, documentary style" of The Office and Modern Family.

But it seems it's not quite as simple as that.

"Having the opportunity to tell more of their story, to see more of what Wanda can do, more of what makes Vision Vision, and – most importantly – reveal a name that I'm not even sure we've said in the MCU yet, but we absolutely make a big deal of in the show, which is that Wanda is in fact the Scarlet Witch," said Feige in an interview.

"What does that mean, that she is the Scarlet Witch? And that's what we play into in this show, in ways that are entirely fun, entirely funny, somewhat scary, and will have repercussions for the entire future Phase 4 of the MCU." Another reason to stay subscribed to Disney Plus, then.