We may not be releasing any new Marvel movies in the near future, but fans will soon be able to welcome a few Avengers right into their homes.
Disney announced on Thursday that WandaVision – a new original series featuring Elizabeth Olsen’s Wanda Maximoff (aka Scarlet Witch) and Paul Bettany’s Vision (R.I.P.) – will debut on its Disney+ streaming service early next year, on January 15th.
A new era is dawning. Marvel Studios’ #WandaVision, an original series, will be broadcast on January 15th on #DisneyPlus. pic.twitter.com/5pBd438tCi
– WandaVision (@wandavision) November 12, 2020
The news about the release date came via a tweet that said: “A new era is dawning”. The tweet also included a 28-second video clip that picked up on the idea that WandaVision would be announced as a kind of bizarre sitcom. In it, we see footage of Wanda and Vision styled like couples from old TV shows – the black and white of, say, the Dick Van Dyke Show and the 80s fashion of treasures like Family Ties.
This mood is consistent with an earlier trailer for the upcoming, eagerly awaited series, which gave the impression that Wanda and Vision were trapped in a kind of purgatory, modeled after little family comedies. Miracle fans will of course remember that Vision was last seen in Avengers in 2018: Infinity War was seen when he was murdered by Josh Brolin’s Thanos. Details on the plots for the new Disney+ mini-series are rare, so we’ll just have to wait and see how Vision and Wanda were brought back together.
When the series is released on Disney+, it will indeed be the beginning of a new era for the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It will be the first canonical television series in a series of them. Disney plans to dedicate more shows to the characters of Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan (for The Falcon and the Winter Soldier), Tom Hiddleston’s Loki (for Loki) and several others.
WandaVision is expected to initiate the fourth phase of the MCU, which will include feature films such as Black Widow (theatrical release May 7, 2021), Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (theatrical release July 9, 2021) and Eternals (theatrical release November 5, 2021). It remains to be seen whether these theatrical release dates will hold up, given the current state of the corona virus pandemic that has devastated the film industry and definitely dented Disney. The House of Mouse recently announced that it will lay off 28,000 employees.
When it arrives early next year, WandaVision will be just the latest major Disney+ release, after the second season of The Mandalorian and Pixar’s Soul has just been launched and is scheduled to land on the streamer on December 25th, Christmas Day.