It’s safe to say that the season finale of “Loki” — yes, apparently just the season, not series, finale — just well and truly kicked off Phase Four of the MCU by introducing us to the multiverse. But “Loki” isn’t just pushing us into the future. It also gave us some interesting context for some of the stuff that happened in “WandaVision.”
During WandaVision, the Marvel Cinematic Universe fandom was unlike anything seen before. The Disney+ series threw fans for a loop, playing with the entire concept of television while dropping fan theory breadcrumbs left and right. It was a Golden Age of theorizing, from the obvious (maybe Agnes is Agatha Harkness) to the absurd (the entire show is a dream). These theories were only fueled by huge reveals, including Evan Peters as Pietro. But one stood far above them all, and it reveals the corner Loki has painted itself into in its penultimate episode.
Editor's note: The following contains spoilers for Black Widow. In WandaVision, Wanda "Scarlet Witch" Maximoff (Elizabeth Olsen) processes her trauma through pop culture, forcing an entire town to exist in a hyper-controlled sitcom version of life where every ending is a happy one. Her reason for using sitcoms as a kind of forced escape? In Episode 8 of the miniseries, we find out it's because of a familial love of the television form. Young Wanda (Michaela Russell) and her family would watch bootleg DVDs of classic American TV comedies to escape their casually traumatic lives in war-torn Sokovia. They brought her comfort during the worst of times, showing an appealing alternate reality far, far away from the miseries that made up her life. It makes sense for Wanda to return to this form in her last-ditch, desperate attempt at forced comfort. The metatextual sitcom forms honor her character.
Even though Marvel Studios was forced to take a break from the big screen due to the coronavirus pandemic, it allowed the comic book movie studio to make waves with their new original shows on Disney+. It’s almost a blessing in disguise that Marvel’s movies were pushed back, allowing WandaVision, The Falcon and The Winter Soldier, and Loki to shine. In fact, the finales of both WandaVision and Loki have set the stage for a huge even that will have repercussions across the entire next phase of the MCU.
The latest episode of Loki introduced fans of the show to The Void, a place at the end of time where all things pruned by the TVA go. As Ravonna Renslayer (Gugu Mbatha-Raw) explains it, the time-faring outfit can't actually erase matter from the timeline, so they're forced to transport it to the end of time, far from any of the events the Time-Keepers (or the real TVA mastermind) are actively plotting on the "Sacred Timeline."
“WandaVision” has proved magical for the Marvel Cinematic Universe, earning the mega-franchise 23 total Emmy nominations Tuesday, leading the limited-series field. Among them: nods for best limited series, leads Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany, supporting actress Kathryn Hahn and that irresistible earworm “Agatha All Along.”. “WandaVision” joined “Watchmen” and drama...
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The Television Academy released its nominations for the 73rd annual Emmy Awards today and they included some good news for a fledgling little TV studio named Marvel. Marvel Studios’ first Disney+ effort, WandaVision, was nominated for 23 awards, including Outstanding Limited Series, Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series (Elizabeth Olsen), Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series (Paul Bettany), and Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series (Kathryn Hahn).
It's only fitting that in a year when many of us passed the time by escaping into television, one of TV's biggest hits was a show about exactly that. WandaVision was practically an immediate success from the moment its first two episodes dropped in January: Not only did the series kick-off Disney+'s new foray into Marvel television, but it also married classic sitcom shenanigans and superhero angst to weave a twisted family drama that could be hilarious one moment and devastating the next.
“I like being an underdog,” Elizabeth Olsen said in a phone call on Tuesday afternoon, just hours after she earned her first-ever Emmy nomination for her starring role on WandaVision. Unfortunately for her, maybe, those days seem to be over. Olsen’s Disney+ series scored a massive 23 Emmy nominations—the most for any limited series, including more traditional prestige projects like Mare of Easttown and The Queen’s Gambit, and the second most of any TV show this year, period. With additional drama-series nominations for genre fare like The Boys, Lovecraft Country, and fellow Disney+ series The Mandalorian, the Emmy embrace of superheroes, witches, and other supernatural beings seems to be complete.
Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Bettany, Kathryn Hahn and Don Cheadle all earned acting noms for their work in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Marvel Studios’ first foray into television has paid off with a combined 28 Emmy nominations. Its Disney+ series WandaVision brought in 23 nominations and The Falcon and the Winter Soldier nabbed five.
WandaVision star Kathryn Hahn's MCU return has been teased by Marvel boss Kevin Feige. The actress played Agatha Harkness in the Disney+ TV spin-off and will return within the MCU "someday soon", according to Feige – though it's not yet known in which project. "That is something that is so...
Marvel Studios president and chief creative officer Kevin Feige on Wednesday was asked the question on everyone’s minds: Will WandaVision get a Season 2?. Technically, the question from an audience member at the virtual Paley Dialogue session with Feige was if he foresees a continuation of WandaVision or an evolution in storyline in different capacities.
“WandaVision” arrived on Disney+ back in January amid plenty of anticipation and mystery. The limited series starring Elizabeth Olsen (Wanda) and Paul Bettany (Vision) was Marvel Studios’ first foray into series television, but it didn’t touch down wearing a cape and shield. The charmingly fun comedy-drama instead featured a young suburban couple living out domestic bliss across nine episodes, most of which were inspired by different highlights in the history of American sitcoms.
The small screen side of the Marvel Cinematic Universe is officially an Emmys contender. WandaVision flexed its powerful magical muscles Tuesday with a litany of major nominations for Elizabeth Olsen (Outstanding Actress in a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie), Paul Bettany (Outstanding Actor), Kathryn Hahn (Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie), and Outstanding Limited or Anthology Series.
“WandaVision” has been changed and altered. The version you watched earlier this year is gone. Marvel has pulled the rug out from under you — and it has huge consequences for what’s to come next in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and Marvel projects moving forward. Over the weekend, fans noticed...