WandaVision creator Jac Schaeffer has come out in defense of the superhero sitcom’s title following criticism from fans that it was too silly.
While some fans of the new Marvel series WandaVision have been critical of the show’s name, creator Jac Schaeffer revealed that she was a big fan of the title.
In an interview with Collider, Schaeffer was reminded about the initial announcement of the sitcom series starring Marvel Cinematic Universe characters Wanda Maximoff and Vision. “The title was revealed as WandaVision,” Collider interviewer Liz Shannon Miller said to Schaeffer. “And I know that people were like, ‘Oh, it’s Wanda and Vision. That’s like the silliest title possible for the show.’” Schaeffer revealed that the title WandaVision was a suggestion from President of Marvel Studios Kevin Feige. Once Feige suggested the title, Schaeffer jokingly threatened to quit if WandaVision was not the name of the show. Schaeffer concluded, “And I know when the title came out and people were kind of ripping it, I was like ‘Yeah, you wait.’”
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While the title initially drew some ire for its simplicity, the premise for WandaVision revealed the title’s double meaning: a play on the word “television.” The name alludes to Wanda and Vision’s situation on the show as they find themselves encountering new decades of television sitcom tropes each episode. The latest, set in an ’80s-era sitcom, revealed the fate of Vision after the events of Avengers: Infinity War.
Schaeffer also spoke in another interview about the events of Avengers: Infinity War and how they were used to introduce the character of Monica Rambeau to WandaVision. In episode 4, “We Interrupt This Program,” viewers got an insight into Rambeau’s backstory, beginning with a hospital scene that takes place during Avengers: Endgame when the Avengers bring back everyone who was erased by Thanos’ snap in Infinity War. “It’s set up tonally that we’re in a dramatic scenario, a more grounded scenario,” Schaeffer said. “We learn so much about Monica and what she’s dealing with in that cold open. And then, of course, it’s always exciting to be able to approach MCU canon and shed new light on it.”
Written by Jac Schaeffer and directed by Matt Shakman, WandaVision stars Elizabeth Olsen as Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch, Paul Bettany as Vision, Randall Park as Agent Jimmy Woo, Kat Dennings as Darcy Lewis, Teyonah Parris as Monica Rambeau and Kathryn Hahn as Agnes. New episodes air Fridays on Disney+.
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