WandaVision featured opening credits inspired by the American version of The Office in this week’s episode, “Breaking the Fourth Wall.”
The episode paid tribute to the mockumentary style of sitcoms like The Office and Modern Family, with characters directly addressing the camera during confessional interviews with an offscreen documentary crew. However, the opening credits for “Breaking the Fourth Wall” were inspired specifically by The Office, in which a montage of establishing shots and images of everyday items plays out to a wordless theme song. One YouTube channel even did a side-by-side comparison of WandaVision‘s latest opening titles with those from The Office.
Developed by Greg Daniels, the American version of The Office premiered in 2005 and chronicled the daily lives of the employees at the Scranton, Pennsylvania branch of the fictional Dunder Mifflin Paper Company. A re-imagining of the BBC sitcom of the same name, which was created by Ricky Gervais (who also starred) and Stephen Merchant, The Office ran for nine seasons and went on to become one of Netflix’s most-streamed titles in the years that followed. It recently moved to NBC’s new streaming service Peaock, beating out Bridgerton and The Mandalorian for total streams in its first week on the platform.
WandaVision was partly inspired by Marvel Studios President and Marvel Chief Creative Officer Kevin Feige’s love of classic sitcoms going as far back as the 1950s and ’60s. The series started off by paying homage to black-and-white hits like The Dick Van Dyke Show and Bewitched and even filmed its premiere episode in front of a live studio audience for greater authenticity. It later moved on to referencing popular ’80s shows like Full House and featured a note-perfect pastiche of early 2000 sitcoms with its Malcolm in the Middle-inspired opening credits for last week’s episode, “All-New Halloween Spooktacular!”
Marvel Studios presents WandaVision, a blend of classic television and the Marvel Cinematic Universe in which Wanda Maximoff and Vision – two super-powered beings living idealized suburban lives – begin to suspect that everything is not as it seems.
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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