Disney+ gave Marvel fans a special announcement on New Year's Day by revealing the highly anticipated WandaVision series will arrive this year. Previously, WandaVision had been confirmed as hitting Disney+ sometime in Spring 2021 along with the Loki series, however, the powers that be have brought the release date forward.
The series has been shrouded in secrecy with virtually no plot details from Marvel. We know that Wanda Maximoff aka Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) and Vision (Paul Bettany) seem to be living an idyllic life that looks like it was lifted from a sitcom in the 50s. Perhaps the most intriguing element is that Vision appears to have gotten over being killed in Avengers: Infinity War. All we know for sure is that Elizabeth Olsen will be back on the big screen as Wanda in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. So, has Wanda created a little pocket universe for herself and another version of Vision to live happily ever after? Are they being held against their will? Is any of it real? We'll find out later this year.
The MCU connections go further than the two Avengers reprising their roles. Kat Dennings will be back as her Thor character Darcy Lewis, and Randall Park's FBI Agent Jimmy Woo first seen in Ant-Man and The Wasp will also feature in the series. While it remains unclear when WandaVision will be released it joins the previously announced Falcon and The Winter Soldier as Marvel originals on Disney+ arriving this year.
Much like The Mandalorian, the Marvel shows will adopt a weekly release for each episode opposed to the Netflix all at once method. The long-gestating streaming service from Disney won't be available in the UK until the end of March, and avoiding spoilers from The Mandalorian has been impossible. I won't repeat them here, but fans and critics alike have been rather inconsiderate to those of us waiting to (legally) watch the series. I won't climb too high on my high horse, yet I feel compelled to say that Disney made a massive mistake not releasing Disney+ globally on the same day.