Elizabeth Olsen as Wanda Maximoff and Paul Bettany as Vision in Marvel Studios’ WANDAVISION. Photo courtesy of Marvel Studios. ©Marvel Studios 2020. All Rights Reserved.
Matt Shakman, WandaVision director on what it means to be in the MCU after being a fan for so long! Read on fore more details.
Matt Shakman is currently promoting his first MCU project as WandaVision is set to debut on Disney+ this Friday. Shakman is a TV veteran who now gets to direct the fist season of any MCU show to appear on Disney+. Though, far more are coming eventually.
Shakman recently chatted to CBM about his fandom for Marvel and how it feels to make WandaVision.
“I’m a huge fan of Marvel, so the chance to work with Kevin and everyone at Marvel Studios is something I’ve been wanting to do for years. I’ve been there every opening day for every MCU movie since Iron Man and I was a long-time comic fan and superhero nerd going way, way back, so this was a huge opportunity.”
“But, WandaVision bizarrely kind of fits into my experience both as a filmmaker and my own personal history because I was a sitcom actor going all the way back, starting at age 4 doing sitcoms and commercials and stuff. I grew up on backlots and sound stages, so that whole part of my life felt like it led to this in a bizarre way and then I also enjoy doing comedy as well as large-scale action, like Game of Thrones, like Sunny, so this one particular show managed to encapsulate all of the different things that I love to do in a totally bizarre way that has never happened before and will never happen again.”
Shakman also spoke about what it was like to collaborate with other Marvel filmmakers. After all, Shakman is taking characters stories who were started by other filmmakers and will continue with others also.
“Marvel is an incredibly collaborative place, and you asked earlier about, ‘Can you put your own stamp on it?’ and you absolutely can and that’s one of the great things. There’s so much freedom as a filmmaker, but, at the same time, there’s also tremendous support from everyone. Kevin Feige and his team are all working relentlessly to make this thing the best thing it can possibly be and that support is amazing, the guidance and wisdom we’ve had along the way from Kevin and his team have been amazing and that is part of the secret sauce that makes it work. Yeah, conversations with other filmmakers about how stories will continue or continuing stories that have happened or been introduced already has been part of my experience for sure.”
The story of Wanda and Vision has been through several hands thus far. Wanda first appeared in Age of Ultron helmed by Joss Whedon. Since Ultron Olsen has worked with the Russos in her time in the MCU. However, Olsen will also be appearing as Wanda in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness under Sam Raimi. As for Paul Bettany’s Vision, who knows? Currently there is no evidence Bettany will return, but who knows until we see how WandaVision shakes out?
Matt Shakman, WandaVision director is just the latest custodian of the Wanda, and Vision characters. Let’s hope he can put his stamp on the MCU. What do you want to see from WandaVision? Share your thoughts below as always.