Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige notes how the studio rejected writers who did not understand the subject of Disney + ‘s WandaVision sitcom.
Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige spoke about the difficulty of finding writers willing to follow the central theme of WandaVision’s sitcom.
In a conversation with the Producers Guild of America, Feige mentioned how he watched sitcoms to relax during the Marvel Studios production of movies like Avengers: infinity warand how “comforting lies” from sitcoms were something I wanted to translate to WandaVision. “So how do you use that to tell this story of Wanda and Vision and Wanda in particular?” Feige asked. “The truth is, we met a lot of people who just didn’t get it. So having an idea is one thing. Finding people who share a passion for that idea and who can turn it into something is something else entirely.”
Feige stated that the biggest challenge for him in WandaVision It was finding collaborators excited about the challenge of the program. “The truth is, Jac [Schaeffer] I was working on Black widow at that time, “Feige continued.” We had other meetings, and there came a point, I don’t remember exactly how many meetings there were, maybe three or four meetings with other writers, and some of them were saying, ‘You know, we really love those two characters. But the sitcom. Do you need the element of the sitcom? What if you lose the element of the sitcom? Maybe that could bring him into focus. ‘”
He suggested that, given the sitcom element of WandaVision was pivotal to the show, “clearly” they weren’t finding the right people given their desire to forgo the central theme of the show. “So the fact that, in the meantime, in another room at Marvel Studios, Jac [Schaeffer] I heard about it and was touched by its high potential for failure, which is often the way the best ideas come out, it was great, “explained Feige.
The use of sitcoms in WandaVision acted not only as a thematic way of telling the story, but also as a personal link to Wanda Maximoff’s past and a curated representation of her ideal life. The theme played a lot on the show, evident in the filming of WandaVision, as well as the WandaVision sitcom tributes, which helped advance the series’ story and Wanda’s personal feelings.
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. The series is available to stream on Disney +.
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