13 WandaVision Facts Magically Revealed in Its Making-of Documentary

13 WandaVision Facts Magically Revealed in Its Making-of Documentary
A new Making of WandaVision special is now on Disney+. (Photo: Marvel/Disney+)
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With a week off between brand new Marvel shows, what’s a fan to do? Thankfully, Disney+ delivered with a brand new one-hour special called Marvel Studios Assembled: The Making of WandaVision, which dives into how the entire show was made. Even though it’s relatively short, it’s jam-packed with cool facts and tidbits. Here are our favourites.

The clues have been there all along

A long time ago... (Photo: Marvel Studios) A long time ago... (Photo: Marvel Studios)

Both Vision and Wanda were introduced in 2015’s Avengers: Age of Ultron, and though no one could have predicted they’d be in their own streaming show six years later, star Elizabeth Olsen does acknowledge there are several shots in that film hinting at Wanda and Vision eventually having a relationship, which pays off in WandaVision.

WandaVision’s Catchy New Agatha Song Is a Vintage Bop

If you haven’t seen the latest episode of WandaVision yet, you might want to click away. Heck, even if you have seen it you might want to be careful. If you don’t, a certain song is about to be stuck in your head for the rest of the day.

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Taped in front of a live studio audience

Honey! I'm home! (Photo: Marvel/Disney+) Honey! I'm home! (Photo: Marvel/Disney+)

To make sure WandaVision’s first episode, which is set in the 1950s à la The Dick Van Dyke Show (which was actually the early ‘60s), the production tried to copy almost everything a show like that would have done. It was shot in front of a live studio audience who were asked to sit on old chairs. Vision’s office set, as well as the living room and kitchen sets, were all on the same stage next to each other. The actors wore period clothing, down to the underwear, and even the crew all dressed up in period garb.

The director was born for this

Director Matt Shakman on the set of WandaVision. (Photo: Marvel/Disney+) Director Matt Shakman on the set of WandaVision. (Photo: Marvel/Disney+)

Matt Shakman, who directed all of WandaVision, saw the show as the unbelievable synthesis of his entire life. He dressed up as Captain America and Spider-Man as a kid, acted on sitcoms (like The Facts of Life) growing up, and directed both epic action (Game of Thrones) and sitcom comedy (It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia) throughout his career. WandaVision is all of that combined.

A special lunch

Disney Legend Dick Van Dyke in 2018.  (Photo: Scott Dudelson/Getty Images for ABA, Getty Images) Disney Legend Dick Van Dyke in 2018. (Photo: Scott Dudelson/Getty Images for ABA, Getty Images)

Just to make sure they were doing everything they could to duplicate a feel of a classic sitcom, Shakman and producer Kevin Feige had lunch with Disney legend Dick Van Dyke himself to pick his brain. He helped inform them on different approaches to keep the authenticity.

WandaVision Had Two Very Different TV Show Homages Planned

WandaVision spent the majority of its season referencing and revering 70 years of sitcom history, including Bewitched, Family Ties, and Full House, among others. But there were other classic TV series considered to serve as inspiration for Wanda’s magical reality — and one wasn’t a sitcom at all.

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Special effects, not visual effects

This happened. (Photo: Disney+/Marvel Studios) This happened. (Photo: Disney+/Marvel Studios)

Once WandaVision gets out into the world, it’s a Marvel production with the visual effects to match. But when it’s inside, and set in a time period before computers were modernised, the producers made sure to use actual, period-accurate special effects. So when you see Wanda in her kitchen (which was actually blue, as you can see in other behind-the-scenes pics) with recipes and lobsters floating and flying around, those are all on wires.

The Outback Steakhouse connection

All the layers. (Photo: Disney+/Marvel Studios) All the layers. (Photo: Disney+/Marvel Studios)

Kathryn Hahn describes the character of Agnes/Agatha as a “Bloomin’ Onion” — the classic Outback appetizer — in that the show starts from her outside and just keeps moving down to her centre. Hahn added that once everything about Agatha was revealed, there was not any role she’d rather play in the whole MCU.

Teyonah Parris was as surprised as you

Monica Rambeau (Teyonah Parris) breaking through the Hex. (Photo: Marvel/Disney+) Monica Rambeau (Teyonah Parris) breaking through the Hex. (Photo: Marvel/Disney+)

All Teyonah Parris knew about her audition for WandaVision was it was Marvel — which was extra confusing for her since she got a script set in the 1970s. She didn’t even know who she would be playing. But she nailed the audition and told her agent it would be cool if the role was of grown-up Monica Rambeau from Captain Marvel. Good call.

Monica Rambeau Was WandaVision’s Real Hero, and the Show Did Her Dirty

Though WandaVision was always a show about the Avengers’ Sokovian juggernaut confronting the stifling grief that’s been plaguing her since she first showed up in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the series was also the world’s introduction to Teyonah Parris’ Monica Rambeau, the now-adult daughter of Maria Rambeau who first appeared...

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Her great-nephew made her do it

Fred Melamed and Debra Jo Rupp are the bread in a Paul Bettany sandwich. (Photo: Disney+/Marvel Studios) Fred Melamed and Debra Jo Rupp are the bread in a Paul Bettany sandwich. (Photo: Disney+/Marvel Studios)

Debra Jo Rupp is no stranger to sitcoms, having starred in That ‘70s Show, among others. But she is a stranger to Marvel and she said when she heard about WandaVision, her great-nephew told her he’d never visit again if she didn’t take a role.

Only now was Olsen ready for the costume

The classic Scarlet Witch costume, before the new one. (Photo: Disney+/Marvel Studios) The classic Scarlet Witch costume, before the new one. (Photo: Disney+/Marvel Studios)

When she first got the role of Wanda, Marvel gave Elizabeth Olsen a bunch of old comics to read. They also told her not to worry about the outfit because she wasn’t going to be dressed like that. Fast forward several years and now the actress was delighted to pay homage to the classic witch character, but mostly because she’s been able to grow into it. She said it would not have been cool doing it earlier.

Six weeks in the air

It was her all along. (Photo: Marvel/Disney+) It was her all along. (Photo: Marvel/Disney+)

Olsen said that there’s so much flying in WandaVision, especially in the finale, that she, Paul Bettany, and Hahn were basically only on wires for six straight weeks.

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Who’s been messing up everything? It was almost someone else.

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Story-driven effects

Filming the black and white scenes in WandaVision. (Screenshot: Disney+/Marvel Studios) Filming the black and white scenes in WandaVision. (Screenshot: Disney+/Marvel Studios)

Anytime Vision is actual Vision, that’s an effect. In reality, Bettany is painted purple and his finished look is added on later. Since that’s expensive, the producers would always discussed how often he needed to be in that form. The answer was when the story dictated it. So, when Vision is home, he’s comfortable, and he’s his true self. (Side note: in the black and white episodes, the purple didn’t work for effects so they had to paint him blue.)

Look deeper at the Hex

Look at the Hex, Vision. (Photo: Disney+/Marvel Studios) Look at the Hex, Vision. (Photo: Disney+/Marvel Studios)

In order to create what the invisible Hex looked like up close, the effects team researched old televisions. What did pixelation look like if you got really close? What does a magnet do to it, etc? Then they threw it all together and boom, the Hex.

In Conclusion

The Scarlet Witch doing witch things. (Screenshot: Marvel/Disney+) The Scarlet Witch doing witch things. (Screenshot: Marvel/Disney+)

Olsen says that by the end of WandaVision, she believes the character has put her pain — from losing both her brother and Vision — to bed. She has finally embraced who she truly is and is excited to tell more stories from there.

Marvel Studios Assembled: The Making of WandaVision, as well as WandaVision, are now on Disney+.