RUMOR ALERT: Take this with a grain of salt, as it is just a RUMOR at this point.
“Filmed before a live studio audience” used to be a common slogan announced at the beginning of sitcoms, but it has become a rarity in modern times. So it’s a bit startling to learn that portions of ‘WandaVision’, one of the new Marvel Studios programs headed to Disney+ will similarly be filmed in front of a live audience. As to be expected, these audience members will be signing nondisclosure agreements, so don’t expect too many spoilers. It appears that ‘WandaVision’ is an homage to classic sitcoms, and part of the first episode is reportedly based on ‘I Love Lucy’, the first TV series that employed a studio audience. In it, Wanda (Elizabeth Olsen) and Vision (Paul Bettany) have settled down in the perfect ’50s suburb to raise a “nuclear family” which may include twin sons William (“Billy”) and Thomas (“Tommy”).
And while ‘I Love Lucy’ is iconic, a more logical connection between ‘WandaVision’ and classic sitcoms would be ‘Bewitched’, which ran for eight seasons from the late ’60s to the ’70s. That series was about a mortal man married to a witch who was trying to pass as “normal.”
‘Transparent’s Kathryn Hahn has been cast as “Agnes,” their nosy neighbor, which mirrors the character Gladys Kravitz on ‘Bewitched’. However, some Marvel fans have pegged her as a stand-in for Agatha Harkness, a character from the comics who was a survivor of the Salem Witch Trials, and who acted as a mentor to Wanda, coaching her to manipulate real magic (versus her mutant “hex” abilities). The comic book character was also the nanny to the Fantastic Four’s Franklin Richards. She had a cat familiar named Ebony.
More and more, it sounds as though ‘WandaVision’ is going to be a bizarre, meta series that casts the heroes into a bizarre dream-like realm. It is known that ‘WandaVision’, along with ‘Loki’, will lead into the cinematic film ‘Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness’.
‘WandaVision’ is now filming (in front of a live studio audience). It is expected to be the first Marvel Studios show to hit Disney+ in early 2021.
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Source: Murphy’s Multiverse