WandaVision director on being the one to launch Phase 4: “it’s an honor”

By Stephen Ippolito | December 31st, 2020

In just about two weeks, the MCU’s Phase 4 will finally kick off with the release of WandaVision on Disney+. Initially, the Scarlet Witch and Vision led series was supposed to be the fourth film/series released in Phase 4 (Black Widow, Falcon and Winter Soldier, Eternals). However, due to the pandemic, all three were pushed back, and WandaVision was instead chosen to kick things off.

In a new interview with SFX Magazine, series director Matt Shakman reflects on being the first MCU property to start the next phase and the pressure that comes with it.

“It’s an honor, and it’s terrifying. And it is surreal, like everything else [right now]. The fact that we are the first Marvel MCU property to come out since Endgame, I never could have fathomed that when we first started working on this project.”

You can definitely understand why Shakman would be feeling “terrified.” Not only is WandaVision the first project being released in Phase 4, but it’s also the first time a Marvel Studios produced show will be released. So there’s a lot of pressure to get things started on a positive note for the studio. In fact, there’s so much pressure to get them right that the studio is reportedly prioritizing their shows right now over films.

Later in the interview, Shakman talked about why WandaVision is the right show to be the first entry in the studios’ new formatted content.

“It is a wonderful way to start Marvel’s work in the streaming world. A show that is a giant love letter to the history of television is a perfect way for the maker of the biggest blockbusters to come to television.”

WandaVision will be released on January 15th and will be one of 6 Marvel Studios produced shows released on Disney+ in 2021.

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