I have to admit, I underestimated “WandaVision.” Apart from it being a component of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, my expectations for this show to be as good as the blockbuster movies were extremely low. How could two of the least explored superheroes in the MCU make such a huge impact on Marvel fans?
“Assembled: The Making of WandaVision” explains why “WandaVision” is as successful as it is. In its premiere, the show displays the effort and behind-the-scenes mechanisms the creators utilized to bring the comic book heroes Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen, “Sorry for Your Loss”) and Vision (Paul Bettany, “Uncle Frank”) to life.
With commentary from the show’s stars, Bettany and Olsen, “Assembled” explores every component of this groundbreaking series, from the use of special effects to the music, costume and set design inspired by classic TV sitcoms. The show lays out exactly why Marvel Studios might be considered one of today’s greatest production companies and how it was able to form such a solid connection with its fanbase.
Television production is often downplayed due to filmmaking dominance in the entertainment world. But with the rise of streaming platforms and the creation of new television series almost every week, the ins-and-outs of TV production are finally getting recognized, and “Assembled” is proof that it’s not easy as it seems. Many people fail to realize how both the actors and creators work together to perfect the delivery of the show; it’s a lot longer of a process than simply showing up to set and saying your lines.
With the creators taking risks like hiring a special effects team to convincingly suspend various objects or having Olsen endure hours of dance lessons to move in a way that suits her character, there’s so much that goes into making “WandaVision” a good show. Those involved went above and beyond to make a sci-fi show as realistic as possible.
The way a TV show is created is the basis of how the audience is able to connect with it. “Assembled” illustrates how the creators made sure to involve its fanbase by using a live audience for the “WandaVision” premiere, which was based on the style of a 1950s sitcom. The lengths the creators went to create a realistic atmosphere goes to show that they truly care about what Marvel fans want, proving that they have a deep understanding of their own audience.
Knowing their dedicated fanbase, the MCU could have neglected its typical high-quality production without losing viewers. But the MCU realizes its impact, so it went the extra mile to exceed expectations.
As someone who grew up watching behind-the-scenes makings of TV shows and movies, “Assembled: The Making of WandaVision” definitely makes you want to get involved in the TV industry. If you’re debating whether you should watch “WandaVision,” then “Assembled: The Making of WandaVision” will give you that push to do so.
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