WANDAVISION Exclusive: Matt Shakman Talks Further Exploring The Scarlet Witch's Rich History

WANDAVISION <font color=red>Exclusive</font>: Matt Shakman Talks Further Exploring The Scarlet Witch's Rich History

While Wanda Maximoff has been in our lives since Age of Ultron, it really feels like Marvel has barely scratched the surface with her potential, something that Disney+'s WandaVision hopes to rectify.

Following her emotional debut in 2015's Avengers: Age of Ultron, the Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) became a quick fan-favorite as she navigated the Marvel Cinematic Universe and went from a young orphan rebel to quite definitively the strongest Avenger of them all.

However, until WandaVision, fans have only seen Wanda Maximoff as a supporting character in bigger ensemble stories, but now with the spotlight firmly on her and her Vision (Paul Bettany), it's time for viewers to finally get to know the real Scarlet Witch. Thanks to the comics, there's plenty of material to mine from - including her rich mutant history, which is still completely unexplored. 

While speaking with director Matt Shakman (Game of Thrones; It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia), he avoided spilling any major spoilers, but did reveal that he and the team behind WandaVision have definitely been looking to a wide variety of her best comic stories to write something entirely new and exciting that will tell an original story while also honoring the character's rich comics history.

"I couldn't say too much about direct comic precedent and what we're building off of, but I would say that every new MCU project is kind of like its own new comic run, none of them are adaptations strictly of any particular issue and much like many of these famous comic books, whether it's Vision & Scarlet Witch or Witches' Road or House of M.

Each one of those was building on what had happened before as well, so that's really what we're doing. We're taking everything that's existed about Wanda in the past and osmosing it and thinking about it, but making something new, original, now. Something created in this moment, responding to this moment and that's what's exciting about it."

Check out our full video interview - which contains potential minor SPOILERS - with director Matt Shakman below! 

Welcome to WandaVision. Coming soon to Disney+. Marvel Studios' captivating new series "WandaVision" stars Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany, and marks the first series from Marvel Studios streaming exclusively on Disney+. The series is a blend of classic television and the Marvel Cinematic Universe in which Wanda Maximoff and Vision—two super-powered beings living idealized suburban lives—begin to suspect that everything is not as it seems.

WandaVision premieres on January 15, exclusively on Disney+

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