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When is Marvel’s WandaVision coming out? Release date, trailer, more

Published: 21/Sep/2020 4:19 Updated: 23/Sep/2020 3:49

by Isaac McIntyre

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Marvel’s first Disney Plus limited television series, WandaVision, is finally on its way ⁠— here is everything we know about the mind-bending first season, including plot details, the show’s 2020 release date, and the all-new trailer released at the 72nd Emmy Awards on September 20.

At the end of Avengers: Endgame, supernatural hero Wanda Maximoff was left mourning the loss of her lover, Vision. The Avengers had won against Thanos — at a very steep cost ⁠— and not many had lost as much as Russian heroine Wanda.

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The new Disney Plus series, one of many unveiled by Disney ahead of its streaming service’s official launch, follows Wanda as she deals with, or fails to deal with, the loss of Vision, and all the fallout of Endgame’s universe-saving ‘Infinity War.’

Here’s everything we know about the new Marvel series ‘WandaVision,’ including its rumored release date, what the Emmys trailer means, and its MCU plot.

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WandaVision release date

Disney has all-but confirmed WandaVision will arrive on its huge new streaming platform in mid-December. This shift forward is, in part, due to Falcon & the Winter Soldier’s release date being pushed back to “at least” 2021 for more shooting.

The streaming platform released its October and November slates, but WandaVision was nowhere to be seen. Apparently, the show will be added at a later date, however, after a fan tapped into the Disney code and found the release date.

According to this source, WandaVision will reportedly air its first episode on Friday, November 27.

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The limited series is expected to air in a similar style to other Disney Plus shows, which means WandaVision episodes will premiere week-to-week on the platform.

The series will run for six episodes, Disney has previously confirmed.

Wanda will finally become the Scarlet Witch in her WandaVision mini-series.
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Wanda will finally become the Scarlet Witch in her WandaVision mini-series.

WandaVision trailer

Up until late September 20, Marvels fans had only been given a tiny glimpse of WandaVision, in the Superbowl spot that also confirmed The Falcon & The Winter Soldier, as well as Loki’s brand-new spinoff Disney Plus series.

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A proper, “official trailer” has finally been released. It shows Wanda and Vision living an idyllic suburban life, but something’s not quite right about it all. In fact, the hero duo “soon begin to suspect everything is not as it seems.”

Watch the new WandaVision trailer, which premiered during the Emmys, here:

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The Emmys reveal has already hit 53,000,000 views, as of the evening of September 22. Deadline has suggested it’s “the highest 24-hour draw online ever for a streaming service’s series ad spot,” and is “in the league of the Avengers and Fast & Furious franchises.”

The new teaser reveals also came with a brand-new poster, released by Disney soon after the series’ official trailer. It showed black and white versions of Wanda and Vision smiling for the camera, with color seeping in on either side of the image.

Casting news

There have been very few official casting appointments for the 2020 series. Elizabeth Olsen will obviously be returning as Wanda Maximoff, as will Paul Bettany as Vision.

Other returning Marvel characters include Monica Rambeau (now played by Teyonah Parris), Darcy Lewis (Kat Dennings), and Randall Park (Jimmy Woo). Kathryn Han has also been cast in the WandaVision series as an unspecified neighbor.

There have also been some heavy rumors Wanda’s brother Pietro, known as Quicksilver in the comics, could also return. He was last played by Aaron Taylor-Johnson in Avengers: Age of Ultron, and was killed by Ultron in the Battle of Sokovia.

Wanda's brother Pietro could make a shock return from the dead in WandaVision.
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Wanda’s brother Pietro could make a shock return from the dead in WandaVision.

What will WandaVision be about?

According to Disney Plus’ official listing, WandaVision will begin soon after the Avengers: Endgame finale. It’s “a blend of classic television, and the Marvel Cinematic Universe,” and will follow Wanda’s mind-bending journey post-Infinity War.

There are a few whacky elements to the show. Vision was actually killed by Thanos during his quest for the Infinity Stones in the MCU. The fact that he’s back alive ⁠— a fact referenced in the new Emmys trailer ⁠— is the question of the show.

Thanos killed Vision at the end of Avengers: Infinity War.
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Thanos killed Vision at the end of Avengers: Infinity War.

“[We have] the opportunity to tell their story, and how more of what Wanda can do, more of what makes Vision, Vision, and most importantly, reveal a name I’m not even sure has been said in the MCU yet: Scarlet Witch,” Kevin Fiege said.

“That’s what we play into with this show, in ways that are entirely fun, funny, somewhat scary, and will have repercussions for the entire future the MCU.”

House of M?

One potential storyline for the short series is the super-popular “House of M” saga from the Marvel comics. The comic series had eight issues, and focused around Scarlet Witch bending reality to recreate her lost children during a breakdown.

The “House of M” storyline crossed over into a host of comic book series at the time, even replacing the Earth-616 reality as the main world the superheroes inhabited for a time. An easter egg referencing the arc has already been found.

How does WandaVision affect the MCU?

Marvel has already confirmed that WandaVision will have “repercussions” for the whole of the cinematic universe heading into Phase 4. It is expected WandaVision will play a role as the prequel to Doctor Strange & the Multiverse of Madness.

Scarlet Witch has already been cast in the Benedict Cumberbatch-led sequel.

Scarlet Witch and Doctor Strange are set to team up in the latter's sequel movie in 2022.
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Scarlet Witch and Doctor Strange are set to team up in the latter’s sequel movie in 2022.

Feige confirmed way back at San Diego Comic-Con in 2019 all the Disney+ shows, especially WandaVision, would “intersect with the movies in a very big way.”

“It’s the first long-form narrative Marvel Studios has done. They’ll be six episodes, eight episodes, 10 episodes with the actors from the films playing their characters,” he said.

“They’ll be changing, evolving, growing in those event series. Then, those changes will be reflected in their next film appearances.”

World of Warcraft

Henry Cavill as Arthas in Warcraft 2 makes perfect sense: here’s why

Published: 7/Oct/2020 4:11 Updated: 7/Oct/2020 5:03

by Isaac McIntyre

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Okay World of Warcraft fans, it’s time to go all-in… Henry Cavill would make a perfect Arthas in Blizzard’s newly rumored Warcraft 2 revival, especially after proving he’s got the fantasy chops as Geralt of Rivia in Netflix’s The Witcher.

The original Warcraft movie came out back in 2016, and landed with mixed reviews. World of Warcraft fans loved it, of course; seeing characters like Anduin, Medivh, Gul’dan, and Durotan brought to life on the big screen was a dream come true.

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Critics and general audiences were less convinced. Duncan Jones’ high-fantasy romp in the world of Azeroth was dubbed a failure. A sequel was stamped ‘highly unlikely’ after the box office flop. 

Except, just four years later, the Warcraft rumor mill has thundered back to life. Legendary Entertainment has already green-lit a sequel, according to insider Daniel Ritchman, with Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson involved.

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Warcraft raked in just $47.4 million in the United States, but made $391.7m overseas.
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Warcraft raked in just $47.4 million in the States, but made $391.7m overseas.

And so, with Warcraft 2 reportedly in development, that leaves us with the biggest question for the sequel; what will the story be? Will the franchise take it step by step, and tell the story of “Tides of Darkness,” or head for a better-selling sequel?

In our opinion, Blizzard’s best bet for the sequel is to skip straight to “Reign of Chaos” and it’s genre-defining expansion “The Frozen Throne.” The third game’s storyline has plenty of ‘Game of Thrones’ and ‘Lord of the Rings’ elements.

Enter fantasy’s man of the hour, Henry Cavill.

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Arthas Menethil is key to Warcraft 3, and Cavill is a perfect pick to play him. The prince’s path to the throne is littered with huge battles, dastardly schemes, and of course, the biggest twist Blizzard’s Warcraft franchise has ever offered up.

Reason number one: I mean, look at Henry Cavill. That speaks for itself.

Henry Cavill in a fan-mockup depicting him as Arthas Menethil.
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Henry Cavill in a fan-mockup depicting him as Warcraft’s Arthas Menethil.

There are other reasons too though. One is that Cavill is a big World of Warcraft fan himself, meaning he’d likely be eager to sign on. I mean come on, the guy missed the news he had been cast as Superman because he was deep in a WoW raid.

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Former Blizzard figurehead Chris Metzen and Rise of the Lich King writer Christie Golden have both given Cavill’s fan-casting their tick of approval too; the Warcraft duo are well and truly “on the [Cavill as] Arthas train.”

Finally, Warcraft 2 will need ticket-selling star power. The first 2016 flick did have plenty of big names ⁠— Vikings lead Travis Fimmell was among them, as was Marvel’s Dominic Cooper ⁠— but none command the same household stardom as Henry Cavill.

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Cavill, 37, is a little old for Arthas in “Reign of Chaos” and “The Frozen Throne,” but if Legendary and Blizzard plan out a trilogy leading into “Wrath of the Lich King” ⁠— which they absolutely should ⁠— the British star will fit perfectly for Menethil’s final Warcraft hurrah.

Heck, cast a younger actor for the opening stage of the prince’s life, then bring Cavill in with a narrative time-jump in the third or fourth Warcraft movie.

Arthas Menethil and his path to the throne should be front and center in future Warcraft sequels.
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Arthas Menethil and his path to the throne should be front and center in future Warcraft sequels.

The Superman star isn’t the only name being linked to Warcraft 2 either. Fimmel is expected to return as Anduin in the sequel, as is Ben Schnetzer as Khadgar. Paula Patton has also said she’d “love” to return for another Warcraft outing.

The same insider reports that suggested Warcraft 2 is now in the works also tipped Jurassic World lead Chris Pratt as another star who has already been tabled a multi-movie deal.

Duncan Jones, who directed the 2016 release, also said he would happily return as long as there are “less cooks in the kitchen.” Blizzard has yet to officially respond to the reported new sequel, so take everything with a pinch of salt… for now.