Theory Thursday: Breaking Down the Latest ‘WANDAVISION’ Teaser
Breaking out that 20/20 Vision for 2021.
After months of speculation, Marvel Studios finally revealed the release date for the upcoming Disney+ series; WandaVision. Along with that release date announcement, came a short teaser:
— WandaVision (@wandavision) November 12, 2020
Now at first glance, this looks like a normal moving poster or just a small teaser that you’d see on their Instagram stories just to promote the show. But we all know Marvel Studios better than that. Sometimes, they’ve been known in the past to sneak some secrets or teases here and there. So, let’s take a look at this small teaser for a moment and notice what we see.
SHOT 1: 1960s
The teaser opens up with a pretty straightforward shot. The scene is in black and white and it showcases Wanda and Vision in their 60s phase. This portion of the show is the one that we’ve seen the most of in teasers. It’s also been the segment of the show that we know more details about. We know it’s inspired by comedy classics from the ’60s like The Dick Van Dyke Show, Bewitched, The Twilight Zone, and I Love Lucy. We also know that it was filmed in front of a live studio audience. And it been the source of much of WandaVision’s promotional materials.
SHOT 2: 1970s
The next shot fast forwards to the next decade which would be the 1970s. While we know little about this era in particular, we know that at some point during this portion of the show we might see Wanda’s pregnancy start here and develop further along during this specific episode. We expect this era might be inspired by The Brady Bunch & All in the Family.
SHOT 3: 1980s
We eventually transition to the 1980s, where we see a standard 80s double knob TV, the color is finally present in the entirety of the room and the potted plant on the left changed. We know little about this era for the show but I predict this might be the part of the show where Wanda’s pregnancy is near her final trimester and she may give birth by the time we end our 80s tribute. I envision this era taking inspiration from Happy Days & The Golden Girls.
SHOT 4: 1990s
The 1990s is the other era that’s been heavily teased in the teasers. We know from this era that we’re going to see an episode centered around Halloween. We also expect the twins to have been born by this point in the series. This is also the segment in the series where i expect things might start to unravel for our two main heroes. I am definitely sensing a heavy reference of Full House for this episode in particular.
SHOT 5: MULTIPLE ERAS (HIDDEN DETAILS)
This is more of a “blink and you’ll miss it moment” in the teaser, where the TV starts spiraling out of control between images and it showcases all the eras in the TV that we had already seen previously, except 2 shots in particular. The one on the left looks to be from the 90s, when Wanda and Vision’s kid have already been born and the one on the right bears a resemblance to when Wanda and Vision start seeing the world change around them from black and white to color.
You also take notice of a couple of things in those shots. Primarily, when the 90s era tries to go to the next era, as we mentioned before, the TV starts spiraling out of control between images and it showcases all the eras in the TV that we had already seen previously. But while it’s spiraling out of control, you notice a couple of key details in the surroundings that start to fade in, but are immediately pushed back and kept hidden. So, let’s look closer at the image and look at the things that stand out.
- The Top Hat on top of the TV: Perhaps the most noticeable thing in that frame. What does it mean though? Could it be related to that possible musical number Joseph Aberl wrote about a month ago?
- The Victorian Wallpaper and Rose Painting: That Victorian wallpaper and Rose painting resembles the wallpaper and painting from the image above on the right. The one where Wanda and Vision start seeing the world change around them from black and white to color.
- The weird lamp dangling above the TV: Notice that weird, teardrop lamp on top of the TV? Interesting lighting choice. Wanda Maximoff in particular has been known to have strange-looking lamps, particularly we can see them during the 1960s portion of the show, where we have a middle-eastern style lamp next to the front door. These styles of lamps also used to decorate Wanda’s room back in the Avengers Complex in Captain America: Civil War (2016). Fun detail no?
SHOT 6: FINAL SHOT
The final shot in the tease happens after everything went haywire and it just goes back to normal, revealing the release date of the show and the title card. A fun little detail about this shot is if you notice on the top left corner, the wall starts to peel off, revealing tv static. Very intriguing. Perhaps the teaser as a whole represented a metaphor for what might happen in the series.
BONUS: THE TVs
All of the TVs shown in the teaser are representative of their eras. But there was one TV that popped up for only about 5 frames before disappearing again.
What’s interesting about this tv? Well, it’s actually not the TV itself, but rather what it’s on. This old TV stand on wheels is something commonly seen in hospitals. Interestingly enough, Charles talked about WandaVision filming inside a hospital about a year ago. So I’d check up on that if you need a refresher.
Official Plot Synopsis: Starring Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany, “WandaVision” 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. The show features the return of Kat Dennings as Darcy Lewis & Randall Park as Agent Jimmy Woo, as well as the introduction of new faces, such as Teyonah Parris as an adult Monica Rambeau and Kathryn Hahn as the nosey neighbor, Agnes.