After its two-episode premiere, Wanda Vision has a lot of people talking, now that we’ve returned to the MCU in a very intriguing and unusual way, with Wanda (Elizabeth Olsen) and Vision (Paul Bettany) living their lives within the trappings of a classic sitcom.
However, we have already seen the sitcom evolve, moving from the style of the 1950s and early 1960s to El show de Dick Van Dyke to the vibe of the mid to late 60’s Haunted, complete with the addition of color at the end of episode two, after the series had been black and white up to that point.
Wanda and Vision’s lives in Westview, New Jersey include several prominent neighbors, but while more often than not the locals seem to fill some sort of appointed role on a sitcom, there have been times when we’ve begun to see that more than one of them has some understanding. that things are not right.
Juice Mobile spoke with two of Westview’s prominent citizens, Kathryn Hahn (“Agnes”) and Debra Jo Rupp (“Mrs. Hart”), about life in Wanda Vision.
HOW TO PLAY IT
Between Hahn’s frequent television guest appearances and roles as Parks and RecreationJen Barkley and Rupp’s 8-year stint as Kitty Forman in That 70’s Show (not to mention playing Friends‘ Alice Knight-Buffay), both have a lot of experience in television comedy, but with Wanda Vision, there are multiple levels at work: there are the sitcom characters we’re watching, but then there’s the whole show’s “something is wrong here” feeling, as we glimpse behind the curtain that someone is watching the whole situation. and trying to communicate. with wanda
Hahn said, “When this show was pitched to me, I knew we were going to go through these different genres and I knew this was the trope we were going to go with. Wanda VisionThe trip with When it came to evoking older sitcoms, Hahn noted, “I had it embedded in my subconscious, I’m sure, when I was a kid growing up in the ’80s; I know that laugh track, I have those characters in my head, so I was able to tap into what was needed for that part very quickly.”
Agnes is the classic sitcom nosy neighbor, and Hahn commented, “You know, she’s like Wanda’s confidant and she also shows up uninvited. He wants to gossip, he wants to give advice, justified or not. It was really fun to play her that way, and also because I was able to switch between different genres, which is a really fun thing to do.”
Though asked to reminisce about the past, Rupp said she felt very comfortable as Mrs. Hart, the wife of Vision boss Mr. Hart (Fred Melamed), noting, “It wasn’t that different because That 70’s Show it was a period [setting], so I was used to doing that. My biggest job was figuring out what the role of a woman was in that decade so I could get into that mindset, that’s what I had to do. Everything else, the writing, was perfect.”
The first episode of Wanda Vision it was filmed in front of a studio audience and Rupp added: “The audience was with us, so it was easy for me. When a job is easy, there’s always safety in that, and there’s joy in that, and that’s what it was for me.”
THE MYSTERY BELOW
Rupp said that when it came to the extra level of mystery of Wanda Vision and how to approach that in his acting, “I always did it with the [added] level because that’s the ‘reality’, you know? The only thing I found out about Marvel is that nothing is what it seems and that was also my character, so that was a lot of fun. In a way, it was deeper than doing a sitcom for me, because there was something very dramatic going on at the same time.”
Said Hahn, on taking those multiple levels into account: “I think that was also what attracted me. [to it] and the excitement I have for this show, especially since I’ve only seen the first three [episodes] finished, but I know everything… But I would say that the most exciting thing is that it is played in such a direct way. I was so impressed with how straight it’s played in the ’50s and ’60s. [setting].”
Hanh commented, “You know something else is going on; you know it’s not on one level. You feel the strain, but keep changing your comfort in ways that will pay off. I love that tension that it creates, so when you open the lid in those little moments, it makes it so much more satisfying.”
Aside from the weirdness of the Stark-produced toaster commercial midway through, the first time we see the sitcom’s lid open, as Hanh said, is near the end of Wanda Vision‘s first episode, when a comedic sequence about Vision and Wanda trying to impress Mr. and Mrs. Hart with a dinner Wanda wasn’t ready for turns sinister when Mr. Hart begins to choke, and then things quickly turn spooky when Mrs. Hart, at first thinking her husband was joking but then realizing he was in trouble, is still smiling but chanting “Stop, stop, stop!” in an increasingly terrified tone, looking directly at Wanda.
When it came time to shoot that scene, Rupp said, “I think it’s the most fun I’ve ever had. I have to chew the landscape. I have to do eight million things at once! I loved. I loved it and I also knew the impact.” As noted, this is the first crack in the façade that we see, and Rupp commented, “I knew what I was saying. It was exciting to be the crack! It was really good.”
Rupp noted that he had no real knowledge of the MCU prior to the series and recalled how his teenage great-nephew was adamant that he accept the role. She had many compliments for Wanda Visiondirector Matt Shakman, explaining that when it came to the dinner scene, “Matt is the one who got me through that. When you read it on a piece of paper, you have no idea what it is talking about. You don’t know what you’re supposed to be doing, so Matt was the one who had to tell me, because I kept saying, ‘Wait, what?’ And I finally got it and that’s what you see.”
new episodes of Wanda Vision premieres Fridays on Disney+.