Exclusive: Wandavision director Matt Shakman confirms he consulted with Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness director Sam Raimi about Wanda.
Wandavision director Matt Shakman confirms he consulted with Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness director Sam Raimi about Wanda’s arc. Shakman directed every episode of Disney+’s hit TV series, which reportedly had a bigger audience than Bridgerton in January, despite the latter show being one of Netflix’s biggest hits of all time. Wandavision will end its nine-episode run this Friday, with a finale that is expected to tie up all the disparate threads and mysteries introduced so far.
Naturally for the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the series will lead directly into another MCU property, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, though just how is currently unknown. What is known is that Wanda (Elizabeth Olsen), who was finally dubbed the Scarlet Witch for the first time in the MCU by arch-villain Agatha Harkness (Kathryn Hahn), will be a major character, leading to speculation that the Wandavision finale will reveal the multiverse. Whether that happens or not, there’s no doubt that the show and the upcoming movie will share a lot of DNA, beyond just being part of the MCU.
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Speaking exclusively to Screen Rant ahead of Wandavision’s finale on Friday, Shakman confirms that he consulted with Raimi about Wanda’s arc in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness in order to ensure that the two properties connected cohesively. Shakman doesn’t elaborate, but makes it clear that he and Raimi sat down to ensure that the narrative which started in Wandavision carries through properly to the upcoming sequel. You can read our question and Shakman’s response below:
Since WandaVision is set to lead right into Dr. Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, did you and Sam Raimi consult with each other to make it a cohesive thread in between the two?
Matt Shakman: We did, yes.
It’s not a huge revelation that Shakman and Raimi spoke to each other, given the connection between their projects, but it is confirmation that they ensured there is a cohesive vision being carried across from Wandavision into Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. It will also lead to speculation about just how much the events of the series affect the wider MCU. Nothing has been revealed yet, but there’s no doubt that Wandavision is being used as a way to introduce a number of elements from the comics into the MCU, including chaos magic and perhaps even the multiverse.
The latter is particularly pertinent to the Doctor Strange sequel, given the subtitle mentions it, and there’s no question now that what has happened to Wanda in Westview will have an effect on that movie’s plot. All of this leads to the question of just what happens in Friday’s Wandavision season finale (and no, there’s no secret episode 10) that sets up Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. Audiences will find out in just a few days.
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