‘Scarlet Witch and Vision’ is the first Marvel Studios series for Disney + and the start of Phase 4 of the franchise, but above all, it is a fascinating sitcom, as we pointed out in our review. And not only is it a great family comedy, but It is a successful tribute to this genre, which has evolved so much over the decades, and whose progression impacts on the fiction in which Wanda Maximoff and her husband are immersed.
Paul Bettany and Elizabeth Olsen in ‘Scarlet Witch and Vision’
The first two episodes, which can already be seen on Disney +, give a good example of this constant flow of references, ranging from the mutable headboard to the stage, through the costumes and other formal elements, which also vary. For example, the first chapters drink in abundance from ‘The Dick Van Dyke Show’ and ‘Bewitched’, imitating his style by recreating to some extent his shooting conditions. « We worked with a specialist who looked into how people should sound and move at that time, we did everything we could to make it as authentic as possible, » says director Matt Shakman, who featured live audiences and hands-on special effects managers to top off that successful anachronistic experience, as Decider points out.
Other sitcoms that have served as inspiration, both for creatives and for the cast led by Paul Bettany and Elizabeth Olsen, have been ‘I love Lucy’ or ‘My beautiful genius’, framed between the early fifties and the late sixties. In the same way, Shakman and screenwriter Jac Schaeffer have also taken the license to seek outside the familiar genre, incorporating the haunting style of ‘The Twilight Zone’ in the strangest moments. And that’s just the beginning, as, as Entertainment Weekly indicates, in upcoming episodes will give place to increasingly close references, such as ‘The Brady tribe’, ‘Forced parents’ or ‘Malcolm’.
Comedy of all colors
This hodgepodge of titles from different generations is the result of an exhaustive research process. « We try to be like Indiana Jones, the archaeologists of sitcoms, » acknowledges Shakman, who emphasizes that the intention has never been to imitate specific fictions, but to recreate the tone of different eras: « We have tried to make it clear that we have based on many different series and that we have not tried to faithfully recreate one sitcom per chapter. It has always been to place ‘Scarlet Witch and Vision’ at that time. We took what we could and also we looked at which series made us laugh that are timeless, that worked as well then as now. «