Those that have seen the Disney+ original TV series WandaVision can attest to the unique take on a Marvel iconic duo, but actress Elizabeth Olsen is revealing that taking on the show was a bit of a challenge.
The series, which has an episode airing weekly, follows a sitcom-like format, with the occasional break in "Wanda's" reality, making for one interesting take on the superhero.
Elizabeth Olsen says WandaVision is intimidating
Elizabeth Olsen has been the iconic superhero "Wanda" in the Marvel Universe for multiple movies, but it wasn't until she starred in the Disney+ original TV series WandaVision that she really felt it was an intimidating project!
Opening up to Elle magazine, Olsen shares what it's been like taking the superhero genre in a completely new direction.
The series, which has a unique take on an iconic couple of "Wanda" and "Vision", shows the life of the two superheroes in a sitcom-like portrayal, every now and again breaking reality for "Wanda" as weird things start to happen.
Olsen opened up about what drew her to the hero in the first place, saying that when she tried out for the role of "Wanda" for the film Avengers: Age of Ultron, she was told that "Wanda" was a symbol of mental health, the struggle between living two paralleled lives.
"[Director Joss Whedon] explained to me that Wanda Maximoff has always been this pillar of the struggle of mental health," she said. "From her pain and depression and traumatic experiences to how she completely alters the reality of the comics, the thing I held onto after reading the initial script was that she was not only powerful because of her abilities, but because of her emotions."
Reflecting on the TV series and its different approach to the Marvel universe, Olsen said, "Someone said to me when you watch any of these hero movies, you know when the villain’s about to show themselves, and you also have an idea of who the villain is. With our show, you don’t know what the villain is, or if there is one at all."
Preparing for the series made the young actress go back and watch sitcom classics such as the original Bewitched, and the Dick Van Dyke Show.
"You have to learn appropriate manners — what’s considered being polite or proper. That coincides with women’s voices changing," she said. "I enjoyed challenging myself to match the syntax and the lyricism. I live in a very chest-register kind of deep voice. I had to remember not to bring it up at certain moments."
Olsen then revealed why the show has been so challenging for her, saying, "I’ve only been working for 10 years, but there is this feeling where you start to get comfortable. WandaVision was the furthest thing from comfortable for me."
"It felt intimidating. The character is a completely different thing," she added.
Fans of Marvel have criticized the show for its lack of fast action, but Olsen says to hang on tight.
"We still live up to what Marvel does," she said. "We just tell the story in a completely different way. It’s a very emotional, female story and it’s a story they haven’t told yet for either of our characters."