The First Episode of ‘WandaVision’ Filmed in Front of a Live Studio Audience, Used Period Film Equipment and Techniques
Posted on Tuesday, November 10th, 2020 by Hoai-Tran Bui
WandaVision, as the first Marvel Studios TV series to debut on Disney+, marks the beginning of the future of Marvel post-Avengers: Endgame — by returning to the past. Literally.
The upcoming miniseries starring Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany, reprising their roles as Wanda Maximoff and Vision from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, pays deliberate homage to the midcentury sitcom, utilizing the classic look of old school situation comedies, and even utilizing laugh tracks. And they pulled it off by using techniques from those sitcoms, including the same lenses and wire tricks used in shows like Bewitched or I Dreamed of Jeannie, as well as a live studio audience.
The result was an experience that was full circle for Olsen (who grew up visiting the Full House sets where her famous sisters worked) and a wake-up call for Bettany, who joked to Entertainment Weekly, “I should have been doing sitcoms all this time.”