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'Funny, clever, creepy': First reactions land for Marvel 'sitcom' WandaVision

Ben Arnold
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The first reactions are beginning to emerge for Marvel's ambitious new series WandaVision, the 'sitcom' that's not really a sitcom.

Set in what appears to be some kind of time-travelling alternate reality, it finds Elizabeth Olsen's Wanda Maximoff – aka Scarlet Witch – and Paul Bettany's Vision in wedded bliss.

As we've seen from the show's trailers, the couple are living together in a typical, all-American suburb, with homage to classic US sitcoms coming thick and fast – everything from Bewitched to I Love Lucy.

WandaVision (Credit: Disney/Marvel)
WandaVision (Credit: Disney/Marvel)

But not all is as it seems, and behind the show's corny gags and laugh track something more sinister is hiding.

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Critics have now been shown the first three episodes of the series that will be available on Disney+, and it all looks very promising.

Bettany let slip some additional thoughts in an interview with US talk show host Jimmy Kimmel over the weekend.

Asked if the sitcom element is not the entire show's set-up, he said: “That’s 100 percent correct.

“We hurtle through the decades, and we hit different genres of sitcoms and then Vision begins to think that this is getting a little weird, you know.

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“And in the end, you end up in full, MCU action movie.”

Alongside Olsen and Bettany are Teyonah Parris playing Monica Rambeau, daughter of Captain Marvel's Maria Rambeau, and Kathryn Hahn as Agnes, Vision and Wanda's 'nosey neighbour'.

The first two episodes will land on Disney+ on 15 January, the full nine episodes arriving by March.

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