Assembled: The Making Of WandaVision Review: It’s Brilliant

Two months ago, Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Phase 4 began with Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany-starrer WandaVision. The 9-episode sitcom styled series received rave reviews from the audience as well as the critics. The last episode of WV came out last week and it left all the MCU fans curious about many things. While we have to wait until 2022 to get these answers, Disney+ has given us a treat by releasing the first episode of Assembled: The Making of WandaVision.

When Marvel announced their Phase 4 projects – movies and series, they also announced Assembled, a show that will feature the making and behind-the-scenes of every show or movie that releases. It kicked off today with WV and oh boy, I always knew filmmaking was not easy. But WV makers took a lot of effort to present us with one of the finest series ever made in the world.

Who thought that in 2021 we will get to see a series that will be shot in front of a live audience? It was a concept that was widely popular till the 90s. But thanks to Elizabeth Olsen’s Wanda’s love for sitcoms, her pain and loss made her create a reality that’s entertaining in the first two episodes. Director Matt Shakman and writer Jac Schaeffer really put in a lot of hard work and took a risk by bringing in the live audience and shot the first two episodes that had the 50s and 60s sitcom style.

It was a lifetime experience not only for the writer, director, and the crew but also for the actors who star in it. Paul and Elizabeth had lots of fun shooting these two episodes which were very cheerful in appearance. Assembled shows us how the show’s director, writers, creative team and art directors were particular about everything whenever they had to change to a new decade.

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Actors Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Bettany, Kathryn Hahn, Evan Peters, Teyonah Parris, Kat Dennings and Randall Park talk about their experience of working on WandaVision. We have seen Olsen and Bettany expressing their love for MCU and their characters. But it was good to see Teyonah, Evan and Kathryn sharing their initial reactions and narrating the story of how they got the part. Evan, who entered as fake Pietro in the show can legally say he loves Marvel without having to legally worry about it (if you know what I mean).

Assembled gives a chance to the brilliant minds that went behind creating Marvel’s first-ever show. From the writer to the VFX team to the musicians, everyone shared their understanding of the show when they were told about the concept. We all can agree that the different title tracks used for every new episode in the show are outstanding. Also, we get to know that one cannot just change anything random to black and white. The VFX artist had to test colours on Paul Bettany’s face as Vision that would look as if it’s red. For several episodes, Paul didn’t have red but blue paint on his face and body to give the right look to Vision.

Assembled: The Making of WandaVision: Is it worth watching?

Overall, Assembled: The Making of WandaVision is worth your time. If you have loved the Marvel show, you will appreciate the hard work that went behind making it this superlative. If you are upset about the climax, well, you should still watch it to witness the emotions the actors experienced while shooting it. You will get to know a lot about how the team of WV made sure the show matches MCU’s movies standard. I think they have done a brilliant job. A lot of fans wanted a very long episode of WV. While that didn’t happen, the making has an hour’s duration. So you’re in for a treat.

Assembled: The Making of WandaVision is streaming on Disney+.

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Pooja Darade
Exploring all kinds of cinema and stories. Superhero and fantasy dramas, comedy, horror and crime thriller are my favourites. I worry that my last sentence would be - 'Sh*t, I forgot to watch that film/show'.

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