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WandaVision: First Trailer Reveals Scarlet Witch and Vision To Be Living In A Trippy TV Sitcom World

Disney+ has released the first trailer for WandaVision. We were expecting The Falcon and the Winter Soldier as the first live-action MCU series to hit Disney’s streaming service, but the pandemic shuffled that up a bit, and instead, we’re getting this trippy take on Elizabeth Olsen‘s Wanda, aka Scarlet Witch, and Paul Bettany‘s Vision.

WandaVision marks the first series from Marvel Studios streaming exclusively on Disney+. The series is a blend of classic television and the Marvel Cinematic Universe in which Wanda Maximoff and Vision—two super-powered beings living idealized suburban lives—begin to suspect that everything is not as it seems.

Check out the new trailer below, which debuted at the 72nd Primetime Emmys:

In addition to Olsen and Bettany, WandaVision will also star Mad Men and If Beale Street Could Talk actress Teyonah Parris as an adult version of Monica Rambeau, a character who was introduced as a child in Captain Marvel. Kat Dennings and Randall Park will also reprise their MCU roles as Darcy Lewis and FBI agent Jimmy Woo, respectively, in the Disney Plus series. Jac Schaeffer, who was a screenwriter on Captain Marvel, will write, produce and act as a showrunner on the series.

As for the trailer itself, what do we get here? Well, it’s hard to tell. This is looking like one of the more trippy scenarios in the MCU. Kathryn Hahn makes a brief appearance, and she acknowledges the fact that Vision is dead. Are we going to get a mix of existential riffing along with some meta pop-culture references (note how the series takes on many classic TV shows of the past like I Love Lucy, The Dick Van Dyke Show, Bewitched, The Brady Bunch and so many others)? We also get some more fun shots like Paul Bettany dressed up in a cheap Halloween costume version of Vision from Marvel Comics. Also, keep your eyes peeled because if you blink you might miss Teyonah Parris as Monica Rambeau.

Check out the poster for the series as well:

WandaVision

We should expect WandaVision sometime before the end of 2020.


Source: Disney

In Case You Missed It Review: Priest

In case you missed Paul Bettany‘s latest film Priest, then have no fear! After the almost decent Legion where Bettany played archangel Michael, he plays the futuristic super soldier role of a priest in a movie of the same name. Let me give you a basic rundown. According to the movie, mankind and vampires have been at war throughout the centuries, as the cool opening animation shows us.

The vampires of course have the upper hand most of the time being stronger and faster. But then humanity unleashes a weapon to counter and even surpass the vampire menace: The Priests. The Priests were created by the Church to be super soldiers, though we are never told the origin of their abilities, but they manage to defeat the vampire threat, ending the war and placing the remaining vampires on reservations. (Still can’t figure that one out.)

The Priests with their purpose served slip into obscurity in the walled cities that now house mankind from the wastelands that are the world after the war. In the cities the humans are now governed by the church very closely, living by the motto –“To defy the church is to defy God.” Paul Bettany’s character, going only by the name Priest is still haunted by his friend’s (Karl Urban) supposed death many years ago during the war, and searches for answers from the church that will seemingly never come. He is brought into action again when his niece is kidnapped by vampires after they attack his brother’s farm. The church however denies that there is any Vampire threat and brand Priest a traitor as he defies them to go and save his niece.

I liked this movie quite a bit. It was aesthetically awesome, the human city reminding me of the Los Angeles from Blade Runner and the wastelands outside of the city vaguely reminiscent of Planet of the Apes. It had a very decent cast in addition to Paul Bettany and Karl Urban are Maggie Q, Stephen MoyerChristopher Plummer, and a very under utilized Brad Dourif.

Despite all of this, Priest felt like one big sequel set up at the end. I’m not saying it’s a sequel I wouldn’t watch, but to have such an underwhelming climax it leaves one feeling very unfulfilled. It reminds of the same feeling I had when watching director Scott Charles Stewart’s last film starring Bettany titled Legion. The movie felt completely rushed in the last half hour as if they ran out of budget and had to do a quick wrap up. Despite all that I still enjoyed it. It had a comfortable 90 minute run time and was almost everything I expected the movie would be, which includes an action packed, futuristic, vampire killing movie. To have it be any longer would have defeated the purpose of such a movie.

I give the movie 3 out of 5 grizzlies. It gave me just what I was expecting and a decent performance from all of the actors involved.

The Vampires themselves were a lot different from what we see in most movies out there, but it was a fresh take on them and a great relief from trash like the Twilight vampires… or as I like to call them, the indestructible, shiny diamond people.

Priest didn’t make nearly enough money to warrant a sequel in the current box office atmosphere, but if they ever did make one I’d be game for going to see it. If you haven’t seen Priest I recommend you check it out on DVD, it was definitely worth the $1.59 I spent renting the Blu-Ray from Redbox. Suck it Blockbuster.