With Emmy Award season right around the corner, WandaVision’s pilot script has been released for fans to read in full online.
Deadline shared a link to the teleplay as it is one of several scripts that has been submitted for Emmy Awards consideration this year. The script for the pilot episode of WandaVision titled “Filmed Before a Live Studio Audience” gives fans access to the original screenplay, including action lines, shot transitions, dialogue, and revisions.
The first episode of Marvel’s WandaVision was written by series creator Jac Schaeffer, and filmed in classic black and white in front of a live studio audience, as a “love letter to the golden age of television.” The episode’s intro reunited Elizabeth Olsen’s Wanda Maximoff and Paul Bettany’s Vision as they moved into their picture-perfect house in Westview.
The team’s commitment to creating something that felt like a midcentury sitcom extended through many aspects of production, with each department playing its own unique part in the traditional setup, right down to the crew members wearing 50s-style clothing on-set and the SFX team performing practical effects to amplify the charm of the era.
WandaVision director Matt Shakman and President of Marvel Studios Kevin Feige even had lunch with TV legend Dick Van Dyke, who served as a consultant on the Disney+ series, to gain insight into the best way to approach the series and set the tone for the throwback sitcom. He explained they should be guided by what could and could not happen in real life.
“We learned from Dick Van Dyke that their number one rule for how they approached anything was that if it couldn’t happen in real life, it can’t happen on the show,” Shakman said in a later interview. “You need to ground what you’re doing in real-life stories, but then that gives you the permission to be incredibly silly and to fall over the ottoman and do pratfalls.”
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IGN’s review of WandaVision’s two-part premiere praised the show for providing “a solid introduction into the MCU’s most high-concept idea so far,” with “several surprising and delightful ideas” being presented through the series’ two lead actors who we felt “couldn’t be better suited to the project.”
By the time that we reached the series finale, many of the plot’s puzzle pieces had been unpacked. The final episode pitted Wanda Maximoff against Agatha Harkness, and not every character was left standing when the dust cleared and the Hex was dissolved, but it did create a picture for how WandaVision might have set up Doctor Strange 2.
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is scheduled for release on March 25, 2022. Ahead of that, Black Widow is set to premiere as the first MCU movie of Phase 4. It will be followed by Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings in September, Eternals in November, and Spider-Man: No Way Home in December.
Adele Ankers is a freelance writer for IGN. Follow her on Twitter.