WandaVision's debut on Disney+ is still making waves throughout the Marvel Cinematic Universe community with only a couple days remaining until the release of Episode 3. The storytelling through the lens of 1950s and 60s American TV sitcoms is captivating audiences as it becomes clear that everything is not as it seems in Westview.
While most of the big-budget VFX magic hasn't come into play early on, the story itself is making a compelling argument as one of the most intriguing and nuanced entries in the MCU to date. It has already earned rave reviews, becoming the highest rated MCU property ever on Rotten Tomatoes.
Critical acclaim has already come for the Phase 4's debut, and that's all been without titles for its episodes. Thankfully, that all changes with a new update straight from the source.
WANDAVISION DEBUTS EPISODE TITLES
In an update to the official Disney+ page for WandaVision, episode titles are now attached to the double debut of the MCU's first Phase 4 property.
Episode 1 is now titled "Filmed Before a Live Studio Audience" and Episode 2 is listed as "Don't Touch That Dial."
Elizabeth Olsen believed that Wanda Maximoff "has a tremendous amount of guilt” as she secluded herself from the world after the finale of 'WandaVision.'
Kevin Feige explained that they had to cut Doctor Strange from the WandaVision finale because "it would have taken away from Wanda," revealing that they "didn't want the end of the show to be commoditized to go to the next movie."
Kevin Feige confirmed that a deal was finalized between Benedict Cumberbatch and Marvel to appear in the final episode of 'WandaVision.'
WHAT THIS MEANS
Disney employed a similar strategy of hiding the premiere episode title of The Mandalorian when it debuted in November 2019. Thankfully, it didn't take long for that hit series to gain titles for its early episodes, and the same situation shows itself here with titles coming only five days after the release for WandaVision.
In terms of the specific titles, they fit each episode perfectly. "Filmed Before A Live Studio Audience" is undoubtedly referencing the filming method that Disney and Marvel Studios used. The team wanted this episode to embody TV shows from the 1950s like The Dick Van Dyke Show as accurately as possible, which meant filming in front of a live group of fans and completing filming in only two days.
As for "Don't Touch That Dial," the title doesn't directly connect up to what occurred in the plot, but there are some deeper cuts that connect to the history of TV. The phrase has been used through the decades of television to encourage viewers stay tuned to the TV during commercial breaks, and it originated in the golden era of TV, which this episode emulated. In the past, it was uttered before the start of sitcoms, and it may be another way to pay tribute to the 1960s.
Regardless, its fantastic to see something other than "Episode 1" and "Episode 2" on the Disney+ page for WandaVision, and it will be exciting to find out if this trend continues immediately upon "Episode 3's" arrival. This will officially come on Friday, January 22.