‘WandaVision’ director thinks Fan Theories were a Distraction from the Show
The MCU is back with a bang, thanks to WandaVision. The world had been starved of content from the MCU, and Elizabeth Olson as Wanda and Paul Bettany as Vision fulfilled all their expectations. But, the show’s unique narrative style, especially at the start, made it prone to a lot of insane fan theories. Social media was filled with crazy WandaVision fan theories, which were incredibly fun to read. But, WandaVision’s director, Matt Shakman, believed they were just a distraction from the show itself.
WandaVision director Matt Shakman considered fan theories a distraction
Apparently, Shakman was not that happy when he read the fan theories about WandaVision. He shared his sentiments about those theories as he was giving an interview on the Fatman Beyond podcast. Shakman believed that the theories took away the attention from what the creators were trying to build with WandaVision. He said:
Some of them might find [that] charming and wonderful the fan base is so smart and knowledgeable that they can create theories that are better than the ones that we created in the room, of course, but we’re building to this rover set piece, which I have worked my butt off on for well over a year. Creating this rover, and all of a sudden, everybody wants to know who’s going to meet her there and I know it’s going to be this wonderful actress who’s playing Major Goodner. And it’s not going to be Reed Richards.
Instead of focusing on Shakman’s vision of WandaVision, the fans were embroiled in bizarre and sometimes absurd fan theories. He says they might have been fun for a while, but it shifts focus from his narrative. The director continued:
I want people to be interested in what is the origin story of a different character that Monica Rambo is becoming, and instead we’re being distracted by somebody else. So yeah, the director, or producer, in me is like, ‘Oh, don’t run with that one,’ because I didn’t want the focus to shift from what was important [which is] the story of Monica traveling through that axe.
The crew also made many changes to the show
Moreover, Shakman revealed that some fans got their theories about WandaVision right. However, he tweaked the show a little to make them somewhat irrelevant. Shakman said:
Things were constantly changing and getting rebroken. The story was changing, especially a lot of the real-world stuff and the finale. There was a lot of experimentation going on and sort of trying different things out.
Shakman further said that originally, WandaVision was supposed to have 10 episodes. But, that would have disrupted the rhythm of the show, which was unacceptable to the director. He said:
We also at one point had 10 episodes planned and we ended up collapsing a couple, you know just to make the rhythm feel a little bit better. But yeah, they constantly changed, and then of course, once we wrapped in Atlanta the pandemic hit and we ended up having months off so then further changes during that we were doing post-production and then ideas would come up and little changes would happen as a result.
And so, this is how WandaVision deviated away from the fan theories to some extent. Remember, the next time you share a fan theory on a public forum, remember that some intern at Disney is reading your theories and telling the showrunners all about them. What do you guys think, should Shakman have altered WandaVision a bit or not? Let us know in the comments below.