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The Marvel Universe works in mysterious ways. Heroes often die, and a movie miraculously comes back to life later. Storylines are interconnected in the most exciting way. And in the case of Kat Dennings, "a fun supporting character" can make an unexpected return in a completely different franchise when you least expect it. It's been seven years since Dennings was last seen in the original Thor films as Jane Foster's quick-witted assistant Darcy Lewis. Thor and Thor: The dark worldwhen she appeared in the fourth episode of WandaVision (The first of many Marvel television series to land on Disney, fans were both surprised and delighted. But probably no one was more surprised and delighted than Dennings herself when she received the call to join the much-anticipated series.
WandaVision is absolutely unique and fascinating in its visual storytelling. Set in the MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe) three weeks after the events of Avengers: EndgameThe focus of the series is Wanda Maximoff aka. At first sight, Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) and Vision (Paul Bettany) live an idyllic life in the suburb of Westview. As a TV show within a TV show, each episode plays out like a popular sitcom from another decade, with dialogue, fashion and film style evolving into the present as the story progresses. But this “perfect” world is far from what it seems and leaves its inhabitants and audiences questioned. What exactly is going on here? And who is behind this world? Darcy Lewis, who we can only assume to have spent the last seven years in school becoming an astrophysicist, may give us the answer.
Ms. Lewis (and Dennings!) Return to the MCU is a solemn event indeed. So, I caught up with the actress to talk about revisiting the character while also getting her to take on everything from the best sitcom of all time (it's a '90s classic) to the superior Fashion decade (the golden age of course) and why we wore jeans in the first place.
WandaVision is an unusual Marvel project and it also ushers in a new era in MCU television broadcasts. What was your first reaction to the call becoming part of this series?
It is, as you say, an incredibly unique show. It's different from anything in the MCU. It's full of surprises and no one was more surprised than me to receive the call because Darcy hasn't been there for a long time [first] appeared [in the Marvel universe]. I had no expectations because this is how I live my life and it has served me well. When I got the call, I said, "Of course I'll do whatever you want." When Marvel asks you just say yes no matter what it is. And when I heard that it was, I was so intrigued because Darcy Lewis had next to no contact with anyone in the world WandaVision Sphere at all. It was a really interesting concept, and I didn't really know what was going on until much later, until a meeting where I signed one NDA in the lobby and then signed another NDA in the office and then said So on the way out me: "Wow. What is this? "I was just so excited to get into it. I'm really looking forward to people seeing what happens.
Each episode references a sitcom style from a different decade. Do you have a favorite sitcom?
You know I've been thinking about it. It's an interesting answer, but my favorite sitcom – because I was born in 1986 and grew up watching the '90s sitcoms – is Boy meets world. It is great! I'm sorry it's one of the best sitcoms ever made. Do not you think? Maybe it's a reminder of how old I was when this came out, but it has been such a touchstone to my young life and Eric Matthews, played by Will Friedle, might be the best comedic performance of any sitcom.
Your character Darcy Lewis appeared earlier Thor Films as assistant to Jane Foster (Natalie Portman). What, if anything, can you reveal about how she got here? WandaVision Working with S.W.O.R.D.?
Well, it's a bit of a mystery to me too, so it's fun as an actor to fill in this backstory. Obviously Jane Foster and Dr. Eric Selvig from the Thor Movies had a huge impact on Darcy's professional career because in the first Thor Movie, the joke was that Darcy is interned for Jane Foster but is a political scientist, not a science major. It's very funny for me when I write these lines. I suspect Darcy was in school the whole time. Acting for me [out] these new things for her … it's almost like I doubt she has changed a lot as a person because all that has changed is that she has learned a few things. I try to enjoy what Darcy enjoys, what her Darcy-ness is, but also to balance the very real expertise she now has in her field. I really enjoyed playing that.
What do you like about returning to a character like Darcy Lewis?
It's partly a personal memory that makes it so fulfilling for me because Darcy on the side, originally for the first film, was just sitting at a desk and doing a few scenes and being a funny supporting character. I was prepared for that and I was like, "I'm so happy to be in this movie. I can't believe I'm in this movie. I can't believe they hired me!" And the role gradually got a little bit bigger and a little bigger and it was like, "Do you realize what you're doing?" Personally, it was special and I'm so proud of Darcy and where she came from. I remember my last audition for [Darcy]You interviewed me in character. I've never told this story before. Everyone from Marvel was in the room and said, "Just come into the room with character and sit in the chair." That was my last audition and I said, “All right. The character wasn't a thing, so I'm just making this character up. "I sit in the chair and they start interviewing me in their character and I talk about frozen burritos and just random things. The fact that it has been from today until today and that she is a professional and astrophysicist and uncovering a mystery." is just a small moment.
And now there's even a Darcy Lewis Twitter emoji!
I know! Everyone was so supportive of me that I'm the biggest nerd. That makes me so happy and excited. I just love it so much. If it's an emoji, you know it's real.
There are a lot of fan theories floating around about what this is WandaVision World is real and all about the different Easter eggs on the show. What favorite theories have you read?
You know i'm old now so i don't know exactly how to find this one. I don't know what Reddit means. I've seen a few things on Twitter, but it's so much that I may not really be able to go through it. What I like is the memes and when people tag me in memes I just get so happy. So I don't know what the theories are, and I've also tried deliberately not to know too much. There was a point in the set where I said, “You know what? I can't track that. I can not. So I just won't do it. "And at one point, I did something that was very bad, which was to just take my things out. But actually, it's very good for me because there comes a point where you just say," I can't read everything – I just have to read my stuff. Unless, of course, it has something to do with me, ”but on the whole I like to keep myself in the dark with my character. It's better with something like that. And it's better that I don't feel like I'm just lying to people who ask me questions.
The authors of the MCU universe are always 10 or more steps ahead because the world is connected. Do you think Darcy will go on living beyond that? WandaVision?
Hopefully. You know I have no idea, but the cool thing about the MCU is that even if you die, you're still there. You can do whatever you want. I'd be honored to be in absolutely anything Marvel wanted me to be in. I will always say yes to you no matter what it is. So who knows?
The fashion on the show is exciting to see because in the Westview world at least we can see each character's style evolve between the decades. Do you have a favorite fashion decade?
I love this question so much. In general, I love the 50s. You know, I do a little retro myself. I'm a curvy person and I remember that as a young teenager it was very difficult for me to feel cute and stuff because my body was just different from my friends'. When I discovered vintage clothing and stuff from the 50s, I said, "Oh my god, I'm at the wrong time." That's how my love for it began and I still have it. I thought the 50s stuff was just great. I mean, of course they all looked amazing, but there's something so fun about clothing about this era. This is my personal favorite.
Speaking of style, are there any fashion trends that you have picked up on during this time that you will carry over into life after the quarantine?
I mean, right now I'm wearing leggings and I've always been wearing leggings, but at this point I think, "Why were jeans a thing?" You are tough. You are uncomfortable. Why? For example, why are we doing this? But that's not really new. I think the element of comfort won't change for me. The thing about heels is bizarre. Last night I found a beautiful pair of shoes that I had never worn before and I tried them on and said, “Oh my god what ?! There is no way I can walk in it. "I don't know if I'll ever get used to walking in a six-inch machine again.
WandaVision is now streamed on Disney +.