Jac Schaeffer opens up on character’s death revealed in series

Warning: spoiler alert!

WandaVision, currently in its fourth episode, continues to surprise fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe by deploying, albeit gradually, the threads of mystery that permeate the plot. And in his final chapter, he revealed that an important Captain Marvel character had died, which was unexpected for audiences. Now Jac Schaeffer, the show’s writer, has spoken about it.

WandaVision’s fourth episode, titled “We’re Interrupting Our Programming,” begins sparingly, revealing that Maria Rambeau (Lashana Lynch), Captain Marvel’s best friend and mother of Monica Rambeau (Teyonah Parris), has died of cancer during the five-year break. years between Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Ultimatum, in which half of the universe’s population disappeared and returned.

In an interview with ComicBook, screenwriter Jac Schaeffer explained why the creative team decided to kill the character:

“It was a tough decision. I have a very strong opinion on Maria and her relationship with Monica. It’s a big part of her as a character. But we really wanted to establish Monica with a difficult path. We wanted to immerse ourselves in the character as best as we could and be a bit concise by leaving the audience where we are in the MCU timeline, letting them know what the tone of this episode would be and that we’re not kidding. Mission accomplished. The opening scene was a long one to endure.

Maria Rambeau (Lashana Lynch) in Captain Marvel: the character has her death confirmed on WandaVision

Schaeffer also referred to the creative team’s internal discussions about the blip that took place in Ultimato:

“About setting things up, we had a lot of conversations about what it must have been like coming back from the blip. And quickly the idea of ​​a hospital really seemed … just a very interesting way to present it, to show the fear and confusion about it, and to viscerally enter Monica’s point of view at the time. .

WandaVision airs weekly on Disney +, with new episodes every Friday.

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