Marvel Studios’ hit Disney+ series WandaVision introduced magical runes to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the design of which was partially guided by the written Wakandan language seen in 2018’s Black Panther.
As revealed in a flip-through of the upcoming book Marvel’s WandaVision: The Art of the Seriesthe design department for WandaVision developed several versions of the runes after early drafts were deemed too similar to Wakanda’s alphabet. “It was very much a back and forth as to what kind of runes they wanted,” said Jana Schirmer, a senior artist on Marvel Studios’ Visual Development team. “The first symbols I did I remember them saying looked too much like snowflakes. Other concepts they said looked a bit too inspired by the Wakandan-style language, so they didn’t choose those. In the end, the final symbols had more of a traditional, witchy look.”
While the written Wakandan language appeared onscreen in Black Panther to introduce different location names, the mystical glyphs of WandaVision are introduced by Agatha Harkness (Kathryn Hahn) in the series. Initially used against Wanda (Elizabeth Olsen), she eventually learns to master them herself and become the Scarlet Witch. Wanda’s runes are seen glowing in the sky above Westview in Episode 9, “The Series Finale” in her final battle with Agatha.
This is not the only time MCU designers have carefully tailored the look of certain fantastical elements for the sake of continuity. In 2021’s Eternalsthe portal used to introduce Starfox/Eros (Harry Styles) in a mid-credits scene was carefully planned to look different from those conjured in Doctor Strange. “Cause I had worked on Doctor Strange and I’ve done many portals in my life as a visual effects supervisor, and was like, ‘Let’s not do something we’ve done before,” said Stéphane Ceretti, who supervised visual effects for both films.
WandaVision shares a connection with Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness as well, since Wanda will be featured in the upcoming sequel. “They’re arguably two of the most – if not the most – powerful beings in the MCU,” said producer Richie Palmer about a potential team-up between the Scarlet Witch and the former Sorcerer Supreme. “It was only a matter of time before we got them together, and we do it in a pretty fun, unique way.”
as for Black Pantherits upcoming sequel,titled Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, appeared to be on track to wrap filming in March despite numerous delays due to injuries and coronavirus (COVID-19) related setbacks. However, the production is reportedly set to continue filming in Puerto Rico, though it’s unclear if or how this will impact the film’s release date.
Both WandaVision and Black Panther are streaming now on Disney+. Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness premieres May 6, 2022. Black Panther: Wakanda Forever hits theatersNov. 11, 2022.
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