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If there’s one place Marvel fans wouldn’t have expected Darcy Lewis to make her grand return to the MCU, it’s on a Disney+ series focussed on Scarlet Witch and her spiral out of control. And yet, when WandaVision‘s fourth episode aired on Jan. 29, there was the illustrious former intern in all her glory. And we weren’t even the only ones shocked — when Kat Dennings sat down for a video call with POPSUGAR, she admitted that she had been surprised to get the call to return from Marvel.
“It’s so rare that you get to revisit a character at all, so something on this kind of scale with this long in between appearances is really fun,” she admitted. “[My first thought was] absolute shock, first. And then I said yes, without knowing what it was. I was like, ‘Yes, whatever it is, I’ll do it.'”
Honestly, who wouldn’t say yes without thinking to Marvel? It’s Marvel. (OK, so, maybe Chris Evans did, but that’s different.) “When they said it was WandaVision, I was a little bit confused! Only because that was the last thing I expected to hear,” she added. “Darcy didn’t interact with anybody in that world at all, so it was definitely a very unexpected pairing, but an absolute joy. I mean, it’s such a unique show.”
Seven episodes into the limited series, and there’s no doubt of how unique it is. Darcy’s return is thanks to the Hex, a forcefield around the city of Westview, NJ, that has seemingly been erected by former Avenger, Wanda Maximoff. Darcy — now a doctor in astrophysics — is recruited by S.W.O.R.D to figure out what the anomaly is and how to take it down. And from there, a lot goes down. For Dennings, the opportunity to evolve her well-beloved character was a welcome one. “The writers are amazing, and Jac Schaeffer, our head writer and executive producer, put so much thought and character development into Darcy. It was just so amazing — I’ve thanked her profusely,” she gushed. “I consider it a new role. She’s obviously been through a ton of school to get her PhD and become a doctor. She’s now an expert in her field, and she’s demanding respect. She’s a boss! So, it felt great — it feels so good to be portraying a smart woman and a cool character in the show.”
And Dennings took Darcy’s promotion seriously, admitting that she began listening to Neil deGrasse Tyson’s podcast StarTalk, because she wanted to hear a real astrophysicist talk. “These terms are very complicated, and when you’re saying them, you don’t want to sound like you’re sounding out a word for the first time,” she explained. “You want to sound like you’ve said it hundreds of times. So, that was how I prepared — I listened to an astrophysicist saying these words over and over, so I sounded like I had said them all the time. There’s an ease that a real astrophysicist has saying those words that I wanted to try and get.” We have to respect the dedication to the craft!
Darcy’s inclusion in this new “world” has allowed her to interact with new characters outside of her original Thor story, namely Monica Rambeau (Teyonah Parris) and Jimmy Woo (Randall Park). If Twitter had its way, the fast fan-favourite trio would have their stand-alone TV series after WandaVision! “Oh, well, what a dream,” Dennings said when I asked how it was working with her costars. “Randall is an unbelievable actor and the loveliest man you’ll ever meet! There’s nothing to complain about — we would sit down at that desk with our little bag of chips, and I was like, ‘God, I can’t believe I’m getting paid to do this as my job.’ And the great thing is that it doesn’t make sense that Darcy and Jimmy would be together in a scene, but now it’s happening.”
That mishmash of characters from different comic book backgrounds is what makes fans love the MCU so much, and it’s what made up some of Dennings’s favourite scenes. “It’s really fun to be in something that you know a lot of people are going to watch. Because as an actor, sometimes you put your heart and soul in something two people see, and that’s fine, too. But this is definitely a one-of-a-kind a situation,” she said.
Fans have two more episodes of WandaVision to enjoy seeing Darcy on their screen, and Dennings is adamant that she doesn’t know what’s in store for the doctor’s future. Could she ever be a superhero herself? Probably not, but Dennings theorized that if Darcy ever got powers, it would be less of the world-saving variety and have more of the self-serving element. “She could pour water from her fingertips? So, she could make cup of noodles and coffee at the same time,” she threw out. “It’s always about snacks with me. The power of snacks.” Maybe she’ll show up in Thor: Thunder and Love, alongside her former employee Jane Foster who’s set to become the goddess of Thunder, aka Lady Freakin’ Thor.
“Here’s the thing, I’ll do anything they say,” Dennings answered when I asked. “If Marvel called me and said, ‘We need you to get on a trampoline, and you’re just going to jump really high. Wherever you end up, we’re going to make a movie.’ I’m down. I’ll do whatever they say.” But, she hasn’t been asked to join the cast for Love and Thunder. “I don’t think I am [in the movie], because they are shooting it right now. But, my door’s always open for Marvel.”
You heard the lady, Marvel. Your move.
Written by Mekishana Pierre for Popsugar, article posted February 25
WandaVision is the most talked-about TV show of 2021 so far.
That is kind of to be expected, as the first Marvel Cinema Universe show on Disney+ was always going to be a big deal. But maybe what fans didn’t expect was for the show to be as strange as it is.
Instead of superhero battles and sci-fi action, for the first few episodes viewers instead got homages to the sitcoms of yesteryear, with an additonal sinister, unnerving edge.
The fourth episode finally pulled out into the wider MCU world, and gave us some clues as to what is going on. Returning characters Darcy Lewis (from the Thor movies) and Agent Jimmy Woo (first seen in Ant-Man and the Wasp) are now on the outside of Westview looking in, trying to figure out what is going on, just like the viewers at home.
We caught up with the Darcy and Jimmy – or more accurately Kat Dennings and Randall Park, the actors that play them – to talk about what they thought when they first discovered what the show was about.
“When I first got called in [by] Jac Schaeffer, the head writer, we sat in a conference room, and she had the whole show mapped out on the walls.” says Randall Park. “I was just so amazed.”
“‘I was like ‘What is going on?'” adds Kat Dennings. “This is the craziest thing I have ever seen.'”
“But seeing all of the work they put in to it, it all really makes sense,” she continued. “Everything you see has a payoff. There’s nothing put in purely by accident.”
“There’s a huge payoff that I think people will be really excited for.”
And based on what happens at the end of episode five, we are starting to see it all come together.
WandaVision is streaming exclusively now on Disney+
Written by Wil Jones for JOE, article published without a given date
After appearing in the first two Thor movies, Kat Dennings has returned to the Marvel Cinematic Universe in the Disney+ show WandaVision.
Her character, Darcy Lewis, is one of the few original creations in the MCU that is not based on an existing comic book figure. That makes Darcy somewhat of a blank slate, and she could potentially turn up anywhere in the movies.
We got to speak to Kat Dennings, following her WandaVision come back, and asked who in the MCU she would like to see Darcy team up with. And she was very sure of here answer: Tom Hiddleston’s Loki.
In case you were not aware, Darcy and Loki are a pretty popular pairing amongst Marvel fans, often appearing in fan fiction and fan art. And Kat Dennings was keen to stoke the flames of the Marvel stan fire, and try and make it happen in canon.
“I know that there’s a lot of online stuff about Darcy and Loki, that’s been brought to my attention, which is so great,” said Dennings. “So I’ll hope for that.”
“I think it would be exciting for a few people on Tumblr. Do it for the Tumblr.”
“It would be a funny pairing. The two most opposite characters in the MCU. probably.”
This isn’t the first time she has alluded to the pairing – she shared a photo of her and Tom Hiddleston together when Thor: The Dark World was released back in 2013.
Dennings went on to talk about how Darcy’s new role as a doctor of astrophysics could see her “plopped” in anywhere in the MCU.
“The cool thing about Darcy being an original character and… now she’s Dr Darcy Lewis, she’s an astrophysicist, she’s kind of fair game for any interaction, which is very exciting.
“Of course, I wouldn’t expect anything further, but she could be plopped anywhere, I guess.”
Written by Wil Jones for Joe, article dated February 3rd
Marvel has just revealed WandaVision‘s first poster where all the main characters can be seen. Check it out below — we will add the image to the gallery when a higher resolution becomes available.
While it’s almost impossible now to imagine a cinematic world without Chris Hemsworth as Thor, one of his co-stars in the God of Thunder’s 2011 debut once had the unique privilege of seeing what the Aussie acting sensation could bring to the role before the general moviegoing public did.
Kat Dennings – who played Darcy Lewis, one of the first three characters, along with Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) and Erik Selvig (Stellan Skarsgård), to encounter Thor after he fell to Earth — tells Looper in an exclusive interview that she was floored at the first sight of Hemsworth preparing for his character.
As a relative unknown to U.S. audiences before playing Thor, Hemsworth was saddled with carrying the weight of the world on his shoulders in the hope his portrayal of the famed Marvel Comics character would fulfill fans’ expectations. From Dennings’ perspective, there was no doubt that Hemsworth would blow everyone away.
“There’s no question that he was the guy. He’s a tall, strapping guy naturally anyway, but he has this [thing about him]. There was no question that he was the perfect guy to play Thor,” Dennings shares with Looper. “I think I came in for the table read or something at the studio and they were doing a fight rehearsal off to the side, and I saw him swinging a thing around, doing a flip, and I thought, ‘Oh, okay!”’
Impressed by Hemsworth right off the bat, Dennings immediately knew he not only possessed the wherewithal to bring Thor to life, but he also had the sort of charisma that rivals the stars in the Golden Age of Hollywood.
“He has such a special star quality … he reminds me of the old movie stars. He’s so handsome and he’s so sweet, and he’s so funny. He’s really, really funny,” Dennings says. “I think people know that by now. We were super close and super tight during that movie, and we spent a lot of time together. We were buds, and he’s one of the funniest people I’ve ever met.”
While Hemsworth is set to reunite with Portman in director Taika Waititi’s Thor: Love and Thunder, Dennings will be coming back to the Marvel Cinematic Universe this year to reprise her role as Darcy in the Disney+ series WandaVision. As to where Darcy goes from there, Dennings has said that she won’t be in Thor: Love and Thunder.
Still, having worked with Hemsworth in Thor and 2013’s Thor: The Dark World must certainly have its advantages. After all, if she still has a tight bond with Hemsworth, what could hurt if she gave him a shout-out?
“I’ll see who I can call,” Dennings says, laughing.
Dennings’ latest film is the comedy Friendsgiving, which is now playing in theaters and is available on digital, Blu-ray, and DVD.
Written by Tim Lammers for Looper.
Bounding Into Comics has shared WandaVision rumours that have been around the online underground since May but which are only now being widely talked about. The website offers extensive synopses for the first two episodes of the show, as supposedly leaked by a WandaVision production member. Everything remains, of course, unconfirmed, but according to Bounding Into Comics, Kat and her Darcy should appear in the second episode of the series. It appears that Darcy and Wanda will develop a light-hearted friendship.
Keep reading for spoilers. You can also read Bounding Into Comics‘ article in full here.continue reading