Empire January 2021

It’s a brand new era: Marvel are expanding beyond their cinematic universe, as WandaVision marks the comic book titans’ bold new era on the small screen. There had been other Marvel TV projects in the past, but none with the ambitious scope and style of WandaVision, giving the spotlight to the MCU’s strangest couple, Wanda Maximoff and The Vision. It’s also the first piece of MCU content in over a year, and marks the start of Marvel’s collaboration with Disney+. Strap in, you’re in for a wild ride.

Setting the tone of big things to come, Wanda and Vision tear through reality on the trippy cover of Empire’s January 2021 issue – Paul Bettany and Elizabeth Olsen pose and smile as both people and superheroes at once, as two people unravelling reality as we know it. Inside the magazine, you’ll find more images of the upcoming TV series, as well as an interview with all the major players: MCU boss Kevin Feige explains why Disney+ was the perfect fit; Paul Bettany recalls how Vision came back from the dead; Elizabeth Olsen remembers filming in front of a live audience to channel a classic sitcom atmosphere; director Matt Shakman talks about the preparations for an on-set sitcom bootcamp.

Elsewhere, this issue celebrates TV’s golden year, looking back on all our 2020 highlights including I May Destroy You, The Third Day, I Hate Suzie, Devs and more, as well as insights from a roundtable of writers explaining why there’s nothing small about the future of television as we know it.

Finally, we pay tribute to the late, great Sean Connery, who sadly passed away last month. James Bond producers, Terry Gilliam, John Boorman and more share their memories of the 007 star, while we chart the three phases of the actor’s career: from Bond to blockbusters and beyond.

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Empire January 2021