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Revive Old Sitcom Fun With WandaVision’s Soundtracks

If you already watched the first episodes of Marvel StudiosWandaVision, you were probably flabbergasted by the story, the setting, and, of course, Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany’s marvelous acting. Now, Marvel Studios offer us a new gift related to the series.

After its premiere on January 15, Marvel Studios unveiled the soundtracks for WandaVision’s first two episodes last Friday. The third episode’s soundtrack will be available this Friday, and the rest will drop exactly one week after their corresponding episodes air on Disney+.

Christophe Beck, who worked in Frozen 2 and Ant-Man and the Wasp, scored the soundtracks. He used recording and mixing techniques, as well as instruments specific to each period in which the series takes place. In Beck’s words, “For each era, the music is a loving homage to the sitcom scores typical of the time period. This involved not only the instrumentation but also the composition style.”

Moreover, songwriters Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez wrote and produced the WandaVision theme songs using musical styles spanning from the 1950s to the early 2000s. Both lyricists have won an Academy Award for Frozen’s “Let It Go” and for Coco’s “Remember Me.”

The cheerful “A Newlywed Couple,” from the first episode, describes Wanda and Vision’s new life. The track poses the question of how they will belong in Westview, their new neighborhood. With lyrics like, “A newlywed couple just moved to town // A regular husband and wife // Who left the big city to find a quiet life,” and, “She’s a magical gal in a small town locale // He’s a hubby who’s part machine // How will this duo fit in and fulfill all,” the song connects to one of the series’ main plots: Wanda’s concerns about fitting in.

Anderson-Lopez shared that for this theme song they “wanted to have an optimistic group of voices singing jazzily — though not too jazzily — about the love between these two and the main question of the first episode, whether two Avengers in love can pass for normal in a typical American suburb.”

Equally catchy, “WandaVision!” — just like the intro for the second episode — is a nod to Bewitched, the American fantasy sitcom from the ’60s. Beck described the track as “‘sexier’ and ‘flirtier’ with its raunchy trombones and ’60s-style RMI rock-si-chord.” Although the only lyrics in the song are “WandaVision,” it will surely get stuck in your head forever.

Listen to WandaVision: Episode 1 (Original Soundtrack) and WandaVision: Episode 2 (Original Soundtrack) below, and remember to stream WandaVision on Disney+ with a new episode coming every Friday.

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Kenly Campos

Costa Rica