Marvel’s U.S trademarking of WandaVision has been challenged by the Wanda Group.
WandaVision may be eyeing a July shoot to wrap up production but it appears that the upcoming Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany-led Marvel series may be facing a legal battle with the Wanda Group, one of Hong Kong’s most famous conglomerates. Bleeding Cool reports that Marvel wanted to trademark WandaVision for various products but has been shot down by the Beijing based-Wanda Group. In case you’re wondering why the Wanda Group sounds so familiar, it’s because they’re the majority shareholder of AMC Theatres.
The outlet reports that the Wanda Group is challenging the trademark, citing that they’ve already trademarked Wanda in many areas, some of which you can read below.
“The Wanda Group Ltd has been given an extension by the US government to challenge Marvel over the Wandavision trademark. The Wanda Group have registered trademarks for Wanda in many areas, but the ones they are challenging Marvel over include Action skill games; action figures; board games; card games; children’s multiple activity toys; badminton sets; balloons; basketballs; bath toys; baseball bats; baseballs; beach balls; bean bags; bean bag dolls; bobblehead dolls; bowling balls; bubble making wand and solution sets; chess sets; toy imitation cosmetics;”
As you can imagine, the list goes on and end on until it comes to a full stop at water slides. The Wanda Group is on track to have a larger global footing so it makes complete sense that they’re not interested in Marvel trademarking a portion of their name. We’re not sure exactly what this means for WandaVision’s trademarking at the moment, but it’d be hard to imagine Marvel changing the name for the series. The studio has never formally used Wanda Maximoff’s superhero name “Scarlet Witch,” so it would be interesting to see the series “ScarletVision,” but that’s just speculation on our part at the moment.
Do you think Marvel should change the name for WandaVision? Or should they push forward with their trademark? Comment below and let us know!
Here is the official synopsis for Marvel’s WandaVision:
Marvel Studios’ “WandaVision” blends the style of classic sitcoms with the Marvel Cinematic Universe in which Wanda Maximoff (Elizabeth Olsen) and Vision (Paul Bettany)—two super-powered beings living their ideal suburban lives—begin to suspect that everything is not as it seems.
Directed by Matt Shakman with Jac Schaeffer as head writer, WandaVision stars Elizabeth Olsen as Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch, Paul Bettany as The Vision, Teyonah Parris as Monica Rambeau, Kat Dennings as Darcy Lewis, Randall Park as Agent Jimmy Woo, and Kathryn Hahn in an undisclosed role.
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Source: Bleeding Cool