After years spent playing supporting roles, Vision and the Scarlet Witch are finally getting the spotlight in WandaVision, an upcoming show on the Disney+ streaming service. The limited series, which is expected to run between six and eight episodes, will be set after the events of Avengers: Endgame, and is expected to have major repercussions on the Marvel Cinematic Universe going forward.
WandaVision is still cloaked in mystery, particularly with regard to Vision’s return. And yet, Marvel and Disney have released a few small tidbits of information about the show into the wild, including its logo, some of the cast members, its release date (late 2020), and some promotional art for the series. Here’s everything that we know about WandaVision so far.
During an earnings call with investors, Disney CEO Bob Iger provided a little more clarity as to when WandaVision will be released on the Disney+ platform. While Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige had previously noted that the series would launch ahead of May 2021’s Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, Iger revealed that WandaVision would be released in December 2020 and interweave with other upcoming Marvel projects.
Despite the announcement in July that another Marvel Disney+ project, Falcon and the Winter Soldier, would be delayed, The Hollywood Reporter indicates that WandaVision is still on track for the December release.
Super Bowl spot
Disney teased The upcoming Disney+ shows WandaVision, Loki, and Falcon and Winter Soldier in a 30-second spot during Super Bowl LIV on February 2. After we hear Paul Bettany’s Vision saying, “Welcome home,” we see a smash cut of about a dozen versions of Wanda Maximoff and Vision living their domestic lives. Whether these are alternate realities or simply glimpses at a few scenes is up for speculation, but given the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s recent teases of a “multiverse”, it seems plausible that this series will deal with interdimensionality.
The first poster
During Disney’s D23 Expo in August, artist Andy Park debuted the poster he painted for WandaVision, revealing the first piece of official promotional art for the show.
WANDAVISION!!! Official D23 poster I had the honor of painting during the early concept phase of preproduction. This @DisneyPlus show is gonna be something totally fresh.. & weird! #ElizabethOlsen #PaulBettany @DisneyD23 #D23Expo #D23Expo2019 #Disney+ @MarvelStudios #WandaVision pic.twitter.com/VJU4p05Pmb
— Andy Park (@andyparkart) August 25, 2019
The poster seems to confirm reports that some (or possibly all) of the series will be set in the 1950s, but the shadows on the wall — which depict Vision and Scarlet Witch in their traditional. Marvel Comics superhero costumes — suggests that there’s more in play than what we see in the foreground.
Like the other Marvel shows coming to Disney+, WandaVision will feature the same actors that you’ve come to know and love on the big screen in their normal roles. In this case, that means that Elizabeth Olsen will return as Wanda Maximoff, aka Scarlet Witch, and Paul Bettany will be back as the robotic Avenger known as Vision.
They’ll be joined by Teyonah Parris, who’s best known for her work on Mad Men, If Beale Street Could Talk, and Dear White People (the movie, not the Netflix spinoff). Parris is new to the MCU, but the character she plays isn’t: Monica Rambeau appeared as a child in Captain Marvel, in which she’s introduced as Lashana Lynch’s daughter, but she’s all grown up by the time that WandaVision begins.
In June, Comic Book Movie also reported that Evan Peters, who played Quicksilver in Fox’s X-Men franchise, has also joined the cast in an unspecified “key” role. Although in Marvel comics, Wanda and Pietro Maximoff (Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver) are siblings, the Marvel Cinematic Universe already played its Quicksilver card with Aaron Taylor-Johnson so it’s unlikely that Peters will be reprising his X-Men role.
Also reprising their MCU roles are Thor franchise actress Kat Dennings and Ant-Man and the Wasp actor Randall Park, who will return as intern Darcy Lewis and FBI agent Jimmy Woo, respectively.
Logo and release date
At Comic-Con International 2019, Marvel revealed when we’ll be able to catch WandaVision on Disney+, as well as the show’s logo.
Just announced in Hall H at #SDCC, Marvel Studios' WANDAVISION, an original series with Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Bettany and Teyonah Parris. Streaming exclusively on Disney+, Spring 2021. pic.twitter.com/6lIiMJdfYw
— Marvel Studios (@MarvelStudios) July 21, 2019
According to Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige, WandaVision will drop in Spring 2021, around the same time as another MCU show, Loki, and just ahead of the theatrical release of Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness, which has some kind of WandaVision connection.
Marvel is keeping WandaVision‘s storyline and overall premise a secret for now, but it’s confirmed that the show will play a big role in the MCU going forward. In addition to WandaVision, the Scarlet Witch will also appear in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, which WandaVision will reportedly help set up.
There might be some time travel or alternate dimension shenanigans at play in WandaVision, too. Shortly after Disney unveiled Disney+ to investors, Olsen told Variety that Marvel had shared a picture of the Scarlet Witch and the Vision “in the 1950s.” Of course, in the comics, the Scarlet Witch has reality-warping powers, so who knows if this picture is “real” or not.
Obviously, the big question going into WandaVision is how Vision comes back, given that he was killed by Thanos pre-Snap in Avengers: Infinity War. However, from what Olsen says, it sounds like Wanda is going to be the show’s main focus. “We’re gonna get weird, we’re gonna go deep, we’re gonna have lots of surprises, and we’re gonna finally understand Wanda Maximoff as the Scarlet Witch,” Olsen told the Comic-Con 2019 audience.
Even with so many unknowns, we can take solace in the fact that a Marvel veteran is at the helm. WandaVision will be written by Captain Marvel and Black Widow co-writer Jac Schaeffer, who is also the showrunner.
Audiences got their first glimpse at the Scarlet Witch in Captain America: Winter Soldier‘s post-credit sequence, and she made her full-fledged debut in Avengers: Age of Ultron. That’s the same movie that introduced Vision, although Paul Bettany had been voicing Tony Stark’s A.I. assistant Jarvis since Iron Man, which kicked off the MCU in 2008.
Scarlet Witch and Vision have been associated with the Avengers for decades. The Scarlet Witch first appeared in Stan Lee and Jack Kirby’s X-Men No. 4 as a member of Magneto’s Brotherhood of Evil Mutants, alongside her brother, the super-speedster Quicksilver. Wanda is often depicted as Magneto’s daughter, although whether or not that’s officially canon changes fairly frequently. She joined the Avengers in issue No. 16, and has been a good guy (more or less) ever since.
Vision first appeared in Avengers No. 58, and was created by Stan Lee, Roy Thomas, and John Buscema. Originally, Vision was created by the Avengers’ mechanical nemesis, Ultron, as a weapon to use against the Avengers, but quickly switched sides. Wanda and Vision have been an on-again, off-again couple for years, and even had two children together, although the kids were ultimately revealed to be projections of the demon Mephisto.
Both Scarlet Witch and The Vision have appeared in major storylines over the past few years, both of which could influence WandaVision. In House of M, a grief-stricken Scarlet Witch creates an alternate reality in which mutants never existed, drastically altering the course of the Marvel Universe. Meanwhile, Vision recently headlined his own limited series in which he creates his own synthezoid family and tries to adjust to life in the suburbs.
Monica Rambeau’s presence in WandaVision is another interesting wrinkle. In the comics, Monica gained energy-controlling powers and dubbed herself Captain Marvel a good 20 years before Carol Danvers took the name, although she’s also gone by Photon, Pulsar, and Spectrum. It’ll be interesting to see if WandaVision stays true to Monica’s superheroic roots, or if this take has the character playing a different role.
Updated on July 21, 2020: Noted that the show is still slated for December release despite Falcon and The Winter Soldier being moved.
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