‘WandaVision’: 1 Star Admits She ‘Just Didn’t Get’ the Marvel Series When She Auditioned

The Marvel Cinematic Universe returned in a most curious way in January 2021. After a year and a half without any new MCU content, WandaVision debuted on Disney+. The series (somehow) reunites lovers Wanda Maximoff (Elizabeth Olsen) and Vision (Paul Bettany) in the world of TV sitcoms. If that premise left fans confused, they’re in good company with one of WandaVision’s stars.

'WandaVision' director Matt Shakman, head writer Jac Schaeffer, and stars Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany at Disney’s D23 EXPO
‘WandaVision’ director Matt Shakman, head writer Jac Schaeffer, and stars Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany at Disney’s D23 EXPO | Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Disney

Marvel enters new territory with Disney+ series ‘WandaVision’

In several respects, WandaVision marks a change of pace for the MCU. The show, of course, is the first of many Disney+ series already planned for the next few years. And it gives longtime supporting players Olsen and Bettany — who joined the MCU in 2015 and 2008, respectively — their own story. But it also takes a hard turn into something darker than Marvel productions.

WandaVision seemingly tracks through a decade of TV comedy episode by episode. Yet, there are already hints of something sinister at play. Since Wanda is among the most powerful MCU heroes and Vision is technically dead in-canon, fans speculate the series might reveal an alternate reality. After all, the multiverse is already en route to the MCU in Phase 4.

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1 of the show’s stars didn’t realize she was auditioning for Marvel

In fact, the true nature of WandaVision is so mysterious in these early episodes that even star Teyonah Parris didn’t know it was a Marvel project at first. Parris previously appeared on shows like Mad Men and Empire. On WandaVision, her character introduces herself as “Geraldine.” 

But MCU faithful know Parris is really the adult version of Captain Marvel character Monica Rambeau. Akira Akbar played her as a child in that 2019 release, however. Confused? Well, Parris recently revealed she had no clue she was auditioning for Marvel.

“I was like, ‘Wait, did you guys say this was a Marvel project? Because this just isn’t making sense,’” Parris told TVLine. “[The audition script] was one of the earlier episodes, and I just didn’t get it.”

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Teyonah Parris will return to the MCU in ‘Captain Marvel 2’

Presumably, all will be revealed as WandaVision continues its Disney+ run. But even when Wanda and Vision’s story is over, Parris’ time in the MCU is just beginning. The actor is already set to reprise her role opposite Brie Larson in Captain Marvel 2, due out in 2022. The plot of that film — which will be directed by Nia DaCosta — remains firmly under wraps

Even though the first film was set in 1995, Parris’ casting seemingly confirms Captain Marvel 2 will be set in present day. However, there is always a chance the sequel will jump around in time a bit. After all, Captain Marvel left several plot threads still unresolved. If WandaVision tells fans anything regarding the MCU’s Phase 4, it’s to expect the unexpected.