‘WandaVision’ to Pave Way For 2 New Characters in the MCU: Who?

WandaVision is already set to be one of the most significant Disney+ Marvel shows to hit the streaming platform, as it will initiate an intricate conversation between the silver and small screen. The show will heavily impact Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, as many believe — based on already released images and interview clips — that the show will follow the House of M comics, highlighting Wanda’s descent into madness and fracturing of her own and the reality abound. Cumberbatch’s Doctor Strange will (theoretically) be forced to put the pieces back together in the Multiverse of Madness. 

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The connection between WandaVision and Doctor Strange 2 is only one reason to be excited about this upcoming big-budget streaming show, as it will likely introduce two new characters into the MCU — characters who will come to boast significant individual arcs and influence over the transforming cinematic landscape. Based on recently revealed information, many presume that WandaVision will introduce Abigail Brand and X-Men’s Beast. 

Insider report suggests Abigail Brand is coming to the MCU: Why ‘WandaVision’ as an entrance?  

We Got This Covered recently reported that Abigail Brand will be making her way into the Marvel cinematic landscape. The outlet — relying on the same sources who knew Taskmaster would be the villain in Black Widow and that a certain someone dies in The Rise of Skywalker (both since confirmed) — revealed that the studio is looking for an Emma Stone-type actress to take on the part. 

Abigail Brand is best known as the commander of S.W.O.R.D — an offshoot of S.H.I.E.L.D tasked with defending earth from various Extra-Terrestrial threats. She is often called upon in times of crisis, as she is one skilled commander (despite the fact that she boasts an antagonistic relationship with Nick Fury). The two trust each other, but do they love each other? Definitely debateable. 

As for the connection to WandaVision, set photos recently revealed pictures of S.W.O.R.D and, unless Marvel Studios plans to weave a few disappointing narrative adjustments, you can’t have S.W.O.R.D without Brand; fans of the comics would be upset. The two are intimately connected, as she is emblematic of the S.H.I.E.L.D offshoot — she is its figurehead.

How does X-Men’s Beast work his way into the picture? 

Following the Fox/Disney merger, the latter gained access to a slew of supers previously off-limits, most notably the X-Men and the Fantastic Four. And, rather than introducing the X-Men all at once, Marvel will likely sprinkle them in across time — with finesse and attention to detail. So, why not start with an obvious one given Brand’s appearance? 

Brand and Beast come to develop a romantic relationship in the comics; they have even teamed up to combat threats more than once. While this may be a stretch, introducing Beast via WandaVision would lay the foundation for more X-Men to join the MCU and specifically create a space for those willing to fight alongside S.W.O.R.D. 

The show could cement a different origin point from which to expand and defy Fox’s former well-known approach to the mutants. Not to mention, it’s easy to imagine a S.W.O.R.D series on Disney+ following the success of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. While the show may not visually present Beast, it seems highly plausible that Brand will allude to the character, setting up Feige and Co. to introduce him (and various other X-Men) when the time is right. However, those over at Marvel Studios can only sit on the mutants for so long…