Marvel has told us everything and nothing about their upcoming series WandaVision. For every question they answer, another one pops up in its place.
For instance, we know that the show will premiere in the spring of 2021, but there is no specific date yet, not even a month.
We know the show will bring back Vision somehow, but since he died at the end of Avengers: Infinity War, but we don’t understand how. We know the show is supposed to be sort of a riff on 50s sitcoms like The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet … but that’s just weird. Really, exactly what is Marvel doing here?
What is this show about?
The show is the brainchild of Kevin Feige, the wunderkind who has piloted the MCU to unprecedented success, and he seems to be talking real chances here with such an oddball premise that doesn’t seem to fit the MCU naturally.
He could once again be taking Marvel to new and different places, or he could come up with something so odd that it just doesn’t land.
Elizabeth Olsen told EW that the show “is a mash-up between American sitcoms throughout the decades and Marvel film with these characters.”
On its face that sound bizarre, but we know that Wanda has powers to warp reality, so that might explain how the 1950s TV tropes come into play, with key art released that appears to show Wanda and Vision in 1950s domestic bliss.
So what does the dead guy have to say about all this? He told EW, “I think there’s been a real progression in the characters and the relationship and to actually be able to spend the time on that. Each time there’s more exciting stuff for us to do.… The scripts we are reading so far are so bonkers.”
Now we’ll just see if it’s good bonkers or bad bonkers.
What do the comics tell us?
Since the people who put together these stories, especially Feige, are comic book nuts, going to the printed pages can be instructive. Digital Trends provides some insight there.
The Scarlet Witch was initially an offshoot of the X-Men. Her brother was Quicksilver, the speedster who was like Marvel’s version of the Flash. Disney now owns both the X-Men and Avengers, but the X-Men haven’t been integrated into the MCU yet, and this show may or not be the best place to do it.
Wanda’s trippy powers make for a vast array of possibilities, but if Marvel goes too far, it could be more confusing than anything else.
In the comics story House of M, a grief-stricken Wanda creates an alternate reality where mutants don’t exist. At the end of Avengers: Endgame, when Wanda returned from the snap, she was so grief-stricken she came very close to killing Thanos herself. It seems very likely she could create alternate realities in which Vision is alive as a way of coping with his death.
How will it be connected to the movies?
Much has been made of how WandaVision will somehow lead directly into Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, coming out in May 2021. Although the big screen has influenced Marvel TV, resulting in the creation of the Agents of SHIELD and Agent Carter TV shows, this will be the first time the small screen serves as a prelude to the big one.
So does that mean fans need to see WandaVision to understand the Doctor Strange sequel? Feige and others have been tooting that horn because they want people to subscribe to Disney+.
While it will probably be helpful to see WandaVision first, it won’t be crucial. People don’t need to see every MCU movie to understand Endgame, but it would probably help if they at least saw Infinity War first.
Here’s how Doctor Strange and Wanda could connect. In the comics, Wanda goes on a deadly rampage after she has a mental breakdown. What finally stops her is Doctor Strange putting her into a trance. This leads to Wanda creating that alternate reality.
Feige and his team probably won’t follow that exact blueprint, but we’ll see what happens in the spring of 2021 — whenever Marvel decides spring is.