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WandaVision (and the comics that might inspire it) explained

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With the Marvel and Disney + series WandaVision Beginning this week, some people are wondering what exactly is the deal with this weird new dive into the MCU. With Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany as Wanda Maximoff / Scarlet Witch and Vision respectively, WandaVision appears to be a unique, meta release that pays homage to classic sitcoms like I Love Lucy, The Brady Bunch, and more. But what exactly is the premise of WandaVision? When WandaVision was announced, Marvel’s Kevin Feige hinted, “WandaVision will be unlike anything we’ve done before.” Actor Paul Bettany, who plays Vision, doubled down on that promise by simply telling IGN, “This is super forward thinking and weird.”

Watch our “In One Minute” explainer video on the show below, or read on for more information.So what do we know about WandaVision so far? And what Marvel Comics books could play a role in inspiring him? Let’s take a look at the intertwined lives of Wanda Maximoff and Vision to get a sense of where this unique series might take Marvel fans. Here are the topics we’ll cover here:

  • What is WandaVision?
  • Vision and Wanda in the comics
  • Tom King’s vision
  • What does all of this mean for WandaVision?

The evolution of Scarlet Witch and the relationship of vision in the comics

What is WandaVision?

WandaVision is a television series that kicks off Marvel’s Phase 4. Paul Bettany and Elizabeth Olsen will reprise their roles as Vision and Wanda Maximoff / Scarlet Witch respectively, along with a few other characters who will make both comebacks and first appearances. Kat Dennings returns as Darcy Lewis (Thor) with Randall Park as Agent Jimmy Woo (Ant-Man and the Wasp), and Teyonah Parris makes her Marvel Cinematic Universe debut as adult Monica Rambeau.

The first image released for the series seemed to sum up the base storyline. The Art of Andy Park is a sunny sitcom snapshot to the surface, but the poster hides clues of trepidation as you take a closer look. Shadows cast on the wall by the eerie red glow emanating from the television clearly show the outlines of the Vision and the Scarlet Witch in their full Avengers costumes, hinting that all is not what it seems. With Vision’s fate seemingly sealed in Avengers: Infinity War, it’s safe to assume that this quaint suburban home is hiding something far more ominous.

In the comics, Wanda Maximoff and Vision created the normal life they dreamed of, but at a huge cost.

It’s safe to assume that this quaint suburban home is hiding something far more ominous.


Vision and Wanda in the comics

Wanda and Vision began their relationship in the 1970s in the pages of The Avengers. The two fell in love and married in 1975 Giant-sized Avengers # 4. A mutant witch and an android, the couple were an unlikely but happy couple who would go on to star in their own miniseries, Vision and The Scarlet Witch ( 1982), and continued their adventures together as part of the West Coast Avengers. They would also become the parents of twins, William and Thomas, until this was all resolved in John Byrne’s 1989 screenplay, “Vision Quest.”

The Vision was dismantled and destroyed by an international network of spies and scientists who saw it as a threat to the whole world. His memories and personality were also erased, and although Hank Pym reassembled him, this white-hued Vision was a new entity who had no emotional attachment to his wife or children.

As Wanda cried and her world fell apart, she learned that their children were not real themselves, but rather were created by her powers combined with pieces of the soul of the demon Mephisto. “[The children] are manifestations of Wanda’s will, ”Agatha Harkness revealed in Avengers West Coast # 52. Harkness removed her children’s memories from Wanda’s mind to defeat a demon and spare her more heartache. Wanda and Vision separated physically and emotionally over time, but the shock of what she lost would later catch up with the Scarlet Witch in the History of House of M. (But that’s a story for another time.)

Tom King’s vision

Wanda was not the only one of the two who dreamed of a normal life. The Vision would recover its original appearance, its emotions and its memories. In Tom King’s 2016 award-winning limited series The Vision, the android’s increasingly desperate attempt to create and maintain a perfect family would also end in tragedy.

As the White House liaison for the Avengers, Vision decided to move to the Washington, DC suburbs with his new family: wife Virginia, daughter Viv, and son Vin. Vision himself created his android family with the goal of becoming more human, using the brain models of himself and Virginia to conceive their children. The family tried to fit in with normal suburban life, meet the neighbors, and attend a public high school, but it soon became apparent that the Visions were anything but normal.

When their daughter was violently attacked in their home, Virginia killed the villain in self-defense, but hid her husband’s body lest he be mad that their perfect life was turned upside down. Virginia’s spirit and her family life began to fall apart. Ultimately, more people would die, just like Virginia and Vin, and Vision’s dreams of a normal, happy human existence would be shattered forever.In the award-winning limited series The Vision, the android's increasingly desperate attempt to create and maintain a perfect family would end in tragedy.

In the award-winning limited series The Vision, the android’s increasingly desperate attempt to create and maintain a perfect family would end in tragedy.

What does all of this mean for WandaVision?

Wanda and Vision’s desire for a normal, happy life might never come true, even in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Their brief happiness together was interrupted by the arrival of Thanos’ children in Avengers: Infinity War, and like her comedic counterpart, Wanda might be willing to do anything to capture that domestic bliss once again.
The sitcom setting for WandaVision evokes fear that can be found on nearly every page of The Vision miniseries as the reader waits for the seemingly ideal veneer of suburban life to break apart. Will the couple have children and will she lose them as before? (We see twins in the trailer …) Whether it’s all going on Wanda’s mind to bring the Vision back from the dead, or the cinematic incarnation of the Scarlet Witch finds a way to change the reality, we believe this will not be the case. happy ending. With Wanda’s involvement in Doctor Strange sequel, Multiverse of Madness, The Scarlet Witch might even end up as broken as she was for a while in the comics by the time the series ends.

No matter what the future holds for Wanda and Vision, we are ready for something strange but hopefully wonderful in WandaVision.

Kelly Knox is a freelance writer who also contributes to StarWars.com, DCComics.com, Nerdist, etc. Follow her on Twitter at @kelly_knox to talk about Star Wars, Dungeons & Dragons and comics.



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