And no matter how mainstream superheroes get, there’s always a part of the genre that deserves its place in the realm of the nerd, where fan-fueled calculus thrives. Now, with the explosion of new MCU series rolling out on Disney+ (at least four by the end of 2021), the superhero empire is reigniting fan theory fervor.
WandaVision takes place after Endgame, and it stars Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bethany as a delightfully well-matched Wanda Maxim off and Vision, basking in newlywed (?) But they roll with it: befriending neighbors, hosting talent shows, nearly spoiling dinner with Vision’s boss, and trying not to wither under the critical eye of local Karen, Dotty (Emma Caulfield Ford).
She keeps hearing voices on the radio, and at the end of episode 2, she and Vision watch an ominous beekeeper rise from beneath a manhole cover. New episodes drop every Friday, and as the puzzle pieces come together, we’re gathering the best fan theories from around the internet.
In 2005, Marvel Comics released a storyline called House of M, written by comics' legend Brian Michael Bends, in which an insane Scarlet Witch (aka Wanda Maxim off) has a mental breakdown and attempts to recreate the universe. But it’s a dangerous lie, and when Wanda realizes what she’s done, she decides the solution is to rid the world of mutants like her.
(You might have seen a comic panel circulating of Wanda whispering, “No more mutants.”) At that point, the majority of the mutant population lose their powers. But perhaps, like in House of M, the real world is not as simple as it seems, and someone is trying to bring her back to her senses.
Marvel Studios president Kevin Face confirmed WandaVision will tie into the film, and Olsen will star alongside Benedict Cumberbatch in March 2022's The Multiverse of Madness. You met Agnes (Kathryn Hahn), Wanda and Vision’s deliciously wry neighbor, in the WandaVision pilot.
You probably noticed a particular symbol that pops up throughout the first two episodes of WandaVision : it appears on the miniature helicopter Wanda discovers in her rosebush, as well as on the suit of the terrifying beekeeper who rises out from the manhole. You could keep waiting for the show to reveal its secret, but most comic fans will recognize that logo immediately: It’s the symbol for S.W.O.R.D, otherwise known as the Sentient World Observation and Response Department.
S.W.O.R.D was created alongside Nick Fury’s S.H.I.E.L.D to deal with extraterrestrial threats, much like the ones that plagued Tony Stark with nightmares after the events of the first Avengers. We know from Captain America: The Winter Soldier that Fury felt the need to up his arsenal after witnessing the many threats hurtling toward our little blue dot, and it’s extremely possible he created S.W.O.R.D sometime around or after Natasha Roman off released S.H.I.E.L.D’s secrets into the universe.
We haven't seen them since Iron Man 3, but since their goons wear hazmat suits and are sometimes referred to as “beekeeper guys” in the comics, it's possible. The other option is that Beekeeper is Swarm, a Marvel villain who fused his consciousness with a bunch of bees.
One key bit of context: In the comics, he was a servant of Thanos, much like Roman and other big bad, and he can alter time. Perhaps, in return for Vision being brought back to life, Wanda agreed to enter Mephisto’s domain, and become trapped in his reality.
One clever Reddit user developed an entire theory around Nightmare’s inclusion in WandaVision. Nightmare has lost much of his powers due to the “snap” in Infinity War erasing much of humanity’s population.
Agatha meets a grieving Wanda after Endgame and, with the help of Nightmare, sends her into a dream world where she can live with Vision in peace. In the real world, Wanda is producing “energy surges” that spell trouble for the universe, so Nick Fury and S.W.O.R.D attempt to penetrate her mind to pull her out of the dream.
When they do pull her out, she’s so grief-stricken and enraged that she tears a hole in the fabric of reality, leading to the events of Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. In both “commercials” during episodes 1 and 2, a couple appear and advertise different products: The first is a Stark Industries toaster and the second is a Trucker watch.
If you’re an avid MCU fan, you’ll of course know Stark Industries is Tony Stark’s company, and Trucker is the last name of Baron von Trucker, the Hydra leader who recruited Wanda and her brother Pietro before Age of Patron and gave them their powers. One Twitter user suggested they could be Wanda and Pietro’s deceased parents, alive again either in her memory or her dream universe.
Billy and Tommy are stupendous characters in their own right, and they eventually become leaders of the Young Avengers, another popular franchise that Marvel might have plans to cinematic. A Reddit fan mentioned how ominous it was for the denizens of West view to repeat “for the children” prior to the talent show.
This content is created and maintained by a third party, and imported onto this page to help users provide their email addresses. The new series, starring Elizabeth Olsen as Wanda/Scarlet Witch and Paul Bethany as the synthetic humanoid robot Vision both from the Marvel Cinematic Universe is like a kooky romp through decades of sitcom history.
Both of the initial two episodes, streaming now on Disney+, pay homage to the family comedies of yesteryear, with a bit of Marvel mystery baked in too. Episode 2, which is also mostly in black and white, then jumps to the “Bewitched” era of television, as the couple enters a magic act in the neighborhood talent show.
Since Vision technically died in “Infinity War,” it seems that Wanda is creating a new reality where she and her robot boo (robot?) The name “Trucker,” which comes up in a watch ad, is the name of the person who experimented on Wanda, giving the superhero her powers.
Scarlet Witch similarly created an alternate reality in Marvel’s popular “House of M” comics, which is already confirmed to be one of the inspirations for the series and has an Easter egg in the premiere. In the comics, this alternate world was created after the deaths of a number of heroes, allowing them to come back to life blissfully unaware.
In Episode 2, new neighbor Geraldine (Hannah Paris) tells Wanda she doesn’t know what she’s doing there and momentarily seems to forget her own name. It’s too early to know if this is the case, but a prevailing theory is that the villain of the series is a demon called Mephisto.
Mephisto plays a part in a storyline from the comics involving Wanda and Vision’s twin boys. And with Wanda revealed to be pregnant at the end of the second episode, it’s not a huge stretch to assume Mephisto will show up in some way.
It’s worth remembering that prior to Vision’s death in “Infinity War,” his consciousness may have been saved on a computer program by Shari (Letitia Wright). When HuffPost asked “Infinity War” directors Joe and Anthony Russo in 2018 if Vision had been saved by Shari, they said it wasn’t “territory” they wished to discuss.
Wanda vision is set to debut sometime this winter on Disney+, and anticipation continues to build for the series. The intriguing format breaks many conventions with the Marvel Cinematic Universe and promises to tell a story like no other in the highly successful franchise.
According to a theory by a Reddit user u/mjschryver, the series takes place within a pocket universe that Wanda Maxim off has created. MCU fans got a jolt recently when it was revealed that Jamie Foxx would appear in the upcoming Spider-Man movie as Electron, from The Amazing Spider-Man 2.
U/mjschryver suggests in their theory that Wanda will break reality into the multiverse at the end of the series when her pocket universe is exposed. Fans know from previous statements by Kevin Face that the series will tie directly into Doctor Strange In The Multiverse Of Madness, suggesting that she does play some role in the increasing dimensional weirdness ahead.
The first trailer for the series revealed Kathryn Hahn playing Wanda's neighbor Agatha. Vision's presence in the new series is one of the most intriguing things about it, mainly because he died in Avengers: Infinity War.
Her haphazard quest will then lead to the confusion that sets up the problem at the heart of Doctor Strange In The Multiverse Of Madness. Reddit's user u/Edison postulates that the entire series and its wacky television show premise is taking place inside the Vision's mind and not Wanda's.
Shari had begun the process of extracting Vision from the Mind Stone in the climax of Infinity War, meaning that he could have survived without it. The series is his scattered thoughts as his mind heals in the aftermath of the terrible battle in Wakanda.
Speculation runs high on that as well, focusing on the possibility of him starting S.W.O.R.D., an outer space version of S.H.I.E.L.D. They believe that the presence of Monica Ram beau, and her connection to Carol Dancers, AKA Captain Marvel, will lead her to be linked to the Nick Fury show eventually.
Rumors suggest that Evan Peters, who played Quicksilver in the Fox X-Men films, has been cast in WandaVision in some role. As they believe, Wanda is trying to resurrect her dead brother and bring him back slightly different from he was in Age Of Patron.
This theory takes the Quicksilver idea a step farther and imagines that the Scarlet Witch will do more than bring one mutant into the MCU. His short fiction appears in Strange Horizons, Interzone, Shimmer, and other venues.