With the Marvel and Disney+ series WandaVision debuting this week, some folks are wondering what exactly is the deal with this strange new dive into the MCU. Starring Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bethany as, respectively, Wanda Maxim off/Scarlet Witch and Vision, WandaVision looks to be a unique and meta outing that pays homage to classic sitcoms like I Love Lucy, The Brady Bunch, and much more.
Both Paul Bethany and Elizabeth Olsen will be reprising their roles as the Vision and Wanda Maxim off/Scarlet Witch respectively, along with a few other characters that will be making both returns and first appearances. Kat Jennings is back as Darcy Lewis (Thor) along with Randall Park as Agent Jimmy Woo (Ant-Man and the Wasp), and Hannah Paris is making her debut in the Marvel Cinematic Universe as the adult Monica Ram beau. The first image that was released for the series seemed to sum up the basic storyline.
Andy Park’s art is a sunny sitcom snapshot on the surface, but the poster hides hints of foreboding the closer you look. The shadows cast on the wall from the eerie red glow emanating from the television clearly show the outlines of the Vision and Scarlet Witch in their full Avengers costumes, hinting that not everything is as it seems.
With Vision’s fate seemingly sealed in Avengers: Infinity War, it’s safe to assume that this picturesque suburban home is hiding something far more ominous. His memories and personality were obliterated as well, and although Hank Pym reassembled him, this white-hued Vision was a new entity that had no emotional attachment to his wife or children.
As Wanda grieved and her world crumbled, she learned that their children weren’t real themselves, but instead were created by her powers combined with pieces of the demon Mephisto’s soul. Wanda and Vision moved apart both physically and emotionally as time went on, but the shock of what she lost would later catch up with the Scarlet Witch in the House of M storyline.
In the award-winning 2016 limited series The Vision by Tom King, the android’s increasingly desperate attempt to make and maintain a perfect family would also end in tragedy. As the White House liaison for the Avengers, Vision decided to move to the suburbs in Washington, D.C. with his new family: his wife Virginia, his daughter Via, and his son VIN. When their daughter was viciously attacked in their home, Virginia killed the villain in self-defense, but hid the body from her husband in fear that he would be angry with their perfect life being upended.
Ultimately more people would die, and so would Virginia and VIN, and Vision’s dreams of a normal, happy human existence would be forever shattered. In the award-winning limited series The Vision, the android’s increasingly desperate attempt to make and maintain a perfect family would end in tragedy.
Their brief happiness together was cut short by the arrival of Thanos’ children in Avengers: Infinity War, and like her comic counterpart, Wanda might be willing to do anything to capture that domestic bliss once again. The sitcom setting for WandaVision evokes the dread found on almost every page of The Vision miniseries as the reader waits for the seemingly ideal veneer of suburban life to shatter.
(We do see twins in the trailer...) Whether it all takes place in Wanda’s mind to bring the Vision back from the dead, or the cinematic incarnation of the Scarlet Witch finds a way to alter reality, we suspect it won’t end happily. Gone is the intergalactic warlords, shirtless demigods, immensely powerful Infinity Stones, time travel, and even the Avengers, at least for now.
Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bethany reprise their roles as superheroes Wanda Maxim off and Vision (hence the title WandaVision). Their identities as superheroes are a secret, and their lives are suddenly playing out in a sitcom they don’t really understand or realize they’re part of.
WandaVision drops its viewers right into the middle of Marvel’s most ambitious experiment yet: The telekinetic Wanda Maxim off and her Synthroid boyfriend Vision are, for whatever reason, stars of a vintage sitcom that borrows heavily from I Love Lucy, I Dream of Jeannie, and Bewitched. WandaVision uses the visual gags and slapstick humor of these throwback series to tell the couple’s comic book story of trying to fit in with the world around them.
But the real meat and payoff of the show, and what we’re told to take seriously, is the central mystery of why these characters are stuck in what appears to be an alternate reality. But the more unexplained moments the show throws at us, and the more it pushes up against what feels like horror, the more it allows the sitcom device to really hammer home its uncanny artificiality.
Elizabeth Olsen’s Wanda Maxim off has been a character in the MCU since 2015’s Age of Patron, and has had maybe 15 minutes of actual screen time in those five years and multiple movies. Wanda has rarely gotten to be anything other than a grieving, angry soul (like when she lost her brother in Patron and when she confronted Thanos in Infinity War), or someone who’s in love with Vision.
Depending on which movie or show you flip on, you could be cracking up at vintage Paul Rudd in Ant-Man, riding along an '80s-fueled heist in Guardians of the Galaxy, or... beating up Dark Elves in Thor: The Dark World. File WandaVision, which debuted its first two episodes on Disney+ this Friday, into the Something Completely Different category.
The story follows Wanda Maxim off and Vision, who are seemingly (and unknowingly) trapped in an alternate universe that plays out like a '50s sitcom. Which, you know, happened after Avengers: Infinity War, where Thanos ripped the rock keeping Vision alive right out of his head.
(This voice sounds a lot like Randall Park's Jimmy Woo, Ant-Man's Quincy FBI agent.) That brings up the possibility that a mysterious baddie is tormenting Wanda for some reason, trapping her in the meta-show we're watching in WandaVision.
If you dig a couple of decades back in the MCU timeline, you'll find her in Captain Marvel. We meet Ram beau as a child in the film, but in WandaVision, she's a full-grown adult who's similarly confused as to how she ended up in the show's sitcom-simulation situation.
Does that mean that WandaVision's world really does happen in an alternate dimension, and that's what will give Ram beau her powers? Feel free to disregard all of this, go into WandaVision as clueless as Wanda and Vision, and just watch the show without studying for your graduate degree in the MCU.
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Disney+'s new Marvel Studios limited series WandaVision is part superhero drama, but mostly plays on tropes and styles of a number of classic American sitcoms. WandaVision focuses on two Marvel heroes of the last half decade: Wanda Maxim off/Scarlet Witch, and Vision.
The pair are gallivanting through sitcoms and getting into all sort of wacky hi jinx along the way, complete with a nosy neighbor, new friends, and some classic comic pratfalls. The first episode is done in the style of The Dick Van Dyke Show, and the second is Bewitched.
This failed; eventually, the only option to stop Thanos was for Scarlet Witch to kill Vision and destroy the stone. Thanos snapped half of the world out of existence, Scarlet Witch one of the many heroes erased.
Vision's body, lacking the mind stone, laid to the side, dead and discolored. Vision isn't suddenly back alive with no explanation, and the show will eventually explain to us what's going on.
When asked whether he ever thought Vision would be returning after Infinity War, he gave an interesting answer. Evan Romano Evan is an associate editor for Men’s Health, with bylines in The New York Times, MTV News, Brooklyn Magazine, and VICE.
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