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Rumour: WandaVision will be half sitcom/half MCU movie, will introduce Wiccan & Speed

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Out of all the new titles announced for the next phase of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, there’s none that intrigue me more than WandaVision. This is mainly because the upcoming Disney+ series makes no damn sense. Following the events of Avengers: Infinity War, Paul Bettany’s Vision is no longer in the land of the living (as much as synthetic beings animated by an Infinity Stone could be said to be living), so how can he be sharing the screen with Elizabeth Olsen’s Wanda Maximoff? The clue for me was always in the title, as I suspect the upcoming show will be some kind of “vision” of Wanda’s psyche, using her powers to potentially manipulate reality to bring back her fallen lover.

We got some more hints of this weird non-realistic take in August, when Marvel showed off some key art for WandaVision at Disney’s D23 Expo, accompanied with a sizzle reel of footage from the Dick Van Dyke Show. The comic book TV series will somehow be pulling inspiration from the classic 1960s US comedy show. The artwork (seen below) implied the same with an old-school aesthetic blended with subtle comic book hints hidden in the shadows on the wall: Vision’s shadow has a light spot on his head where the Mind Stone should be and Wanda’s shadow looks like the iconic headgear that her comic book counterpart wears.

A new rumour from reliable scooper Daniel Richtman (via MCU Cosmic) has now seemingly shed some more light on Marvel’s plans for WandaVision, and it’s still very weird. According to the report, the six-episode show will start off being a complete sitcom, with each of the first three episodes having a distinct focus of different time frames. The first will feature just Wanda and Vision, the second will see the couple’s family expand to include two babies (we’ll get back to this bit now), while the third will see the kids all grown up. The final three episodes will then change gears completely and go into full Marvel blockbuster movie mode, with the events playing out there tieing back directly into the MCU.

If this rumour is true, it will make WandaVision one seriously tricky show to balance tonally. And if the other reports are true of Disney+ boasting weekly episodes instead of full-season premieres, it’s not as if you can binge the whole lot to give a more coherent feeling.

As for those babies, this claim has been backed up by actual casting calls for the production which is currently operating under the codename of “Big Red”. Comic book fans will know that this ties in perfectly with Wanda and Vision’s source material as the comics saw Wanda unknowingly using her reality-warping powers to create twin “sons”. The process of their births was particularly convoluted and comic book-y, but all you need to know is that the two boys, Billy and Thomas, would eventually develop mutant powers of their own and become the young heroes Wiccan and Speed. According to the rumour, the back half of WandaVision will focus heavily on the artificially created Wiccan and Speed being integrated into the bigger MCU and the issues this will somehow cause.

CRAZY THEORY ALERT: What if in creating this artificial life, Wanda loses control of the process and inadvertently creates/triggers the mutant gene across the world? This would be like a reversal of House of M – the comic book event in which Wanda used her reality powers to nearly completely eradicate mutants from the world – and give Marvel an organic way to introduce mutants into the MCU. And seeing as how Wanda is already viewed with some distrust from the public as she was central to the inciting incident that sparked the Sokovia Accords, it would lend itself well into humanity distrusting these super-powered mutants showing up among them.

Even if WandaVision isn’t the first step in introducing the X-Men to the MCU, I’m pretty sure it will be in introducing the Young Avengers. The second Hawkeye aka Kate Bishop has already been confirmed to be in the Hawkeye series on Disney+, and a grown-up Cassie Lang aka Stature (daughter of Scott Lang aka Ant-Man) was included in Avengers: Endgame. With Wiccan and Speed also joining the mix, that would mean that half the team would already be in place in the MCU.

The only missing members would be Patriot aka Eli Bradley, grandson of Isaiah Bradley, the original test subject for the super soldier serum; Hulkling aka Teddy Altman, the shapeshifting son of a Skrull princess and the original Kree hero Mar-Vell; and Iron Lad/Vision aka Nathaniel Richards, a time-displaced teenager that would eventually grow up to become the time-travelling villain Kang the Conqueror. All of these characters could very easily be included into the MCU straight away, with the exception of Hulkling. Mar-Vell was played in Captain Marvel by Annette Bening, so she can’t exactly be his father. Nothing a little tweaking can’t fix.

Of course, even if any of these theories pan out, this is all still way, waaaaay down the line. WandaVision is expected to start filming in the next few weeks but is only scheduled for release Q2 2021.

Last Updated: October 15, 2019

18 Comments

  1. Raptor Rants

    October 15, 2019 at 14:56

    So a family of four? Kaasie will enjoy this show.

    Reply

    • Admiral Chief

      October 15, 2019 at 15:08

      *K44sie

      Reply

      • Raptor Rants

        October 15, 2019 at 15:08

        Sorry, I shall do better

        Reply

        • Admiral Chief

          October 15, 2019 at 15:21

          We are all counting on you both to produce an 11

          Reply

      • Llama In The Rift

        October 15, 2019 at 15:46

        XD

        Ons vra nou vir n pak slae!! ??

        Reply

  2. Alien Emperor Trevor

    October 15, 2019 at 14:57

    • HvR

      October 15, 2019 at 15:08

      Gotto love that this old ass movie has got a cult following.

      Reply

  3. G8crasha

    October 15, 2019 at 15:21

    I might land up torrenting overtime if I do not find a legitimate source for all the series coming to Disney+!

    Reply

    • Guz

      October 15, 2019 at 15:46

      I read somewhere that torrenting has seen a sharp upward trend after it first went down after netflix first came out. With all the exclusive content on all the different platforms people aren’t prepared to pay for all the different subs and so decide to torrent the whole lot instead of just paying for 1

      Reply

      • G8crasha

        October 15, 2019 at 15:59

        I know in a recent article on another well known technology website, I read that ISPs noted they’ve seen a big drop in torrents on their networks and a massive uptick in streaming services.

        What you mentioned may occur in the future with all the studios and distribution companies jumping on the bandwagon. Personally, I’d be happy with Netflix, Hulu and Disney+. All the other services can take a walk!

        Reply

        • Guz

          October 15, 2019 at 16:11

          Fairplay, but I also want Amazon, they got some really good stuff in the pipeline, I think the solution is going to have to be “jumping” between services, then watching what you want then switching again. that way it’s up to them to keep you subbed as long as possible before you switch.

          Reply

          • G8crasha

            October 15, 2019 at 16:12

            They do, but they have so fewer original series in comparison to Netflix, so while it may suck to miss out on their shows, I don’t find it the end of the world – yet! My opinion might change though when LOTR and WOT hit the service, although, by that time, the VOD landscape might be a very different scene!

          • Guz

            October 15, 2019 at 17:04

            Hopefully those will be epic, personally waiting for The Expanse first then Witcher on Netflix, those are my 2 biggest shows on my waiting list that should be out soonish

    • Admiral Chief

      October 15, 2019 at 15:59

      I really want to sub this, but, living in Mordor, it seems we have to arrrrrrrrr it

      Reply

      • G8crasha

        October 15, 2019 at 15:59

        As do I. If they accept my credit card, I might just use a VPN to access the service. The more ‘questionable’ means of obtaining the series is a last resort for me!

        Reply

        • Admiral Chief

          October 15, 2019 at 16:00

          Yeah, but I mean, still, you WANT the content, and even a VPN is then kinda illegal (region bypassing), and torrenting is also illegal, but kinda free. So one illegal vs another illegal just to get to content you WANT to pay for

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          • G8crasha

            October 15, 2019 at 16:11

            It’s like this tantalising carrot is being held in front of us, but we just can’t grab it. Well, there is no justification to break the law, BUT………….I didn’t create the problem. I’m a solution driven person, so if Disney don’t provide me with a legitimate solution, then I will have to create my own solution!

    • Son of Banana Jim

      October 15, 2019 at 16:34

      I believe the seven seas will be sailed by many…. Yaaarrr!!

      Reply

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