Well, as we near the end of 2020, we have so much exciting streaming shows to look forward to. From Servant, to Falcon and The Winter Soldier, to Ted Lasso, there's a lot of exciting new shows headed our way. None more exciting, however, than WandaVision, which looks to be a full-on bonkers show from the MCU. Though we've been jerked around with different release dates, we finally have all the promotional material we could possibly want, which has led a lot of people to think they've got the show sussed out - I'm looking at you, Erik Voss - but I think there's a huge thing people are missing. So, in this article (the start of a new series here on the site) I'm going to break down what WandaVision is about "officially" and then throw in some of my own predictions.
Marvel Studios presents “WandaVision,” a blend of classic television and the Marvel Cinematic Universe in which Wanda Maximoff (Elizabeth Olsen) and Vision (Paul Bettany) – two super-powered beings living idealized suburban lives – begin to suspect that everything is not as it seems. The new series is directed by Matt Shakman; Jac Schaeffer is head writer.
The first trailer gives us small glimpses into this suburban life that seems to be holding on by a thread. I could get into the whole comic-book aspect of it, but very rarely have the MCU projects stuck tightly to a comic-book storyline. They may borrow some characters and settings, but the work in the MCU doesn't so much follow these narratives as much as it reimagines them. So, yeah, they're almost definitely doing a House of M storyline, but let's dig into what the weirdness for the series could begin with...
Wanda is pregnant
Yeah, I think Wanda is really pregnant. This pregnancy may have been caused prior to the events of Avengers: Infinity War, or maybe even in that scene in Scotland with her and Vision. The trailers have shown Wanda as pregnant, Wanda and Vision as having kids, and iconography with kid fridge-art. It's very clear that Wanda will have kids, but some people may think that they're just figments of her imagination (similar to how Vision is in this world). I disagree. These kids, Wiccan and Speed, are core members of the Young Avengers story and, unless Phases 5, 6 and 7 are all part of Wanda's bubble-reality, I think these kids are real. I also think Wanda finds out about her pregnancy at the start of the series; think about it! It would answer some questions about The Snap, namely what would happen to pregnant women, and would serve as a great jumping off point because... what toll would that take on her, mentally?
Wanda is being held somewhere
Something my all-time crush, Kathryn Hahn, said in the second trailer for the show got me thinking:
"So, what's a single gal like you doing, rattling around in this big house?" Interesting choice of words there, "Aunty Agnes", but pretty telling. Could it be that Wanda is being held inside a big house, i.e. a "prison"? My theory is as follows:
Wanda finds out she is pregnant,
As a result, having lost Vision and all her mentors, she suffers a mental breakdown and is scooped up by the government because of the Sokovia Accords,
She is held in a prison, but later transferred to a mental facility named...
Whilst in Westview, Wanda is tortured by people led by the government in order to extract information about the threat that superheroes pose to the normal world, especially after the events of Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame,
This group of people could very possibly be under the influence of Mephisto, whose ally is Agatha Harkness (most likely played by Kathryn Hahn),
Wanda constructs this reality, i.e. "makes" her home in order to cope with the torture,
Once SWORD find a way of accessing the bubble reality, they try and rescue Wanda and send in newly-minted SWORD agent Monica Rambeau to really help her (I think you can hear Jimmy Woo saying, "Who's doing this to you?" over the radio in one of the trailers).
What happens next?
I'm a bit fuzzy on that, but I like that! Being able to go into something with little-to-no awareness of its finer details is pretty great in the modern age, but I know I'll be watching excitedly each week as we get more and more story to chew on. My wildcard prediction: the season finale will end with a post-credits-scene that has Doctor Strange bursting in through his orange portal and saying that he needs her help to fix what chaos she's created.
Will you be watching WandaVision when it launches on Disney+ on 15 January 2021? We certainly will be, and we'll be doing episode reviews for each episode that will drop at 9PM UTC+00 (London Time).
There are at least 5 MCU projects dropping on Disney+ in their entirety next year:
Falcon and The Winter Soldier
And we're expecting more to do so as well, such as Black Widow (maybe even exclusively), Shang-Chi and Eternals. What are you most excited for?
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Until then, happy streaming!