The Marvel Cinematic Universe is expanding in a post-Avengers world. There are eight new Marvel shows coming soon to Disney+, and one of the first will be WandaVision, a show described as "bonkers" by actor Paul Bettany and unlike anything you've seen in the MCU, says Marvel executive Kevin Feige.
But what is WandaVision?
What is it all about?
And why is it so ... weird?
Below is everything we know so far about WandaVision. We'll update this article to include trailers, plot summaries, images, newsworthy quotes, and more as they are revealed.
When is the release date for WandaVision on Disney+?
The current release date for WandaVision is, speculatively, late 2020. Although Disney has not announced a specific date, recent press releases indicate the show will premiere before the end of 2020. Back in February, then-Disney CEO Bob Iger said the show will premiere on Disney+ in December 2020.
What is WandaVision?
WandaVision is a new show set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and is suspected to take place after the events of 2019's Avengers: Endgame, the final film in the saga. It will also be the first in a new slate of Marvel TV shows for Disney+. Others to look forward to are The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, Loki, Ms. Marvel, She-Hulk, and Moon Knight.
Although Wanda/Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) is back from the brink thanks to the Avengers, her beau Vision (Paul Bettany) is still dead due to his death at the hands of Thanos in 2018's Avengers: Infinity War. Because Vision died before Thanos "snapped" half the universe away, Vision did not return with Wanda when the Hulk undid Thanos' genocide in Avengers: Endgame.
What is the plot of WandaVision?
Specific plot details are vague, but WandaVision may be about Wanda's rescue and resurrection of Vision. The series is shaping up to be a fun, quirky, and possibly dark exploration of Vision's consciousness in his "death."
Given that Vision is a powerful synthetic being, it is possible his consciousness survives but is in danger of being lost. That's where Wanda comes in, using her psychic powers to rescue Vision before it's too late.
As a survival mechanism, it looks like Vision is imagining a perfect life with Wanda through the lens of a television sitcom. Again, this is pure speculation, but as an android, Vision may be using TV as a way to understand what it means to be human. Thus, WandaVision is playing with the form and tropes of a typical American sitcom, from I Love Lucy to Full House, where fictional families resolved their problems over a carefree half hour.
But as hinted in the trailers, there is a dark force at play that may undo Vision's synthetic fantasy.
Is there a trailer for WandaVision Season 1?
Yes! A full trailer premiered during the 2020 Emmy Awards on September 20, giving Marvel fans a full look at what's to come. You can watch the trailer in the YouTube embed below.
The "first" WandaVision trailer came in a 30-second spot during the 2020 Super Bowl. The teaser also included footage of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier and Loki. It was the Super Bowl spot that first revealed different sitcom setups that riff on classic shows like Leave It to Beaver, The Brady Bunch, and Full House. But, thanks to an interesting shot of a modern-day Wanda and a '50s version of Vision seemingly moving in slow motion, it looks like there's more to this reality than we know.
You can watch the Super Bowl spot in the embed below.
Who is in the WandaVision cast
WandaVision primarily stars Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany reprising their cinematic roles of Wanda/Scarlet Witch and Vision respectively. The actors first debuted as their characters in the 2015 movie Avengers: Age of Ultron. (Olsen made a non-speaking appearance as Wanda in the post-credits of 2014's Captain America: The Winter Soldier.)
Joining the cast of WandaVision are:
- Teyonah Parris (Chi-Raq, Dear White People) as Monica Rambeau. The character Monica Rambeau was first introduced as a young girl, played by Akira Akbar, in the 2019 movie Captain Marvel. WandaVision will introduce an adult Monica, played by Parris, who works for S.W.O.R.D. (Sentient World Observation and Response Department), an intelligence agency meant to operate as a space counterpart to S.H.I.E.L.D. The agency was introduced to the Marvel canon in 2004. Parris' casting as Monica was announced at Comic-Con in 2019.
- Randall Park (Fresh Off the Boat) as FBI agent Jimmy Woo. Park first played Jimmy Woo in the 2018 movie Ant-Man and the Wasp.
- Kat Dennings (2 Broke Girls, Dollface) as Darcy Lewis, a former intern of scientist (and soon to be the new Thor) Jane Foster in 2011's Thor and 2013's Thor: The Dark World. It is unknown what capacity Darcy will return in WandaVision, but Dennings has confirmed her involvement in the series on Instagram.
- Kathryn Hahn (Crossing Jordan) will play a “nosy neighbor.” Popular speculation is that Hahn is playing the role of Agatha Harkness, a witch from the Salem trials in the continuity of the Marvel Universe. In the comics, Agatha trains Scarlet Witch in real magic. Leaked set photos and the most recent trailer of WandaVision appear to toy with Agatha's witchy powers, including dressing her as a stereotypical witch on Halloween.
Why does WandaVision look so weird but also familiar?
As opposed to a typical superhero show, WandaVision purposefully evokes the aesthetics of the classic multi-camera American sitcom. WandaVision is intentionally looking like Marvel's spin on classic shows like I Love Lucy, The Brady Bunch, Full House, and other memorable sitcoms about the evolving American nuclear family.
While so much of WandaVision is still under wraps, it's assumed that this "sitcom world" is rendered by Vision, a powerful artificial intelligence created by Tony Stark, Bruce Banner, and formerly powered by the Mind Stone. With the Infinity Stones destroyed (or at least returned to their proper place in the timeline), it is unknown what kind of shape Vision's consciousness is in without the Mind Stone. But we know it can't be good.
As previously hinted in the Super Bowl teaser, WandaVision will partially be about Vision's consciousness crumbling as Vision learns more about his current state. This is further supported in the trailer that premiered at the Emmys, where Hahn's "nosy neighbor" (dressed as a witch) ominously tells Vision that he's dead.
A lot of WandaVision looks like it's paying tribute to the acclaimed 2016 comic book series The Vision. Written by Tom King, the series tells the story of Vision creating a family for himself and attempting to live an idyllic life in a Washington DC suburb. But when Vision's wife, Virginia, murders an intruder, a perfect life is disrupted by darkness. The Vision introduced the characters Vin and Viv Vision, Vision's children, who may or may not appear in WandaVision. You can buy and read Tom King's Vision here.
At D23 in August 2019, Kevin Feige described the show as part “classic sitcom," part “Marvel epic.” In an interview with Variety from April 2019, lead Elizabeth Olsen implied the series would take place mostly in a 1950s-inspired setting.
How many episodes are in WandaVision?
WandaVision has a six-episode order. Variety reports that most Disney+ Marvel shows will be around six to eight episodes long and be seen as limited event series, meaning there aren't concrete plans for further seasons. Additionally, series lead Elizabeth Olsen shared in an April 2019 Variety interview, “I think it’s going to be a total of six hours,” an indication that each episode will probably be an hour long.
What is the Doctor Strange connection?
While all shows and movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe inhabit the same shared universe, WandaVision is expected to especially link to the Doctor Strange sequel, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. Exactly how is unknown, but Marvel made a big deal about the two properties' connections at Comic-Con in 2019. Based on the obvious titles, WandaVision may be a formal introduction to the multiverse concept to the MCU. Perhaps Vision is hiding in an alternate, parallel universe? We'll see.
At Comic-Con 2019, WandaVision was announced to premiere on Disney+ in spring 2021, just weeks before the theatrical release of Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, which was scheduled for May 7, 2021. In January 2020, WandaVision was bumped up by Disney for a December 2020 premiere, as confirmed by then-Disney CEO Bob Iger during a Q1 investors call on February 4. The Covid-19 pandemic put a serious delay on Marvel projects, including delaying Doctor Strange all the way into 2022.
But WandaVision seems to be on track for its December 2020 release date, meaning there will be an entire year and change between WandaVision and Doctor Strange. When the Doctor Strange sequel finally arrives in theaters, you can bet on embarking on a full re-watch of WandaVision sometime in 2022.
When is theWandaVision release date?
During Marvel Studios’ San Diego Comic-Con 2019 panel, we learned that WandaVision would arrive on Disney+ in spring 2021 just before Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness arrives in theaters on May 7, 2021. However, Disney announced on January 2020 via a Disney+ teaser that WandaVision would instead release sometime in 2020. Production of the series began in November 2019.
Disney+ surprised us all when it revealed in January 2020 via a Disney+ teaser that WandaVision was actually coming in 2020. Fans got an even more definitive answer on the premiere date when former Disney CEO Bob Iger revealed in a February 4 corporate earnings call that WandaVision will be released in December 2020.
Is Vision still dead in the MCU timeline?
As far as we know from the MCU movie timeline, Vision is dead after Thanos plucked the Mind Stone from his head in Avengers: Infinity War. Many of the WandaVision theories about Vision's existence accept that the version of Vision we see in the trailer is a fabrication or the result of magic done by Wanda. As such, it's very likely that, when we return to the MCU, Vision will still be dead, in the formal sense.
Vision may not be the only MCU character resurrected for WandaVision, either. A casting video that leaked in early January for Wanda and Vision’s children included a piece of dialogue mentioning their “uncle,” leading many to speculate that we might also see Wanda's brother, Quicksilver (played by Aaron Taylor-Johnson), who died in 2015's Avengers: Age of Ultron.
How does WandaVision tie into the MCU?
Marvel's Kevin Feige confirmed in November 2019 that fans will have to watch the Disney+ Marvel shows in order to keep up with the MCU, implying TV and movies will be more connected going forward.
At Comic-Con 2019, it was confirmed Olsen would appear as Scarlet Witch in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. As such, it's likely the story in WandaVision will not end neatly after six episodes. Instead, it's possible WandaVision will provide setup for movies like Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. It is just as likely any development for Wanda and Vision, starting in WandaVision, will continue in Multiverse of Madness.
Does WandaVision tie into other Disney+ Marvel shows?
It's unclear how the other Disney+ Marvel shows will connect to each other. Marvel has been very clear about the connections between WandaVision and Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, and there are very obvious associations with shows like Ms. Marvel (to Captain Marvel), She-Hulk (to the Hulk), and Loki (to the Thor franchise). But it doesn't seem to be a hard-and-fast rule that every new Marvel show on Disney+ will lead into another movie, as in the case of WandaVision. Historically speaking, the MCU has long-loved dropping Easter eggs and references to events in this universe, so it's not unthinkable WandaVision will mention what's going on across the rest of the MCU.
WandaVision will be released on Disney+ sometime in late 2020.