The Marvel Cinematic Universe is expanding. There are eight new Marvel shows coming soon to Disney+, and the first will be WandaVision. Described as "bonkers" by star Paul Bettany, WandaVision will be unlike anything you've seen in the MCU. 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+?
WandaVision will stream on Disney+ on January 15, 2021. The show will be comprised of nine episodes, airing weekly. While more seasons are theoretically possible, the show is envisioned as a one-time limited event series.
What is WandaVision?
WandaVision is a new show set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, set after the events of 2019's Avengers: Endgame. It will also be the first in a new slate of Marvel TV shows for Disney+.
The action series The Falcon and the Winter Soldier was originally meant to stream on Disney+ first in August 2020. But the Covid-19 pandemic delayed production, which took place in Europe near the first outbreaks in Italy. WandaVision, shot in enclosed sound stages in Los Angeles, managed to continue and finish filming during the pandemic.
Although Wanda/Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) is back from the brink thanks to the Avengers, Vision (Paul Bettany) is still dead from 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 in Avengers: Endgame. WandaVision will be about how Wanda gets Vision back in the MCU.
What is the plot and story of WandaVision?
Specific plot details are vague, but WandaVision is about Wanda and Vision living an idyllic suburban life after the events of Avengers: Endgame. But as their picture-perfect life — which eerily resembles decades of TV sitcoms — is soon disrupted when they realize not all is what they seem.
On a deeper level, 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. Or, the false reality could be conjured up by Wanda, who mourns the loss of Vision so much, she has altered reality into something artificial.
Either way, Wanda and Vision are living a perfect life that isn't real. In a story by Entertainment Weekly, the show was partially filmed in front of a real, live studio audience, to mimic the authenticity of a sitcom.
Is there a trailer for WandaVision?
Yes, there are several! 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 second full-length trailer, embedded below, gives us a bit more action and a little bit more background as to Monica Rambeau's (Teyonah Parrius) arrival in the reality, who appears as a neighbor of Wanda and Vision. In the previous trailer, Monica is seen thrown out of an electromagnetic field surrounding Westview. The second WandaVision trailer reveals she doesn't remember who she is inside, which suggests that something is very wrong.
The latest WandaVision trailer, uploaded January 4 and titled "New Era," teases that WandaVision will have multiple "theme songs," riffing on the evolution of TV sitcoms.
The very "first" WandaVision trailer came as 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 this commercial that first revealed the show's sitcom setups with a notable disruption of a modern-day Wanda moving in slow motion. You can watch the Super Bowl spot in the embed below.
Who is starring in WandaVision?
WandaVision stars Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany reprising their roles of Wanda/Scarlet Witch and Vision respectively. The actors first debuted as their characters in the 2015 film 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 was first introduced as a young girl, played by Akira Akbar, in the 2019 film 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 that safeguards Earth from alien threats. 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” that is unofficially confirmed to be 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 trailers of WandaVision appear to toy with Agatha's 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 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.
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 character Agatha 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 D.C. suburb.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, Elizabeth Olsen implied the series would take place in a 1950s-inspired setting.
How many episodes are in WandaVision?
WandaVision will have nine episodes. The show was first confirmed for six episodes, but on January 4 Marvel Studios confirmed that the show will have three more.
What is the Doctor Strange connection?
While all shows and movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe inhabit the same continuity, WandaVision is expected to have a direct link to the Doctor Strange film sequel, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, which will hit theaters in 2022. Exactly how is unknown, but Marvel made a big deal about the connections at Comic-Con 2019.
Based on the titles, WandaVision may have some link to the multiverse in the MCU. Perhaps Vision is hiding in an alternate, parallel universe? We'll see.
Isn't Vision still dead in the MCU?
As far as we know from the MCU timeline, Vision is dead after Avengers: Infinity War. Many of the WandaVision fan theories propose that the Vision in WandaVision is a fabrication of Wanda's imagination, or the result of magic by Wanda. The 2005 Marvel comic book series House of M was all about Wanda rewriting reality to bring back her dead children, and it's possible WandaVision may adapt that idea for the MCU.
Speaking of Wanda's kids, a casting video that leaked in January 2020 included a line of dialogue mentioning an “uncle,” which fans speculate means we may 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?
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 nine episodes. Instead, WandaVision will provide setup for movies like Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.
Does WandaVision tie into other Disney+ Marvel shows?
It's unclear how the other Disney+ Marvel shows will connect. 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. 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 premiere on January 15 on Disney+.
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