[UPDATE 13th of November 2020] Disney has finally revealed when we can expect the first episode of Marvel’s absurdist love letter to the golden age of television, and the first foray into the MCU’s extended universe, WandaVision. The bad news? It’s not coming out in the next month or so, meaning 2020 is officially the first year without any Marvel Cinematic Universe related content. But, on the upside, it is still coming and veryyy soon.
Contrary to what we and the rest of Marvel fans first believed, Scarlet Witch and The Vision’s debut series will now release next year on the 15th of January. And, tbh, while yes, we have to wait a few more weeks for it, the decision by Marvel Studios President, Mr. Kevin Feige, and Disney execs, makes a lot of sense when you think about what’s coming up on Disney’s streaming platform.
Throughout its first year as a streaming service, Disney Plus has never released multiple original programs at the same time. And, with six more weeks left of The Mandalorian season 2 and Disney planing to drop Pixar’s latest flick Soul on Christmas Day, early January is perhaps the best time for it.
Plus, with other Marvel shows and films coming next year—Loki, Falcon and The Winter Soldier, Hawkeye, Eternals, Shang Chi and Black Widow—it might actually work better for 2021 to be a huuuge year for Marvel. As the teaser announcing the new date puts it, “a new era [has] arrive[d].”
[ORIGINAL 21st of September 2020] During the Emmys 2020, Disney sneakily dropped the first full trailer to WandaVision and boy, does it look like a TRIP. I’m calling it now, this is going to be the weirdest and most unique project to come out of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and I am extremely all here for it and its three different color tones and quasi-sitcom-reality-bending-alternate-dimension story.
The beginning of the first full trailer to WandaVision, the new Disney Plus show about Wanda, A.K.A. Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen), and The Vision (Paul Bettany), is shot entirely in black and white. Wanda and the Viz aren’t tortured super-powered beings with a traumatic past and who were discriminated against for their identity, they’re a lovey-dovey newly-married couple in an I Love Lucy-styled 1950s picket-fence perfect home. We see The Vision is dressed like a classic salaryman (and human?!?), Wanda looks like a suburban housewife with campy Bewitched-like magical powers.
It all seems to be quite picture perfect from their struggles in the present Marvel Cinematic Universe timeline to belong… until a couple asks them how they met and where they came from, and their reality crumbles before them.
Then, we see flash cuts to scenes in colour. The pair (and oddly, Kat Dennings, who plays Darcy Lewis in the Thor films) are dressed in 80s and 90s pieces. The Vision starts to realise that things aren’t as they seem. And, here’s the real juicy bit, the pair seem to have two baby boys. The trailer introduces us all to Scarlet Witch and The Vision’s twin sons, Wiccan and Speed, created through her reality bending powers and desire to be a parent and have a family with her robotic husband. Wiccan is one of the most prolific queer superheroes in Marvel Comics and, by proxy, could lead to a potential Young Avengers adaptation on screen.
It’s unclear when exactly WandaVision is set in the MCU—I’m personally leaning towards post Avengers: Endgame since that’s after The Vision dies and where Wanda is kinda alone with her Thoughts—but it’s clear that all of WandaVision exists inside Scarlet Witch’s mind as is an idealised portrait of what she wanted her life to be. Every time she’s confronted with reality and her picture-perfect Vision (see what I did there, huhuh) and life is brought into question, her emotions and trauma take over and she shatters the world around her and seems to start again. Think, Marvel’s Legion meets Black Swan meets The Truman Show.
“Am I dead,” asks Darcy, Jane Foster’s former assistant and now “neighbour” to Wanda and Vision after being “reawakened” from some kinda stasis in her car.
“No, why would you think that,” The Vision replies.
“Because you are.”
In case you forgot, last we saw of The Vision, he was… kinda dead. At the end of Avengers: Infinity War, in an attempt to stop Thanos from acquiring the Mind Stone—which exists in The Vision’s head and keeps him alive—Wanda was left with no choice but to sadly remove the stone from him and destroy it, murdering her own partner in doing so. Wanda’s powers in the MCU have never really been defined but in the comics, she’s a mutant with the ability to manipulate chance AND a witch.
Eitherway, add in the fact that various other Marvel characters who’ve literally never met Wanda—Agent Jimmy Woo (Randall Park) in Ant-Man, Darcy Lewis (Kat Dennings) in Thor and an adult version of the lil baby Monica Rambeau from Captain Marvel, now played by Teyonah Parris—also live in this quasi-weird-neighbourhood and, well, shits about to get real weird. And I am aaaall here for it.
Literally, this show cannot come soon enough. Reports say that the new series will release at some point later this year, and with The Mandalorian season 2 releasing on the 30th of October on Disney Plus, we suspect to see this in late November or December. Please Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige, sir, pump this and Tatiana Maslany as She-Hulk into my veins.
You can check out the full trailer below.