Finally! After nearly a year of waiting, we know when the Disney+ Marvel series WandaVision will debut. Disney has confirmed the series will begin streaming new episodes on January 15, 2021.
As the first of the Marvel Cinematic Universe Disney+ shows, WandaVision’s premise is somewhat secretive. We know the show will feature Wanda Maximoff AKA Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) and Vision (Paul Bettany) as a couple, seemingly living out an ideal sitcom-style married life. But which time period are they in? The 1950s? The ’70s? Perhaps even the ’90s?
A new moving poster from Marvel shows various images of Wanda and Vision, in a variety of different time periods. Although this is a Marvel superhero series, the show also seems like a journey through the sitcom history of television itself. Some hardcore Marvel fans have theorized that this is an alternate universe constructed by Wanda’s grief, while others have suggested some kind of Black Mirror-style simulation.
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In any case, everyone who follows the Marvel movies knows that Vision died in Avengers: Infinity War, but what WandaVision presupposes is…maybe he didn’t? We know Kat Dennings from the Thor movies is involved, so perhaps there’s a time travel element. We also know that in comic book lore that Wanda is technically the daughter of the evil X-Men mutant Magneto, but it’s unclear if this series will be a homecoming for that particular bad-dad or the X-Men in general. Prior to 2018, the right to the X-Men characters was not in the same place as the other Marvel heroes, which is why the X-Men characters almost never crossed-over into the MCU. That said, Wanda is a notable exception since her character exists in both places. Her brother, Quicksilver also existed in two incarnations — in competing for movie franchises. In Avengers: Age of Ultron, the MCU’s Quicksilver was played by Aaron Taylor-Johnson. But, in two X-Men movies; Days of Future Past and Apocalypse, Quicksilver was played by Evan Peters.
Will Wanda be reunited with either version of her brother? Now that the X-Men rights are with Disney, it seems possible. But, with all the different time periods presented in the promo materials and trailers, it’s tough to say for certain if anything about this show is what we think it is. But, no matter what happens, WandaVision will certainly be our obsession come January 2021.