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'WandaVision' Is Set To Be The MCU's Most Unusual Entry Yet. Check Out The Three Comics That Inspired It.

by Kristy Anderson 10 months ago in superheroes

From comic panel to TV screen.

Happily married?

The long drought on new Marvel Cinematic Universe content is set to end soon, with WandaVision, the first of a string of TV series set in the MCU, to debut on Disney + in December 2020.

The show will follow Wanda Maximoff, aka the Scarlet Witch, and The Vision, apparently revived after the events of Avengers: Infinity War, as they settle down into suburban life, only to slowly discover that things are not as they seem.

WandaVision will likely be the MCU's most unusual entry yet, but like all MCU films or series, the show is adapted, or at least takes inspiration from, events in the comics.

Here are the three comics that have most likely inspired the events of WandaVision.

1. The Vision And The Scarlet Witch (1985)

In the 80s, Vision and Scarlet Witch starred in two limited-comic series of their own, a four issue series in 1982, and a twelve issue series in 1985. The 1985 run of The Vision And The Scarlet Witch is the more well-known of the two, but both include elements that appear to have been adapted for WandaVision.

The 1985 run of the comic features Wanda and Vision retiring from the Avengers and settling down in suburbia when they learn Wanda has become magically pregnant with twin sons, Thomas and William. Unfortunately, some of the couple's new neighbours are not pleased to have a Mutant/Android couple in the neighbourhood, and they must fight for acceptance. After the twins are born, Agatha Harkness, Wanda's mentor in magic, steps in to act as their Nanny.

The setting of suburbia, and the arrival of the twins are both plot points in WandaVision, and it is strongly rumoured that Kathryn Hahn's 'nosy neighbour' character, Agnes, may really be Agatha Harkness. However, some fans theorise that WandaVision's Halloween episode could be at least partially adapted from an issue in the 1982 run of the comic.

2. House Of M

Credit: Marvel Comics.

House Of M, which ran from June to November of the year 2005, is one of the most well-known events in Marvel comics history. Suffering from a breakdown after the events of the Avengers: Disassembled storyline, rewrites all of reality in an attempt to give everyone their greatest desire. Steve Rogers becomes an elderly War Veteran, Carol Danvers (Ms. Marvel at that point) becomes Captain Marvel, and Spider-Man is a celebrity happily married to Gwen Stacy. Magneto is the Sovereign of Genosha, a safe haven for the world's Mutants. Troublingly, however, he has also achieved his dream of Mutant superiority over regular humans, with Mutants running many of the world's governments. All the Scarlet Witch wants for herself is to restore her lost children.

Wolverine is the only one aware of the fact that the world is not as it should be, and slowly enlightens a team of allies to the truth. Unfortunately, the ultimate confrontation with the Scarlet Witch doesn't go well.

"No more Mutants."

While the universe is restored to mostly normal, the vast majority of the world's mutants are depowered.

There's a very high likelihood that the idyllic sitcom world Wanda and Vision inhabit in WandaVision is a reality of Wanda's own making. Another clue lies in a bottle of wine noticed in the trailer by eagle-eyed fans, with a label that roughly translates to 'House Of M'. If the comic is anything to go by, breaking Wanda out of her idyllic world will not come without some sort of consequences for the wider MCU.

3. The Vision (2015)

Vision and his family. Credit: Marvel.

The 2015 Vision comic follows Vision as he moves to Virginia to accept a new position as the Avengers liaison to the White House, taking with him his newly built family: A wife, Virginia, and twin children, Viv and Vin. All Vision wants is for his family to blend in, and be at least mostly normal. While it is never explicitly confirmed, various flashbacks heavily imply that he was trying to recreate a life similar to the one he once shared with Wanda Maximoff. Virginia was created with a copy of Wanda's brainwaves, gifted to him at an earlier date. Vision's attempt to create a new family is, albeit on a much smaller scale, mirroring what Wanda attempted to do in House Of M.

Unfortunately, this dream seems doomed to failure when Virginia accidentally kills the Grim Reaper after the villain breaks into their home, and immediately tries, and ultimately fails to cover up the incident. The situation slowly spirals out of control, leading to multiple deaths.

Multiple elements of The Vision appear to have been included in WandaVision, most notably the 'Stepford Suburbia' setting and uncanny valley feel of the most recent trailer for the show. Tom King, one of The Vision's main writers, served as a consultant on WandaVision.

The evidence so far suggests that WandaVision may be a sort of merging of The Vision and House Of M. There are also rumours that the 'real world' portion of the plot will include elements of 'Vision Quest', a comic story in which Vision is revived from a temporary death, but has lost his memories.

Keep in mind that all the above is mostly based on theories and speculation. We won't know anything for certain until WandaVision airs in December.

One thing's for sure, it's going to be quite a ride.

Kristy Anderson
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