During the middle of the Emmy Awards on Sunday night, Disney decided to remind everyone who the big-swingin’-dick in town is by dropping the trailer for WandaVision, the first Marvel Cinematic Universe Disney+ series that’s set to debut on the streamer later this year
Even before we got our first glimpse of the trailer, WandaVision was already shaping up to be one of the trippiest entries in the MCU due to its plot alone: Wanda and Vision — the latter of which was having his brain torn out by Thanos in Infinity War — are starring in a psuedo-sitcom about a 1950s family. Weird, indeed.
The trailer has only ramped up those expectations, as the 90-second teaser shows just how far down the rabbit hole Wanda truly is.
What is actually going on?
Given Scarlet Witch’s ability to manipulate reality, WandaVision seems as though it’s going to be exactly that: *Wanda’s Vision*. More on that next.
What is the House of M?
“House of M”, originally released in 2005, is arguably the most iconic Scarlet Witch story. In the tale, Wanda — in the midst of a mental breakdown due to the death of their children — recreates her own reality in order to bring her children back.
Given Vision’s violent end at the hands of Thanos, it seems likely that Marvel is taking some “House of M” pillars and applying them to Wanda’s post-Vision MCU world. In the comic, Wanda alters her reality to cope with the death of her children, but in WandaVision, it could be to cope with the loss of Vision.
“House of M” had been rumored to play a role in this series for some time now, and that was only further confirmed after the trailer lingered on a French wine bottle that roughly translates to “House of Misery”.
The name on the wine bottle, “Maison du Mepris,” translated from French means “House of Contempt” or some are saying…House of Misery. Literally “House of M.” [via Forbes]
Who Is Kathryn Hahn playing?
Kathryn Hahn is one of those actresses whose name you might not know but whose face you’ll certainly recognize. This time, though, Hahn appears to be somewhat playing against type, as the internet thinks she’ll be the villain of this series: the Marvel Comics witch Agatha Harkness.
While the character is only listed as “noisy neighbors”, many fans have long been speculating that Hahn was set to play Agatha Harkness, and that was before she showed up in the trailer wearing a literal witch hat.
In the Marvel Comics, Agatha Harkness, one of the original witches from Salem, is one of the Earth’s most powerful witches.
“They’re shared stories include Agatha training Wanda as a witch before later appearing to her protege as an incorporeal projection. The Scarlet Witch uses the energy from this second encounter to become pregnant (weird, we know) but it’s later revealed that her twin children are actually shards of the demon Mephisto who reincorporates them. Side note: this may also explain what’s going on with Wanda and Vision’s kids in that one scene from the trailer.” [via Inverse]
Plus, given that Hahn seems to be the only character who knows that Vision is actually dead, she’s clearly more than just a neighborhood housewife.
Despite being a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it-moment, the millisecond appearance of what appears to be two twin boys could have huge ramifications for the MCU as a whole, particularly when it comes to the introduction of the Young Avengers (which is already rumored to be happening in Ant-Man 3).
In the Marvel Comics, Wanda and Vision give birth to twin boys named Wiccan and Speed, who both eventually become members of the aforementioned Young Avengers.
The Wiccan character is a particularly interesting one for Marvel fans, as his eventual relationship with a character named Hulking creates what’s considered to be “Marvel’s most prominent gay couple.”
Who is that character flying through time and space at the end?
Before the trailer ends, a woman can be seeing hurdling through the air during the daytime only to eventually land at nighttime, making this character Captain Marvel favorite Monica Rambeau.
“In Captain Marvel, Akira Akbar played Monica as a child in the 1990s. WandaVision finds Parris playing Monica as an adult who somehow becomes involved in the strange happenings around Scarlet Witch and Vision. In the universe of the comics, Monica is bestowed with energy powers and becomes the new Captain Marvel, taking the name decades (in real-time) before Carol Danvers’ eventual transition into the role. Some wonder if the events of WandaVision could give her those powers in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, setting up a role in Captain Marvel 2.” [via ComicBook]
Is Vision going to come out of this, uh, reborn?
Tough to say. Heading into WandaVision, Vision was unequivocally dead. Super dead. Dead af. But the fact is, Wanda’s powers within the context of the MCU remain so undefined that we simply cannot put anything past her until proven otherwise. While I wouldn’t bet on money on it, it certainly wouldn’t surprise me if this series figures out a way to resurrect Vision into the greater MCU. Still, if I had to choose one, I’d guess that this is the end of the road for Paul Bettany’s Vision, as the franchise has largely moved into the next stage of its evolution.
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