Good news for Marvel fans this week. If you’ve been feeling the post-Endgame drought, then at least you’ll have one new MCU show to watch this year. Disney+ just announced their 2020 programming lineup. And the announcement had a surprise for Avengers fans. The MCU show WandaVision was originally slated to premiere on Disney+ in 2021, but now the release date has moved up to 2020.
WandaVision stars Elizabeth Olsen in the role of Scarlet Witch as she learns to warp reality in ways that will eventually tie into Doctor Strange And The Multiverse of Madness. Olsen is also due to appear in that film, which is set for release in May 0f 2021. No word yet on if moving up WandaVision will affect the release schedule for the Phase 4 movies and tv shows.
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Vaguely Familiar Faces From the MCU Join WandaVision on Disney+ in 2020
Starring alongside Olsen in WandaVision are several vaguely familiar faces from the MCU. Kat Dennings is due to appear, playing the role of Darcy Lewis. The character of Darcy appeared in the first two Thor movies, but has not been seen in the MCU since. Randall Park will also be in WandaVision, where he will reprise his role as Agent Jimmy Woo. Woo is a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent who appeared in Ant-Man and the Wasp as Scott Lang’s parole officer. Bringing these background characters into a television series is an interesting choice. Neither of these characters have interacted with Scarlet Witch before. This should bring a new dynamic to the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Kathryn Hahn also joins the cast in an unnamed role. Since she has never appeared in the MCU before there is no knowing who she will play. The last piece of the casting puzzle is the addition of Teyonah Parris who will play an adult version of Monica Rambeau. This character first appeared in Captain Marvel as a child.
Vision (Seemingly) Returns From The Dead For WandaVision
One interesting thing about the upcoming WandaVision show is the inclusion of Paul Bettany on the cast list. Bettany has played the role of Vision in the Marvel Cinematic Universe since Age of Ultron. Notably, the character of Vision died in Avengers: Endgame when Thanos took the infinity stone that had brought Vision to life. The show is about Scarlet Witch learning to manipulate reality, so it is possible that she could bring back her dead lover somehow.
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There is speculation that the WandaVision show will adapt the popular House of M comic book where Scarlet Witch remakes reality after personal tragedy. It is entirely feasible that the MCU will adapt this storyline in light of the post-Endgame world. However, given the sitcom feeling of early promotional materials there is another comic book storyline that is likely influencing WandaVision.
“It happens to be a mash-up between a couple of our favorite comics that will remain nameless.” Bettany let this information slip in August of 2019. “But also a mash-up… of American sitcoms throughout the eras.”
It seems likely that the two comics blending for WandaVision will be the House of M and The Vision comic. In The Vision storyline, the titular android attempts to settle down in a house with AI wife and kids (that he created) in an effort to become more human. There is an overlap of themes with these two stories, where both Wanda and Vision attempt to change reality to suit them. In the end however, their love story always seems to end in tragedy. We can only wait and see what WandaVision will bring us later in 2020.
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