WandaVision takes the Marvel Cinematic Universe to locations it’s by no means been earlier than. As a substitute of specializing in epic superheroics, the brand new Disney Plus TV present turns Avengers Wanda Maximoff (Scarlet Witch) and Imaginative and prescient right into a married couple on the heart of their very personal sitcom.
Whereas the primary two episodes are set within the Nineteen Fifties and Nineteen Sixties, nonetheless – and have most of the sitcom tropes of their respective eras – that doesn’t imply WandaVision sits between the Forties-set Agent Carter and the 1970-set sequence in Avengers: Endgame within the MCU timeline.
Wanda and Imaginative and prescient’s turbo-charged journey by sitcom historical past is clearly a part of some wider narrative, with the presence of exterior observers – and mysterious intelligence company SWORD – suggesting that point isn’t fairly what it appears. There’s additionally the massive thriller of how Imaginative and prescient, who was killed within the Avengers: Infinity Battle/Endgame arc, is outwardly alive and nicely.
“[WandaVision]’s an attractive little puzzle field that you simply start to open,” says Imaginative and prescient actor Paul Bettany. “Every little thing has a purpose. There are layers upon layers.”
WandaVision is already a TV present that embraces its mysteries. Right here’s the way it suits into the labyrinthine timeline of the Marvel Cinematic Universe…
What occurred to Wanda and Imaginative and prescient within the Marvel Cinematic Universe films?
Wanda Maximoff made her first look ultimately credit of Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Alongside together with her twin brother, Pietro, she’d volunteered to participate in HYDRA agent Baron von Strucker’s experiments to create superhumans. She turned telekinetic, whereas her brother, generally known as Quicksilver, gained tremendous velocity.
When the Avengers introduced down von Strucker and his HYDRA operations within the opening act of Avengers: Age of Ultron, the twins joined forces with malevolent AI Ultron, motivated by their need to take revenge on Tony Stark for constructing the weapons that killed their household in Sokovia. They in the end turned on Ultron after they realized he was planning to wipe out all the human race. After Pietro died within the Battle of Sokovia, Wanda joined the Avengers.
Imaginative and prescient entered the MCU in Age of Ultron. Ultron initially constructed Imaginative and prescient’s physique as a vessel for himself, incorporating one of many Infinity Stones (the Thoughts Stone) and vibranium (the almost-indestructible metallic Captain America’s defend is made from) into the design. The Avengers intercepted the physique earlier than Ultron might add his consciousness, nonetheless, and as an alternative used what remained of Stark’s AI JARVIS. The ensuing android turned Imaginative and prescient – and had a powerful talent set together with flight and the flexibility to stroll by partitions.
By the point of Captain America: Civil Battle, Wanda and Imaginative and prescient have turn out to be shut through the time they’ve spent collectively within the Avengers compound. Their relationship is put below huge pressure, nonetheless, after they find yourself on reverse sides of a disagreement that threatens to tear the Avengers aside. Wanda sides with Captain America in opposing the Sokovia Accords that can management superhero exercise; Imaginative and prescient sides with Iron Man in supporting them.
By the point of Avengers: Age of Ultron, a lot of the Avengers have gone their separate methods. Regardless of Wanda being on the run, she commonly catches up with Imaginative and prescient to proceed their relationship. On one such assembly in Edinburgh, they’re attacked by a bunch of Thanos’s goons from the Black Order, who need to get better the Thoughts Stone in Imaginative and prescient’s head as a part of their boss’s Infinity Stone quest. Captain America, Black Widow and Falcon present as much as save them, they usually journey to Wakanda to search out out if there’s any means of safely eradicating the Stone.
There’s no time to do this earlier than Thanos turns up, nonetheless, so Imaginative and prescient asks Wanda to destroy the Thoughts Stone – regardless that it should kill him. Wanda reluctantly agrees and succeeds – however Thanos makes use of the Time Stone to journey again a couple of seconds and take away the Stone himself.
Imaginative and prescient is lifeless and Thanos makes use of his absolutely powered Infinity Gauntlet to finger snap half the life within the universe out of existence. Wanda is without doubt one of the many who disappear.
5 years later she reappears after Hulk efficiently reverses the finger snap, and he or she helps take down Thanos for a last time. She returns to the Avengers however Imaginative and prescient, having been killed earlier than Thanos disappeared half the universe, continues to be lifeless…
Does WandaVision happen after Avengers: Endgame?
As the primary launch of the MCU’s hotly anticipated Section 4, it’s pure to imagine that WandaVision is ready after the occasions of Avengers: Endgame. And that’s seemingly confirmed by WandaVision director Matt Shakman, who believes that when it comes to the MCU timeline, Wanda has simply helped to defeat Thanos.
“The world simply retains placing up obstacles for her, and he or she has all of this untapped energy that she does not absolutely perceive,” he explains in manufacturing notes for the present. “Her journey for this present is to come back into her personal. She’s an extremely highly effective determine who’s been manipulated and used through the years. That is her alternative to rediscover herself, and on the similar time, it’s an excellent love story.”
We’ve been watching the Marvel Cinematic Universe lengthy sufficient to know we shouldn’t take something on face worth – Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige and his group are masters of secrecy and deception – however there are different elements that make us imagine WandaVision actually is ready after Endgame.
For starters, there’s the trendy tech seen on the finish of episode one, when it’s revealed that the sitcom is being watched by a mysterious observer – seemingly working for intelligence group SWORD (Sentient Weapon Commentary and Response Division). The helicopter toy that Wanda finds in her backyard can also be of a contemporary design.
And whereas Teyonah Parris’s first look in WandaVision was as a personality named Geraldine within the ’60s-set episode 2, we all know she’s really taking part in Monica Rambeau.
That is significantly related to the MCU timeline. Monica is the daughter of Carol Danvers’ greatest buddy Maria Rambeau, and beforehand appeared as an 11-year-old in Captain Marvel. With Captain Marvel set in 1995, Monica could be 39 by the point the occasions of Avengers: Endgame happen in 2023. Whereas Teyonah Parris is simply 33 in actual life, she’s no less than in the fitting age vary for the timeline to suit.
So maybe a extra related query just isn’t whether or not WandaVision takes place after Avengers: Endgame, however how lengthy after Avengers: Endgame it takes place – and what’s occurred to Wanda within the interim.
How is Imaginative and prescient again in WandaVision?
That’s arguably the largest thriller in WandaVision – although there’s a robust chance he’s probably not again in any respect.
There’s already sturdy hints that a lot of the present is happening in Wanda’s thoughts – the voice on the radio in episode 2 is particularly making an attempt to contact her, whereas the very fact she’s capable of rewind time after the ominous look of the Beekeeper suggests she has a level of management over this sitcom world. It’s due to this fact solely conceivable that she’s conjured up an idealized model of Imaginative and prescient in her thoughts – that WandaVision’s Imaginative and prescient nonetheless has the Thoughts Stone in his head suggests that is the person (nicely, android) she remembers from earlier than his encounter with Thanos.
Possibly she’s hiding her consciousness someplace to guard one thing or one thing, with exterior forces making an attempt to pay money for some important info – that would clarify why the opposite characters ask so many questions, and why Monica Rambeau is inside Wanda’s head.
Might WandaVision be set at every other time within the MCU timeline?
Marvel has an extended historical past of spectacular rug-pulls, so there’s likelihood WandaVision will go in a course no person noticed coming.
The truth that Imaginative and prescient’s brow was residence to the Thoughts Stone for years could maintain some solutions. Might the highly effective Infinity Stone have created an imaginary paradise for Wanda earlier than she needed to kill Imaginative and prescient? Or has somebody someway retrieved the Thoughts Stone after the occasions of Endgame? Seeing as time journey is feasible within the MCU it’s believable, although we expect it’s unlikely – Captain America returned the stone to 2012 on the finish of Endgame, and certainly not one of the Avengers would mess with the Infinity Stones after what occurred with Thanos.
One other different is that WandaVision is ready in an alternate dimension, outdoors the same old Marvel timeline – this would definitely be in step with Feige’s feedback in Leisure Weekly that WandaVision will immediately arrange upcoming film Physician Unusual within the Multiverse of Insanity.
And seeing as SWORD have a tendency to research extraterrestrial actions in Marvel Comics, we wouldn’t rule out alien exercise both. Just about something is feasible at this stage.
New episodes of WandaVision can be found each Friday on Disney Plus.