A marriage is rarely an iconic aspect of comics characters’ histories, and yet here’s WandaVision, a show that fantasizes about a happily married life for Wanda Maximoff and The Vision through the lens of classic sitcoms. When it’s over, everyone tends to move on — sure, it happened, but so did a lot of things, up to and including a fatal visit from a genocidal purple man with an affinity for jewelry. These themes come to a head as his marriage with the Scarlet Witch is put through the gauntlet of superhero comics: Memories are erased, realities are warped, stunning revelations occur and are overturned, and ultimately, it all ends in tears, with The Vision and Scarlet Witch mostly operating independently. After all, both Wanda (Elizabeth Olsen) and Vision (Paul Bettany) have made pivotal appearances in multiple Marvel films. In the comics, Wanda and Vision get pregnant through magic — since Vision is a robot, that's seemingly their only option. (Janet Van Dyne/The Wasp, a founding Avenger and the only other woman on the team at the time, was in a troubled romance with Hank Pym/Ant-Man.). WandaVision was produced by Marvel Studios, with Schaeffer serving as head writer and Matt Shakman directing. Want to learn how the MCU’s favorite couple, Wanda Maximoff and Vision, find themselves in Westview? Wanda’s early stories revolve around her search for her true, mostly unknown origins. It’s a Stepford Wives-esque suburban satire where The Vision, having purged all emotions from his system, creates the perfect family for himself. Get the latest news, original content, and special offers from Marvel. They fought alongside the … Wanda Maximoff (Elizabeth Olsen) and Vision (Paul Bettany) are two super-powered beings living idealized suburban lives, but begin to suspect everything is not as it seems. Lorraine talks with Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Bettany, Teyonah Parris, Kathryn Hahn, and Matt Shakman about the upcoming show and what it was like to film in a sitcom! Watch the new show streaming exclusively on Disney+ on January 15th. This is especially true in heteronormative relationships, which face implicit and explicit cultural pressure, both that the participants will assume specific gender roles, and that they’ll take place in familial traditions. Wanda sides with Captain America in opposing the Sokovia Accords that will control superhero activity; Vision sides with Iron Man in supporting them. (The main exception to the no-marriage rule seems to be characters built around family: Reed and Susan Richards of the Fantastic Four, or the found family DC’s Scott Free and Big Barda built their marriage on in the hell-world of Apokolips.) The world’s perception of a married couple simply shifts, and they can’t do much about it. After all, they never got married in Avengers — they barely had time for a relationship. Over the course of the Marvel Cinematic Universe films, Wanda and Vision’s relationship grows organically as a consequence of the pair spending time together in crisis. Reading the comics won’t bring any clarity. Just as Batman is always an orphan and Captain America is always a man out of time, The Vision and Scarlet Witch are always haunted by the specter of their marriage, a strange fact that makes WandaVision’s odd sitcom fantasy even more unsettling, given that they don’t have the deep history of their comics counterparts. Marvel Studios' captivating new series "WandaVision," which premieres in early 2021 on Disney+. ... the recent video game Marvel… In this framework — the tradition of serial storytelling, which has little interest in endings — marriage is an obstacle, the closing off of narrative options when there’s a desperate need for them. We see their logo on a notebook at the end of Episode 1 when the camera pulls back to reveal someone watching Wanda and Vision on an old TV. ), Unlock the world of Marvel Digital Comics! For the most part in comics, a marriage is just grist for the soap opera mill — best avoided for as long as possible, then indulged until a shakeup is needed. As writers came and went, Wanda’s history and abilities were elaborated on and walked back to varying degrees. In 2016’s Captain America: Civil War, Wanda and Vision — an android created from the mind of Tony Stark’s J.A.R.V.I.S. The series is a blend of classic television and the Marvel Cinematic Universe in which Wanda Maximoff and Vision—two super-powered beings living idealized suburban lives—begin to suspect that everything is not as it seems. Naturally, it slowly begins to implode, because its patriarch cannot run from his past — the most significant event in it being his failed marriage. WandaVision has already started setting up the foundations for a major shake-up in the MCU, and the force behind it all may be Mephisto, the extra-dimensional demon who serves as Marvel’s own Devil. WandaVision confronts the headache of Vision and Scarlet Witch’s messy comics marriage. Your key for reading. The new Marvel Studios series is now streaming on Disney+! Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Bettany, Kat Dennings, Kathryn Hahn, Randall Park and Teyonah Parris, Official Trailer 2 | WandaVision | Disney+. Her powers weren’t well-defined — she could mostly “hex” things, an ill-defined power that meant many different things over the character’s long history. This is where WandaVision’s conceit of a Pleasantville-style sitcom fantasy is most potent. 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