Note: Contains spoilers for Avengers: Endgame.
Avengers: Endgame marked the end of the line for some of the MCU’s most beloved superheroes. Although Thanos’ masterplan to eradicate the entire universe didn’t work out, sacrifices had to be made in order to reverse the gut-wrenching events of Infinity War.
Pepper Potts is left to raise her daughter Morgan without Tony by her side, the love between Peter Quill and Gamora is well and truly lost and Hawkeye must forever live with the knowledge that Black Widow took the fall in his place.
But while certain journeys came to a close in the wake of Endgame’s events, for plenty of other heroes this is only the beginning.
Soon after Marvel recently announced a whole new slate of TV shows that would make their debut on the Disney+ streaming service, they revealed that the Scarlet Witch will be reunited with her lover somehow in a new spin-off series called WandaVision.
One slight problem, though: Vision is still dead.
Which begs the question: how will WandaVision play out? Well, one thing we know for certain is that Vision’s Paul Bettany is attached to the project, meaning the super-smart sentient looks set to return. Plus, you know, the clue is in the name.
When it comes to the finer details, however, the cast are staying pretty tight-lipped about the whole thing. When asked what fans can expect from WandaVision, Elizabeth Olsen simply told Variety: "It's gonna be Wanda and the Vision." No surprises there, then.
The actress did go on to reveal that the show will have a '50s aesthetic, a teaser that doesn’t give much away about the narrative. Meaning the plot is very much open for speculation, and that’s where we come in.
A possibility we came across recently resulted from a THR interview with Endgame writers Stephen McFeely and Christopher Markus where they discussed a number of potential ideas for the Infinity War saga that ended up on the cutting-room floor.
One of their top choices – the 2005 eight-issue comic book series House of M – could have implications for the journey of WandaVision. Although the writing duo aren’t attached to any upcoming Marvel projects, they did single out House of M as something that could work well in the cinematic universe.
“I think House of M would be awesome. But you've got to earn it,” said McFeely.
There are rumours this series could be the inspiration for the Disney+ show, particularly since certain plot points fit nicely into the order of events. First, just as WandaVision follows the devastating ramifications of Endgame, House of M is set after the disassembling of the Avengers in the aptly titled Avengers: Disassembled.
In the books, Wanda’s got a lot on her plate while still dealing with the earlier dismantling of her husband Vision (sound familiar?) and the erasure of her children from existence in Avengers West Coast.
Just as the Avengers and X-Men are squabbling over what to do with the Scarlet Witch and her lack of control, Quicksilver informs her of their plans and she uses her powers to flip reality on its head, providing every hero in the books their heart’s desire.
There are strong parallels to certain Endgame scenes: Steve Rogers is an elderly WW2 hero married to Peggy Carter, Carol Danvers realises her full potential as superhero Captain Marvel and Spider-Man is a world-famous sensation.
In this new world, the planet’s heroes live a happy but fake existence where mutants are in charge, and Wanda has given birth to twins with her proud husband Vision by her side. However, this illusion is too good to be true and the X-Men and Avengers must work together to restore reality back to normality.
How exactly could this storyline fit into the MCU’s Scarlet/Vision spin-off? Certainly, it would have to depart from the comics in certain aspects. But just as the many films and shows that came before it, there are some seriously strong parallels, ones that could be used as a solid foundation for the narrative.
Notably, the unraveling of Wanda’s mental state – at this point in the MCU, she’s already lost Vision AND her big bro Pietro in Avengers: Age of Ultron. Could this be the springboard for WandaVision to explore the character dealing with the fallout from Vision’s death, leading to her departure from reality?
It’s possible. Even Olsen herself expressed interest in taking this route, granted for a movie and not a TV show. “I would love to [do a standalone], and I would love it to be House Of M, which is a comicbook series of The Vision and Scarlet Witch having a make-believe family," Olsen told Metro.
"She [Wanda] believes she has twin children – she alters her own reality to believe that, but really she has a miscarriage and Vision goes along with it. Then they [Vision and her family] have to tell her that she was make-believing the entire time, and she has a very traumatic experience and screams, and kills all the mutants – but that’s an X-Men story so we’d have to adjust the ending.”
Olsen is referring to the moment Wanda snaps and says “no more mutants” in House of M, the now-famous sentence that marks the moment she depowers a majority of the mutants. One way this could be adapted for the MCU is to depower the superheroes instead.
And, of course, WandaVision could bridge the gap between the long-awaited MCU/X-Men crossover. If House of M were to come into play, it’d be unlikely given the complexity of the relationship between the two groups – it’s gonna take a long time to weave their narratives together.
But the show could at least lay the groundwork for the years to come, opening up the door for the crossover to feature in the MCU’s future. Just maybe don’t hold your breath while you wait.
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