WandaVision’s twins’ powers and backstory, defined by the comics

WandaVision had quite a lot of secrets and techniques up its sleeve when it began out, however possibly the most important was that Wanda and the Imaginative and prescient’s comedian e-book youngsters would turn out to be such a giant a part of the present. As comedian readers know, Billy and Tommy have their very own origin tales, superpowers, and superhero identities as a spell-slinging magic person identical to their mother, and a zippy speedster identical to their Uncle Pietro.

However the story of Wanda and Imaginative and prescient’s youngsters within the comics is a extra difficult matter than you may assume. Let’s unpack every part that WandaVision has dropped at the desk as far as the present each mimics TV sitcoms and brushes in opposition to comics historical past.

[Ed. note: This story contains spoilers for WandaVision through episode 6.]

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The second episode of WandaVision ended with a shock: Wanda’s sudden-onset being pregnant. However truthfully, it wasn’t weirder than Wanda or Imaginative and prescient’s powers — or that they’re trapped in a world that’s stuttering ahead by means of a brand new decade of sitcom historical past day-after-day. Within the third episode, “Now in Coloration,” Wanda finally offers start, albeit at a extremely irregular pace, to a pair of twins. By episode 5, the twins have accelerated their age as much as 10, and by 6 they’ve developed their very own superpowers and costumes!

Within the comics, Wanda and the Imaginative and prescient do have youngsters. Famously so, you may say. Right here’s the comedian e-book background that the makers of WandaVision are pulling from.

Billy and Tommy’s superpowers come from household

In Marvel comedian continuity, the Scarlet Witch and Imaginative and prescient have twin boys: Billy Kaplan and Tommy Shepherd. Tommy, who goes by Velocity, took after Wanda’s personal twin brother Pietro/Quicksilver. He’s a traditional Marvel speedster, able to operating from the East Coast of the US to the East Coast of Africa sooner than it takes you to learn this sentence.

Billy, whose superhero identify has differed over time from “Wiccan” to “Asgardian” to “Demiurge,” inherited the Scarlet Witch’s magical, actuality warping powers. By voicing what he desires to happen, and specializing in the thought of it, Billy could make absolutely anything occur. In Marvel Comics he has usually been depicted as a future successor to Physician Unusual because the Sorcerer Supreme.

However you may be questioning why Billy and Tommy have totally different final names, and why neither of these final names are Wanda’s. It’s as a result of they’re truly the reincarnations of the Scarlet Witch and Imaginative and prescient’s useless twins, unknowingly raised by two totally different units of fully regular start mother and father.

The Scarlet Witch and the Imaginative and prescient received married in 1975’s Avengers #4, and in 1986’s The Imaginative and prescient and the Scarlet Witch, the 2 had a pair of dual boys, Billy and Tommy. How does a robotic father youngsters? Nicely, you don’t have to fret about organic logistics when your spouse is a witch who can use her powers to show magical power into actual dwell infants.

However comics should not type to {couples} who need to cope with with tedious narrative hindrances like “who’s caring for the youngsters whereas we battle dangerous guys” and “given the tenuous nature of time in superhero comics, how previous are these infants anyway?” In 1989’s Avengers West Coast #52, it was revealed that the infants had been made out of hell power, and Mephisto needed it again. The supreme satan of Marvel comics unmade the Wanda and Imaginative and prescient’s infants, they usually had been childless (and divorced, for unrelated causes) as soon as extra.

Wiccan and Speed, the reincarnated infant sons of the Scarlet Witch and Vision, on the cover of Young Avengers Presents #3, Marvel Comics (2008). They both wear skintight costumes. Wiccan accessorizes with a headband and tattered red cloak, while Speed wears goggles with yellow lenses and his hair is completely white.

Wiccan (left) and Velocity.
Picture: Jim Cheung, John Dell, Justin Ponsor/Marvel Comics

Within the 2000s, Billy and Tommy had been re-introduced as teenage superheroes and recruited into the Younger Avengers group. Over a sequence of adventures they found that Mephisto hadn’t been fully profitable in reabsorbing the souls of child Billy and Tommy. These souls had been reincarnated, because the sons of fully regular people Jeff and Rebecca Kaplan and Frank and Mary Shepherd, respectively. Immediately, Tommy is courting the superhero Prodigy/David Alleyne, and Billy is married to his long-time fiancé Teddy Altman, who can also be the Emperor of the Kree/Skrull Alliance.

Although they’d totally different mothers and dads, and grew up in fully totally different households, Billy and Tommy seemed precisely like one another and had been twins. And the Scarlet Witch was their mother, and the Imaginative and prescient was their dad.

That’s comics, child! Er, infants.

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