What Marvel’s Disney Plus present WandaVision may adapt from comics

The weirdest of all Disney Plus reveals introduced up to now must be WandaVision. Earlier than the tip of 2020, Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany will reprise their roles because the Scarlet Witch and the Imaginative and prescient, one of many greatest pairs of star-crossed lovers in superhero historical past. The one factor we all know in regards to the collection is, per Olsen on the 2019 Marvel Studios panel at SDCC, is that “it’s gonna get bizarre.” The primary trailer for WandaVision makes good on the declare.

Tying into the upcoming movie Physician Unusual and the Multiverse of Insanity (which may have Scarlet Witch in a co-starring position), the collection will happen after Endgame with the Imaginative and prescient — who was blown up by Thanos on the finish of Infinity Struggle — mysteriously alive. An grownup Monica Rambeau (Mad Males alum Tenoyah Parris) will even determine into the combination one way or the other.

That’s mainly the extent of what we find out about WandaVision. But when the comics historical past of Imaginative and prescient & Scarlet Witch’s relationship is any indication, this gained’t be all smiles. Let’s check out the rocky highway the 2 Avengers have confronted earlier than of their relationship — as a result of we’re more likely to see it mirrored in WandaVision itself.

Form the cover of Vision and the Scarlet Witch #4, Marvel Comics (1986).

Richard Howell/Marvel Comics

Robots in love

Very similar to within the MCU, Scarlet Witch was initially launched as a villain within the pages of The X-Males by Stan Lee & Jack Kirby in 1964. A part of the primary iteration of the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants, she and her brother Quicksilver had been rescued by Magneto from an anti-mutant mob, and joined him to repay that debt. In 1965, they switched allegiances and joined The Avengers, the place they’ve been affiliated ever since.

Lee, Roy Thomas and John Buscema created the Imaginative and prescient within the pages of The Avengers in 1968. Within the MCU, the Imaginative and prescient’s origin is not directly tied to Ultron, however within the comics their connection is way nearer: he’s Ultron’s “son.” Or, not less than, the evil robotic kidnapped a scientist and compelled him to create the Imaginative and prescient by combining the physique and “mind patterns” of two lifeless superheroes who’re extraordinarily obscure now. The Imaginative and prescient was a “synthezoid” produced from the unique android Human Torch and the thoughts of Surprise Man, created to destroy the Avengers.

However the Imaginative and prescient rebelled towards his “father” and was adopted onto the staff. By 1970, he and the Scarlet Witch had develop into an merchandise. In a 2010 interview with the journal Again Situation!, Thomas mentioned, “I felt {that a} romance of some kind would assist the character growth in The Avengers, and the Imaginative and prescient was a first-rate candidate as a result of he appeared solely in that magazine […] as did Wanda, for that matter. In order that they turned a pair, for simply such sensible issues. It might additionally, I felt, add to the event I used to be doing on the Imaginative and prescient’s making an attempt to develop into ‘human.’”

Maybe due to their comparable villainous pasts, the witch and the android had been drawn to one another, and so they married in 1975’s Big-Dimension Avengers #4. Later, within the second of two miniseries referred to as Imaginative and prescient and the Scarlet Witch, the Scarlet Witch’s powers (which — and that is the shortest attainable technique to say this — use magic to shift chances to her desired end result and alter actuality to replicate that) allowed them to have two twins, Thomas and William.

However there’s no ‘fortunately ever after’ in comics

A 1980s Avengers storyline noticed the Imaginative and prescient shut down and develop into a hologram. His physique was ultimately restored however, mentally unbalanced by his trauma, Imaginative and prescient tried to overhaul all pc programs worldwide. After coping with all of that, Wanda and the Imaginative and prescient did get pleasure from a brief interval of home bliss, till they joined the West Coast Avengers.

When John Byrne took over as author/artist of West Coast Avengers, his first storyline, “VisionQuest,” noticed Imaginative and prescient kidnapped and disassembled by a coalition of presidency businesses to stop him going rogue once more. He was rescued however was resurrected as an impassive, actually colorless husk of his former self.

From West Coast Avengers, Marvel Comics (1985).

John Byrne/Marvel Comics

In an much more crushing blow, a crossover between West Coast Avengers and Unbelievable 4 (than additionally written/drawn by Byrne) revealed that Imaginative and prescient and Wanda’s twins had been — brace your self — really lacking soul shards of the demon Mephisto. The boys had been erased from existence.

(Although they had been later revealed to have been reincarnated and joined the Younger Avengers because the super-fast Pace and fan-favorite warlock Wiccan; comics, all people!)

The lack of her youngsters drove Wanda to a full psychological breakdown. Whereas she recovered, her and Imaginative and prescient’s marriage broke down irrevocably.

Home of M

In 2004’s Avengers: Disassembled occasion, author Brian Michael Bendis and artist David Finch had Wanda as soon as once more go mad with grief after overhearing a drunk Wasp mocking her ache. In her vulnerability, Wanda wound up mind-controlled by Physician Doom and practically killed the remainder of the Avengers — with Imaginative and prescient and a few others really dying — earlier than being stopped.

Charles Xavier and Magneto took Wanda to the then-ruined Genosha to attempt to restore her thoughts, however the harm proved too extreme, and so they turned to a coalition of the Avengers, X-Males and different superheroes to debate her destiny. Enraged that Wanda’s life was to be determined by vote, Quicksilver satisfied Wanda to make use of her psychological hyperlink to Xavier to reshape the world. And Wanda did simply that.

Thus started the 2005 miniseries Home of M from Bendis and artist Olivier Coipel. Dominated by the Royal Home of Magnus, mutants had been now the dominant species on the earth, with people — derided as “sapiens” — the abused underclass.

Many had been content material of their new lives. Spider-Man was married to an alive Gwen Stacy; Kitty Pryde was a Chicago faculty instructor; and Carol Danvers was the most well-liked superhero round. However Wolverine, now a S.H.I.E.L.D. commander, instinctively knew one thing wasn’t proper.

Assembly up with the “sapien” resistance led by Luke Cage, Logan met a younger mutant named Layla Miller — whose skill was reminding individuals of their actual lives — and, together with her assist, he slowly introduced the remainder of the superheroes again to regular and stormed the Magnus compound, resulting in a livid Magneto killing Quicksilver. Seeing this, Wanda misplaced her grip once more and wished the world again to regular with some of the devastating phrases in Marvel historical past.

From House of M, Marvel Comics (2005).

Brian Michael Bendis, Olivier Coipel/Marvel Comics

The world was restored, however Wanda had decimated mutantkind.

After which there’s the Imaginative and prescient

The Vision, his wife Virginia, daughter Viv, and son Vin, in The Vision, Marvel Comics (2016).

Tom King, Gabriel Walta/Marvel Comics

Essentially the most momentous chapter in Imaginative and prescient’s life got here in 2016’s restricted collection Imaginative and prescient from author Tom King and artist Gabriel Walta. Taking a job because the Avengers liaison to the White Home, Imaginative and prescient constructed himself a synthezoid household — spouse Virginia and twins Viv and Vin — and moved to Fairfax, VA, as an experiment in changing into extra human.

However issues unravelled rapidly when, whereas Imaginative and prescient was away, his household was attacked by Surprise Man’s crazed supervillain brother, the Grim Reaper, who has had it out for the Imaginative and prescient ever since Surprise Man’s mind was used to make him. Imaginative and prescient’s daughter Viv was sliced in half and practically killed. In a panic, Virginia beat the Reaper to dying with a cookie sheet and buried his physique within the yard. This set off a spiral of lies and occasions that ended with Vin lifeless and Virginia — whose mind was patterned after Scarlet Witch — committing suicide.

Will any of this wind up on WandaVision?

Effectively, as acknowledged above, nobody is aware of what WandaVision will really be about. The trailer hints at an existential story wrapped in Wanda’s reality-bending powers. But when it pulls from these tales — the largest, most quintessential Imaginative and prescient and Scarlet Witch tales — it’ll be fraught with actuality warping and skewed slices of Americana. And it’ll showcase some of the distinctive love tales ever instructed in superhero comics.

Tom Speelman is a contract author for Polygon, Comedian E-book Assets and others. He’s labored on dozens of books for Seven Seas Leisure, together with adapting Magical Lady Spec-Ops Asuka by Makoto Fukami & Seigo Tokiya. He’s on Twitter @tomtificate and loves having emotions about robots.

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