Although Avengers: Endgame concluded the series of Marvel films that has now been dubbed the Infinity Saga, the Marvel Cinematic Universe goes on. In addition to a number of films currently in the works as part of Phase Four, some of your favorite Avengers will also be venturing to the small screen for limited series on Disney+, Disney's streaming service, which is set to launch Nov. 12.
One of those series is WandaVision, which finds Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany reprising their roles as Wanda Maximoff, aka Scarlet Witch, and Vision, an android brought to life by the Mind Stone embedded in his forehead, respectively. As is the case with everything Marvel related, details surrounding the series are still pretty scarce, but here's everything we know so far.
It's coming in spring 2021. WandaVision is the second MCU series coming to Disney+, after The Falcon and the Winter Soldier in the fall of 2020. It will be followed shortly thereafter by Loki (also spring 2021), then What If...? (summer 2021) and Hawkeye (fall 2021).
We still don't know how Vision is alive. Vision was killed by Thanos (Josh Brolin) in Avengers: Infinity War when Thanos removed the Mind Stone from Vision's forehead to complete his Infinity Gauntlet, which means that, unlike Wanda and everyone else who disappeared after the Snap, Vision didn't return when Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) brought everyone back in Avengers: Endgame. The events of the series are set after the events of the film, so as far as we know, Vision remains dead. Obviously there's something wonky going on, but no one is willing to spill what it is. On stage at San Diego Comic-Con, Bettany joked that he had "never been this confused before in front of this many people in my whole life," regarding the timeline.
It's somewhat of a tonal mashup. While Marvel boss Kevin Feige and the show's stars were promoting the limited series at Disney's D23 Expo in August, they described the show as being part classic sitcom à la The Dick Van Dyke Show and part Marvel blockbuster. This falls in line with the '50s vibe that the show's logo has, which extends to the posters that were made for D23, which feature the two actors in a retro setup.
We might see a more intimate side of Wanda and Vision. The Marvel films thus far haven't left a lot of time to explore the personal lives of characters not named Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.), Steve Rogers (Chris Evans), or Thor (Chris Hemsworth), but that could be changing now. When TV Guide caught up with Olsen and Bettany at Disney's D23 Expo and asked what aspects of the characters they are excited to explore in the series that they couldn't explore in the films, Olsen said, "I'm excited about our home life. I'm excited about this sitcom exploration."
"I think we're really going to start to peel back the onion of their cooking habits," joked Bettany. "You know, we started it a little in Civil War, and I think we're really going to get to the bottom of how well they cook together."
The show will be borrowing characters from other corners of the MCU. Kat Dennings, who appeared in the first two Thor films as Darcy Lewis, and who might actually best be remembered for always mispronouncing Mjolnir, will appear in the show. Meanwhile, Randall Park will reprise his role as Jimmy Woo from Ant-Man and the Wasp.
We know of at least two new cast members. Teyonah Parris was announced at San Diego Comic-Con to be playing the grown-up version of Monica Rambeau, the little girl from Captain Marvel. It's unclear how Monica will factor into the show, but in the comics, she takes up the title of Captain Marvel along with the moniker Photon. Meanwhile, Kathryn Hahn is joining the MCU in what has been described as a nosy neighbor type of character. (Fun fact: Hahn previously voiced Doc Ock in Sony's Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, which is not part of the MCU.)
Based on what happens in the series, a second season probably isn't in the cards. When asked if they'd return for a second season while promoting the series at Disney's D23 Expo, Olsen told TV Guide that she "didn't think it would make sense." Despite this, both actors said they'd love to return for more if that is possible in the future. "I agree with what she said, but we're always ready to come back," said Bettany.
It will lead directly into the Doctor Strange sequel. Previously, MCU movies have existed separately from Marvel's television shows, even those that existed within the interconnected universe. But the Disney+ limited series are part of Phase Four of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which means they exist at the same level as the films and will play into everything as the MCU moves forward. The best example of this is how this series will lead directly into Doctor Strange's sequel, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, as Olsen is set to co-star in the movie alongside Benedict Cumberbatch.
WandaVision premieres in spring 2021 on Disney+, which launches Nov. 12. Find out what else is coming to the new streaming service.
Additional reporting by Lindsay MacDonald