Very soon, Marvel fans will be welcomed into the world of WandaVision, depicting superheroes Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) and Vision (Paul Bettany) as a married couple living as happily as can be in suburbia… supposedly.
The show will mark a turning point for the MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe), becoming the first in a line-up of series to be released on Disney Plus, preceding Loki, Hawkeye and The Falcon and The Winter Soldier.
It will also be the first release in Phase Four of the MCU, with Phase Three having ended with Spider-Man: Far From Home shortly after the release of juggernaut blockbuster Avengers: Endgame in 2019.
The trailers for WandaVision have shrouded the show in mystery, leaving fans scrutinising every last detail of the footage for a clue as to what it is really about.
Wanda and Vision are depicted in various time periods, living their lives as if they are characters in a light-hearted, retro American sitcom.
However, there’s more to the narrative than meets the eye, as the couple are captured noticing strange goings-on in their neighbourhood that – from the outside – looks picture-perfect.
While we may have to wait a little longer until our many questions about WandaVision are answered, there are some important nuggets of information about the show that could prove essential elements of the plot.
Ahead of its release, here are some key points to remember about WandaVision.
We have met Monica Rambeau before
In one of the trailers for WandaVision, a woman is shown greeting Wanda in her home.
While the woman is unable to tell Wanda who she is, it has been confirmed that she is Monica Rambeau (Teyonah Parris).
This version of Monica marks a new arrival in the MCU, the first time that Mad Men star Teyonah has been seen portraying the character.
However, we have met Monica before, as a child in Captain Marvel.
In the 2019 superhero film, Monica is played by Akira and Azari Akbar at 11 and five years old.
She is introduced as the daughter of Maria Rambeau (Lashana Lynch), an Air Force pilot and best friend of the titular character Carol Danvers (Brie Larson).
As the film is set in the 1990s, it’s no surprise that Monica will have grown up since then.
However, how she comes to be in Wanda’s company – and why she has no idea who she is – is yet to be revealed.
Kat Dennings’ character Darcy Lewis hasn’t been seen in a while
WandaVision will also see the return of Darcy Lewis (Kat Dennings), a character who we first met in the 2011 Thor.
In the origin film, Darcy is a political science major who becomes an intern for scientist Jane Foster (Natalie Portman).
The last time we saw Darcy was in 2013, when Kat reprised her role in the sequel Thor: The Dark World.
A decade later, Darcy is back, with plenty more experience under her belt.
‘She’s gone on to become Dr Darcy Lewis now,’ teased Matt Shakman, director of all nine episodes of WandaVision. ‘So, she’s a real expert in her field.’
Dr Darcy Lewis – that’s got a nice ring to it.
In one of the trailers for WandaVision, we catch a brief glimpse of Darcy sitting in the back of a truck, looking up at something as the vehicle speeds away.
Wanda and Vision obtain their powers from an Infinity Stone
While in the comic books Wanda is originally depicted as a mutant, in the MCU, she and her twin brother Pietro Maximoff (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) gain their powers from the Mind Stone, while it is being contained by the Scepter.
The Mind Stone is one of the six Infinity Stones being sought after by Thanos in the film franchise.
In addition to Wanda and Pietro, the Mind Stone also helps to create Vision in the 2015 film Avengers: Age of Ultron, who takes on a humanoid form made from vibranium.
In Avengers: Endgame, it is revealed that Wanda and Vision have formed a romantic relationship, their closeness already apparent in the previous Avengers film.
Considering the short glimpses of the Mind Stone included in the WandaVision trailer, we would assume their joint connection to the Mind Stone will be explored in the series.
We see Vision die in Avengers: Infinity War
In addition to the strange sitcom setting of WandaVision, another peculiar aspect of the show is the fact that one of its titular characters, Vision, is supposedly dead.
The last time we saw Vision on screen, he was first killed by a devastated Wanda in an effort to stop villain Thanos from getting his hands on the Mind Stone embedded in Vision’s head.
However, after Thanos used the Time Stone to reverse Vision’s death, the Titan then killed him again to retrieve the Mind Stone, before using all six to snap half of all living things out of existence.
It has been confirmed that WandaVision is set after the events of Avengers: Endgame.
With that in mind, has Vision somehow come back to life, or could he turn out to be a figment of Wanda’s imagination?
The first two episodes of WandaVision are due to be released on Friday on Disney Plus.
Credit: Original article published here.