Marvel’s WandaVision is based off of the Vision and the Scarlet Witch comics. In this article I give you WandaVision explained, and how it could bring House Of M into the MCU.
Marvel’s WandaVision is based off of the Vision and the Scarlet Witch comics, but what exactly does that mean? This show can certainly be a bit confusing as it fully embraces a sitcom style show, with some serious mystery. Things get weird in Westview as this “reality” starts to crumble — how does this effect the future of the MCU?
Could this lead into House of M? Will Wanda and Vision’s sons join the Young Avengers? Consider this article a WandaVision for dummies as I breakdown not only the comic books it is based on, but what this could mean for the future of the MCU.
How Is Wanda Pregnant?
In the 1980’s Vision and the Scarlet Witch comic book story line, Wanda becomes pregnant when in the town of New Salem. She uses her mutant probability altering powers to become pregnant with twin boys, and considers them her and Vision’s sons. Of course he can’t really impregnate her because he is a synthezoid, not a human, and has no DNA to pass on.
Things are a little different in the show, but she does mysteriously become pregnant, with twin boys. All of this was seen in the trailers for WandaVision. The similarities are astounding though, as for quite a while in the comic books, Wanda and Vision live in a New Jersey suburbia and raise two little boys — Tommy and Billy.
What Happens To The Twins?
In this comic book run, things get a bit weird, which is to be expected in most story lines that involve magic. After Wanda and Vision rejoin the Avengers, they hire a nanny to watch over the twins while they are gone. But when they leave, the boys disappear — weird right? This is because they are totally made up in Wanda’s head, and she created them by using her magic to alter reality.
Once she discovers the truth, she has a mental breakdown and goes into a catatonic state, and her boys disappear forever. Or so we think. This is where it gets weird so let me break this down for you.
Yes, the boys were not real, but they also weren’t not real. Wanda used two pieces of Mephisto’s shattered soul to create them. Once Mephisto returns to life, he reabsorbs these souls, which still have ties to young Billy and Tommy. But thanks to Wanda’s powers, these two actually destroy him from within.
They eventually become reincarnated as Thomas “Tommy” Shepherd and William “Billy” Kaplan, two regular American kids — sort of. As they get older they both develop mutant powers. Tommy, AKA Speed, inherited the powers of his Uncle Quicksilver.
As for Billy, his powers manifested after being comforted by Scarlet Witch on his way home from school. He was upset because he was being bullied for being gay. Billy’s powers are just like his mother’s reality altering ones. He takes on the name Wiccan — and eventually dates Hulkling (they are one of my favorite comic book couples).
Both boys join the Young Avengers, which has me thinking WandaVision is a great way to bring them into the MCU.
How Could House Of M Come In To The MCU?
When Wanda comes out of her catatonic state, the Avengers make sure she does not remember her children. You have to keep in mind that she is very powerful, and can alter reality with just a few words or thoughts. Because of this they cannot risk her having another breakdown.
Well once Wanda meets Billy and Tommy, and realizes they are her “long lost kids” she loses it on the Avengers. She goes absolutely crazy and eventually utters three words that will totally change the Marvel Universe for years to come — “no more mutants”.
These words have dire consequences — and show just how powerful she is. Within moments, mutants all over the planet started losing their powers. The mutant population plummets from hundreds of thousands to just a fraction of that. And no more mutants are born for many years.
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Starring Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany, “WandaVision” marks the first series from Marvel Studios streaming exclusively on Disney+. The series is a blend of classic television and the Marvel Cinematic Universe in which Wanda Maximoff and Vision – two super-powered beings living idealized suburban lives – begin to suspect that everything is not as it seems. Key art and new images are also available now.