In September, it was rumored that Disney would be crafting new original TV series for its upcoming Disney+ streaming service, featuring some of its Marvel Studios film characters, specifically those that may not be prominent enough to support their own theatrical films. At that time, the two characters named to be under consideration were Tom Hiddleston’s Loki and Elizabeth Olsen’s Scarlet Witch. Since then, the ‘Loki’ series has been confirmed.
While a ‘Scarlet Witch’ series hasn’t been officially confirmed, in late October it was rumored that is was coming and that Paul Bettany would co-star as The Vision. The latest word is that this is true and not only that, but he will get co-billing, as the series will be called ‘Vision and the Scarlet Witch’. (Bear in mind, Wanda has never been referred to as “Scarlet Witch” in the movies.)
‘Vision and the Scarlet Witch’, as well as the other Marvel shows on Disney+, are expected to be more like miniseries, consisting of six to eight episodes, but of course, if they prove popular, there is always the chance that they will be renewed for additional stories. Considering that the Marvel shows on Netflix (which do not originate from Marvel Studios, who produce the movies) have a bad habit of meandering off in too many directions, this could be a wise move and could deliver shows that are more concise in their storytelling.
Perhaps in a tease of things to come, earlier this year, Olsen stated that she wasn’t pushing for a ‘Scarlet Witch’ movie, but commented:
“Paul Bettany and I joke about having like a domestic television show on Netflix or something…It would just be like house event, where Scarlet Witch goes bananas. That’s what we joke about, but I don’t think either of those things are happening. I’m happy that I’m still around and they still use me well, and that’s fine.”
Of course, now the question arises as to how Vision will appear, seeing as how he was killed in ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ and not just dusted when Thanos snapped his fingers. But it was teased that there might be another way to bring him back.
Similarly, Loki is also dead, so there is some question as to whether these programs will be set in the past, before ‘Infinity War’. As was evident in the movie, Wanda and Vision had been on the lamb for quite some time, so they could have had any number of adventures in that span of time.
Marvel Comics has published two comic miniseries entitled ‘Vision and the Scarlet Witch’ in the ’80s, so there is a possibility that the show could borrow elements from those, but while the Marvel movies have used the names of different storylines in its titles and bits and pieces from comic stories, it has also wildly differed in other ways. So definitely don’t look for a straight adaptation.
Deadline, in revealing the show’s title, also indicated that ‘Vision and the Scarlet Witch’ would launch at the same time as Disney+, which is expected to be in fall 2019. But since the show hasn’t even been 100% confirmed, much less begun production, that may not be accurate.
What do you think of a ‘Vision and the Scarlet Witch’ series? What would you like it to be about?