Disney+’s upcoming show ‘WandaVision’ is going to be “strange” and “weird,” which may be appropriate as its star, Elizabeth Olsen will go on to co-star in the sequel to ‘Doctor Strange’. But another thing that ‘WandaVision’ may deliver is a codename for Wanda Maximoff (Olsen). In four and a half Marvel movies, Wanda has never once been referred to as “the Scarlet Witch,” but that may change.
At Marvel Studio’s star-studded panel at SDCC, Kevin Feige announced, “If you thought the logo was strange, wait until you see the show,” before introducing Olsen and her costar Paul Bettany, who plays The Vision.
“It’s going to get weird, we’re going to get deep. We’re finally going to understand Wanda Maximoff as the Scarlet Witch.”
But, um… how is The Vision in it? He died for real in ‘Infinity War’ (meaning he wasn’t restored in ‘Endgame’). Bettany offered nothing helpful.
“I have no idea. It’s going to be surprising and weird.”
When asked to describe the show in a nutshell, Feige answered:
“Exciting and different and strange.”
Okay, we get it! It’s “weird” and “strange.”
Considering that they didn’t seem to be able to offer anything concrete about ‘WandaVision’, let’s move along to one bit of news that should delight Marvel fans, particularly comic readers. A story thread introduced in ‘Captain Marvel’ will pay off in ‘WandaVision’, and that is the appearance of the adult Monica Rambeau!
Lashana Lynch portrayed Carol Danver’s best friend and fellow pilot, Maria Rambeau, call sign: Photon. This film was set in the mid-’90s and Maria had a young daughter, Monica, played by Akira Akbar. As comic fans know, Monica Rambeau was the first female character to use the name “Captain Marvel,” making her debut in 1982’s ‘The Amazing Spider-Man Annual’ #16, before going on to join and eventually lead the Avengers for several years. Eventually, she changed her codename to Photon, like Maria’s call sign in the movie. (She now goes by Spectrum… it’s a whole thing…)
Teyonah Parris will portray Monica. Parris reportedly called the role “a dream.” Parris is quite busy, having most recently appeared in the Netflix movie ‘Point Blank’, alongside Marvel’s Anthony Mackie/Falcon and Frank Grillo/Crossbones. She appeared in the Oscar-winning ‘If Beale Street Could Talk’ and Spike Lee’s ‘Chi-Raq’, and starred in TV series ‘Mad Men’, ‘Survivor’s Remorse’, and ‘Empire’.
It remains to be seen if Parris’ version of Monica will have superpowers and follow in the footsteps of the comic book version.
The events of ‘WandaVision’ will lead directly into the cinematic film ‘Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness’ and Olsen will co-star in that. That film opens on May 7, 2021.