Marvel has entered a new era with the premiere of ‘Scarlet Witch and Vision’, but do not forget the path that the franchise has traveled to get here. At first glance, the original Disney + series may seem like an independent experiment from the rest of the saga, but nothing could be further from the truth, since under its illusion of innocent sitcom hides a powerful link with the films that have preceded it. For this reason, from FormulaTV we have wanted to look at the six films of the Marvel Cinematic Universe that you should see or remember before getting down to work with the singular irruption of Wanda and Vision in the television medium.
« Avengers: Age of Ultron »
Wanda and Pietro in « Avengers: Age of Ultron »
Although her arrival at the MCU took place during a brief sequence in the middle of the credits of « Captain America: The Winter Soldier », the authentic introduction of Wanda Maximoff, Scarlet Witch, unfolded throughout « Avengers: Age of Ultron « . At the beginning of the Joss Whedon-directed film, Marvel heroes flocked to Sokovia to retrieve Loki’s scepter, which was kept in a HYDRA base. Once inside the facilities, they ran into two unexpected enemies, twins who had acquired powers after having undergone experiments related to the scepter. The objective of the brothers, Wanda and Pietro, was to take revenge on Tony Stark, since a bomb from his company had killed their parents, but, after discovering the genocidal intentions of Ultron, they ended up joining the side of the Avengers. When the pitched battle against artificial intelligence seemed resolved, the most shocking moment of the film occurred: the death of Pietro, who sacrificed himself to save the life of a child and Hawkeye. Obviously, the death of her brother was a hard blow for Wanda, another trauma that may have taken its toll on ‘Scarlet Witch and Vision’.
« Thor »
Darcy Lewis in « Thor »
In addition to understanding the psyche of Wanda and Vision, it is necessary to know those secondary that will play an important role in the Disney + series. Of the confirmed names, perhaps the most unexpected is Darcy Lewis (Kat Dennings) who, After participating in « Thor » and « Thor: The Dark World », he will return to investigate a mystery of which nothing has been revealed at the moment. The one who was a fellow of Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) years ago, has now established herself as « an expert in her field », as stated by the director of ‘Scarlet Witch and Vision’, Matt Shakman, due to which her impact on the fiction could be decisive.
« Ant-Man and the Wasp »
Jimmy Woo in « Ant-Man and the Wasp »
The second trailer for ‘Scarlet Witch and Vision’ served to clear up doubts about the appearance of several characters, such as Darcy herself, and for a brief moment we also saw in action who will be her research partner: Jimmy Woo. Randall Park’s character made his debut in « Ant-Man and the Wasp », demonstrating his charisma in his speeches alongside Paul Rudd. This time, that chemistry will be shared with darcy, although the theories collected by media such as CinemaBlend go further, and Link Woo to S.W.O.R.D., an agency specializing in quelling extraterrestrial threats.
« Captain Marvel »
Monica Rambeau in ‘Scarlet Witch and Vision’
Precisely that same trailer that shows Darcy and Woo exhibits the S.W.O.R.D. logo, which is carried by another of the supporting characters, Monica Rambeau, as a pendant. That wink can have many implications, especially if we consider that Rambeau’s previous appearance occurred in « Captain Marvel », although there we saw his child version, not the adult incarnated by Teyonah Parris in ‘Scarlet Witch and Vision’ . In the film starring Brie Larson there was also the irruption of the Skrull race, whose incidence in the franchise will culminate in the series of ‘Secret Invasion’, so Rambeau’s return could be the connecting link between the past and the future of that long-awaited event.
« Avengers: Infinity War »
Wanda in « Avengers: Infinity War »
Before thinking about the next big Marvel crossover, remember the importance of the previous one. After joining the team in « Age of Ultron », Wanda was one of the protagonists of the start of « Captain America: Civil War », claiming the lives of several civilians when trying to contain an explosion. One more trauma for a list that, despite Wanda’s few interventions in the UCM, has only grown, and that added an even darker point in « Infinity War ». When her relationship with Vision had just taken off, Wanda was forced to destroy the Mind Stone and her boyfriend, the bearer of it., in the process. However, that painful event was in vain, since Thanos managed to bring Vision back to life to kill him again by ripping the Gem from him., with which he completed his Gauntlet and devastated half the world’s population.
« Avengers: Endgame »
Wanda in « Avengers: Endgame »
Among that faded sector was Wanda, who regained life after her companions managed to reverse Thanos’ snap in « Endgame ». In the final stretch of the film, Elizabeth Olsen’s character played a fundamental role in the battle against the all-powerful villain, achieving revenge on him after the atrocity committed against Vision. There the true destructive potential of Wanda’s powers was shown again, which could be what is being investigated in ‘Scarlet Witch and Vision’, set after the events of « Endgame », and which for the moment remains hidden under the apparently harmless aesthetic of classic sitcoms. Even so, to clear up the doubts we will have to wait for the premiere of the following episodes of the Disney + series, which has borrowed elements from all these films to do another interconnection exercise within the UCM.