The Marvel Cinematic Universe has accustomed us to a comfortable linearity, which has allowed us to introduce some of the best-known characters in the franchise without overly complicating the chronology of the saga. In « Avengers: Endgame » it was decided to shake the temporary bases to bring down Thanos, but the true turning point has been ‘Scarlet Witch and Vision’, which has completely broken with what has been seen so far by radically changing gender and setting to inaugurate Phase 4.
Alternate realities, resurrections and reboots are the order of the day in the world of Marvel comics, which have had to reinvent themselves over the decades in order not to decay, and ‘Scarlet Witch and Vision’ aims to be that revitalizing trigger in the MCU. Until now, its two protagonists had had a somewhat marginal presence in the adaptations, so from FormulaTV We wanted to investigate the nature of this marriage and the cast of characters that surround them:
Elizabeth Olsen as Wanda
Wanda has a dream: to be happy. Since breaking into the Marvel Cinematic Universe in « Avengers: Age of Ultron », the young Sokovian has done nothing but trauma to her back, the most painful being the deaths of her brother, Pietro, and his partner, Vision , whose murder at the hands of Thanos he witnessed. Despite its relevant impact on each of the tapes in which it has participated, Elizabeth Olsen’s character hasn’t had much room to grow up to ‘Scarlet Witch and Vision’, which is the ultimate explosion of his potential, as says director Matt Shakman: « The world keeps putting obstacles to him and he has all that untapped power that he does not fully understand. In this series he must learn to assume it. He is an incredibly powerful figure that has been manipulated and used throughout the years« .
With this accumulation of misfortunes weighing on his conscience, the sitcom in which the Disney + fiction is set could be an escape route created by Wanda herself, as has already happened in the comics, where the power of the Scarlet Witch to alter reality has been further explored. Therefore, ‘Scarlet Witch and Vision’ is the perfect opportunity to rediscover Wanda, one of Marvel’s most exciting and volatile characters, in the same way that Olsen has been able to delve into the complex mentality of the heroine: « I think that Above all, this series is an opportunity to understand what makes Wanda Wanda. Although she is a character endowed with great emotional depth, in this series she tries to put aside that facet of herself. It’s more of an adventure that will allow Wanda to get into a situation comedy and accept the woman she is and the life she has led. «
Paul Bettany brings Vision back to life
‘Scarlet Witch and Vision’ is set after the events of « Endgame », so the presence of Vision, who died in « Infinity War », is one of the most disconcerting aspects. If it were all an illusion created by Wanda, the return of the character of Paul Bettany would make sense, since after all, his wife’s desire is to be accepted, and there is nothing more universal than the typical family of American series . In fact, that ambition is shared by the sytozoid created by Ultron, who since his birth has aroused distrust and affection in equal measure, so, like Wanda, he knows what it is like to not be integrated.
« Since his time as JARVIS, Vision has always been in constant transformation. He was born an omnipotent and naive android, which turns out to be a rather strange combination. It has not stopped growing and transforming, trying to understand what makes humans human and trying to understand what love is. So now comes the culmination of that journey that in certain aspects is an end but also a new beginning« says Bettany, suggesting that this family-friendly version of artificial intelligence could have a further future in the UCM. After all, in the comics the character has undergone multiple variations, so something similar could happen here .
Kathryn Hahn plays Agnes
What would a sitcom be without nosy neighbors? In the case of ‘Scarlet Witch and Vision’ that gossipy responsibility falls on Agnes, who is the first to introduce herself to the newly arrived couple at Westview. Throughout the first few episodes, Kathryn Hahn’s character is mostly a comic relief, making constant jokes about her husband, but little by little it shows that an enigmatic reality hides under the stereotypes. With those moments of disconnection from the sitcom’s utopia, Agnes stands out as one of the most interesting secondary characters, and her true identity could give a lot of play.
Since official images of the series began to be released, there has been a meticulous scrutiny of all promotional materials, and Agnes has not escaped those analyzes. In the absence of discovering its true relevance in ‘Scarlet Witch and Vision’, theories suggest that Hahn could be giving life to Wanda’s mentor in the comics, the witch Agatha Harkness, but at the moment they are nothing more than speculation, encouraged by the fact that Agnes always wears a brooch around her neck similar to the one exhibited by Agatha.
Monica Rambeau returns in her adult version
Although only two years have passed since the premiere of « Captain Marvel », for Monica Rambeau has passed much longer. We met her in the nineties as the affable daughter of Carol Danvers’ best friend, but In ‘Scarlet Witch and Vision’ Monica is already an adult ready to live supernatural adventures. At first glance, her presence in Westview seems harmless, as if she were yet another neighbor in this parade of intentionally superficial characters … but nothing could be further from the truth.
As with Agnes, a pendant can be the key. Regular readers of Marvel comics will soon realize that Monica wears the logo of SWORD, an organization specializing in combating alien threats, and that could be investigating what is happening with Wanda and Vision in this strange reality. In addition, the incidence of Monica, played this time by Teyonah Parris will not be anecdotal, since the actress will return in « Captain Marvel 2 », underlining the importance of ‘Scarlet Witch and Vision’ in putting together the pieces of Marvel’s new puzzle.
Darcy Lewis and Jimmy Woo
Darcy and Jimmy join forces
Clearly ‘Scarlet Witch and Vision’ has a dark side that will only grow as the episodes go by, and whose outbreak will try to be avoided by two familiar faces of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Perhaps they are not two of the biggest names that the franchise has left us, but both Darcy Lewis and Jimmy Woo were two of the differentiating elements of the first two Thor and « Ant-Man and the Wasp » films, respectively. Both demonstrated their comic potential with their brief interventions, and in the Disney + series will rise to prominence to « solve a mystery », as Shakman acknowledges.
Each of them brings different skills to the tandem. While Darcy, played by Kat Dennings, She has gone from being Jane Foster’s assistant to being an expert in her field scientific, Jimmy, again incarnated by Randall Park, is once again a diligent agent, who instead of making sure to keep Scott Lang at bay will have to take on much greater responsibility.