WandaVision it’s, on one level, a loving tribute to vintage television sitcoms, with layers and layers of references to classics from the past. On the other hand, it is perhaps the most connected to the original comics of any Marvel Cinematic Universe project to date, with strong ties to the entire history of The Vision and Scarlet Witch comic.
For comic book fans, it’s a joy. But some who only know the MCU may not get all the hidden references and Easter eggs in every episode. The best place to start with the comics is the beginning, which the show ingeniously calls back.
9 Scarlet witch’s first appearance
The Scarlet Witch first appeared in Uncanny X-Men # 4 in March 1968 and was created by legendary comic book writer Stan Lee and artist Jack Kirby. Along with his brother Quicksilver, he was part of the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants, led by Magneto. The powerful connection between the three characters doesn’t exist yet, and the Scarlet Witch isn’t even Scarlet, she’s in a green version of her eventual costume, but this is where it all began for Wanda Maximoff.
8 Vision’s first appearance
The Vision appears a little later, in Avengers # 57, A Number That Was A Little Easter Egg Hidden In Episode Two Of WandaVision (The number 57 was stamped on the red toy helicopter.) The Vision debuted in 1968, created by writer Roy Thomas and artist John Buscema.
It was the creation of the evil Ultron, who designed it to aid him in his bid for revenge against his own creator, Hank Pym, Ant-Man. The Vision rebelled against Ultron and joined the Avengers, becoming a key member for years to come. It’s possible that Ultron could still play a role in the series and in the future of the MCU.
7 Giant Size Avengers # 4
Wanda and The Vision fell in love shortly after he joined the team. Their romance culminated in their wedding in Giant size avengers # 4, a special issue from 1975.
Written by Steve Englehart, who would play a major role in their relationship during the 1980s, and drawn by Don Heck, the theme sees the team take on Dormammu, who has imprisoned Wanda in her hellish dimension. The Vision is going to rescue her. Dormammu was the villain of the first Strange doctor movie and could potentially return.
6 The Vision and the Scarlet Witch (1982)
Vision and the Scarlet Witch is a limited series of four issues from 1982, written by Bill Mantlo and drawn by Rick Leonardi. This series is key to showing Vision and Wanda trying to find some happiness together, but it is important for Magneto’s great return as Wanda and Pietro’s father.
Before that, his father was identified as The Whizzer, a Golden Age comic book character associated with the Legion of Liberty (a WWII-era team led by Bucky Barnes, the future Winter Soldier). . Magneto’s retcon as Wanda’s father would have massive repercussions for the comics going forward.
The 1985 second miniseries ‘The Vision and the Scarlet Witch’ (written by Steve Englehart and drawn by Richard Howell) has a huge influence on WandaVision.
In this series, Wanda and Vision leave the Avengers to start a family in the suburbs. She gives birth to twin sons Billy and Tommy, who became important figures in the comics. Wanda’s powers increase during this period, as she explores magic with her mentor Agatha Harkness.
5 Vision mission
Writer Roy Thomas originally intended for The Vision to wear an all-white ensemble on their debut in 1968, but concerns about print limitations at the time led them to opt for color. In the late 1980s, Vision finally embodied this original concept in Vision Quest, a key story from writer / artist John Byrne in the pages of West coast avengers.
In this story, elements of the United States government kidnap and dismantle Vision. The Avengers get him back, but Wonder Man doesn’t allow his brain patterns to be used to create Vision’s mind like they did before and Vision is left a mindless automaton.
4 Avengers: disassembled
The loss of Vision, combined with the eventual revelation that Tommy and Billy were not real but magical constructions that Wanda inadvertently created from the soul fragments of the villain Mephisto, leads to her collapse. She lashes out at the Avengers in Avengers disassembled (a key story from 2004).
In this story, Wanda attacks the team under the influence of a mysterious cosmic entity who has promised her the return of her children. His actions lead to the death of his teammate Hawkeye. She is only defeated by Doctor Strange.
3 House of M
House of M is perhaps the most influential comic book story in WandaVision. This 2005 story comes straight out of the aftermath of Unmounted and shows the extreme efforts the Avengers and X-Men go to to contain Wanda’s growing reality-warping power.
Quicksilver convinces her that the only way to save her life and keep her family together is to change reality, where the Maximoffs are in control. So she does just that, altering reality for the House of M to rule Earth. This ultimately fails, and Magneto kills Quicksilver in a fit of rage. In her grief, Wanda lashes out, wiping almost all mutants out of existence with one simple sentence.
two The Children’s Crusade
The effects of House of M resonated in comics for years. The mutants recently regained their full strength, and Wanda is still dealing with the shame and guilt for her actions.
Much of his pain was mitigated in The Children’s Crusade, a story from 2011 that revealed that the Young Avengers members Wiccan and Speed were actually the reincarnated twin sons he thought he had lost. With Tommy and Billy featured prominently on WandaVision, fans have started to speculate if the MCU is getting closer to the Young Avengers.
1 The vision
The 2015 Eisner Award Winning Miniseries, The vision, explored the concept of superheroes in the suburbs from the perspective of The Vision. Written by Tom King and drawn by Gabriel Walta, the series details Vision’s creation of a family of Synthezoids in the Virginia suburbs.
Nothing goes according to plan, and the inability to fit in or be as human as he wants eventually leads to murder, lies, and tragedy. This series also saw the introduction to Sparky the dog, who, interestingly enough, was mentioned in episode five of WandaVision.
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