Due to pandemic-related delays, WandaVision gets to launch the Disney+ era of the Marvel Cinematic Universe in lieu of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier - and online speculators couldn’t be happier to see if their WandaVision fan theories pay off. Even after its first trailer, WandaVision remains one of the most mysterious components of the MCU’s post-Endgame phase, with things like the basic premise and the WandaVision villain entirely up in the air.
Also yet to be determined is the role that WandaVision, or the Scarlet Witch herself, will play in shaping the future of the MCU. That uncertainty couldn't stop fans from cooking up some truly out-there Scarlet Witch theories. One thing is certain, and that’s if Wanda Maximoff is involved, things are bound to get weird in the best way.
Wanda Is Going To Directly Cause The ‘Multiverse of Madness’Photo: Avengers: Infinity War / Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
It’s been known for some time that Elizabeth Olsen’s Wanda Maximoff will star alongside Benedict Cumberbatch’s Stephen Strange in Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness, and that WandaVision will lead into that film in some fashion. According to several fan theories, including one from Redditor u/TheMediocreCritic, the two properties are going to be connected rather directly.
Specifically, they posit that Maximoff’s reality-bending in WandaVision is actually reality-hopping, and it will be her misguided wanderings through the multiverse - likely looking for a universe in which the Vision still lives - that will break the whole structure down and lead to, well, madness. She and Doctor Strange will need to team up in order to set things right. In this way, the Scarlet Witch would be responsible for the dire straits of The Multiverse of Madness without becoming an outright villain, which seems like the right mix for her character and a simple way to open the MCU to some serious alternate-dimension weirdness.410Good theory?
Wanda Is Going To Resurrect Her Brother - In The Form Of Evan Peters From The 'X-Men' MoviesPhoto: Dark Phoenix / 20th Century Fox
When WandaVision rolls around, Wanda Maximoff will find a way to resurrect her lover the Vision to some extent or another. But why stop there? Wanda lost her twin brother, Pietro, during their MCU debut in Avengers: Age of Ultron. It seems logical, then, that she may also try to return Quicksilver to life at some point in the series - perhaps with a twist, as Redditor u/Cruddy64 suggests.
This particular theory posits that, through accessing the Multiverse, Wanda will indeed track down a version of her deceased sibling, but not the one played by Aaron Taylor-Johnson. Instead, she might head so deep into alternate realities that she encounters Evan Peters’s take on the character, breaching the imaginary walls between the MCU and Fox’s X-Men Universe. Such a move, even if it were just a cameo, would be bold, and anything more than a cameo would be an outright gamechanger for the MCU.308Good theory?
Instead Of Saying 'No More Mutants,' Wanda Is Going To Say 'No, More Mutants!'Photo: WandaVision / Disney+
There have been countless theories linking WandaVision with the comic book crossover House of M, and with good reason. That storyline featured the Scarlet Witch losing control of her powers and forcing everyone to live in an alternate reality of her own design. A fan theory by Redditor u/hiero suggests that WandaVision will set up Wanda Maximoff’s reality-tampering, and then Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness will take place within a House of M-style world - which would certainly be one valid explanation for the title!
Furthermore, u/hiero’s theory notes that, while the House of M comic ends with Wanda saying “No more mutants” and devastating the world’s mutant population, the MCU version of the storyline would have to go in the opposite direction, with the Scarlet Witch’s meddling instead bringing mutants into existence. After all, they’re going to have to sneak the X-Men into the franchise one way or another, and this method has precedence.
Maybe this time, Wanda will say “No, more mutants” instead.182Good theory?
WandaVision Is The MCU’s Much Darker Take On ‘Groundhog Day’Photo: WandaVision / Disney+
The Marvel Cinematic Universe has tried out multiple genres over the years, and it might start taking on homages to classic films themselves with WandaVision, which Redditor u/TheMediocreCritic predicts will resemble a much darker version of Bill Murray’s Groundhog Day.
According to their theory, it all boils down to Wanda Maximoff’s purported ability to access the Marvel Multiverse, and her desire to find a way to reconnect with the Vision. From there:
I think we will see a grieving Wanda going into the universes where Vision is still alive. Once there, she removes the alternate version of herself. She then impersonates that “version” of herself to live her life with Vision. Each time she does, it goes well for a while, hence the sitcom part, but inevitably it goes sideways. Either her deception is discovered, or her mere existence damages that universe’s timeline too severely to stay.
So, she starts again, supplanting herself in the same time in another universe. Like the movie Groundhog Day, she plays out the same events hoping that this is the universe where she and Vision can be together. Each episode, we would see the same series of events but set in a different universe.140Good theory?