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.16515Good theory?
The Appearances Of Monica Rambeau, Jimmy Woo, And Darcy Lewis Are Going To Lead Into Nick Fury’s S.W.O.R.D.Photo: Ant-Man & the Wasp / Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
The cast list for WandaVision contains a seemingly random assortment of supporting characters from previous MCU films including Darcy Lewis from Thor, Jimmy Woo from Ant-Man and the Wasp, and Monica Rambeau, whom audiences last saw as a child in Captain Marvel. But if a fan theory by Redditor u/ebonymowingthegrass proves correct, this collection of co-stars is anything but random, and their connections could be key to the future of the franchise.
Lewis is a scientist with plenty of superpower-related experience, Woo is a veteran S.H.I.E.L.D. agent, and Rambeau is the daughter of an Air Force pilot and a family friend of Carol Danvers. All seem like logical choices to be recruited into whatever organization Nick Fury is creating in space - most like S.W.O.R.D., the Sentient World Observation and Response Department. All three characters could then transfer from WandaVision to Fury’s as-of-yet-unnamed Disney+ series.8717Good 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.10851Good theory?
The Whole Thing Is Taking Place Inside A Pocket Dimension (Setting The Stage For More Out-Of-Continuity Tales)Photo: WandaVision / Disney+
Many years ago, Marvel Comics decided to take out the majority of its superheroes in a conflict with a villain known as Onslaught, only to reveal that they’d actually been shuffled into a pocket dimension created by the omni-powerful Franklin Richards. This plot device allowed Marvel creators to tell a bunch of fun out-of-continuity stories in Heroes Reborn and then make some necessary changes to mainstream canon when it brought all the characters back in Heroes Return.
If Redditor u/mjschryver is correct, it’s also a plot device the Marvel Cinematic Universe intends to borrow, starting with WandaVision. Certain visuals within the trailer seem to hint that the entirety of the series takes place within a small neighborhood, itself under a dome of mysterious energy. Whether this pocket of altered reality proves to be Wanda Maximoff’s doing or not, the prospect of having things occur within the MCU, but not necessarily within the MCU proper, does represent a rather tempting opportunity for the creative minds at Marvel Studios to take the franchise in some audacious new directions without worrying about explaining how their big swings affect every corner of their universe.7121Good theory?