WandaVision’s premise is already somewhat intriguing, as it is a domestic sitcom featuring two superheroes, though not as we know them. The pair have had a longstanding romantic relationship while in the MCU as well as in the Marvel comics. Express.co.uk explains how they met and how their relationship has evolved from the first moment.
First of all, it makes sense to explain how Vision occurred, as technically, Vision was not a part of the MCU until he was created by two of the franchise’s favourites: Iron Man and The Hulk.
In Avengers: Age of Ultron, Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo) and Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr) realise they have inadvertently created a monster.
The Avengers infiltrate a Hydra testing facility where they uncover Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver, or the Maximoff twins Wanda and Pietro, who are being experimented on for their superhuman abilities.
Wanda has telepathic and telekinetic powers while Pietro has super speed.
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At the testing site they also find Loki’s sceptre, which is also being tested on, and is taken by Bruce and Tony to experiment on themselves.
This was created using the Tesseract, known as the cosmic cube in the comic book series, which contains the Space Stone; one of the Infinity Stones sought after by Thanos.
When Tony and Bruce have the sceptre, they decide to use some of its power to complete the Ultron project, which becomes sentient and attacks the Avengers, deleting Tony’s own AI, J.A.R.V.I.S.
Later, after Ultron has wreaked havoc on everyone, Tony and Bruce discover J.A.R.V.I.S. has been hiding from Ultron in the internet, and so they upload him into an enhanced body Ultron has created for himself, which houses the Mind Stone.
They upload J.A.R.V.I.S. and Vision is born.
They fight Ultron and ultimately defeat him in Sokovia, where Wanda’s brother Pietro dies and she is adopted into the Avengers, with her home country being destroyed in the process.
This is where she meets Vision, who shares many similar powers to her, as well as an understanding of life much greater than previously seen, thanks to the Mind Stone.
After this, the Avengers Civil War took place, where the team split in half based on who were happy to sign the Sokovia Accords; a UN agreement which would limit the Avengers’ abilities to enact justice at all costs.
Scarlet Witch sided with Captain America, who was against giving away power to the world government.
Vision, however, did not agree, and for a brief spell the couple, who were at the beginning of their burgeoning relationship, fell out.
She was briefly imprisoned in the Raft before she was freed along with her teammates, after which she and Vision reunited and reconciled, choosing to live together off grid in Europe.
It was during this time they formed a romantic relationship, which lasted for years until things became dangerous for them, as Thanos was hunting the Mind Stone.
During Avengers: Infinity War, they sought refuge in Wakanda with the remaining Avengers and tried to fight off the Black Order and Thanos when they came to hunt them.
In a tragic moment, Thanos took the Mind Stone from Vision, which killed him, leaving Wanda alone to mourn over his body when the Snap happened, at which point she disintegrated.
She came back when the events of the Snap were undone in Avengers: Endgame, but little was discussed of Vision’s death, and now, with WandaVision, it looks like they are living cosily and comfortably together in an American sitcom.
This is a little confusing given the events which have unfolded, and Vision’s death, however it is clear the multiverse is beginning with Wanda, perhaps even being created by her using her powers, and lived out in the new series.
Luckily, fans do not have long to wait before they find out what is really going on.
WandaVision arrives on Disney Plus on January 15