10 Ways WandaVision Has Changed The MCU 3 Years On

  • WandaVision gave Wanda her Scarlet Witch title, showcasing her immense power and iconic costume.
  • S.W.O.R.D. debuted, expanding beyond S.H.I.E.L.D. to handle superhero threats on a global scale.
  • Monica Rambeau gained powers, becoming Photon and a key player in future MCU projects.
Three years after its initial release, WandaVision has had an undeniable impact on the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Premiering on Disney+, WandaVision picks up where Wanda Maximoff left off following the conclusion of the Infinity War saga, slowly unraveling the mystery of the town of Westview while struggling with the grief of Vision's death. The series remains one of the MCU's best TV shows thanks to its unique presentation and poignant themes.
One often underrated aspect of the series has been its significance to the larger Marvel Cinematic Universe as a whole. Introducing new characters, permanently altering the trajectory of existing ones, and introducing brand-new concepts into the MCU, each subsequent film of the MCU wouldn't be the same without WandaVision's influence. By the ending of WandaVision, the Marvel Cinematic Universe had become a distinctly different franchise.
10 WandaVision Finally Made Wanda The Scarlet Witch Classic red costume and all Though she's based on the Marvel Comics character Scarlet Witch, Wanda Maximoff is mostly referred to simply by her normal name in the MCU. Never getting a secret identity or even a real costume in her heroic journey through the franchise since her introduction in Avengers: Age of Ultron, referring to Wanda as Scarlet Witch couldn't be done in earnest for the majority of the series. Luckily, WandaVision changed that by not only christening Wanda as Scarlet Witch, but putting some weight behind the name.
It turns out that Scarlet Witch isn't simply a name, but a title, a revered way to refer to a prophesied sorceress of unimaginable power. WandaVision explained that Wanda has actually had her powers since birth, only being merely activated by the experiments with the Infinity Stone. Wanda even gets to wear a classic version of her comic book costume in the Halloween episode. This turning point was revisited with Scarlet Witch's villainous appearance in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.
9 S.W.O.R.D. Made Its MCU Debut In WandaVision S.H.I.E.L.D. isn't the only secretive organization in the MCU For a long time, S.H.I.E.L.D. upheld the Marvel Cinematic Universe as the sole source of organization for the Earth's heroes, protecting the globe against superhuman threats as best it could. But just like in the comics, WandaVision revealed that S.H.I.E.L.D. wasn't the only game in town when it came to shadowy organizations that deal with superheroes. Sometimes, the governments of the world need to strike first against threats like Wand Maximoff, which is where S.W.O.R.D. came into play.
Standing for Sentient Weapon Observation and Response Division, S.W.O.R.D. focuses on the development and creation of robotic and artificially intelligent weapons for use against alien and paranormal threats. This slightly differs from its comic acronym, Sentient World Observation and Response Department, which posits S.W.O.R.D. as more of an MCU version of the Men In Black. Regardless, WandaVision expanded the MCU with the addition of the new group, making the world feel larger than just the scope of S.H.I.E.L.D.'s authority.
8 WandaVision Gave Monica Rambeau Powers The series saw the birth of a new superhero Scarlet Witch's abilities in WandaVision are so incredibly strong that they can create new superheroes as a mere afterthought through the briefest of exposures. This was the case for Monica Rambeau, who, upon entering the barrier of the Anomaly surrounding Westview, exposed her DNA to a barrage of unstable radiation. The resulting bath of unstable chaotic energy gave Monica powers herself, eventually becoming the heroine Photon.
Monica Rambeau makes use of her powers in The Marvels, joining forces with her old friend, Carol Danvers, as well as Ms. Marvel. This essentially made WandaVision mandatory viewing for anyone who wished to know Rambeau's backstory going in to The Marvels, proving the impact the series has had on the wider Marvel Cinematic Universe. Hopefully, Monica can continue to appear in upcoming MCU projects as Photon, using the powers Wanda accidentally bestowed upon her for good.
7 The MCU's Streaming Series Began With WandaVision WandaVision was the first Disney+ show WandaVision certainly wasn't the first live-action series to fly under the Marvel banner. The Netflix Defenders universe had already been well-established as an analogous MCU storyline long before WandaVision's release, and shows like Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Cloak and Dagger did the same on network television even before that. But WandaVision was the first to truly expand the Marvel Cinematic Universe's catalouge of content like never before.
Previously, mainline MCU entries only existed in the movies, with shows like Netflix's Daredevil and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. taking place in an unrelated sidestream. While the former was eventually retroactively canonized in the MCU, WandaVision was the first TV show produced by Marvel Studios to expand the world of the franchise beyond the films. This has had an undeniable impact on the series as a whole, exponentially increasing the breadth and scope of MCU stories being told ever after.
6 WandaVision Experimented With The Typical MCU Formula The series' unique style was a creative premise If there's one thing the movies of the Marvel Cinematic Universe can be criticized for, it's their recurring formula. Much of the series' success revolves around a rather simple story template that has been repeated many times across the franchise. That being said, WandaVision presented one of the most original MCU stories thanks to its unique structure and sense of mystery.
Rather than being a straightforward comic book story, WandaVision puts its style first, using the sitcom imagination of Wanda Maximoff as a framing device to obfuscate the true nature of Westview in plain sight. The first few episodes of WandaVision are particularly brilliant, drip-feeding information with small reveals while masking its true intentions with a charmingly retro surface. WandaVision is also much more emotion-driven than most MCU fare, putting the Wanda's struggle with grief front and center alongside some powerful ruminations on the nature of loss.
5 WandaVision Created White Vision Yet another hero has his origins in the series Monica Rambeau isn't the only new addition to the MCU's hero roster that got her start thanks to WandaVision. The series re-introduced Paul Bettany as the affable British android, though his presence as a magical construct fueled by Wanda's grief meant he wasn't long for the world. However, S.W.O.R.D.'s White Vision, crafted from the remains of the original model, was activated over the course of the series, and seemed to gain sentience thanks to a conversation with his simulacrum counterpart.
White Vision has sadly yet to return in the MCU after flying away from the streets of Westview, no longer a tool under S.W.O.R.D.'s control but also unsure of his own purpose. It seems as though the follow-up Vision series, previously titled Vision Quest, will finally see Paul Bettany reprise the role once more. Hopefully, White Vision will have a lengthy future in the next phases of the MCU thanks to his introduction in WandaVision.
4 Wanda's Series Demonstrated Just How Powerful She Could Be WandaVision took her power to the next level Despite how immensely powerful Scarlet Witch is in the Marvel Comics, Wanda Maximoff was never quite able to reach the same levels of strength in the MCU. One of the more powerful superpowered characters in the series, to be sure, Wanda's powers still seemed to cap off at basic telekinesis and mild telepathy, confusing and frightening the Avengers with visions of their biggest insecurities and fears. However, WandaVision opened up a whole new realm of possibilities when it came to Scarlet Witch's powers.
Wanda was able to completely re-write reality at a citywide scale, turning the entire town of Westfield into a playground of nostalgia to suit her whims. Not only that, but she was able to effortlessly mind control its entire population nearly subconsciously, forcing them to act out her fantasies whether they liked it or not. This incredible spike in power carried over to Wanda's appearance in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, allowing her to solo the powerful heroes making up the Illuminatti with little trouble.
3 WandaVision Introduced Agatha Harkness Another character introduction with some hefty worldbuilding implications As great as additions as Monica and White Vision are, WandaVision was also able to introduce some proper villains into the mix of the MCU. Enter Agatha Harkness, an ancient witch hailing from Salem, Massachusetts. Agatha was bent on absorbing the powerful chaos magic of Wanda Maximoff, infiltrating the town of Westview under the moniker of Agnes. The reveal that she had been manipulating the events of the first few episodes was one of the best moments of the entire show.
Though she ultimately fails her mission to steal Wanda's power and is cast out of Westview, Agatha is still very much a force to be wary of in the MCU. An Agatha Harkness solo series has been confirmed to be in the works at Disney+, though the show has already gone through many title changes over the course of its development. This means that Agatha is sure to have a greater impact on the MCU than her actions in WandaVision, not done scheming for power by a long shot.
2 WandaVision Saw The Birth Of Tommy And Billy Maximoff Two very important characters in Scarlet Witch's development WandaVision revealed that Scarlet Witch's chaos magic was strong enough to not only control life, but create it at a fundamental level. This was impressive enough with her revival of Vision, but the creation of two all-new beings, Tommy and Billy Maximoff, was even more groundbreaking. Like their parents, Tommy and Billy seem to have inherited the Maximoff suite of powers, with Billy having his mother's telekinesis and psionic powers and Tommy having his uncle's super speed.
Although Wanda is forced to say goodbye to her beloved children by the end of WandaVision, Tommy and Billy's profound impact on her life isn't to be understated. Searching for a new reality in which she can once again be with her children is Wanda's motivation in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, ultimately leading to Wanda's descent into villiany. Even if Tommy and Billy never re-appear, they've made a profound impact on the MCU.
1 WandaVision Was The MCU's Most Meta Narrative Yet The series began a trend for experimentation One underrated aspect of WandaVision is its willingness to play with TV as a narrative, making meta-commentary on its story in several key ways. Most notably, each of the first few episodes parodies a prolific sticom from a certain era, including I Love Lucy, Malcolm in the Middle, and even Modern Family. This include some fourth-wall breaks, such as in-person interviews and Agatha's winking at the camera that played with audience expectations in a way Marvel hadn't done before.
This kind of meta-commentary wasn't always so overt either, with tongue-in-cheek choices like Peter Evans' re-cast as Quicksilver only for him to be revealed as an imposter playing off the actor's fame for portraying the character in the Fox X-Men films. It's safe to say that movies like the upcoming Deadpool & Wolverine or moments like She-Hulk's fourth wall break in her own series wouldn't have a place in the MCU without WandaVision breaking new ground as a meta-commentary on media first.
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