As soon as the WandaVision trailer dropped during the recent Emmy Awards, Marvel fans started breaking it down frame by frame. After reviewing the one minute and twenty-second clip, eagle-eyed fans spotted some Easter eggs. And they appear to tease two of Marvel’s most anticipated Fox reboots.
Marvel Phase 4 is beginning with a focus on recently deceased characters
It’s no secret that the COVID-19 pandemic has thrown Marvel’s plans for Phase 4 into chaos. The studio has pushed back all of its planned 2020 theatrical releases into 2021. In turn, many of their scheduled 2021 releases are now scheduled for 2022.
At the same time, Marvel has moved around the release dates for some of their Disney+ series. With all of the changes, Forbes is reporting that the first MCU film and the first three Marvel series on Disney+ post-Avengers: Endgame will all focus on recently deceased characters. Those projects are Black Widow, WandaVision, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier and Loki.
In the WandaVision trailer, they didn’t hide the fact that Vision (Paul Bettany) died in Infinity War. Many fans believe that Wanda Maximoff (Elizabeth Olsen) has messed around with time and space to bring Vision back from the dead. According to the Disney+ series description, the show is a time-traveling romantic comedy that is a “blend of classic television and the MCU.”
The fan theory is that Wanda’s manipulation of time and space will have consequences in both WandaVision and the Doctor Strange sequel.
‘WandaVision’ will help open the multiverse
According to Screen Rant, Marvel is setting up narrative opportunities in Phase 4 that will allow them to introduce some of the characters they acquired during the Disney/Fox merger. Studio boss Kevin Feige has also teased projects like Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, Blade, and Black Panther 2.
The big question now is how Marvel will introduce their newly acquired Fox properties into the MCU. They teased the existence of the multiverse in Avengers: Endgame. Even though Marvel has remained quiet about plot specifics for Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, the title suggests more exploration into the multiverse.
The expectation is that WandaVision and the other two Disney+ series will also tie-in to the Doctor Strange sequel and the multiverse. Once this is established in the MCU, the studio could use the TV series to introduce those newly-acquired Fox properties – the Fantastic Four and the X-Men.
Some eagle-eyed viewers of the WandaVision trailer believe they found Easter eggs teasing both the Fantastic Four and X-Men reboots.
Did the ‘WandaVision’ trailer reveal ties to the Fantastic Four and X-Men?
According to ComicBook.com, the trailer offered fans a glimpse of SWORD, the Sentient World Observation and Response Department. SWORD is a counterpart of S.H.I.E.L.D. that handles extraterrestrial threats.
SWORD first appeared in the X-Men comic book. And at one time they had an X-Man in their ranks. The second Easter egg is the appearance of “nosy neighbor” Agnes, played by Kathryn Hahn.
The speculation is that nosy neighbor Agnes is really centuries-old witch Agatha Harkness. She first appeared in the Fantastic Four comics. Sue Storm and Reed Richards trust Agatha to take care of their newborn son, but they discover Agatha’s powerful witchcraft.
Agatha was a recurring character in the Fantastic Four comic books throughout the 1970s. She later appeared in Vision and the Scarlet Witch as a mystic mentor for Wanda.
Could WandaVision be the Marvel series that introduces Fantastic Four and X-Men into the MCU? Fans will have to wait and see when the series hits Disney+ later this year.
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