With WandaVision currently the biggest show on TV, now is the perfect time to look back at Scarlet Witch and Vision’s first series together.
Marvel’s WandaVision has taken the world by storm following its two-episode premiere on Disney+, with fans eager to learn the mystery lurking at the fringes of their new lives in the seemingly idyllic suburbs following the tragic events of Avengers: Infinity War and Endgame. All is not as it seems, of course, as cracks quickly form in the facade of the newlywed couple’s classic-sitcom reality, and signs begin to point toward nearly the 40-year-old events of the Vision and Scarlet Witch’s first comic book series,
Scarlet Witch and Vision left the Avengers not long after they were wed, following Captain America’s decree that the team needed to be downsized to just six active members. The two moved to a quaint, quiet neighborhood in the suburbs of Leonia, New Jersey, where they could enjoy married life to its fullest. Beginning in 1982’s Vision and the Scarlet Witch #1, by Bill Mantlo and Rick Leonardi, the laid-back lifestyle of suburban America never really got a chance to come to fruition for the couple, as even on the first day of living in their new home they were set upon by dark supernatural forces. The first volume of the series only lasted four issues, the couple eventually rejoining the Avengers, and their home being unceremoniously burned to the ground by violently bigoted neighbors.
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In 1985, the two once again left the Avengers, this time over the team’s treatment by Henry Gyrich, who at the time was overseeing their activities at the behest of the National Security Council. Wanda and Vision returned to the same neighborhood in Leonia to find a new home, despite the outrage of the still unwelcoming community. Once again, they are almost immediately under attack by supernatural threats. Eric Williams, aka the Grim Reaper, was the most immediate thorn in their side, but colorful villains soon faded for much darker and personal ones. Agatha Harkness came into the picture as less of a threat to the couple and more of an uncomfortable mentor to Wanda. When Agatha was burned alive by the Salem Seven, Wanda fought on her behalf, and though she couldn’t save her fellow witch, she was able to put some of the mystical energies that had been released to good use by setting in motion her own pregnancy.
The birth of Wanda and Vision’s children seems to be, aside from the unsettlingly wholesome setting, the most pivotal aspect of the 1985 series that has influenced WandaVision. This isn’t surprising considering how much of an impact the story of the couple’s twin children left on the Marvel Universe. The characters and setting have of course been adjusted and updated to bring the story up to its modern timeframe and MCU trappings, but the core of the original series seems to very much still be intact.
Fans probably won’t be able to look forward to things playing out on-screen exactly how they did in the books, but that’s almost certainly for the best, considering the long and convoluted paths that Wanda and Vision ended up taking to arrive where they are in the present. Still, there doesn’t seem to be any shying away from the more disturbing aspects of the series in its small screen adaptation, which only serves to further open the floodgates of what might come to pass as WandaVision continues.
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