Wiccan, is that you?
We have exciting news for Marvel fans and LGBTQ media fans. It looks like we have some pretty solid evidence that the MCU and its Disney+ shows are going to give us gay superhero Wiccan.
Who is Wiccan?
As I predicted and theorized last summer, it looks like Wiccan IS on the way to our screens. It just appears he’ll show up on the small/streaming screen before possibly showing up on the big screen. Plus, he’ll start off as a child.
If you don’t know, Wiccan is popular gay superhero from Marvel comics and is a part of arguably the most popular gay superhero couple in all of comics. The character is a spellcasting teen/young adult (depending on which comic you read) who is most known for being a member of the Young Avengers. It’s there that he meets the shapeshifting Skrull named Teddy Altman or Hulkling. The character is also the son of Wanda Maximoff, aka The Scarlet Witch.
In the comics, the Scarlet Witch went on a series of mental breakdowns. First, because of Maximoff losing her husband Vision and realizing that her twin sons were creations of her reality-bending magic. She then created an alternate reality where she and her family, as well as mutant-kind, ruled the world. Unfortunately, that didn’t last.
She later reversed things by uttering the iconic words, “No more mutants.” Eventually, however, two super-powered teens (one who could use magic like Wanda or use super-speed like her brother Quicksilver) started running around the comics of Marvel. It was later revealed that these two were grown-up versions of Wanda’s children. (That’s a quick and dirty summary, mind you).
And now, it looks like the MCU is converting that storyline for us fans to watch with real-life actors. Last night, Marvel and Disney released a first look ad for their upcoming Disney+ shows. The ad, which appeared during the Super Bowl, showed a few clips from Falcon and the Winter Soldier, Loki, and WandaVision. When it comes to the latter, we see that Wanda is living the life of American family sitcoms of the past. But it appears that not all is right within the Vision household.
As the show’s description explains:
“Marvel Studios’ ‘WandaVision’ blends the style of classic sitcoms with the Marvel Cinematic Universe in which Wanda Maximoff (Elizabeth Olsen) and Vision (Paul Bettany) – two super-powered beings living their ideal suburban lives-begin to suspect that everything is not as it seems. The new series is directed by Matt Shakman; Jac Schaeffer is head writer. Debuts on Disney+ this year.”
Based on that description, Hollywood gossip, and our own estimation, we believe that WandaVision is being inspired by classic American sitcom shows (like Roseanne, The Dick Van Dyke Show, or The Brady Bunch), the House of M storyline (as explained above), and the Vision comic series from 2015. Meaning, this short series will follow Wanda Maximoff’s mental breakdown after the death of her boyfriend Vision.
Wiccan In The MCU?
But what does this mean for Wiccan? Well, Marvel Studios and head Kevin Feige are still keeping everything hush-hush. But, they are slipping.
First, it’s evident that the Young Avengers are on the way. Kamala Khan aka Ms. Marvel is reportedly getting a Disney+ series as well the teenaged Hawkeye and lesbian hero America Chavez, aka Miss America. Plus, Cassie Lang was aged up in Endgame and Hulkling is reportedly in the works as well. Plus, rumor has it Feige is considering a Young Avengers Disney+ show or a full-fledged movie. How can Feige have the Young Avengers without Wiccan?
But recently released info about WandaVision has given us the first evidence of Wiccan becoming a reality. First, the Super Bowl ad shows two important quick shots. One of a pregnant Wanda and another of Wanda and Vision looking down at two baby cradles (seen as this article’s featured image). Clearly, the twins Wiccan and Speed exist in Wanda’s reality-bending fantasy.
In addition, some leaked audition info AND VIDEOS reveal that these kids will be aging up fast. The below videos show child actors auditioning for the roles of Wanda and Vision’s sons. The videos show that the boys won’t remain as babies but will be aged up as Wanda’s visions go through different decades. One specific decade will see Halloween festivities, which explains the ad shot of Olsen in the comic’s accurate Scarlet Witch costume. But that’s not all! The audition lines also hint that Quicksilver will be returning in the series.
“Man, he even snores like a baller,” says the auditioning actor.
“You’ll wake him up,” says someone off-camera.
“You wake him up. Unless you’re scared,” the actor replies.
“He’s our uncle. Why would I be scared?”
So, it looks like WandaVision is gearing up to be a great treat for Marvel fans and LGBTQ media fans. We will get to finally watch Wanda go crazy with her powers, in every way that phrase can be interpreted, and we’ll get to see the origins of Wiccan.
But unfortunately, this is just the origin story of Wiccan. We don’t know how, or really if (though we’re betting he will), Wiccan will leave Wanda’s vision world and come to the MCU. Plus, we don’t know what age he’ll be at that point. But again, the Young Avengers are being assembled, so it’s not an unreasonable guess to say he’ll be aged up fairly soon. In the end, we’ll find out at the conclusion of WandaVision or during the followup film Doctor Strange: Multiverse of Madness. The latter project of which is expected to handle the fallout of the prior series (like Wiccan’s fate).
Until then, we’ll have to wait around for the Disney+ series to drop. Thankfully, the show’s release has been pushed up to sometime this year. We’re excited to see it!