WandaVision is currently lighting up the forums with fans in a fever in TV’s best Easter Egg hunt ever, but where has it all come from and who exactly are they playing to?
Wanda and The Vision have been a couple for probably longer than you thought. Way back in the Bronze Age of comics, Wanda and The Vision were slowly falling in love, first meeting in Avengers #76, and the relationship would grow in the pages of The Avengers, culminating in their marriage in Giant-Size Avengers #4 in 1975. Famously, a marriage for a comic book couple rarely goes well, but it has to be said that Wanda and Vis managed to keep things together for a long time, before, of course, creators would want to upset the apple cart.
In 1982, they would receive their first comic book mini-series, a 4-issue run by Bill Mantlo, that would present Magneto as the father of Wanda and Pietro, a fact that would be retconned by 2004.
In 1985 Steve Engleheart would write a 12-issue maxi-series for the duo, and it was here that Wanda would become magically pregnant and give birth to 2 sons. However, the two sons would have a tragic end, (an event that would be revisited by Brian Bendis in the House Of M series in 2005). The 1985 series would focus more on family drama than superhero action, a tone reflected in WandaVision.
The story would be picked up in the pages of West Coast Avengers in 1989 under the watchful eye of John Byrne. The Vision would be deconstructed, and after some rebooting from Hank Pym, it seemed that Vision had become even more robotic, alienating himself from Wanda, and eventually the relationship would break down completely, with Vision finishing things off in a phone call. This 3-part arc can be read in West Coast Avengers #42-#45. By issue #63, things would reach a conclusion for the couple.
The death of Wanda’s sons would play an important part in future events at Marvel. By Avengers #500 Wanda has tried to resurrect them, her out of control powers would lead to Vision crashing a Quinjet into the Avengers mansion. The Android would melt, releasing Ultron-like creatures that would lead to a battle with She-Hulk, who would “kill” Vision in the fight.
Tony Stark would rebuild Vis, and when Avengers vs X-Men hit the stands there would be an awkward reunion with Wanda and Vis.
However, from all the source material, it would seem that tonally Tom King’s 12-issue maxi-series would provide some inspiration for WandaVision.
The series was focused on Vision wanting to build a “normal” family life, as he creates a “family” for himself, and attempts to live in a suburban setting. It does eventually unravel, but the series was a fan favorite and presented the character in a story that would flip from comedy to horror, catching readers off guard.
WandaVision has become an Easter Egg hunt for Marvel comic fans. There are several placed throughout the episodes currently online, and no doubt there will be hundreds more to follow.
The adverts show us hints to Agents of Shield and HYDRA, windows are the same color as The Infinity Stones, Doctor Stan, The Grim Reaper’s helmet in the animated credit sequence, Auntie A’s Kitty Litter (Agatha Harkness), The Strucker Watch advert, The Mind Stone on the magic cabinet, the list goes on and on.
This tactic may be a huge hit for the fans that fall into that rabbit hole, but it can also be annoying for casual fans that know something is happening, but they just don’t know what, like being in a group of people that are all laughing at an “in” joke that you don’t get.
With the show only halfway through it’s hard to anticipate the direction it will go in, but one thing seems certain: the show will continue to mine the well of Marvel, throwing clues and nods to those in the know, and hopefully trying to engage new viewers the same time.