Disney+’s first MCU show WandaVision may start a new era for the Marvel franchise, but it is also a continuation of stories from Phases 1 to 3.
WandaVision kicks off a whole new era for the MCU, one marked by changes not only to the line-up of characters and properties but also in a more fundamentally structural way. But the inaugural Disney+ MCU show is deeply rooted in the established timeline of the MCU. While the story of some of the original Avengers is now over, Phase 4 will continue the story of the Infinity Saga in various different ways and WandaVision is as much a product of its past as it is a step out into brave new territories.
Set in a mysterious sitcom-referencing world, WandaVision brings Paul Bettany’s Vision back to life in an idealized reality with Scarlet Witch at its center. And though it allows Wanda to live out the dreams robbed of her by Infinity War and Vis’ death, the true dangers of its reality and the cost to the “real” world are yet to be properly weighed up. The unraveling truth of WandaVision’s world, seemingly attacked by new organization S.W.O.R.D. are key to this show and crucially, they also set up a wider arc leading into a Multiverse trilogy that also includes Doctor Strange In The Multiverse Of Madness and the as-yet-unnamed MCU Spider-Man 3. This is no mere magic trick.