Marvel's WANDAVISION Will Explore The Comic-Accurate Scarlett Witch and Her Representation of Mental Illness

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I’ve been excited about WandaVision ever since I learned about the wild and crazy concept of the series. This is going to be something very different, unique, and special for Marvel, and we’ve got a bit of new information to share with you regarding the main character Scarlett Witch.

During an interview with New York Times, series star Elizabeth Olsen teased that this is going to be an ambitious series with an “incredible concept” of WandaVision, and also explains that the series will dive deeper into Wanda’s psyche, saying that this will explore the comic version of the character more:

“It’s the first time we get to understand her as the Scarlet Witch that she is in the comics, and that’s exciting for me because I haven’t yet been able to give her that time onscreen. So that’s going to be fun. She’s always been a representation of mental health and illness in the comic book series, and her major role is handling that stigma within Marvel.”

WandaVision is said to borrow from the popular Marvel comics storyline “House of M” by Brian Michael Bendis and Olivier Coipel. That story arc follows the Scarlet Witch after she suffers a mental breakdown after a tragic loss and creates a new reality in order to cope.

When asked about Vision’s role in the series, Olsen remained tight-lipped, saying:

“That I can’t answer because he died in [‘Infinity War’]. I’m sorry. [Laughs] I know you wouldn’t care. I tell my friends, but I can’t tell you. They’re like you — they know nothing, so I just tell them everything because it doesn’t matter. I know it will go nowhere.”

Olson will be joined by Paul Bettany in the series, which has been described as “a mash-up between American sitcoms throughout the decades and Marvel films with these characters.” It’s also been explained that the story “snowballs into an epic Marvel movie that you’ve grown to know or love.”

The series is also said to start Wanda Maximoff down the path of actually becoming Scarlet Witch and the story it tells will have repercussions for the entire future of the MCU in Phase 4. Many fans believe that involves how the film will tie into Doctor Strange In The Multiverse of Madness, and will crack open the multiverse.

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.

WandaVision is slated to arrive on Disney+ sometime this fall, though we have no exact date set yet.



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