Long before Avengers: Infinity War hit theaters, most fans assumed that Paul Bettany’s Vision wouldn’t live to see the end credits. After all, having part of your brain be an Infinity Stone presents a bit of a danger when the (almost) unstoppable Thanos is planning to wipe out half of all life in the universe.
Those predictions proved accurate, with the finale of the film being a doomed race against time to extract the stone from Vision’s forehead. This didn’t work out too well, with Wanda eventually having to euthanize her lover, only for Thanos to cruelly reverse time and tear it from his head. All of which makes the news that Vision is returning in the Disney Plus show WandaVision kinda perplexing.
Though it’s early days for the show yet, production is expected to begin later this year and we’re starting to hear a little more about what it’ll be about. Elizabeth Olsen has described the series as being set in the 1950s, which makes the cheesy title kinda cool. Hearing this, many assumed that the setting indicated that the time travel devices seen in Avengers: Endgame are due for another workout. According to our sources, however, that’s not the case.
We’re hearing that the 1950s setting will be the result of Wanda creating a fake bubble reality in which she can live with Vision. Within this chintzy setting, she can recreate her lover from her own memories and craft a perfect life alongside him, which apparently even extends to them having a family together.
It might sound outlandish, but it’s not too far from the way we saw her use her powers on the Avengers in her debut appearance in Age of Ultron. Plus, characters realizing they’re in a false reality and that they don’t technically exist is real Twilight Zone-style creepiness.
Personally, I think it’s a neat idea, and it matches with previous reports of WandaVision focusing on Wanda’s reality-altering powers rather than just red energy beams. It’s also a cool way of showing her processing her grief (badly, in my opinion) and a good way of resurrecting Vision without cheapening his death.