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The Marvel Cinematic Universe is in a unique place, as Black Widow's delay has resulted in a longer wait for Phase Four. But the wait for new Marvel content is nearly over, since WandaVision will premiere mid-January on Disney+. As the title suggests it'll star Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany as Scarlet Witch and Vision respectively, despite the latter character dying back in Avengers: Infinity War. And now with the show just days away, Bettany revealed his hopes for the character's future.
Paul Bettany has had a unique tenure in the MCU. While he was originally the voice of Iron Man's operating system JARVIS, he eventually debuted a Vision in Avengers: Age of Ultron. But the character was tragically killed by Thanos in Avengers: Infinity War, and we haven't see him since. At least, until WandaVision arrives on Disney+. Bettany was recently asked if he'd be returning in future installments of the MCU after Wandavision, to which he said:
I’m going to not speak on that one. I love playing the Vision. I would absolutely love to continue in some way, shape or form, in the universe. I love this character, and I think that, as you will see when you get to watch this, anything is possible. We can break all kinds of rules. It’s very rich storytelling, and it’s full of many opportunities to tell all sorts of different stories. I love being involved, and it’s been a ride of a lifetime.
Well, there you have it. It seems Paul Bettany is interested in playing his signature Avenger for the foreseeable future, despite his death in the dark ending of Avengers: Infinity War. New doors are opening up with WandaVision, so perhaps it could get another season if it ends up being a massive success on Disney's new streaming service.
Paul Bettany's comments to SFX Magazine (via Comic Book) are sure to be hopeful for moviegoers who don't want to see Vision make his final exit in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. While his Avenger's fate was sealed after Thanos ripped the Mind Stone from his head, there's no telling what Kevin Feige and company have in store for us with WandaVision. And with Disney+ opening up as a viable place for Marvel stories, perhaps more TV appearances could keep Vision alive without fracturing the timeline.
WandaVision will be released exclusively on Disney+, which also features Paul Bettany's tenure in the MCU. You can use this link to sign up for the streaming service.
The narrative possibilities of WandaVision feel fairly limitless especially given just how powerful Elizabeth Olsen's Scarlet Witch is. It's currently unclear exactly how Vision will be brought back, but the trailer for the series teased something we've never seen before in the MCU. You can check it out below, featuring genre-bending and some trippy visuals.
I have no idea what's going on, and I love it. While WandaVision will put its two title characters in a classic sitcom, the trailer soon highlights that somethings just not right. Fans are eager to see exactly who Kathryn Hahn is playing, and how the series will connect with the greater MCU. It's previously been teased that the events will directly tie into Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, which Scarlet Witch is set to have a role in. The stakes are high, especially after the long wait.
WandaVision wasn't originally supposed to be the first chapter in Phase Four, but both Black Widow and Eternals were delayed as a result of ongoing global health issues. But plans are still moving forward for the MCU's shows on Disney+, including What If...? and The Falcon and The Winter Soldier. Meanwhile, Scarlett Johansson's solo movie will finally arrive in May 2021.
The first episode of WandaVision is set to premiere January 15th on Disney+. In the meantime, check out our midseason premiere list to plan your next binge watch.