That Time Marvel Fans Thought Lady Gaga Was On WandaVision Thanks To Buffy The Vampire Slayer’s Emma Caulfield

There are a ton of fan theories that have been spinning out of WandaVision now that the Marvel Studios show has shown three episodes on Disney+. Based on that new clip that just dropped, we expect even more theories to spew into the stratosphere following Episode 4, as it’s suggested that more will be revealed about Monica Rambeau (Teyonah Parris) and her involvement with S.W.O.R.D. As it turns out, the cast keep track of these wild rumors, too, and have been since the show was in production. Like, have you heard the one about how Marvel fans thought Lady Gaga was going to appear in the show? Press play on the video above and let WandaVision co-star Emma Caulfield tell it.

There’s an insane amount of speculation that comes with basically every Marvel Studios effort, but a good deal of it fell on WandaVision for multiple reasons. One, it has become our introduction to Phase Four, the fresh new slate off MCU storytelling. Two, we have been told that WandaVision will connect to both the untitled third Spider-Man movie, as well as Sam Raimi’s Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.

So fans were paying VERY close attention to WandaVision, and many saw photos of Buffy the Vampire Slayer co-star Emma Caulfield as she was on set. As she tells it, she was wearing a wig on set to be in character as Dottie, a mysterious member of Wanda’s (Elizabeth Olsen) suburban TV neighborhood of Westview. But Caulfield also was wearing a mask, which led many to believe that she might have been the “Born This Way” singer, and star of the Oscar-winning A Star is Born.

Emma Caulfield recalls:

That was super fun, like, trying to figure out that it’s not them. [laughs] I knew it wasn’t them! But I’d be like, ‘Oh, what cool theory! It would make sense if so-and-so was in it!’ And, ‘She could totally be playing BLANK!’

The other theory floated out there when fans saw paparazzi shots of Emma Caulfield in character on the set of WandaVision was that she was Scarlett Johansson, and that ALSO made sense. At the time, no one really knew when WandaVision took place in the MCU timeline. (We still don’t really know with any certainty.) And if it’s a construct of Wanda’s mind, then Black Widow could have played a role, despite her sacrifice in Avengers: Endgame.

Now we know more about Emma Caulfield’s character, Dottie. And we hope to learn even more about her as additional episodes of WandaVision continue to drop. Episode 4 is almost here, landing on Disney+ for fans to enjoy. Don’t expect to see Lady Gaga in any form, though.

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