PAUL BETTANY Explains WANDAVISION's Comic Book Roots

WandaVision
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Friday night's Disney+ presentation at the D23 Expo shed new light on many MCU TV projects, including rounding out the cast of WandaVision.

But the stars of the show - Paul Bettany/Vision and Elizabeth Olsen/Wanda Maximoff - kept talking after the presentation wrapped in a press event where Bettany himself dropped some big hints about the show's comic book roots.

“It happens to be a mash-up between a couple of our favorite comics that will remain nameless," Bettany told the Walt Disney Company in a video interview. "But also a mash-up – and this is all from Kevin Feige’s fevered imagination – a mash-up of American sitcoms throughout the eras. And it tumbles into a kind of chaotic, messed up story, that then ends up in a more familiar Marvel narrative. When you have someone pitch that to you, and you have six hours to play around in, I’m excited.”

Bettany didn't go any further in describing which comic book stories they may draw from - but there are a few likely suspects.

Tom King's recent Vision series featured the Synthezoid Avenger living in the suburbs with his own AI family - while working to hide dark secrets. And the Avengers story "Inner Visions", in which Vision was manipulated by the time traveling villain Immortus, led to him going crzy and trying to take over the world, eventually to be rebuilt as a colorless, emotionless shell of his former self.

Then there's the time Wanda materialized some magical children to lead a suburban life with Vision - a story that ultimately led her to have a psychological break and kill several of her Avengers teammates in the story "Avengers Disassembled."

Here's a Disney+ synopsis for WandaVision:

"Bettany returns as Vision and Olsen as Wanda Maximoff—two super-powered beings living their ideal suburban lives who begin to suspect that everything is not as it seems."

WandaVision is due out on Disney+ in Spring 2021 - ahead of Wanda's key role in 2021's Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness - which may also indicate some potential comic book connections for WandaVision.

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