WandaVision starts Phase 4 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but here are the MCU movies to watch ahead of Scarlet Witch and Vision’s show.
WandaVision is the first Disney+ TV show from Marvel Studios, but what Marvel Cinematic Universe movies should interested parties watch first? After taking the entirety of 2020 off, 2021 will deliver a plethora of MCU content as Marvel moves past the Infinity Saga. It is up to WandaVision to begin Phase 4 now, and the series will see Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany return, as Wanda Maximoff aka Scarlet Witch and Vision respectively.
Marvel has done an excellent job keeping plot details for WandaVision a secret, but Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige has long said that their Disney+ shows will be vital parts of the MCU story. This new era will begin by taking Scarlet Witch and Vision into an altered reality of some kind that will copy famous sitcoms from the 1950s to the present day. Wanda and Vision will have a family and domestic life, but they’ll also encounter several other characters. Kathryn Hahn is playing their nosy neighbor Agnes and other Westview residents will appear. It is also confirmed familiar faces from the MCU will return, such as Darcy Lewis (Kat Dennings), Jimmy Woo (Randall Park), and an adult Monica Rambeau (Teyonah Parris).
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There is great potential for WandaVision to shake up the MCU and the rest of Phase 4 too. It is already confirmed Scarlet Witch will return for Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness and that WandaVision will set up the film’s events. There is even the possibility that Benedict Cumberbatch could cameo as Doctor Strange or that the show’s events will factor into other Phase 4 properties. The first season of WandaVision will also build off the 23 MCU movies that came before it. The show is set after Avengers: Endgame, but what other movies will significantly impact it? Here are the necessary MCU movies to watch ahead of its Disney+ debut.
The first Thor isn’t necessarily essential viewing to understand WandaVision, but it will give audiences an introduction to or refresher on Darcy Lewis’ MCU journey. She’s just a supporting character in the film and has several moments of comedic relief. Thor starts Darcy as an intern of Jane Foster, which brings her into contact with the god of thunder. Even though she’s not the one leading the research on the Einstein-Rosen Bridge, her early experience with the improbable could be beneficial in WandaVision‘s story.
Thor: The Dark World
Darcy’s involvement in WandaVision could also make Thor: The Dark World somewhat relevant to the upcoming events. Although she isn’t involved too much in the main stories – Jane’s possession of the Aether and Malekith’s return – Darcy and her intern are responsible for finding Erik Selvig. It is possible that the devices created by Selvig and used to stop Malekith could be of use to Darcy in WandaVision. With what seems to be an impenetrable energy field surrounding Westview, perhaps these devices could be used to transport Darcy – who appears to be working with SWORD – or someone else into the altered reality to communicate with Wanda.
Avengers: Age of Ultron
The first MCU film that is directly responsible for setting up WandaVision is Avengers: Age of Ultron. Although Wanda was previously seen in Captain America: The Winter Soldier‘s post-credits, the second Avengers film gives viewers a better introduction. She’s featured alongside her brother Pietro aka Quicksilver. Avengers: Age of Ultron covers Wanda’s time as a freshly powered person following Hydra’s commands, her decision to side with Ultron in a war on the Avengers, and ultimately the heroic turn she makes by the end. This is where her traumatic MCU story starts to take shape as she loses her twin brother. But, Avengers: Age of Ultron also sets up major parts of her future. It includes a tease of the romance between her and Vision, and it also makes her an official member of the Avengers at the very end.
In addition to meeting Wanda, Avengers: Age of Ultron also features the debut of Vision. Paul Bettany provided Jarvis’ voice for years before, but the movie combined Jarvis’ matrix with the Mind Stone and an android body made of vibranium that Ultron created. Vision’s creation at the hands of Tony Stark and Bruce Banner (with some extra electrical charge from Thor) immediately saw him work alongside the Avengers to protect humanity. His role in the third act includes eliminating the final Ultron bot. And just like Wanda, he’s an official member of the Avengers by the time the credits roll.
Captain America: Civil War
Wanda and Vision’s relationship evolved greatly in Captain America: Civil War. After spending a year or so as fellow members of the Avengers, they grew quite close ahead of the movie’s events. However, the Sokovia Accords and Wanda’s role in the Lagos tragedy put them on opposite sides of the superhero war. Vision sided with Team Iron Man, while Wanda was rescued from lockdown by Hawkeye and joined Team Captain America. Captain America: Civil War includes other hints at a blossoming romance between them, as Vision nearly kills War Machine because he was distracted protecting Wanda in the big airport fight. Wanda was locked up for her actions and opposing the Sokovia Accords but found herself on the run and away from Vision by the end.
Avengers: Infinity War
Avengers: Infinity War, in many ways, could be directly responsible for the events of WandaVision. While Vision and Wanda’s stories continued with them in a full-on relationship, they are put in great danger because of the Mind Stone sitting in Vision’s head. Despite trying to find an alternative solution, Thanos’ quest to collect all six Infinity Stones puts Wanda in the worst scenario possible. Scarlet Witch had to kill Vision by destroying the Mind Stone, but one heartbreaking goodbye wasn’t enough. Thanos reversed time to pluck the Mind Stone from Vision’s skull himself, forcing Wanda to watch him die again.
The trauma that surely lies with Wanda after such an event and the fact that Vision is dead will both likely play significant roles in WandaVision. The combination of these events sparked several theories that the entirety of WandaVision is the result of Wanda changing reality so she doesn’t have to live life without Vision. Meanwhile, the trailers feature Agnes telling Vision that he is dead, which is clearly a fact that he does not know. Since there is no hint on what happened to Vision’s body after Infinity War, that could be a plotline that WandaVision ties to as well.
Ant-Man & The Wasp
Ant-Man and the Wasp could be another useful MCU movie to see ahead of WandaVision. The movie features the debut of Randall Park as CIA agent Jimmy Woo. He’s introduced here as someone responsible for monitoring Scott Lang’s activities while he’s on house arrest. By the time WandaVision rolls around, though, Woo is working for SWORD. He’s one of the individuals trying to figure out what is happening at Westview in the marketing. Since WandaVision is the next chapter in his MCU story, it could be good to know where it began.
The final MCU movie to watch before WandaVision is Avengers: Endgame. Neither Scarlet Witch nor Vision has big roles in the movie: Vision doesn’t even appear, and Scarlet Witch only returns from the snap in the finale. But, Wanda’s fight with Thanos is a great reminder of just how powerful Scarlet Witch is ahead of WandaVision and her mental state. Five years may have passed between Infinity War and Endgame in the MCU timeline, but for those snapped like Scarlet Witch, it seemed as if almost no time passed. Losing Vision twice is fresh in her mind, and she tells Thanos he took everything from her. This should heavily factor into the Scarlet Witch’s arc in WandaVision.
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