The Marvel Cinematic Universe is taking a trip into the unknown with its slate of Phase 4 shows, and Jac Schaeffer’s WandaVision looks like it could be one to watch. As well as bringing back Paul Bettany’s Vision after he sat out Avengers: Endgame, the latest theory suggests the Disney+ series could also resurrect a forgotten MCU villain back into the fold and really put the
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The six-episode miniseries already has fans talking thanks to confirmation it will be bringing Young Avengers Wiccan and Speed to life, as well as rumours Aaron Taylor-Johnson could reprise his role as Quicksilver. However, it sounds like Vision and Pietro Maximoff might not be the only ghosts of the past to rear their heads.
Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Robots
Posting on Reddit, u/Lumba claims James Spader’s villainous Ultron was actually in love with Scarlet Witch and will get an MCU reprive in WandaVision. It’s a well thought out theory that pinpoints several of Ultron’s lines of dialogue. As well as saying “Please, don’t do this” when Wanda turned against him, Ultron later said to Vision, “My vision… they really did take everything from me.” Interestingly, the idea that Ultron loved Wanda also ties into her current romantic entanglement with Vision.
While Ultron was supposed to be the franchise’s big bad in a pre-Thanos world, Spader’s version never quite lived up to the legacy of his comic book counterpart. Although Avengers: Age of Ultron went on to break records and make a killing at the box office, there’s no denying its the ‘weakest’ of the four Avengers movies. However, Ultron’s lackluster off-screen death has neatly set up his potential WandaVision arc.
Ghosts In The Machine
It’s important to remember Vision and Ultron are connected thanks to the villainous AI taking over J.A.R.V.I.S. and helping play a part in Vision’s physical creation. Both characters also fought to harness the powers of the Mind Stone. Even if the Infinity Stones have been placed back where they belong/destroyed, the WandaVision trailer shows Vis sporting his glowing gem.
How Ultron could play into WandaVision remains to be seen, however, we know the outer space agency known as S.W.O.R.D. will make its (official) debut in Schaeffer’s series. It’s entirely possible a piece of Ultron survived and is the main threat S.W.O.R.D. is tasked with taking out. Elsewhere, what if the organisation kept him around and he’s gone wrong — needing the help of Wanda and Vis to take him out?
Enter The Matrix
For anyone questioning how Ultron could’ve survived, you could argue the same about Vision. Basically, if one comes back, it’s entirely possible the other is in tow. Looking at the first WandaVision trailer, there was the trippy moment an in-colour Wanda popped up next to a black and white Vision. Many are theorisising this is the ‘real’ Wanda, tracking Vision down in some sort of computerised world and asking her fallen beau for help.
Whatever is going on, it’s important to remember death isn’t necessarily the end in the MCU. While it looked like Ultron was gone for good, didn’t we also think Nick Fury had been killed off in Captain America: The Winter Soldier?
Either way, the likes of WandaVision, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, and Loki are shaping up be far more than just filler shows to prove the MCU has a place on Disney+. Is Spader set to reprise his role as the mad machine? Find out when WandaVision premieres later this year.
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