The first of Marvel's eagerly awaited Disney+ originals has finally got a release date, but it's not as soon as we had hoped. For the first time in more than a decade, 2020 will see us without any new Marvel offerings. Due to the pandemic, Black Widow has been delayed until next year, as has Eternals (formerly knowns as The Eternals), and that has now extended to the Disney+ shows. While it had long been expected to land on the streaming service this year, WandaVision will now launch on Disney+ on January 15, 2021.
WandaVision sees Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany reprise their roles as Wanda Maximoff and Vision for what looks like a 50s set sitcom. Naturally, there is much more than meets the eye as (spoiler alert) Vision met a very final end in Avengers Infinity War. The official synopsis also offers little in the way of clues as to what the heck is going on.
Set after the events of Avengers: Endgame (2019), Wanda Maximoff and Vision are living the ideal suburban life in the town of Westview, trying to conceal their powers. But as they begin to enter new decades and encounter television tropes, the couple suspects things are not as they seem.
The events of WandaVision are expected to tie directly into Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, Olsen has already been confirmed as having a significant role in the movie. To side step a moment, the Doctor Strange sequel (which has the best title of any Marvel film to date), it is starting to sound like the Multiverse of Madness could be home to a major MCU event. Unless it's another fakeout like in Spider-Man Far From Home, Doctor Strange 2 is going to bring the multiverse to the MCU. This gives Marvel the chance to introduce the likes of X-Men, Fantastic Four, and for alternate versions of well-known characters to make an appearance.
Rumours are already swelling that Tobey Maguire & Andrew Garfield might return for Spider-Man 3 alongside Tom Holland. Benedict Cumberbatch was recently confirmed as taking on the mentor role for young Peter Parker, and Jamie Foxx is returning as Electro last seen in The Amazing Spider-Man 2. So, the multiverse is going to play a big role in the future of the MCU, and it all starts with WandaVision.