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The first Marvel series for Disney+ follows Elizabeth Olsen’s Wanda Maximoff (aka Scarlet Witch) and Paul Bettany’s Vision (aka the humanoid super-computer who seemingly died in “Avengers: Infinity War”) living in wedded, suburban sitcom bliss through the decades. And while comic aficionados know all about the characters’ comic book pasts, casual Marvel Cinematic Universe viewers might not.
Immerse yourself with this list of essential Wanda Maximoff and Vision comics that have helped serve as inspiration for “WandaVision,” compiled by IndieWire creative producer Leonardo Adrian Garcia.
“House of M” by Brian Michael Bendis
While there are plenty of storylines from which “WandaVision” drew inspiration, the most obvious the series is riffing on is this one, where Wanda creates alternate versions of reality — first where mutants are in charge of everything, and then where there are no mutants.
“Avengers: Disassembled” by Brian Michael Bendis and David Finch
Brush up on the events that lead up to “House of M,” which — spoiler alert! — includes Wanda killing both Hawkeye and Ant-Man.
“The Saga of Wanda and Vision” by Steve Englehart, Bill Mantlo, Jeph York
This collection of older comic runs features Wanda and Vision getting married, moving to the suburbs, and having kids. Sound familiar? The comics in question come from the ’70s and ’80s.
“Vision: The Complete Series” by Tom King
Kevin Feige has mentioned that Tom King’s run on Vision‚ including the cover that imagines Vision in a “Leave It To Beaver”-esque sitcom, was the original inspiration for WandaVision’s TV trope. Speaking with CinemaBlend, he said, “Those comic covers in particular were very much the inspiration that led us to connecting this sort of childhood, unhealthy… psychological comfort that I found from sitcoms in my youth, and still do today on MeTV when I can’t sleep at night, and Wanda and Vision and continuing to evolve their story. [It was] those covers of Vision standing in a suburban doorway, the white picket fence and a mailbox with ‘The Visions’ on it, that was the spark for that. And there were still a few other things that we pulled from that run as well. But as is always the case, it’s very collaborative and a melting pot, and is inspired from many runs.”
“Scarlet Witch” by James Robinson
There are three books in this run, which follows Wanda as she solves magical crimes and figures out why witchcraft is broken. Vol. 1 is called “Witches’ Road,” Vol. 2 is “World of Witchcraft,” and Vol. 3 is “The Final Hex.” (Though you can buy them in this just-published complete collection.) The series also features Wanda working alongside Agatha Harkness, the witch many “WandaVision” viewers suspect Kathryn Hahn is playing.
“Avengers West Coast: Vision Quest” by John Byrne
This collection of Avengers stories from the 1980s and ’90s features a story arc where Vision’s memory is wiped clear and he loses his marriage to Wanda.
“Marvel-Verse: Wanda & Vision” by Alec Siegel, Steve Englehart, J.M. DeMatteis, Kyle Higgins
This collection, published in late 2020, collects various comic arcs from 2011, 1972, and 1974 that feature Vision and Scarlet Witch — including their wedding in Giant-Size Avengers #4.