A new report suggests that Marvel Studios' upcoming TV series, starring Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany, will be called Vision and the Scarlet Witch. The short, six-to-eight-episode series is being created exclusively for Disney's upcoming streaming service, Disney Plus, which will launch in 2019.
In September, it was reported that Marvel Studios was working on a range of movie-budget limited series that would premiere on Disney Plus. One of the most interesting ideas was of a series starring Elizabeth Olsen's Scarlet Witch; only a few days later, there were further reports that the series may co-star Paul Bettany's Vision as well. The relationship between the two is a core part of Avengers lore in the comics, and was faithfully reproduced in Avengers: Infinity War, so this seemed to make sense.
According to the latest report from Deadline, Vision does indeed now have co-star billing. In fact, they report that the series will be called Vision and the Scarlet Witch. It's truly exciting to see secondary characters get top billing in some of these short TV shows. The romance between the two has been a tumultuous one in the comics, in large part because of Vision's struggle with emotion and Scarlet Witch's mental instability. It will be fascinating to see how Marvel Studios choose to adapt that relationship for their TV series.
Marvel fans will recognize that title as an allusion to two important arcs. In 1982, Bill Mantlo penned a four-issue miniseries called Vision and the Scarlet Witch, spinning a plot out of their recent marriage. He described them as "the strangest wedded couple in the world," and indeed his plot treated them as such. Mantlo's story saw the newly-weds confront everything from Samhain, the spirit of All Hallows Eve, to Nuklo, a radioactive man with the mind of a child. Significantly, this even ended with Wanda discovering that she was the daughter of Magneto, the Master of Magnetism. Three-years later, Marvel launched a second limited series entitled Vision and the Scarlet Witch. This saw the couple leave the Avengers after Vision's mind had been corrupted by his creator, Ultron; when the United States Government refused to trust him, Scarlet Witch broke him out of Project PEGASUS and the two decided to blaze their own trail as independent vigilantes.
The future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe is currently a closely guarded secret. Next year's Avengers 4 is the end of the first three phases of the MCU, and it appears to be the beginning of something subtly different. It's distinctly possible that the Vision and the Scarlet Witch series will tap into these classic stories - and explore the nature and powers of two remarkable heroes.