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The ‘WandaVision’ Cast Is Full of MCU Characters You’ve Seen Before

WandaVision may end up feeling like other chapters in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but it’s certainly not starting that way. Marvel Studios’ first foray into streaming television on Disney+ (and one of our most anticipated new shows of 2021) is a completely committed love letter to sitcoms, with each episode made in the style of a different show from decade to decade; one episode will feel like The Dick Van Dyke Show, another Family Ties, another Modern Family. You get the point.

Yet, obviously, this is all constantly building toward something else: our main characters are Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen), a powerful telekinetic Avenger, and Vision (Paul Bettany), an android with a synthetic, superpowered body and an incredibly advanced A.I. operating system for a mind. It’s fun to see them as our ‘Oh gosh!’ sitcom leads, but we know sooner or later the curtain’s going to be ripped back for some action-packed superhero drama.

And with the series largely following the genre-bending mold of sitcoms meeting superhero action, that mean its cast gets to flex acting muscles in a rather unique manner. Even aside from Bettany and Olsen—who both get to show sides of their characters that they didn’t put on display in previous film appearances—the WandaVision cast features a number of faces that will be a delight—and fit wonderfully in this unique world that Marvel has created. Some of those faces have appeared in films before, some are new faces to returning characters, and some are just great performers you’ve seen before who make everything they’re in better. But it’s all pieces to the puzzle—and WandaVision is putting it all together little by little.

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Elizabeth Olsen – Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch

Wanda, a reality-warping telepath who can basically shoot balls of red energy from her hands and make people see wild things, made her Marvel Cinematic Univerde Debut in a credits scene at the end of Captain America: The Winter Soldier and has been one of the MCU’s most important characters ever since. Initially starting as an antagonist of sorts in Avengers: Age of Ultron, she (and her brother, Pietro/Quicksilver) eventually joined the Avengers before [SPOILER ALERT!] his death at the end of the film. She continued her important role—often paired with Vision—in Captain America: Civil War, Avengers: Infinity War, and Avengers: Endgame; Marvel chief Kevin Feige has said she’s the most powerful Avenger.

Olsen has been one of the best actresses in the business over the last decade or so too even outside of her work in the Marvel world. She kickstarted her career in 2011 with a critically acclaimed turn in the mystery film Martha Marcy May Marlene, and over the next decade had memorable roles in 2014’s Godzilla, the underrated dark comedy Ingrid Goes West (alongside Aubrey Plaza), and with fellow Avenger Jeremy Renner in 2017’s Wind River. Olsen also appeared alongside Star Wars star Kelly Marie Tran in the little-seen but very good TV series Sorry For Your Loss, which aired on Facebook Watch. The whole sitcom thing in WandaVision kind of brings things full circle for Olsen, who has a pair of older siblings you may remember—Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen, who starred for years on Full House.

Paul Bettany – Vision

Technically, Vision was born midway through Avengers: Age of Ultron, when the Avengers put Tony Stark’s advanced artificial intelligence system, J.A.R.V.I.S. and the Mind Stone (which was previously in Loki’s scepter in The Avengers) into a synthetic, superpowered body that Ultron was planning to take for himself. Vision was then born—a powerful, yet confused, android, learning to be more and more human little by little. Vision helps defeat Ultron, and joins the team for Captain America: Civil War and Avengers: Infinity War. [SPOILER] Vision dies twice in Infinity War; first sacriificed by Scarlet Witch, who kills him by ripping the mind stone out of his head, destroying it so Thanos can’t get it, and then again, by Thanos himself, after turning time back and undoing Scarlet Wtich’s action. We’ll have to see how WandaVision gets around that.

Bettany, meanwhile, has been one of the most unique actors in the industry for quite some time. On top of being one of Marvel’s longest-tenured cast members (he voiced J.A.R.V.I.S. since the original Iron Man, seven years before ever becoming Vision), he’s also played supporting roles in a number of movies, like A Beautiful Mind, The Da Vinci Code, and A Knight’s Tale. He’s been a RomCom lead opposite Kirsten Dunst in WImbeldon, and played a Star Wars villain in Solo: A Star Wars Story. Most recently, he appeared in Amazon Prime Video’s film Uncle Frank, a touching and enjoyable film set in 1973 about a college professor and his niece returning home to the south from New York City for a family member’s funeral.

Teyonah Parris – Monica Rambeau

Monica Rambeau doesn’t have the most familiar of MCU names, but you have seen her before. Monica was a child in Captain Marvel, and her mother, Maria Rambeau (Lashana Lynch) was the best friend of Carol Danvers, also known as Captain Marvel (Brie Larson). Given that Captain Marvel is set in 1995, the Monica we see in WandaVision is 25 years older—and we’re excited to see how it all fits into the bigger universe footprint.

Parris has had a number of exciting roles in recent years, including a memorable recurring role as Don Draper’s secretary, Dawn Chambers, in Mad Men. She also appeared in Justin Simien’s hit satire film Dear White People in 2014, Spike Lee’s Chi-Raq in 2015, and Barry Jenkins’ If Beale Street Could Talk in 2018. In 2021, she’s scheduled to appear alongside Yahya Abdul-Mateen II in the much-awaited new Candyman.

Kathryn Hahn – Agnes

Agnes is one of the characters in WandaVision who we truly don’t know anything about. Feige has referred to her as a “nosy neighbor” in the past, and Hahn said in an interview with EW that she’s the kind of neighbor who “won’t get off their couch at the end of the night.”

Hahn is one of the most underrated actresses working in the business. First and foremost, she’s hilarious—her roles in Step Brother, Parks and Recreation, and Bad Moms alone prove that. But its her dramedy and drama roles that prove she can really do anything; she was heartbreaking alongside (another Avenger) Mark Ruffalo in I Know This Much Is True and has blown her roles in HBO’s Mrs. Fletcher and Amazon’s Transparent out of the water. She should have no problem mixing sitcom, action, and mystery together in WandaVision.

Kat Dennings – Darcy Lewis

Darcy has two MCU appearances already under her belt—in Thor and Thor: The Dark World. Her character worked alongside Jane Foster (Natalie Portman)and Dr. Erik Selvig (Stellan Skarsgård) when that team first encountered Thor (Chris Hemsworth) and met with him again in the sequel. It’s said that she now works with Jimmy Woo and the FBI by the time the events of WandaVision come around.

In addition to her role in Thor, Dennings has been in a number of notable films and TV shows. Some might recognize her best from Two Broke Girls, while others might remember her as Catherine Keener’s daughter in The 40-Year-Old Virgin. She also lends her voice work to one of the funniest shows on TV in Netflix’s Big Mouth.

Randall Park – Jimmy Woo

Jimmy Woo is another character Marvel fans have seen before. Remember when Scott Lang/Ant-Man (Paul Rudd) was under house arrest in Ant-Man and the Wasp? Woo was the FBI agent assigned to make sure Lang didn’t violate any of the agreements as his parole officer. He’ll be back for WandaVision, surely playing into the larger-world portion of how this crazy sitcom experiment fits into everything else.

Like Rudd, Park is one of the most fun actors to be included in a recurring MCU role. Park has TV experience in a lead role on Fresh of the Boat, but has also appeared in just about every funny thing you can remember over the last decade or so: Veep, Long Shot, Neighbors—the list goes on and on. Perhaps most notable in recent memory is his leading role in Netflix’s terrific romantic comedy Always Be My Maybe, where he starred alongside Ali Wong. And one other fun bonus fact? Park also had a role that could be recurring in Aquaman, making him one of the few actors to appear in the current iterations of both the MCU and the DCEU.

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