If you’ve been waiting to subscribe to Disney+ just for some WandaVision, you’re going to want to check out this update. Previously announced co-stars Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany, who respectively reprise their title roles in the streaming series, will be joined by an unexpected newcomer. That character brings major implications to the future of the MCU.
The new addition comes courtesy of Teyonah Parris (If Beale Street Could Talk) who will star as Monica Rambeau. If that name sounds familiar, it’s because she’s the precocious daughter of Captain Marvel / Carol Danvers’ gal pal and fellow Air Force pilot Maria Rambeau. Maria was played by Lashana Lynch in Captain Marvel while young Monica was played by Akira Akbar. However, this new Disney+ series sees Monica all grown up in the current timeline of the MCU and ready to take on her own adventures. Those will arrive as part of WandaVision in the Spring of 2021.
Check out the reveal from San Diego Comic-Con below:
Thanks to Haleigh Foutch, who’s comfortably seated in Hall H for us, we have this exchange from Feige & Co. who talked a bit about the series:
Feige: If you thought that logo was strange, wait until you see this show. It’s unlike anything we’ve done before.
Olsen: It’s gonna get weird, we’re gonna go deep, we’re gonna have lots of surprises and we’re going to finally understand Wanda Maximoff as the Scarlett Witch
Bettany: “I have no idea. Last thing I knew I died in Infinity War so I literally have never been this confused in front of this many people” … Every time we get to do this the stories get richer and richer and this is the richest of all… I hope you love it because this is going to be surprising and weird.
Feige: I can’t tell you how exciting and different and strange that show is going to be.
But what they didn’t talk about was the introduction of Monica Rambeau to the modern connected storyline. In the pages of Marvel Comics, Monica works as a lieutenant in the New Orleans Harbor Patrol until she’s bombarded by extradimensional energy (which happens all the time in both comic books and while on harbor patrol). This eventually led to her taking on the moniker of, you guessed it, spoiler [highlight to read] Captain Marvel before changing it to Photon and later, Spectrum. Could this be the beginning of a new superteam for the MCU? Time will tell!