The X-Men formally entering the MCU is a foregone conclusion at this point. Since Disney paid $71.3 billion for Fox, fans have been waiting for Marvel’s fantastic mutants to appear alongside Tom Holland’s Spider-Man and Anthony Mackie’s Captain America. While the X-Men and Charles Xavier had been mentioned in passing, it wasn’t until Ms. Marvel’s finale that the term “mutation” was used in the superhero series.
With a few notes of the X-Men ’97 theme music playing in the background, it was revealed in the last moments of the Iman Villani-led series that Kamala Kahn is truly a mutant. This was the first X-Men mention in the main MCU world, and it signified a departure from Kamala’s comic book roots.
But how did it feel to finally obtain OK from Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige to employ that mutant twist on-screen? Ms. Marvel’s creators have provided a response to that query.
Feige pulls out the mutant card
Ms. Marvel showrunners Adil El Arbi, Bisha K. Ali, and Bilall Fallah discussed the Mutant Easter egg at the end of the program and what it was like working with Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige on such a significant MCU event in a series of interviews.
El Arbi told The Wrap that the moment was “the last thing [they] read,” making it “the best-kept secret.”
In the run-up to the event, the director said that Kevin Feige had one request, urging him to “”Just film [the scene], put on some music, and that’s it:”
To begin with, it was the last item we read. So that was a well guarded secret. Nobody knew about that until we read the final version of the screenplay and it was like, crap. And then we’d question producers about it, and we’d receive no response. Then Kevin Feige responded, “Just film this, throw on some music, and call it a day.” We can only hope that we will be a part of “Ms. Marvel’s” future since it would be great to have some “X-Men” flavor in there.”
In the same interview, El Arbi emphasized the significance of the X-Men theme to him and the Ms. Marvel team, stating that X-Men: The Animated Series was their favorite “”That’s how our exposure [to] Marvel was as youngsters,” he says. It’s both the “X-Men” and “Spider-Man” animated shows. But, yes, that was fun.”
El Arbi and Fallah said to TVLine that they “didn’t even know about [the Mutant inclusion] until [they] suddenly had a screenplay.” The two hope to be able to contribute to the next chapter of Kamala’s tale, but they know that “Kevin Feige has the master plan.”
Bisha K. Ali, the show’s chief writer, recognized the importance of the X-Men theme in the series in an interview with Inverse “”As a geek from that age, when that soundtrack has such an emotional, visceral effect, I’m happy,” she said of the soundtrack. I’m not sure what that signifies outside of our program. I just know about our small spectacle. I’m just as eager to find out as the fans are.”
Ms. Marvel to X-Mutants
While some fans are disappointed that Marvel Studios modified the character’s origin, it’s hard not to get thrilled hearing those familiar tones from X-Men: The Animated Series in the MCU. One may feel whichever they want about Kamala being a mutant, but the fact that the topic has been brought back is something remarkable. And it seems Kevin Feige is well aware of this.
Feige has repeatedly shown that he is the ultimate comic book enthusiast. Whether it was the rigorous preparation that went into Avengers: Endgame or seeing Tony Stark when he saw Robert Downey Jr. back in the early 2000s, this guy has a talent for this kind of work.
And he understands how important the X-Men motif is to so many people. So much so that he has assisted in the approval of a whole successor series to the legendary Saturday morning program.
Surely, Ms. Marvel will not be the last time fans hear that nostalgic tune. Kevin Feige seems to be in charge of this.
Ms. Marvel is now available to watch in its full on Disney+.
Each and Every Show That Inspired the Disney+ Series WandaVision
WandaVision’s frequent allusions to classic television shows are a major part of its humor.
In January of 2021, WandaVision launched Phase 4 of the MCU, officially ushering in a new age of Disney+ shows. Indeed, it was the first time the MCU was seen on television, as it chronicled Wanda Maximoff’s (Elizabeth Olsen) reaction to the aftermath of Avengers: Endgame. In the end, WandaVision was a huge critical triumph, garnering a whopping 23 nods at that year’s Primetime Emmys.
WandaVision, as the first television series in the MCU, appropriately paid tribute to the medium of television by drawing inspiration from a wide range of programs throughout its history. WandaVision acknowledged a wide range of television classics by the end of the series, from The Dick Van Dyke Show to Modern Family. All the shows that served as models for WandaVision are listed here.
The Dick Van Dyke Show
The Dick Van Dyke Show, which follows the title man in his antics both at work and at home, is one of the earliest shows mentioned on WandaVision, appearing in the very first episodes. One of WandaVision’s primary inspirations comes from this episode. Matt Shakman, the show’s director, told Den of Geek that he and Van Dyke had lunch together to discuss the show’s production.
I Love Lucy
Featuring Lucille Ball as a New York housewife who dreams of becoming a star, I Love Lucy was a smash hit on television. Clearly, this program, along with The Dick Van Dyke Show, was an influence on the first two episodes of WandaVision. The most blatant example is the fact that couples could not be depicted in bed together during the airing of I Love Lucy. Two separate single beds were displayed instead of a double bed.
Featuring Lucille Ball as a New York housewife who dreams of becoming a star, I Love Lucy was a smash hit on television. Clearly, this program, along with The Dick Van Dyke Show, was an influence on the first two episodes of WandaVision. Couples could not be shown in bed together on television during the time that I Love Lucy was airing. Instead of a double bed, two single beds were displayed.
The Twilight Zone
The Twilight Zone, the only non-comedic source of inspiration for WandaVision, is another source of the show’s unique style. The structure of the show has a narrator guiding the audience through a series of spooky stories set in a realm named “The Twilight Zone.” Jordan Peele just recreated the series, but he stuck with the same basic idea. Jac Schaeffer, the program’s creator, discussed WandaVision’s impact on the series and its storytelling, highlighting the impact the show had on the development of Wanda’s magic and the resolution of the Hex’s mysteries.
Bewitched, originally shown on ABC in the 1980s, has been remade numerous times throughout the history of film and television, most recently as a box office smash starring Nicole Kidman and Will Ferrell. Starring in the show is Elizabeth Montgomery as a witch attempting to lead the life of a typical housewife. WandaVision, in which Scarlet Witch and Vision disguise themselves as normal suburbanites, finds an apt inspiration in these stories.
The Brady Bunch
The Brady Bunch was a popular show from the 1970s about a nuclear family that ended up blending and raising six kids together. The third episode of WandaVision, as part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, plainly draws inspiration from The Brady Brunch, as the title card makes explicit reference to the show’s title show.
A family living in a Chicago public housing complex experienced nothing but good fortune. The actress playing Monica Rambeau on WandaVision, Teyonah Parris, confirmed this was a running gag, and that the show’s effect can be seen even in later episodes. Good Times originated in the 1970s as a spin-off of Maude, which was itself a spin-off of All in the Family.
In Full House, Bob Saget played a widower father who enlists the support of his brother and closest friend, both of whom were also single parents. The episode in which WandaVision transitioned into the 1980s TV era was inspired by this show. Having grown so much, Billy and Tommy had altered the household dynamic. It’s worth noting that the Olsen sisters, Mary-Kate and Ashley, were featured prominently in the ABC show Full House, which served as inspiration for the show’s design.
Malcolm in the Middle
The popular sitcom Malcolm in the Middle from the 2000s focused on the eponymous character, a bright kid from a working-class family who struggled to fit in. In the sixth episode of WandaVision, there were multiple references to Malcolm in the form of dialogue and the opening titles were a direct homage to his. Furthermore, exactly as Malcolm did in his show, Tommy did in WandaVision, breaking the fourth wall.
WandaVision’s seventh episode included numerous allusions to contemporary sitcoms like The Office, especially in its mockumentary-style format, which featured interviews and glances directly into the camera. While Vision and Darcy are operating the circus truck, Vision occasionally turns his head to stare directly into the lens. When Agnes recognizes the camera, she once again reveals herself to be Agatha Harkness. It’s only fitting that a reference be made to The Office, which has had such an enormous impact on contemporary television.
When it comes to television, Modern Family is up there with the all-time greats. The show centers on the Pritchett family patriarch, Jay, and how his three children and their families interact. In the sixth episode of WandaVision, Wanda addresses the camera directly in a mockumentary style reminiscent of Modern Family. Wanda’s home is also quite similar to the Dunphys’ in terms of color scheme, design, and general vibe.
Who is the Wonder Man of Marvel Comics?
We had been expecting you, Simon Williams.
The following contains spoilers for some of Wonder Man’s comic book history, but will give you an overview of his background.
Marvel Comics readers have been wondering when Simon Williams, aka Wonder Man, would enter the MCU ever since the introduction of Vision in Avengers: Age of Ultron. With the confirmation that Destin Daniel Cretton, the man behind Shang-Chi, will be directing a Wonder Man series for Disney+, some of the answers to that question began to emerge. And in even more thrilling developments, it appears that Yahya Abdul-Mateen II will play Simon Williams in the film. If you seen Watchmen on HBO, in which Abdul-Mateen II portrayed Doctor Manhattan, you’ll find this casting even more intriguing. As the villain Black Manta in the Aquaman film series, he is no stranger to the superhero genre. But that’s not why we’re here; we want to speak about Simon Williams and his role in the future of the MCU, and in particular the fates of two of the most beloved star-crossed couples in the MCU canon.
Who is this mysterious Wonder Man, anyway?
Wonder Man made his debut to readers on the cover of Avengers #9 in 1964. There was a banner that read, “Marvel Comics proudly introduces… Wonder Man, the newest, most dynamic surprise character from the world-famous House of Ideas,” and the cover art featured the looming heads of Thor, Captain America, Iron Man, Wasp, and Giant-Man looking down on their new superpowered foe. Even more so considering Wonder Man wouldn’t make it to the issue’s conclusion, it was a bold claim. Simon Williams was a normal man before he was kidnapped and subjected to “the most potent ionic rays” by Baron Zemo at his hideout in the Amazon Jungle, transforming him into a superhero with superhuman strength and invulnerability. What could possibly motivate such crazy research? The goal was to get Simon (now known as Wonder Man) into the Avengers organization and give him superpowers. In the end, Wonder Man decides to help the Avengers defeat Zemo, after initially agreeing with the plan. He pays the ultimate price for his brave decision. Zemo had poisoned him in secret and, after being deceived, had refused to give Simon the antidote. So long, Wonder Man.
The question is, how did Wonder Man make his way back? And if that was his last appearance, why is he getting a spinoff? In an event that would have lasting effects on Wonder Man and the Avengers, he was soon to play a pivotal role in the development of a legendary Marvel hero.
How Wonder Man are related with Scarlet Witch and Vision?
For four years and 51 issues, fans had to wait before seeing Simon Williams again in the pages of The Avengers. However, the style did not adhere to the norm for comic books. Unfortunately, he was not shown to be still alive or brought back from the dead. This guy wasn’t even a clone. Instead, he is shown to be instrumental in the creation of the synthezoid known as the Vision in the acclaimed story “Even an Android can Cry” by Roy Thomas, John Buscema, George Klein, and Sam Rosen. Something shocking is uncovered as the crew led by Iron Man investigates Vision’s origins and identity. Ultron, the villain, absconded with a valuable item, a “memory cassette” of Wonder Man’s brain. He put it to use in developing the Vision. Yes, in the comics the Vision is an android with a digital replica of Simon Williams’ brain, as opposed to the MCU, where he is formed via the combined efforts of Thor, Tony Stark, and Bruce Banner. The odd narrative may have ended there, but Wonder Man had more in store.
By revealing in Avengers #102 that Simon Williams had not been killed but had instead been in a coma since Avengers #9, Marvel Comics planted the seed for his eventual resurrection in 1972. Unfortunately for Simon, it wasn’t the Avengers but Kang, as part of his villain team Legion of the Unliving, that resurrected him in Avengers #131. Wonder Man’s relationship with Vision only grew in importance once he through a few more rebirths and officially joined the Avengers in 1977.
After living together for a while, the duo finally accepted their unorthodox connection and began to view each other as quirky but supportive siblings. Unfortunately, that was short-lived when a corrupt business destroyed Vision’s memory, rendering him emotionless. Simon’s understanding refusal to enable his loving wife Wanda to restore him via brain imprint donation to Vision was understandable. Because he had grown to love Wanda, even if she didn’t realize it for years. The affair was intense, but it ended when Wanda realized she still loved her one true love, Vision, too much to let him go.
What are Wonder Man’s powers?
What a fascinating query! The correct answer has evolved with the times, just like our favorite comic book heroes. We already know that his innate abilities granted him superhuman strength and indestructibility. His initial ionic experiments with Zemo gave him the foundation for his subsequent enhanced talents. Wonder Man appeared to be made entirely of pure energy after reviving from one of his numerous deaths, but the truth is more complicated.
Wonder Man has falsely claimed to be made of Ionic Energy on multiple occasions, however a more accurate description would be that it is embedded throughout his own flesh and bones. As a result of his extraordinary physiology, he can heal himself from wounds, fashion solid objects out of energy, and control magnetic fields. His peculiar abilities can be traced back to his past. Aside from that, Wonder Man possesses a host of classic superhero abilities, including flight, invulnerability, bulletproof skin, the ability to leap tall buildings in a single bound, extreme agility, and super reflexes. He also possesses latent powers, such as teleportation and shapeshifting, though he rarely employs them.
Isn’t it true that Wonder Man used to act?
Yep. Simon’s aspirations to become an actor are almost as well-known as his association with Vision. Wonder Man, who in the 1970s was a resident of the Avengers Mansion, left to strike out on his own. Simon left the Avengers #211 after Captain America attempted to downsize the squad to focus on his personal life in Avengers #211. He is now working with good old Hercules in his acting profession. He then tried his hand at acting before transitioning into the world of stunts in Hollywood, where he proved to be nearly unstoppable. Both West Coast Avengers Vol. 1 and his solo series Wonder Man detail that time period in his life. It’s easy to imagine that this will serve as a springboard for his Disney+ series.
What role Wonder Man will play in Marvel?
Simon Williams seems like a logical progression for the MCU after the events of WandaVision and the introduction of the memory-erased White Vision. The question that remains, though, is how the MCU will redefine the antihero in his pilot episode and throughout the franchise. The several possibilities we’ve discussed here show that this is so. Following a much-loved Marvel Cinematic Universe convention, this author speculates that Simon Williams was either an employee or rival of Tony Stark. The latter seems more realistic, given that his past in the ’80s comics was expanded to involve him competing with Stark Industries for cash.
It’s possible that the MCU will introduce the idea that Jarvis and eventually Vision were created using Williams’ coding skills or a physical brain imprint, giving him the crucial connection that the characters need. This would be a great opportunity for the MCU to further cement the brotherly bond between the two characters and bring him full circle back to Tony Stark. The Wonder Man TV show might also take place in the past to introduce audiences to the character and his background before he becomes part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. That may be a fun way to introduce audiences to Wonder Man before he officially enters the current MCU, while also incorporating some of the hilarious hijinks from his time in Hollywood. It’s also plausible that this path may leave Williams in a coma, where the MCU’s latest villain can revive him.
It seems likely that Kang will play a role in Simon’s primary introduction to the MCU, given the comics and the time of the Wonder Man series. Including the Legion of the Unliving in the MCU may be a fascinating development. It’s also possible that White Vision is discovered by scientist Kang, who then links the new synthezoid to Simon. However, we believe that Simon will become well-established in the series before being presented to the main MCU, where he will become connected with White Vision and the Avengers after becoming entangled with a revived Scarlet Witch. During the Kang Dynasty comic that inspired the new film’s title, Wanda and Wonder Man actually break up in the comics.
We won’t know until Disney+ launches the much-anticipated MCU series, though.
10 Facts About Gwen Stacy That Only Marvel Comics Fans Know
Fans of Marvel Comics are aware that Gwen Stacy is important in Spider-existence. Man’s The secret to her MCU future may lie in her terrible comic book past.
This year, Spider-Man commemorates his 60th birthday and the publication of Amazing Fantasy #15 in 1962, the year of his debut in Marvel Comics. Gwen Stacy is one of the few characters that dominates Spider-comic Man’s book history. Fans can look back on her terrible story during the anniversary to better comprehend both her tragic history and her possible MCU future.
She most likely also makes an appearance in live-action as Spider-Gwen, her multiverse-specific alter ego, who is already well-known in comics and animation. Her escapades in comic books across the multiverse depict a tenacious, legendary figure with an unquestionable future in the Sony Marvel Universe, the MCU, or most likely both.
Gwen Stacy character was created inspired by Stan Lee’s Wife
The Amazing Spider-Man #31 featured the debut of Gwen Stacy, who was co-created by writer Stan Lee and illustrator Steve Ditko. Lee modeled the persona after his wife Joan. With Aunt May in the hospital and Spider-Man dealing with what seemed like a never-ending series of difficulties in New York City, Gwen’s arrival was untimely for Peter Parker.
At Empire State University, where Gwen studied science, she met Peter. They met because of their shared interest in the topic, but readers of Marvel Comics will recall that Peter was slow to recognize Gwen’s enthusiasm.
In Marvel Comics, Gwen Stacy hopes Peter Parker will take notice of her.
Some fans might be surprised that Gwen and Spider-romance Man’s developed slowly given her prominence as one of Spider-biggest Man’s love interests in Marvel Comics. The best example of Peter being unaware of her approaches is in The Amazing Spider-Man #36 where he practically disregarded her in favor of a science exhibit. Peter was frequently preoccupied with other things.
This infuriated Gwen, so she started dating his rivals in an effort to attract his attention (and pique his jealousy). In an effort to attract Peter’s attention, she dated both his buddy Harry Osborn and his sworn enemy Flash Thompson.
Mary Jane and Gwen were close friends
Comic book readers are aware that Mary Jane Watson ultimately prevailed over Gwen to win Peter’s love. That could give the idea that Gwen and Mary Jane were competitors, although they were actually close friends. The two proved closer than most people might recall, with Gwen even referring to Mary Jane as her truest friend, despite the occasional hostility that occasionally existed between them, particularly around The Amazing Spider-Man #51.
Modern comics frequently looked back at the character’s early days and in-depth examined Gwen’s relationships. This gave her friendship with MJ greater complexity, which the films might use if she ever show up in the MCU.
The Wild Land
Gwen leaves for England after her father passes away, which strains her bond with Peter. After they reconcile, she joins him in the Savage Land where Kraven The Hunter, one of Spider-greatest Man’s comic book foes who will star in his own Sony Marvel Universe film, kidnaps her. Given that, this plot may allude to Gwen’s future on the big screen.
The Amazing Spider-Man #103 and 104 are the issues where the adventure is set. After No Way Home, Spider-future Man’s in live-action is undetermined, therefore this plot might serve as a model for introducing Gwen and well-known characters like Ka-Zar.
The Day Gwen Stacy Passed Away
Comic book readers are aware that Gwen’s demise in The Amazing Spider-Man #121 is still among the most startling in the history of Marvel Comics. The Green Goblin irrevocably upset the balance of the Spider-Man comics when he threw her off the Brooklyn Bridge and left Peter with a gaping wound that never fully recovered.
In comics, Gwen’s passing stood out as the exception. Particularly considering her importance, most characters never pass away or instantly return. For many years, Gwen didn’t appear in any comic books, but her narrative wasn’t done.
Another option for Gwen in live-action exists should the MCU or Sony Marvel Universe decide to explore the contentious Clone Saga from the 1990s. In The Amazing Spider-Man #142, Gwen Stacy made a comeback as a clone. Ben Reilly, better known as the Scarlet Spider, was also featured in this plot.
This plot served as the model for the 1990s saga that gave rise to several clones. Up until her passing in 2011, the Gwen clone lived her own life in London as Joyce Delaney. This plot might provide Gwen a way to return if the Andrew Garfield Spider-Man makes a live-action comeback.
Fans of Marvel Comics are aware that the live-action version of Sins Past should be avoided. The convoluted plot from the 1990s exposed Gwen’s relationship with Norman Osborn, the person who killed her. They also secretly gave birth to twins, which is more than they already did. This, to put it mildly, destroyed Gwen’s persona and remained an unsettling component of her legacy up until recently.
Recent comics reversed the retcon, showing that Gwen didn’t have the affair but that the twins were once more the result of cloning, created by fusing the DNA of Gwen and Norman.
In the 2000s, Gwen’s comic book saga was finally over, but 2014 brought about a sea change. In Edge of Spider-Verse #2, a Gwen Stacy impersonator showed up as the Ghost-Spider. When the radioactive spider bit this alternate universe’s version instead of Peter on Earth-65, she acquired superpowers.
This Gwen’s meteoric rise to fame restored the character’s notoriety and gave her a fresh start free from the burden of her terrible past. With little delay, Spider-Gwen received her own comic book, and she now makes appearances in animated films like the upcoming Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse – Part One.
On the front cover of Marvel Comics Secret Wars #1, superheroes engage in combat.
The next Secret Wars film presents Gwen with another opportunity to enter the MCU. Gwen was banished from Earth-65 to an alternative universe as a result of the 2015 comic book event that wiped out the multiverse. She joined forces with other Spider-Man incarnations to battle Norman Osborn, the mayor of New York City in this reality.
At this point, Miles Morales also entered the main Marvel canon, which means that both significant Spider-variants may make their live-action debuts in this eagerly awaited film.
Although Gwen Stacy from Earth-616’s original version is no longer alive, she just made a surprise comeback in The Amazing Spider-Man #10. The comic depicts the Celestial Progenitor using Gwen’s visage as his emissary to assess Spider-eligibility Man’s to live as part of the continuing A.X.E. Judgment Day crossover event.
This results in an emotional reunion that makes you wonder if this is really Gwen. She expresses to Peter how much she misses him, demonstrating to followers that even after 60 years, their love and anguish still exist.
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