Wednesday, June 23, 2021

‘WandaVision’ – Who Are Billy & Tommy?

WandaVision episode 6 came in hot and we saw a lot more of the twins, Tommy and Billy, than we had in episode 5. The boys are obviously special children, taking on the signature Maximoff powers of Tommy with superspeed and Billy with reality warping, which may be a sign of where the Marvel Cinematic Universe is heading.

Billy and Tommy, in the comics, don’t make it very far … In West Coast Avengers #52, their true origin is revealed and the twins cease to exist before we really learn anything about them, and Wanda forgets them as a result of Agatha Harkness’ spell. Years later, the boys are reborn to the Kaplans.

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After their rebirth to the Kaplans and Shepherds, the boys become Wiccan (Billy Kaplan) and Speed (Tommy Shepherd). Obviously it would seem that the MCU may be omitting the Kaplans and Shepherds, since their powers manifesting under the care of Wanda and them making it past infancy. However, it definitely points to the imminent arrival of the Young Avengers to the MCU.

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The MCU is stacking their Young Avengers team; so far we have Kate Bishop coming from the Hawkeye series, Kamala Khan/Ms. Marvel, Cassie Lang likely taking up the mantle of Stature in Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, Riri Williams coming in Iron Heart, America Chavez in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, and now Wiccan and Speed. Loki is also a possibility, as we don’t yet know where his journey with the Time Variance Authority and the Multiverse will lead him in his upcoming series. It wouldn’t be shocking to see the fan-favorite God of Mischief continue his long tenure in the MCU.

Adding Wiccan and Speed to this team is also the perfect window of opportunity for Marvel to bring in the LBGTQ representation that fans have been wanting for so long, as Wiccan is an openly gay character married to his Young Avengers teammate Hulking, who has the perfect window to be introduced in the upcoming She-Hulk series.

Phase 5 or 6 is shaping up to be all about the Young Avengers, and bringing Wiccan and Speed into it makes it all the more exciting. What this change from the comic storyline means for WandaVision, however, remains to be seen.

The first six episodes of WandaVision are currently streaming on Disney+.

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Kaity
Kaity started with Harry Potter in second grade and it’s been a losing battle ever since, or maybe a winning one ... She lives in New England with a small herd of cats, two dogs, three chinchillas, and one daughter. Her main fandoms are Marvel, The Umbrella Academy, Star Wars, and Lord of the Rings, with special emphasis on one vibranium shield-wielding Super Soldier. Contact: kaity@nerdsandbeyond.com

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