While Marvel Studios is looking forward to introducing its first round of all-new heroes to Phase 4, the team has largely focused on returning favorites through the first five releases of the year.
This came right from the get-go with Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany starring in WandaVision, which provided a unique look at the self-proclaimed "unusual couple" through the history of American TV sitcoms. The MCU's first Disney+ exclusive helped push Olsen's Wanda Maximoff toward realizing her place in the world as the Scarlet Witch as well.
WandaVision's nine episodes also seemed to help give Bettany's Vision a proper and emotional sendoff after appearances in eight MCU projects since 2008. Although the android appeared to meet his end with Wanda letting go of Westview, Marvel characters are never completely off the table even after seemingly dying.
In a recent interview, Bettany teased the possibility that he may not be done while reminiscing on how WandaVision came to an emotional end.
A VISION OF LIFE AGAIN?
WandaVision star Paul Bettany spoke with Deadline about closing his run on the show with Elizabeth Olsen while teasing the chance that he may not be done with the MCU yet.
Looking at his work with Olsen through the years, Bettany was throughout pleased by the "beautiful culmination" for everything "Lizzie and [he] have done together." Additionally, he indicated that WandaVision might not be the conclusion of his MCU career, saying that he "[doesn't] want to call it the end" with Marvel Studios yet:
“It was a beautiful culmination for all these things Lizzie and I have done together. We really found a lane for ourselves, and this was different in tone from those movies. But you never know with Marvel, whether you're done, or not. So I don't want to call it the end yet."
MORE IN STORE FOR VISION?
Paul Bettany boasts one of the longest runs of any actor in the MCU, having first voiced the AI program Jarvis in the franchise's first movie Iron Man. Transitioning to play Vision after the events of Avengers: Age of Ultron, Bettany was able to extend his time in the Marvel Universe even further regardless of how extensive the make-up procedure was for the android.
While Wanda's Hex may not exist in a physical form anymore after Episode 9 of WandaVision, Bettany's hero made it clear that his very existence leaves the door open for a potential return someday. This simply comes from the fact that because Wanda and Vision have said goodbye so many times, there's a lasting chance that the two "will say hello again" somehow.
Although there are no set plans for Bettany to come back as Vision yet, Wanda's standing as a key player through Phase 4 and beyond sets the stage for numerous doors through which he could return. When that happens is still a mystery, but it's clear that the actor knows his place as a key MCU player and is open to donning the cape and Infinity Stone once again.
All nine episodes of WandaVision are available to stream on Disney+.