Last week we noted that John Byrne was added to the "Special Thanks" credits of the TV series WandaVision, and pointed out the overdue reasons why – as well as the credits for other comic book creators and their creations and storylines that have been used in one manner or another in WandaVision. But we were a little stumped as to the addition of Jim Shooter, former writer, and editor-in-chief of Marvel Comics in the eighties. And we asked if anyone had any ideas.
It turns out not even the producers of WandaVision could justify it, and one episode later, in today's finale episode, Jim Shooter's credit is removed from the long list. John Byrne's credit has been moved up. And we have the addition of Gerry Conway and Mike Ploog. The creators of The Darkhold grimoire seen earlier in WandaVision under the control of Agnes, as well as in episodes of Marvel's Agents Of SHIELD and Runaways. But Allan Heinberg's name is still spelled incorrectly. And nothing for James Robinson who introduced the idea of Scarlet Witch as a legacy title…
But here's a breakdown of those final credits and what they all stand for.
Stan Lee and Jack Kirby created Wanda Maximoff, the Scarlet Witch in X-Men #4 in 1964. A member of Magneto's Brotherhood Of Evil Mutants, she would later become an Avenger. And the daughter of Magneto. And also revealed to not be a mutant. And not the daughter of Magneto. Stan and Jack also created Baron Von Strucker in Sgt. Fury and his Howling Commandos #5 in 1984. In the movies, Von Strucker creates the superpowered Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver, and it is his name – and Hydra's – that appears on the advert for the wristwatch. Stan and Jack also created Hydra in Strange Tales #135 in 1965 and made Von Strucker a member. They also created the witch Agatha Harkness in 1970's Fantastic Four #94, and mentor of Wanda Maximoff, who also deals with her conflict with the devil, Mephisto. And may explain the real identity of next-door neighbour Agnes, whose wedding anniversary is the same date as the Salem Witch Trials, and who is dressed in a Hallowe'en witch in WandaVision trailers. And the Auntie A's ad in the supermarket. They also created AIM in Strange Tales #146 – a science-terrorist organisation whose costumes have been described as similar to those work by beekeepers.
With Roy Thomas and John Buscema, Stan Lee also created The Vision in the 1968 Avengers #57. The number 57 appears on the coloured toy in the bushes as well as a supermarket poster in an animated segment.
Bill Mantlo and Rick Leonardi created the 1982 four-issue Scarlet Witch & The Vision limited series. This established the pair as a couple, but also that Wanda Maximoff, rather than being the daughter of Golden Age superhero The Whizzer, was the daughter of Magneto, something more recently reversed as a result of intra-Marvel politics. It also reintroduced Bova, humanoid cow, and New Human, who served as midwife for Wanda's mother and smuggled the children, Wanda and Pietro, away.
Steven Englehart and Richard Howell created the follow-up 1985 twelve-issue Scarlet Witch & The Vision maxi-series, which saw the couple move into suburbia, create a family life not dissimilar from the WandaVision show, and see the birth of her twin children, William and Thomas.
This series also saw the appearance of Glamour and Illusion, the identities of two superheroic magical stage performers Glynis and Ilya Zarkov, who like in the neighbourhood. Wanda and The Vision use those identities in their own show in WandaVision episode 2.
Brian Michael Bendis and David Finch created the Avengers Disassembled storyline, which saw the Scarlet Witch turn into a reality-destroying monster, as she remembers that her children once existed, in an attempt to revive her children. This included her engineering the deaths of The Vision, Hawkeye, and Ant-Man for a bit.
With Olivier Coipel, Brian Bendis also created the House of M storyline published by Marvel in 2005, including her decision to wipe out all mutants. Will she do either of those acts in WandaVision? If not, why the credit? Or could the reality be Wanda's own mini-House Of M? A bottle of wine in the first episode of Wandavision of from the Maison D'Mépris or House Of Contempt.
Joss Whedon and John Cassaday are creators of S.W.O.R.D. in their Astonishing X-Men run, the space equivalent of SHIELD with a strong mutant bias, run by one Abigail Brand. We saw a SWORD logo on the colour toy that appeared in Wanda's hedge, SWORD notebooks from those viewing them on monitors and on the beekeeper. SWORD is presumed to be the agency that Nick Fury woke up to in Spider-Man: Far From Home and was recently revived as a comic book series by Marvel as part of their X-Men books.
Tom King and Gabriel Hernandez Walta were the lead creators of The Vision comic book series, which seems to give the producers and writers of this show the visual idea of recreating a traditional American 50s fake family with The Vision. That included building himself a wife, children, and a dog and moving into American suburbia. But the visuals often saw Vision in a suit and tie, with a diamond-shaped tie clip.
And as a result, it is currently Marvel's bestseller on Amazon by far and has sold out as a result.
Al Feldstein and Joe Maneely are the creators of Agent Jimmy Woo in the 1956 Yellow Claw #1 that preceded the Marvel Universe.
Jim Steranko is best known for his work on Nick Fury: Agent Of SHIELD, which reintroduced Jimmy Woo as a Marvel Universe character.
Roger Stern and John Romita Jr are the creators of Monica Rambeau, who became the new Captain Marvel.
Allan Heinberg and Jimmy Cheung created the series Young Avengers, which saw the children take a new incarnation, a new Billy and Tommy, who become the superheroes Speedy and Wiccan. One with superspeed powers, the other with magical and telepathic powers. You know, just like in WandaVision.
John Byrne's work on West Coast Avengers saw The Vision kidnapped by a government body and rebuilt as a "White Vision" missing his memories. While the Scarlet Witch realised that her children weren't real and she had conjured them up, while Agartha Harkness tried – and failed – to help her control her powers.
Gerry Conway and Mike Ploog created The Darkhold in Marvel Spotlight: Werewolf By Night.