Young married couples can hardly get by without an older relative asking when they’re going to have kids. And you can’t make WandaVision without comics fans asking whether they’re going to have kids, just like in the comics.
But “Do the Scarlet Witch and the Vision have kids?” is a more complicated matter than you might think, and the answers are “Yes,” “No, they died,” and “Yes, they’re teenage superheroes now” simultaneously. Let’s unpack this.
[Ed. note: If you want to go into WandaVision without knowing anything about the show, skip this post. There are some comics details that might be considered spoilers, and spoilers for the series’ second episode.]
In the second episode of WandaVision ends with a surprise and a big tease: Wanda’s sudden-onset pregnancy. But honestly, it’s not weirder than Wanda or Vision’s powers — or that they seem to be trapped in a world that’s stuttering forward through a new decade of sitcom history every day.
In the comics, Wanda and the Vision do have kids. Famously so, you might say. And while we can’t say whether it’ll turn out like this in the show, here’s the comic book background that the makers of WandaVision could be pulling from.
BILLY AND TOMMY’S EXCELLENT ADVENTURE
In Marvel comic continuity, the Scarlet Witch and Vision have twin boys: Billy Kaplan and Tommy Shepherd. Billy, who goes by Wiccan (or Asgardian, or Demiurge) inherited the Scarlet Witch’s magical, reality warping powers. Tommy, who goes by Speed, took after Wanda’s own twin brother Pietro/Quicksilver. He’s very fast, you see.
You might be wondering why Billy and Tommy have different last names, and why neither of those last names are Wanda’s. It’s because they’re actually the reincarnations of the Scarlet Witch and Vision’s dead twins, unknowingly raised by two different sets of completely normal birth parents.
The Scarlet Witch and the Vision got married in 1975’s Avengers #4, and in 1986’s The Vision and the Scarlet Witch, the two had a pair of twin boys, Billy and Tommy. How does a robot father children? Well, you don’t have to worry about biological logistics when your wife is a witch who can use her powers to turn magical energy into real live babies.
But comics are not kind to couples who have to contend with with tedious narrative stumbling blocks like “who’s taking care of the kids while we fight bad guys” and “given the tenuous nature of time in superhero comics, how old are these babies anyway?” In 1989’s Avengers West Coast #52, it was revealed that the babies were made out of hell energy, and Mephisto wanted it back. The supreme devil of Marvel comics unmade the Wanda and Vision’s babies, and they were childless (and divorced, for unrelated reasons) once more.
In the 2000s, Billy and Tommy were re-introduced as teenage superheroes and recruited into the Young Avengers team. Over a series of adventures they discovered that Mephisto hadn’t been completely successful in reabsorbing the souls of baby Billy and Tommy. Those souls had been reincarnated, as the sons of completely normal humans Jeff and Rebecca Kaplan and Frank and Mary Shepherd, respectively.
Even though they had different moms and dads, and grew up in completely different families, Billy and Tommy looked exactly like each other and were twins. And the Scarlet Witch was their mom, and the Vision was their dad.
IS WANDAVISION GOING TO USE MUCH OF THIS?
Probably not, and that’s fine. Maybe Wanda and Vision will have twin babies with superpowers. Maybe they’ll have twin babies who are eventually revealed to be a big magical trick. Maybe they’ll just have normal twin babies (though that outcome is so mundane that it seems like the least likely event).
All we can say right now is that Wanda definitely seems pregnant, and there are a lot of different comic book elements that the makers of WandaVision could pull from to make that as weird as possible.