Infinity War almost had a post-credits scene teasing WandaVision. In 2018, Marvel Studio began developing what would become their Disney + shows, which included bringing Marvel Cinematic Universe characters back from the big screen to the small screen. One of the first shows talked about was one that would bring back Elizabeth Olsen’s Wanda Maximoff. Jac Schaeffer was brought on board in January 2019 to start writing the series, so the seeds were planted well in advance of the 2021 premiere.
In a new interview with Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany, the two MCU actors were able to ask each other questions. Olsen started it by asking Bettany if he ever thought he would return to the MCU after Vision was killed in Avengers: Infinity War. He admitted that he only felt a “10 to 15%” chance that Vision would return, which seemed to surprise Olsen. He further told her about one Infinity War post credit scene that didn’t make the cut. Bettany explains.
“At one point I would be in a tag where you opened some sort of body bag drawer and there was the Vision … Kevin spoke to me a little bit and said, ‘I have to take the shots.’ I was like, ‘Ugh!’ Because I really wanted that profit share (laughs). “
Paul Bettany started his MCU career as J.A.R.V.I.S. in 2008 Iron Man, which started it all. Bettany has been involved with the MCU from the beginning and felt his time was up. The actor told Elizabeth Olsen he thought he would be fired when Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige brought him in for a meeting about what would become. WandaVision. After the events of Infinity War, Bettany was sure his time in the MCU was up.
To make things comfortable for everyone, Paul Bettany decided to walk into his meeting with Kevin Feige and others to tell them that he enjoyed his time working with them. The actor thought it would ease tensions. “So I went in and I didn’t want there to be anything uncomfortable between all of us because it was such a great time. So I walked in and said, ‘Kevin and Louis [D’Esposito, Marvel Studios co-president], I love you. I totally get it. It’s been a great run and there were no hard feelings, ” recalls Bettany. He continues, ” And Kevin said, ‘Wait, are you stopping?’ And I said, “No, aren’t you firing me?” And he said, “No, we were going to pitch you a TV show.” ”
Infinity War ended in a pretty grim tone and seeing Vision, who technically died twice in the movie, in a body bag would have been extra dark. So now MCU fans are watching WandaVision for answers about how the character appears to be alive again. Most theories revolve around a dream Wanda has, but it has yet to be confirmed. You can watch the interview with Paul Bettany and Elizabeth Olsen above, thanks to the IMDb YouTube channel.
Subjects: Infinity War, Avengers, WandaVision, Disney Plus, Streaming