How Wiccan and Speed's Comic Book Story Informs WandaVision & MCU Plots
By: Domonique Cox-Salberg
After episode three of WandaVision, we can finally say Wiccan and Speed (Billy/Tommy) have officially joined the MCU. Read no further if you want no possible spoilers, as this article will summarize Billy and Tommy’s complete comic book history to better inform viewers of possible plots and where they may be headed in WandaVision and the MCU.
Quick jump to the following sections:
Who Are Wiccan and Speed?
Wiccan (Billy) happens to be the more popular of the two among comic fans and, just in general, a significant character and strong superhero within Marvel. His powers are wide-ranging and include compelling, magical abilities that may be capable of much more than his mother’s chaos magic. Known to be so powerful that it was thought to be non-existent, chaos magic can manipulate, warp and reconstruct the very fabric of existence and reality to the users every whim and bring about destruction to the cosmos.
And as a Young Avengers member, Wiccan is projected to become one of the world’s most powerful sorcerers given enough time as he is still a young man. On the other hand, Speed (Tommy) can run at the speed of sound similar to his uncle Quicksilver and manufacture vibrations to cause explosions and is also a Young Avengers member.
Vision and Simon Williams
So, we know in WandaVision there is a strong push from an outside source to get Wanda to have children, leading her to subconsciously make herself pregnant. That is the only way it could happen because Vision is a robot and cannot have children—so how did she do it? Which begs the question, also, as to how Vision is back after his double-death in Avengers: Endgame? There are rumors it has to do with his twin, Simon Williams (Wonder Man), and that Shuri from Black Panther uses Wakanda’s advanced technology to bring him back in some way, so we have to wait and see.
How Wanda Created Children Out of Nothing
Regardless, Billy and Tommy are very much alive; therefore, she unknowingly used the shards of a loose demon’s soul—similar to something like a Horcrux in Harry Potter—to make Billy and Tommy. In the comics, that demon worked for Mephisto, who may be taken over by Agnes’ character, a.k.a Agatha Harkness, a witch in the comics who serves Mephisto. And since witches traditionally get their powers from the devil and Agnes’ brooch has three figures on it, we can guess another witch is working with her and Mephisto against Wanda.
But back to the Horcrux demon; in the comics, he wanted the pieces of his soul back, and in a disturbing turn of events, he reabsorbed Wanda’s twins, which almost drove her to madness, but Agatha Harkness wiped her memory of the twins. However, she remembered years later and went insane. That led to the Avengers disassembled and then House of M, which is part of the plot we are now seeing in WandaVision only accelerated. Knowing this, I think Mephisto will be the one to open the Multiverse of Madness, leaving Wanda to be the only one powerful enough to stop it.
Jumping further into The Vision and the Scarlet Witch comic, revealed much later, is that Wanda’s power and the love for her children were so great Mephisto failed to hold on to those fragments of his soul, and they escaped. They were then reincarnated as two new boys being born at the same time to two different families; one in New York City, Billy Kaplan, and the other Tommy Shepard grew up in New Jersey. Billy and Tommy did not learn they were brothers or know where they came from until they were teenagers when both joined the Young Avengers.
Moreover, there is not much that happens with Tommy/Speed in the comics, while Wiccan/Billy, on the other hand, is given much more to do because of the nature of his powers. He can do so much and is involved with popular characters like Thor and Asgard. He hangs out with Loki, gets married to his longtime boyfriend Hulking, and becomes the new sorcerer supreme even in an alternate future. Nevertheless, the twins eventually come together to find Wanda, but the family never really end up coming back together. Now knowing this history; hopefully, this will help better decipher the clues in WandaVision and beyond.