The WandaVision premiere has led to Mephisto speculation, but who exactly is he? Let’s get the character’s potential connection to the series explained.
Last year saw many acclaimed and beloved shows reach our screens and 2021 is already off to an impressive start.
For Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) fans, the WandaVision wait is finally over, with the first two episodes being made available on Disney+ from Friday, January 15th 2021.
Created by Jac Schaeffer, the series centres upon Wanda Maximoff (Elizabeth Olsen) – better known as Scarlet Witch – and Vision (Paul Bettany).
Addressing the timeline, it takes place after the events depicted in 2019’s Avengers: Endgame, which immediately invites a range of questions.
However, one which continues to gain significant attention is this: who is Mephisto?
WandaVision: Who is Mephisto?
- Mephisto is an extra-dimensional demon who appears in Marvel Comics.
His appearance arguably conforms to what you’d expect from traditional devil imagery, with red skin, fangs and all.
As highlighted by the Radio Times, he calls his world “Hell” and persuades unsuspecting people to sell him their souls.
As for the character’s history, it’s certainly worth noting that he was the creator of Ghost Rider and he has grappled with such heroes as Spider-Man, Doctor Strange and Thor in print.
He boasts the ability to manipulate and warp reality and has done as such numerous times throughout the comics. For example, one comics storyline saw him offer to save Aunt May’s life after she’s murdered in exchange for reversing his marriage to Mary-Jane.
Looking further back, Marvel Fandom acknowledges that he first appeared in 1953’s Bible Tales for Young Folk #1 (as Serpent) and later in 1968’s Silver Surfer #3 as Mephisto.
WandaVision: Potential Mephisto connection
When the transmission in WandaVision asked “Who’s doing this to you Wanda?” audiences were confronted with the possibility that something sinister is pulling the strings from behind the scenes.
The Radio Times includes that Marvel’s Kevin Feige previously confirmed that the series would directly correspond with the forthcoming Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness and it’s possible that Mephisto could be established as the film’s villain through WandaVision’s narrative.
It’s more than a hunch, especially considering the comic-book storylines that the series has already teased thus far. In episode 2, Wanda reveals that she’s pregnant, which may suggest that the story has been influenced by the second volume of The Vision and the Scarlet Witch from 1985.
Across the 12-issue series, Wanda gave birth to twins – Billy and Tommy Maximoff – after absorbing fragments of Mephisto’s soul to conceive. Additionally, you could argue that there has been some foreshadowing elsewhere too…
In an exchange between Agnes and Dottie, it’s said that “the devil’s in the details” and “that’s not all he’s in.”
In the history of Marvel, maybe there’s no truer devil than Mephisto, and he sure seems to be in the details of WandaVision.
Fans weigh in on Twitter
Since the first two episodes premiered, a number of fans have speculated about Mephisto’s potential role in WandaVision.
Check out a selection of tweets:
In other news, here’s how to watch the Machine Gun Kelly musical.