Will WandaVision’s Witchy Sitcom Past Inform Cameos?
SPECULATION: What actors might appear in the Scarlet Witch’s suburban show?
The first two episodes of WandaVision will be available for streaming on Disney+ beginning January 15th, 2021, but excitement about the series is already reaching a fever pitch. The series follows Wanda and (the late) Vision as they embark on an adventure into married sitcom bliss!
While any and all of the show’s many trailers hint that something is rotten in the suburb of Westview, it is also clear that the show pays homage to multiple decades of television sitcom. Is it possible that we might see some cameos from some of the sitcoms that inspired WandaVision?
At MarvelBlog, we have some ideas for some appropriate casting!
Bewitched Sitcom Cameos
In the primetime sitcom Bewitched (1964-1972), starring Elizabeth Montgomery as Samantha Stephens, a witch vows to live the life of an “average housewife” after marrying mortal man Darrin Stephens (played by Dick York until 1969, when Dick Sargent stepped into the role). Unfortunately, not everyone is happy about the marriage, and the couple’s domestic bliss is frequently interrupted by the machinations of Samatha’s magical mother, Endora (Agnes Moorehead), who did not approve of the marriage to a mortal.
While the actors who played Darrin and Samantha have passed away, there is one actor who appeared on the series who might be available for a cameo on WandaVision.
In 1966, Bewitched added a new character to the cast: the daughter of Samantha and Darrin, Tabitha (Erin Murphy). For the first season, Erin shared the role with her fraternal sister, Diane, but as the young actors got older, they looked less alike, and Erin took over for the role until the series ended in 1972.
With a wiggle of my nose, I smell a familiar story here: it echos the fact that Elizabeth Olsen’s sisters, Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen, are twins who shared a single role in the sitcom Full House (1987-1995), a staple of ABC’s TGIF stellar 1990s lineup.
Sabrina the Teenage Witch Cameos?
And in fact, that 1990 TGIF lineup also included Sabrina the Teenage Witch (1996-2003). Which leads to the witchiest of all possible cameos: Melissa Joan Hart!
While there isn’t much evidence to support a cameo from the 90s sitcom queen – save perhaps for the fact that in spite of all the footage of WandaVision we’ve seen through trailers at this point, very little of it seems to have been set in the 90s.
Marvel Studios often says a lot with what they don’t show fans in the trailers, and wouldn’t it just make sense for there to be some stellar sitcom cameos. Besides, consider this: the two actors who played Sabrina’s aunties on the sitcom, Beth Broderick and Caroline Rhea, appeared in the penultimate episode of Netflix’s Chilling Adventures of Sabrina season four where the latest iteration of Archie Comic’s teenage witch(es) must move through hell dimensions to save the world.
What other cameos would you like to see on WandaVision? Let MarvelBlog know in the comments section below!