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‘WANDAVISION’: Vision’s ‘Secret Identity’

Right now, we’re less than 2 months away from the debut of WandaVision (2021) on Disney+. I’m excited, you’re excited, we’re all excited. While working on my next Theory Thursday article, I was looking over some of the promo images from Entertainment Weekly and found something particularly interesting in one of them.

 

(L-R): Kathryn Hahn as Agnes, Elizabeth Olsen as Wanda Maximoff and Paul Bettany as Vision in Marvel Studios’ WANDAVISION. Photo by Chuck Zlotnick. ©Marvel Studios 2020. All Rights Reserved.

 

Anything interesting catch your attention (Besides the pineapple?) No? Let’s take a closer look then.

At the bottom right of the original image, you’ll notice Vision’s briefcase and the initials “T.D.”, engraved on top.

 

Now, I did my research on the briefcase and question found this Samsonite model.

 

A nearly exact model, except without the T.D. initials on top. Meaning that if this suitcase belongs to Vision, and he has those initials engraved onto the briefcase, it’s safe to assume that Vision has taken up a new alias if both he and Wanda are trying to live out their suburban lives undercover, without any ties to their previous lives. Vision in the comics is definitely no stranger to aliases in the comics. His most notable alias was Victor Shade.

SO, IF HE’S WEARING A DISGUISE AND HE HAS A NEW ALIAS, THEN WHAT DOES “T.D.” STAND FOR?

 

T.D. could mean many different names and it’s definitely not something ripped directly from the comics, though I believe I’ve zoned in on the possible first name for Vision’s new alias:

 

 

Why Thomas (Tom) D. you ask? Well, because of multiple connections Vision has to people with that name.

 

Character Co-Creator: Roy Thomas

 

Roy Thomas is a comic book legend, mainly for being Stan Lee’s first successor as editor-in-chief of Marvel Comics and is known for co-creating characters such as Vision, Ultron, Captain Marvel (Carol Danvers), etc. One could assume that the name pays homage to the man who created the character, but that’s not all.

 

Comic Book Writer: Tom King

 

 

Tom King wrote one of the most fascinating stories about Vision in his comic series named after the character. And we know that the limited series will draw inspiration from King’s run, along with several other comic runs. So it could also be seen from the perspective of paying homage to a fantastic writer. And last but not least…

 

Thomas Shepherd aka Speed

 

The reincarnated son of Wanda and Vision. We know that the “new” Maximoff twins are bound to appear in the show and most parents across multiple time periods tend to name their sons after the father, so it isn’t that far of a leap in logic to think that it’s possible that perhaps Vision being named Tom or Thomas could be a reference to his future “soon-to-be born-son” Tommy. Bit of a bootstrap paradox for you there. (Look it up).

 

WANDAVISION PREMIERES EXCLUSIVELY ON DISNEY+ ON JANUARY 15TH.

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