WandaVision: 10 Things Only Comics Fans Know About Speed
With Wandavision beginning to explore Billy and Tommy’s powers in-depth, some fans may not realize that they could have a big role in the MCU future.
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WandaVision continues to delve into the Scarlet Witch’s powers and abilities which are growing possibly out of control. However, the show has now also begun exploring the emerging powers of her twin sons Billy and Tommy, who are two important figures in the comics. Tommy, known as Speed in the comics, is one of the fastest runners in the Marvel Universe.
Speed could end up being a major player in the Marvel Cinematic Universe in the future and the comic books could be instructive to how this plays out. Though Speed is a relatively new character, he has a history that goes back decades thanks to his association with the Scarlet Witch and Vision.
10 Vaporized His School
Thomas “Tommy” Shepherd was introduced in Young Avengers #10 (in March 2006), written by Allan Heinberg and drawn by Jim Cheung. He’s found by the Young Avengers in New Jersey at a high-tech detention facility because he accidentally destroyed his school with his powers. Sensing potential in him, they recruit him into the team. He is located by Young Avenger Iron Lad, who has connections to the time-traveling villain, Kang The Conqueror.
9 Young Avengers
Speed becomes a major part of the Young Avengers team. This team of teen heroes emerged out of the Avengers: Disassembled storyline in 2005, which is a comic with a big influence on WandaVision.
The teenagers all have some connection to previously established Marvel Avengers, like Speed to Quicksilver in power and appearance (the connection is ultimately familial). The MCU definitely seems to be building to the Young Avengers with the introduction of Tommy and Billy, Kate Bishop, and others.
8 True Parentage
Tommy was introduced as the son of The Vision and Scarlet Witch in WandaVision, but in the comics, it was slightly more complicated. Tommy in the Young Avengers looks like Quicksilver, but he has no connection to the Maximoffs. It wasn’t until much later that the truth came out.
It’s revealed that Billy and Tommy both are the children of The Vision and Scarlet Witch, introduced in the 1980s and thought lost forever. Their loss sent Wanda into a spiral of grief with devastating consequences for the Marvel Universe.
7 Fragments of Mephisto
There is a lot of textual evidence in WandaVision that Mephisto could appear. His tragic connection to Billy and Tommy would seem to suggest that it could happen in the next couple of episodes – especially if the storylines in the comics are followed.
In the comics, Wanda inadvertently used fragments of the villain’s soul to create her children. When the truth was revealed, the children essentially ceased to exist. This cosmically powerful villain more or less plays the role of the devil in the Marvel Universe, and he could definitely play a role not only in Westview but in the larger MCU as well.
The loss of Billy and Tommy led Wanda to attempt to recreate them in the alternate reality of House Of M. Wanda didn’t realize her children had actually already been reincarnated, and wouldn’t know for many years. She learns that when the boys’ souls were reabsorbed into Mephisto, they destroyed him and the souls were reincarnated as Thomas Shepherd and William Kaplan. Less clear is what actually happened to the real Billy Kaplan or his soul.
5 Top Speed
Speed shares the power of super speed with his uncle, the incredibly fast Quicksilver. Speed doesn’t appear to be as fast as Pietro, though. His top speed remains unknown, but, so far, in the comics, it hasn’t been established as being far beyond the speed of sound.
Still, he moves fast enough that his mutant power also grants him superhuman reflexes, agility, and durability. He isn’t impervious though. Unlike The Flash, who becomes essentially invulnerable through the Speed Force, Tommy can be wounded and even killed.
4 Hyper Kinetic Vibrations
One of the elements of Speed’s powers is somewhat unique to him. Tommy can generate hyperkinetic vibrations that accelerate the molecules in basic matter, causing any object he directs his vibrations at to explode. The faster he hits something, the more excited it gets.
This makes him incredibly dangerous to potential enemies, as there isn’t any difference between the solid matter of a brick wall or a human body. Speed is definitely not a mutant that villains would want to get in a fistfight with.
3 Romance With Kate Bishop
During his time on the Young Avengers, Speed befriended and shared a brief romance with Kate Bishop, who had become Hawkeye at that point. When she loses her name and her bow back to a returning Clint Barton, Tommy and Kate kick off a romance that gets complicated when she also develops feelings for Patriot.
Kate Bishop is another Young Avenger who will soon debut in the MCU. Hailee Steinfeld is playing the character in the upcoming Hawkeye Disney+ series.
2 Secret Invasion
Another upcoming MCU project that Tommy and the Young Avengers could factor into is Secret Invasion. Numerous comic book characters could appear in the Secret Invasion Disney+ series and Tommy is one thanks to the Young Avengers role in the comic that inspired it.
The team joins forces with the Runaways to confront the Skrully invasion of New York City. They are defeated by the Skrulls, and one of their own, Hulking, becomes a target of the alien race.
1 Romance With Prodigy
In very recent comics stories, Tommy has developed a relationship with the mutant, Prodigy. These two met and flirted in the massive Empyre crossover event earlier in 2020, but in the current pages of the ongoing X-Factor series, the two have advanced their relationship.
Although Tommy had been hesitant to Prodigy’s advances, the two did get together and have been casually dating since. However, a great mystery surrounds Prodigy in the comic though – it appears that there may be more than one version of him active in the world.