What you need to know about “WandaVision”

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*SPOILER ALERT*

At first glance, it’s easy to assume that “WandaVision” is a typical sitcom about the married life of Wanda Maximoff (Elizabeth Olsen) and Vision (Paul Bettany) as they do their best to fit into their new home while trying to hide their super powers. 

And yet, despite its appearance, “WandaVision” is nothing like the carefree and comedic show it’s trying to portray, instead being somewhat dark and unnerving as you actually start to understand the clues and realize what’s really going on.

While it’s difficult to fully understand the show at first, because of its unconventional format, the audience is able to piece together the main storylines and speculate on the direction that “WandaVision” is going. In order to do this, however, you need to have prior knowledge on the couple in both the MCU and the comics. 

Wanda and Vision are in no way a normal couple. Wanda Maximoff, better known as the Scarlet Witch, is a super powered meta with abilities such as telepathy, telekinesis and even reality manipulation, which she obtained after joining HYDRA and agreeing to undergo experiments with the scepter. It was later revealed that the scepter was the original containment for the mind stone. Meanwhile, Vision is an advanced android made of vibranium that was powered by the mind stone, which allowed him to have an assortment of superhuman capabilities such as the ability to phase through solid objects. 

We first saw this unusual couple in “Avengers: Infinity War”, where they seemed to have been living a quiet and domestic life together before Thanos and his children came to Earth to retrieve the infinity stones.  They were later “killed” by Thanos towards the end of the film, Thanos ripping the mind stone from Vision’s head, killing him and a grieving Wanda being dusted after the snap.

Wanda, who later came back to life after the Avengers time heist, where they went into the past and got the infinity stones before they were destroyed, used her overwhelming grief to fuel her rage and hatred towards Thanos, and came close to single handedly killing him herself during the final battle in “Avengers: Endgame.”

At the end of the movie, we saw Wanda grieving the loss of Vision as well as Tony Stark and Natasha Romanoff, who also died in order to reverse what Thanos had done. After the end of the movie, we were left unsure about what happened to Wanda, at least, until the release of “WandaVision,” where she seems to be living in some sort of false reality with her dead lover and their children, the twins Billy and Tommy, otherwise known as Wiccan and Speed. 

In the comics, Wiccan and Speed are the sons of Wanda and Vision, twins just like their mother and her brother, Pietro. Wiccan (Billy), has powers that are very similar to Wanda. He is a sorcerer whose powers come from his “mutant” biology rather than supernatural artifacts or any form of magical training. He has the ability to fundamentally alter reality, which is much like what’s going on in Westview, and is able to do anything from flying to teleporting because of it. However, Billy does not have full control of his powers due to his lack of formal training, and because of this, needs to be able to focus his mind when using them in battle. 

On the other hand, Speed (Tommy), has the ability to run at supersonic speeds and vibrate through solid materials. Speed also has both increased superhuman strength and durability, which allows him to survive in extreme environments. Although his powers are much like his uncle’s, Tommy is also able to accelerate the kinetic energy of any object that he touches, causing it to vibrate and explode, which is a power that is entirely unique to himself. 

Although the twins are Wanda and Vision’s children, since Vision is an android, he is unable to be the biological father of the twins. Much like in “WandaVision,” Wanda uses her powers to magically create the twins to create their unusual family. However, it is later learned that Tommy and Billy’s souls were formed from an aspect of the demon lord Mephisto, who seemingly wipes the twins from existence later on in the comics.

However, the twins aren’t completely destroyed, and are reincarnated into new bodies, where they eventually find each other and come to grips with their hero parents and connection to the Avengers. They become regular members of the Young Avengers and other hero groups, and follow in their parents footsteps. 

It will be interesting to see how the twins evolve during the course of  “WandaVision,” especially since their birth could still be due to the demon lord Mephisto, who has yet to make an appearance if he is going to be a character or villain on the show. 

It quickly becomes apparent that Wanda is aware that the life she is living with Vision and their family isn’t real, but it is shown that she is willing to do anything to keep living in this false reality. This can be seen in the episode 3, “Now in Color” right after the birth of the twins. This is because Monica Rambeau, daughter of Maria Rambeau and goddaughter of Captain Marvel (Carol Danvers), remembers who she is and realizes what’s going on.

As soon as Wanda realizes that Monica remembers the real world and jeopardizes her new life, Wanda quickly removes Monica from Westview, sending her back into the real world, albeit a little harshly as Monica literally smashes through four walls, a reference to the fourth wall of television. 

It’s at this point where we can finally grasp a better understanding of the show, as we find out that outside of Wanda’s reality, an organization much like S.H.I.E.L.D known as S.W.O.R.D. is monitoring the broadcast that they are receiving from the altered reality, or as they call it, ‘The Hex’ (this is due to the hexagonal shape of the barrier that separates the town from reality).

Throughout the episodes that have been released from “WandaVision,” the main question that the audience has is whether or not Wanda is the villain of the show. Recently, Wanda and Vision have been having issues because Vision believes that Wanda is hurting all of these people, and has recently found out who he was and what he and Wanda had to go through in the past. 

In the latest episode, Monica finds a way to get back into ‘The Hex,’ and is trying to reach Wanda. However, while going back through the barrier, Monica’s molecular structure and cells were once again altered. Because of this, it appears as though Monica has developed super powers.

Monica is a superhero in the comics, known as Photon (as well as an assortment of other aliases), and through entering ‘The Hex’ and seemingly developing powers because of it, she could be a potential future hero for Marvel. 

If she does end up having powers and they are based off of the comics, Monica will be able to absorb all of the energy on the electromagnetic spectrum, much like how her godmother, Captain Marvel, is able to absorb all forms of energy.

When Monica finds Wanda, Wanda immediately threatens her, because once again Monica poses a threat to Wanda’s perfect life. However, this time, Monica is not so easily pushed around, and a brief glimpse of her possible powers is shown as she tries to reason with Wanda.

However, before anything can get out of hand, or Monica can actually get through to a depressed Wanda, Wanda is pulled away by her “friend” and neighbor Agness, who we find out to be Agatha Harkness, as she finally reveals herself.

Previously we had assumed that Agness was just another victim that Wanda was controlling, having no control over her thoughts or actions. However, not only does Agatha reveal who she is and her powers, but she takes credit for ‘The Hex’ and a multitude of problems that Wanda has faced in the time she has been in Westview. 

Before “WandaVision,” there has been no mention of Agatha Harkness in the MCU. However, in the Marvel comics, Agatha Harkness is one of the original witches from the Salem Witch Trials, expected to have lived since far longer than that, and isknown to be extremely powerful. 

In the comics, Agatha taught Wanda how to better control and use her powers, as Agatha is a witch in a much more traditional sense than Wanda. In order to hone her powers, Agatha has been known to rely on spells and incantations, well, at least in the comics. 

In her MCU adaptation, from what we have seen so far, it appears as though Agatha has very similar powers to Wanda, although they are purple in color. 

Agatha is portrayed as a “sinister hero” in the comics, neutral to both good and evil. However, we must question Agatha’s intentions in “WandaVision,” especially after she claims to have been the one who created ‘The Hex,” not Wanda. 

If this is the truth, is Agatha one of the true villains of “WandaVision?” And if not, who is?

Circling back to Wiccan and Speeds origins, it can be assumed that Mephisto will be the main villain of the show. “WandaVision” has the potential to have Mephisto be the big bad, especially due to his ties to Tommy and Billy. 

With all of this reality-altering magic going on, fans have also speculated that Stephen Strange, better known as Dr. Strange, will make an appearance in the series. This fan theory is also supported by a promo that Marvel released that showed a brief glimpse of the Sorcerer Supreme. 

If Doctor Strange does make an appearance on “WandaVision,” it can be assumed that Wanda (or Vision) may also make an appearance in the new film “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness,” the heroes second movie, especially since the film has to do with the multiverse and due to the fact that it takes place after the events that have unfolded in “WandaVision.”

All in all, “WandaVision” is an amazing television series with a long and complex history. Not only does this show allow Marvel to branch out after this series and add to their franchise, but it introduces potential future heroes for Marvel such as Monica Rambeau and Tommy and Billy. If Marvel plays their cards right, they may be able to add yet another phase to the MCU with these new heroes (as well as villains).

Being the first of the series that Marvel plans to release in the next couple of years, “WandaVision” has set the bar for the rest of Marvel’s new releases, and gives the audience and fans more insight about altering realities and what that might mean for the MCU. 

Even though the show can be confusing at some times, it is still an overall amazing series, and I’m looking forward to how things play out in the last couple of episodes.