Your Weekly Guide To All The Worthy MCU References & ‘WandaVision’ Easter Eggs
Check each week for updated NOT spoiler-free easter eggs.
Greetings, fellow WandaVision addicts! I’m Merryana Salem and each week I will be updating this article with each and every worthy easter egg tucked away in plain sight in Disney Plus’ new series, WandaVision.
A big warning ahead for spoilers. This easter egg explainer is not spoiler-free, got it? Great! Let’s go!
Episode One: ‘Filmed Before a Live Studio Audience’
Stark Industries Toaster
Each episode of WandaVision appears to have a phony era-appropriate commercial, but something isn’t quite right. Each of these commercials appears to have wider connections to the MCU. I
n the series’ first episode, we’re treated to an advertisement for a toaster. A Stark Industries toaster. The very same Stark Industries created by Howard Stark, Tony’s father. If you listen carefully, the toaster actually makes the same sound as Iron Man’s suit when a new weapon prepares to fire.
— cherry | stanning WandaVision rn (@LokixWishes) January 20, 2021
Before the rest of Wanda and Vision’s disastrous dinner hosting shenanigans get fully underway in episode 1, Wanda confuses the evening’s significance marked on the calendar for it being her and Vision’s anniversary. So, when Vision’s boss and his bosses’ wife, Mr and Mrs Hart, call on the house for dinner, Wanda believes it’s her husband and slinks up behind Mr Hart and flirtatiously puts her hands over his eyes.
Vision, trying to save the evening, explains off Wanda’s greeting as a traditional part of her Sokovian heritage. Sokovia is where Wanda and her brother Pietro are originally from, and is the city destroyed in Avengers: Age of Ultron. It’s a nice callback to Wanda’s MCU origins that also makes for a charming little giggle when Mrs Hart imitates the greeting.
Episode 2: ‘Don’t Touch That Dial’
This one’s for all you comic-heads out there. In episode 2’s fabulous animated opening credits that call back to Bewitched, there’s an advertisement for Bova milk. In the comics, Bova is a sentient cow that delivered Wanda and her brother as babies.
IN THE 60’S INTRO IN THE SUPERMARKET THERE’S A SIGN FOR “BOVA MILK” – IN THE COMICS BOVA WAS A WOMAN EVOLVED FROM A COW BY THE HIGH EVOLUTIONARY WHO LOOKED AFTER WANDA AND PIETRO WHEN THEY WERE BABIES pic.twitter.com/bFNVa2xPQU
— kate! ❄️ (@k8kattt) January 16, 2021
The Strucker Commercial
Just like in episode 1, WandaVision‘s second episode has a commercial oozing with easter eggs. Episode 2’s commercial is for Strucker watches, and there’s a notable Hydra logo right there on the face. Strucker is the name of the Hydra operative experimenting on The Maximoff twins and holding them hostage in Captain America: The Winter Soldier‘s mid-credits scene. It’s a sneaky reference to the first moment MCU fans laid eyes on Wanda.
The Stucker – ‘Stucker will make Time for you’
With a Hydra Logo on it – The HYDRA scientist was responsible for experimenting on the Maximoff twins, confining them in his research base and subjecting them to all sorts of tests to bring about the “age of miracles.” pic.twitter.com/mVKoqDEmq3
— Marvel Stans Telugu (@Marvel_Stans) January 16, 2021
The Toy Helicopter & SWORD Logo
The toy helicopter Wanda finds crashed into her rose garden is not only in jarring technicolour, but also bares the SWORD logo. We discussed SWORD’s origins and Geraldine’s possible connection to them before, but in short– In the comics, S.W.O.R.D is a sister agency of S.H.I.E.L.D, and the acronym stood for Sentient World Observation and Response Department.
SWORD deals with aliens, and alternate worlds and timelines. However, in WandaVision, we see they’re known as Sentient Weapon Observation and Response Division. We also see SWORD’s logo on the beekeeper-like figure that rises from a manhole in the road, and on a screen monitor showing the credits at the episode’s end.
— Fandom (@getFANDOM) January 20, 2021
Episode 3: ‘Now in Color’
Yet another mention of Hydra in one of WandaVision‘s strange commercial breaks, but ‘Hydra Soak’ soap, however, holds a little more significance for Agents of Shield fans. In Agents of Shield, Coulson (more affectionately known by Thor as “son of Coul”), references a blue soap sold by Hydra that keeps the public docile with false memories. It would appear we have another allusion to Wanda’s reality being false.
— cherry | stanning WandaVision rn (@LokixWishes) January 22, 2021
Cracks begin to show in Wanda’s domestic goddess demeanour when she notices a pendant around Geraldine’s neck. The silver necklace is the same sword symbol as the one we saw on the beekeeper, the helicopter and the monitor.
Pietro, Ultron & Geraldine’s Exit From West View
This one is not so much an easter egg as it is a direct reference to Wanda’s life. After giving birth to a set of twins, Wanda tells Geraldine that she is a twin, and mentions her brother Pietro. This is the first time Pietro has been mentioned in the MCU since he died in Age of Ultron. After she mentions him, she begins singing in Sokovian to the twins.
— WandaVision (@wandavision) January 27, 2021
But when Geraldine mentions that Pietro was killed by Ultron, something in Wanda very clearly snaps, and she literally throws Geraldine out of her reality bubble. Geraldine lands flat on her back and is quickly surrounded by cars printed with SWORD’s logo as ‘Daydream Believer’ plays out to the credits.
There’s a lot to unpack here; from the confirmation that Wanda’s sitcom-inspired reality is a physical space one can be thrown from to the confirmation of SWORD’s involvement in maintaining that reality to SWORD’s confirmed connection to Geraldine.
Billy, Tommy & the Young Avengers
It’s unclear whether the twins’ names are pleasant easter eggs for Marvel comics fans or a genuine introduction of Wanda and Vision’s children into the MCU, but while I am here geeking out we may as well discuss. In episode 3, Wanda miraculously gives birth to twins her and Vision name, Billy and Tommy.
Billy and Tommy are Wanda and Vision’s children in the comics. They grow up to become Wiccan and Speed (technically their souls are reincarnated but we don’t have the time to unpack that version of events). Wiccan and Speed are prominent members of the Young Avengers.
— nic (@nicsvigilante) January 22, 2021
A number of Young Avengers teammates are set to be introduced on Disney+ over the next few years. Most notably Kate Bishop, who will be played by Hailee Steinfeld, will be introduced in the Hawkeye series coming next year.
Episode 4: We Interrupt This Transmission
Childhood Memories & Revisiting The Snap
In a break from our usual programming, episode 4 opens with Monica Rambeau returning from Thanos’ snap. In a reversed version of what we saw at the end of Avengers: Infinity War, Monica’s molecules are coming back together. As this is happening, we hear audio from Captain Marvel, specifically the scene where Carol (Brie Larson) calls Monica, “Lieutenant Trouble.” We also hear Monica’s mum, Maria’s voice talking about protecting Monica.
— Matthew Woolbright (@MatthewWoolbrig) January 29, 2021
The scene that follows sees a further revisiting of the snap. Monica wanders through a medical facility with people snapping back all around her. Much like we did in Spiderman: Far From Home, WandaVision is giving us a glimpse of what Thanos’ snap and its reversal felt like for everyone.
Maria Rambeau & SWORD
This episode sees us finally getting some answers about SWORD, the organisation behind the mysterious symbol seen on the helicopter and beekeeper in previous episodes. We learn they are indeed the Sentient Weapon Observation Response Division, and that they were founded by Monica’s another, Maria.
As Monica walks into SWORD’s headquarters, there is a plaque of her mum, Maria Rambeau (Lashana Lynch), commemorating her as SWORD’s founder. The plaque also has her nickname “photon” that we heard in Captain Marvel. Sadly, it also confirms Maria is dead. Fans have already been drawing parallels between Maria and Peggy Carter, who founded SHIELD.
I love how the kid from Captain Marvel, the FBI agent from Ant Man & the Wasp, & the love interest’s sidekick from Thor are trying to figure out why the secondary villain from AoU can’t get over the death of the lab assistant from the Iron Man trilogy
— Lunwi (@Lunwi88) January 30, 2021
Agent Jimmy Woo & the Card Trick
Adding to the list of familiar faces reintroduced in this episode, we have FBI Agent Jimmy Woo. Agent Woo was last seen in Ant-Man and The Wasp, in which he was Scott Lang’s (Paul Rudd) parole officer, keeping Scott house-bound as federal punishment for Scott’s involvement in the events of Captain America: Civil War.
In a nice nod to the last time we saw him, Agent Woo introduces himself to Monica with a card trick. It’s the same card trick he was trying (and failing) to learn throughout Ant-Man and the Wasp.
— Marvel Facts (@MarveIFacts) January 30, 2021
The Westview Confirmation
Episode four laid a lot of much needed contextual groundwork, letting us know where and when WandaVision is set. The series takes place 3 weeks after the “blip” of people returning from Thanos’ snap.
More importantly, we learn that Wanda and Vision are living in Westview, New Jersey. As Monica learns when she travels there, Westview did not exist 3 weeks ago and seems to be at the centre of multiple missing person cases. This is an interesting nod to the comics, as in the comics, Scarlet Witch and Vision headed to New Jersey to start a family.
Doctor Darcy Lewis
It’s been a long time since we saw Kat Dennings’ sassy Darcy in the MCU, which makes her appearance in WandaVision all the more utterly delightful. First appearing in Thor as Jane’s (Natalie Portman) intern, Darcy Lewis is now a Doctor in Astrophysics. SWORD summons her as part of a multi-field response to the Westview anomaly.
Doctor Lewis is teamed with Agent Woo for most of the episode. We learn that not only was it Agent Woo’s voice trying to contact Wanda through the radio but, Doctor Lewis was the one behind the idea. Darcy is also the one who discovers the TV broadcast frequency that we’ve been watching and was the person watching the monitor at the end of episode one.
— 𝐜𝐡𝐚𝐫𝐥𝐨𝐭𝐭𝐞 ⎊ //wv spoilers! (@s_marvel_ous) January 29, 2021
A LOT of early episodes’ questions answered…
We now have explanations for the mysterious beekeeper figure, the helicopter, ‘Geraldine,’ and who the rest of the residents are in WandaVision. To start off with, we learn that the technicolour helicopter Wanda found in her garden in the second episode is one of the many drones SWORD sent into the force field surrounding Westview.
— Will (@WoodyoncpFilms) January 30, 2021
The beekeeper figure was also a manifestation of SWORD’s attempts to enter Westview via the sewers. It was not a beekeeper suit, but a hazmat suit. Meanwhile, ‘Geraldine’ (aka Monica) like most of the residents of Westview were people who were unlucky enough to get sucked into Wanda’s reality.
Which leads us to the biggest confirmation, that Westview is a closed reality created and maintained by Wanda, populated with missing people who have been sucked into her domestic fantasy with Vision. When the episode finally catches up to where the previous one left off, we see Wanda quite literally throw ‘Geraldine’ out of Westview. Lying on the ground outside the force field, Monica simply says, “it’s all Wanda.”
— WandaVision (@wandavision) January 29, 2021
Finally, the most disturbing imagery in the series so far is seen after we see Wanda cast Monica out of Westview. Clearly losing her grip on the reality she has created, Wanda looks at Vision and instead of seeing his normal face, sees the rotting flesh of his dead body. His discolouration, along with the gouge in his head matches with that of his dead body, after Wanda was forced to kill him in Avengers: Infinity War.
— joni ✵ 9 days (@spideysbrie) January 30, 2021
It’s nothing short of heartbreaking to have the confirmation that Wanda has created this whole reality to give her and Vision the life they were robbed of. If her reaction to Monica is anything to go by, hell will hath no fury greater than Wanda Maximoff when her bubble is eventually burst.
Episode 5: On A Very Special Episode…
On a very special episode indeed WandaVision was thrown headlong into the world of ’80s sitcoms. Episode 5, On A Very Special Episode… saw the series weave together the knowledge and characters we gained from episode 4 with Wanda’s sitcom fantasies. Wanda even strode out of her dream bubble to offer SWORD their first and final interference warning, before the episode ended with an epic character re-introduction with major ramifications for the MCU.
Re-affirmation of Wanda’s Origins
On A Very Special Episode… re-affirmed Wanda’s MCU origins in a SWORD intelligence meeting. It’s confirmed that Wanda’s origins are still that she and her twin Pietro were orphaned and then radicalised and experimented on by Hydra, before joining the Avengers.
— astral 🅴 (@dazlingrooms) February 6, 2021
While this may not seem important, there were rumours that WandaVision would retcon her origins to a popular comic version in which she is the daughter of Magneto. However, this restating of her origins by SWORD shows her MCU origins remain intact…for now. In another nod to her roots, when Wanda steps outside the hex to return the missile SWORD fired at her, she’s speaking with her original Sokovian accent.
Foreshadowing Monica’s Powers
Captain Monica Rambeau is in quarantine getting a full health workup when we catch up with her this episode, and it would seem her time in Westview has indeed changed her. Her X-rays show up blank, with the radiation appearing unable to penetrate Monica’s skin.
“i watch wandavision for the plot”
the plot: pic.twitter.com/xvZZ08KByh
— wendy (@valcaroI) February 6, 2021
In the comics, Monica has the incredible ability to manipulate the electromagnetic spectrum, which even earned her the mantle of Captain Marvel at one point. WandaVision is clearly delivering on its promises in terms of setting up the MCU’s next phase.
A Hint At Wanda’s Comic Name
In the comics, Wanda is known as the Scarlet Witch for various reasons, depending on which comic you’re reading. The simplest is the colour and intensity of her reality-bending powers.
wanda the scarlet
maximoff witch pic.twitter.com/jR7fRVR2Or
— natalia (@marvelsfalcon) February 5, 2021
Her title has not been mentioned in the MCU yet. However, episode 5’s pointed conversation about her not having a superhero name could be foreshadowing the use of her comic name in the MCU for the very first time is coming.
Vision’s Body & Endgame’s Deleted Scene
In a recent interview, Paul Bettany revealed there was a deleted scene in which Wanda personally saw Vision’s body in a “body drawer.” In this episode, viewers saw a version of that scene.
i'm really starting to believe this girl went and got vision's scraps IMMEDIATELY after tony's funeral 😭💀 pic.twitter.com/ERTFw2Jhvy
— jas🌠 (@infinitespider) February 3, 2021
SWORD reveals Wanda stole Vision’s body from a secret SWORD facility and plays footage of the robbery. This disturbingly confirms, as does Monica Rambeau, that Wanda is not creating reality, but altering it, which is why she still needed Vision’s body to animate him in her fantasy. Big yikes energy.
The Twin Boys & Sparky
As I mentioned in the last episode’s easter egg round-up, Wanda’s sons Billy and Tommy are superpowered characters in their own right. Their powers may explain a few oddities in the episode too, like Wanda’s powers not working properly on them. Not to mention their power to just age themselves up when they feel like it could also be entirely their abilities and not Wanda’s.
My favorite little Easter egg from this week’s #WandaVision
Billy and Tommy wearing Wiccan and Speed’s colors 😭 pic.twitter.com/pxxHyLoMCM
— Joshua Yehl (@JoshuaYehl) February 7, 2021
In a fun little nod, the boys also dress in their comic counterpart’s colours, which also match up with their mum and uncle’s colours too. Talk about twins running (very fast too) in the family.
It’s also a nice nod that the boys find Sparky the dog. In Tom King’s iconic Vision run from the comics, Sparky was Vision’s synthesised pet dog.
The Lagos Commercial
The retro-referential commercials return this episode, with Lagos. Lagos is a cleaning product of some kind, clearly referring to Wanda’s Lagos mission at the beginning of Captain America: Civil War.
— zach (@civiiswar) February 5, 2021
The mission was one in which Wanda was unable to stop a suicide bomber. The failure led Wanda to be blamed for the Sokovian Accords, which were put into motion as a result of that incident. No doubt Wanda translating this into a cleaning product alludes to how she still blames herself for the whole mess.
A Quicksilver Returns…
In a moment many fans (myself included) prayed and prayed for, Wanda’s twin brother, Pietro returned to her…sort of…yes. The MCU’s version of Pietro (played by Aaron Taylor Johnson) was famously killed in Avengers: Age of Ultron, and since Wanda also confirmed this episode that she can’t wake the dead, the Quicksilver that knocks on Wanda’s door in WandaVision is none other than Evan Peters’ version of the character from the X-Men Cinematic Universe.
⚠️ #WandaVision Spoilers ⚠️
NOTHING in WV is a coincidence. The fact that they chose Evan Peters to be the recasted version of Pietro is NOT a meaningless choice. If it was a simple recast they wouldn't have chosen the actor that played Quicksilver in another universe. pic.twitter.com/2E9PmJqvcK
— CarlosVision⌖ (@WANDALORIANO) February 5, 2021
Putting aside the ‘which Quicksilver is better’ debate, his appearence has multiple massive ramifications for the MCU. Firstly, it marks the first time a character from the XCU has appeared in the MCU. The crossover is something many fans have been speculating about since Disney acquired Fox, the studio that owns the X-Men, in 2019.
Secondly, XCU-Pietro’s sudden appearance could confirm the existence of the Multiverse. The Multiverse is a long-standing device from the comics that allows for a collection of parallel universes and alternate versions of characters to interact with one another.
— h (@tfasteves) February 5, 2021
It’s likely XCU-Pietro is setting up the Multiverse, considering the next MCU film we’re due to see Wanda have a significant role is Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. The latest rumours regarding Tom Holland’s next spider-man film also speak to the Multiverse playing a huge role in phase four.
There is one more possibility behind XCU-Pietro’s appearance in WandaVision, but it’s quite cynical and even more devastating. Mephisto is essentially a version of Satan in MCU comics. They take a lot of different forms and love offering tempting deals with people that ultimately trap their souls in Hell.
A reigning theory circulating Twitter is that XCU-Pietro is actually Mephisto in disguise, attempting to keep Wanda trapped as Pietro appeared just as Wanda and Vision were having it out over whether Westview was real. Wanda also mentions before she answers Pietro’s knock that she did not summon a guest, indicating another power possibly at play.
Mephisto is an extra-dimensional demon whose goal is to trap human souls in Hell
In the comics, Wanda used magic energy to give birth to her twins Tommy & Billy, but this energy was later revealed to come from Mephisto, who reabsorbed them and ended their existence#WandaVision pic.twitter.com/hZpT33WKiB
— Marvel Facts (@MarveIFacts) February 6, 2021
Mephisto and Wanda have a significant relationship in the comics too. In the comics when Wanda used her magic to create twin sons, she learned they were actually formed from Mephisto’s own essence, and he subsequently claimed their souls. Considering both Wanda and Vision seem surprised when Wanda fell pregnant in episode 2, it’s not unreasonable to fill in the mystery with Mephisto.
There’s one final link between Mephisto and what we’ve seen so far in WandaVision in Wanda’s neighbour, Agnes. Many people speculate that Agnes is actually Agatha Harkness, a powerful witch who helps Wanda learn about her powers AND helps Wanda defeat Mephisto in the comics.
WANDA VISION THEORY:
When the twins and Wanda were talking, Agnes found listened in to the convo of pietro and her bringing back the dead. Agnes could be working with Mephisto, and brought back Pietro (from another universe) thinking it was the same one pic.twitter.com/r0eVUQxkde
— Evan Peters’ burner (@pietrovsthewrld) February 5, 2021
These theories may all be a far stretch from the easter eggs they hatch from, but just a few weeks ago the return of Pietro was just a theory too.
Episode 6: All-New Halloween Spooktacular!
This week Wanda plunged us all into her wildest Malcolm In The Middle-esque family sitcom fantasy, while tempers rose and secrets began to unravel over at SWORD’s base. The plot is indeed thickening with MCU easter eggs and meta-jokes coming at us from all angles, from the Maximoff family’s Halloween costumes (both past and present) to a glimpse at the twin’s powers.
Everyone is dressed as themselves…
We’ve had glimpses of Wanda and Vision’s meta Halloween costumes in previous trailers and now we finally get to see them in full form. Wanda, Vision, Pietro, Billy and Tommy are all dressed as their comic counterparts.
Wanda’s outfit is how Scarlett Witch is typically depicted in most comics, complete with her red cape and headpiece. Pietro’s pointy-haired get-up is the spitting image of Quicksilver’s comic book look.
— 🏳️🌈 Kaily Russell 🏳️🌈 (@BadWolfKaily) February 12, 2021
Meanwhile, Tommy and Billy’s costumes mirror their comic fits as Speed and Wiccan. As for their dad, Vision’s “Mexican wrestler” costume is actually Vision’s stereotypical hero outfit. The costuming is a lovely visual nod to their comic counterparts that also perfectly fits Wanda’s goal of creating a fantasy. Everyone’s costume being themselves speaks to the theme of pretending throughout the series, and that these characters are ultimately pretending to be themselves for Wanda.
— Ren | WandaVision SPOILERS ᗢ (@wandasolsen) February 12, 2021
On a final note, a flashback to Wanda and Pietro’s childhood Halloween times. In the flashback we see an all dressed up and disappointed Pietro and Wanda receiving a raw fish for a Trick or Treat. Many Twitter users have pointed out that baby Wanda and Pietro seemed to be dressed as Black Widow and Nick Fury
— Marvel Facts (@MarveIFacts) February 16, 2021
Agnes’ Witchy Look
Another possible costume easter egg in WandaVision lies with Agnes’ witch attire. This is more a theory than an egg so to speak, but remember last week when we talked about Agnes potentially being Agatha Harkness?
Agatha Harkness was a witch in the comics who worked for the satanic figure, Mephisto as well as teaching Wanda magic. Could her witch costume be yet another hint at Agnes’ true identity? We’ll have to wait and see.
Agatha Harkness was a powerful witch in the comics who mentored Wanda 🧙
She is capable of wiping people's memories and used this ability to make Wanda forget about her children
— Marvel Facts (@MarveIFacts) February 12, 2021
“Unleash hell, demon spawn!”
While chaperoning his nephew’s trick or treating, Pietro shouts, “unleash hell, demon spawn!” Now, this could very well be me overthinking an amusing quip, but if you remember from last week’s egg update, Billy and Tommy are the partial offspring of Mephisto.
Mephisto is essentially Marvel comics version of the devil. Thus, Wanda’s boys are actually… demon spawn. Specifically, they’re the spawn of Wanda and Mephisto. Now, I don’t know if WandaVision will go down the road of that particularly traumatic comic story-line. Either way, it’s a perfect easter egg for fans in the know about the twins’ comic origins.
— ken (@wandaslizzie) February 12, 2021
Speaking of perfect easter egg-ish lines, Wanda’s confused repetition of the word, “kickass” after it’s shouted by Billy is possibly a sneaky little meta-reference too. The dialogue is said just after Wanda tries to test if Pietro is the Pietro she remembers. Billy shouts, “kickass” while Wanda is still considering whether the Pietro with her is her real brother.
Kickass was a Marvel film (now not considered part of the canon) that starred current Pietro actor, Evan Peters and none other than Aaron Taylor Johnson. Johnson, of course, portrayed Wanda’s brother in Age of Ultron until the character was shot and killed. While it could just be another coincidently funny line in combination with a load of overthinking, it’s still fun to think WandaVision is so self-aware of it’s casting choices.
Both Quiksilvers were in kickass lmaaaooooooo pic.twitter.com/VKNrp2d2ZN
— ANW DJ E-Mo'Shuns (@TheNightDeviant) February 13, 2021
Monica’s Mysterious Aerospace Engineer
Over the last two episodes, Monica has been talking to an engineer that could get her back into Wanda’s Hex without effecting her cells. In episode 5, Monica specifically makes the point of saying she knows an engineer who’d be up to the challenge of building something cosmic-radiation proof. She and Agent Woo were on their way to meet this person when Wanda expanded the perimeter of the Hex.
In my mind, there are three distinct theories accounting for who Monica is going to meet. The first is Edna Mode from The Incredibles. If anyone could build a suit to withstand Wanda’s powers, as well as all that radiation, it would be her. But that would be weird, even for WandaVision.
— jessy | wandavision spoilers (@shurilogy) February 15, 2021
The second theory is that it’s Princess Shuri from Wakanda. Black Panther and Avengers: Infinity war established Shuri as a brilliant inventor and intellect beyond the likes of anyone currently known in the MCU. We already know she would jump at the challenge of creating something that could withstand such power, after all.
The third theory is that this mysterious aerospace engineer is none other than Reid Richards, aka Mr Fantastic of the Fantastic Four. Disney acquired the rights to the Fantastic Four when they bought 20th Century Fox and plans to reboot them (again) were announced a while ago. Reid Richards certainly fits the type of engineer Monica describes. Reid’s Fantastic Four suits he designs in both the comics and films are built not only for space but to protect the wearer from multiple kinds of harmful radiation.
John Krasinski is the only actor who could just show up in the MCU and everyone would know who he is playing, costumed or not.
— BD (@BrandonDavisBD) February 12, 2021
The X-Men and Fantastic Four films in the early ’00s were what got me into Marvel comics as a kid. If WandaVision finally bridges the longstanding gap between the MCU and the X-Men and Fantastic Four properties, I may pass out.
Wiccan, Speed & the beginning of Young Avengers
As mentioned previously Wanda’s sons are characters in their own right. Both are most closely associated with the Young Avengers in the comics where they are also known as Wiccan and Speed.
In episode 6, WandaVision confirmed Billy and Tommy have their corresponding powers from the comics. Billy takes after his mum with powerful telekinesis and telepathy that he uses to locate Vision in the episode’s final sequence. Meanwhile, Tommy has inherited his Uncle Pietro’s speedy abilities.
This brings me so much joy like Wiccan and Speed are actually here 😭 pic.twitter.com/YGsFN4HQL1
— j✨ (@lordderolo) February 12, 2021
If the kids are real and make it out of the series alive, it’s very possible they may eventually team up with Kate Bishop. Kate is due to be introduced in the Hawkeye series that will premiere later this year. Together the three of them make up a significant portion of the Young Avengers.
— ComicBook.com (@ComicBook) February 15, 2021
Hayward’s secret project could be resurrecting Ultron
This episode, we saw Darcy hack SWORD head-dickhead, Hayward’s server. There, she discovers that Hayward has specifically been tracking Vision’s whereabouts in the Hex, not Wanda’s.
We also know that Wanda stole Vision’s corpse from a top-secret SWORD facility where they were quite literally pulling Vision apart. Another thing we know about Hayward is he has some pretty serious PTSD from the being alive in the 5 years post-snap.
In the Avengers Assemble show, Ultron took a human form as a government official to take out the Avengers
So Hayward could be Ultron in disguise and that’s why he wanted Visions corpse pic.twitter.com/jlk0iwiB3S
— Jay (@jayspatrol) February 11, 2021
One big theory that connects all these facts is taking shape and that is that SWORD wants to rebuild Ultron, or is at least connected to Ultron in some way. Ultron was originally created by Tony Stark in Avengers: Age of Ultron to protect Earth from future space threats. Stark created Ultron to be “a suit of amour around the world,” but as we know, Ultron went full genocide instead.
I can see Hayward’s logic. As he said in episode 4, “space is full of enemies,” and reviving tech that was originally designed to protect Earth from space threats might seem logical. The problem is, what remains of what Stark used to create Ultron was used to create Vision, which may explain why SWORD was taking him apart for scraps.
— Brian Danuff (@briandanuff) February 12, 2021
This theory could also explain why Avengers: Age of Ultron is usually the film Disney+ recommends after each episode of WandaVision. It would be an interesting development in the series, considering the battle with Ultron was where Pietro was killed. WandaVision is all about Wanda’s repressed trauma and Ultron has been brought up indirectly a LOT throughout the series.
The ‘Yo-Magic’ Ad & Mephisto
You know, we have to talk about WandaVision‘s strange commercials, especially when they’re as unsettling as this week’s. This week’s commercial was a claymation style advertisement (very popular during the ’90s/’00s so A+ era-appropriate advertising here) for a yogurt.
In the commercial, a boy is trapped on an island, starving, when a shark jumps out of the water and offers him a Yo-Magic yogurt. The trick? The boy can’t actually open the packaging and dies anyway.
“I’m so hungry I’d eat anything”
“hungry? I remember hungry. I use to be like that all the time”
“what did you do?”
“yo-magic! the snack for survivors” WE REALLY NOT GOING 2 TALK AB HOW PIETRO&WANDA WERE STARVING ORPHANS & WERE THE ONLY SURVIVORS OF THE EXPERIMENTS? #WandaVision pic.twitter.com/SIzxMOgrWg
— 𝐜𝐡𝐚𝐫𝐥𝐨𝐭𝐭𝐞 ⎊ //wv spoilers! (@s_marvel_ous) February 12, 2021
It’s pretty dark and like all the ads throughout the series, is likely a reference to some unprocessed trauma of Wanda’s. Since it’s the “snack for survivors” that you never really get to eat, some have speculated the commercial is a nod to Wanda’s days as Hydra experiment. Her and Pietro were literally the only “survivors” of those experiments and they never really got the revenge they were promised when they signed up either. The way the boy in the commercial is promised something he never gets only to die trying to retrieve it could be a nod to how Wanda feels about what Pietro endured before his untimely death in Age of Ultron.
The other big easter egg here is, again, our least favourite satanic demon, Mephisto. A disturbing parallel many Twitter users realised was the way that the shark in the commercial spoke, and the way Pietro spoke, were very similar. Many believe that the commercial was foreshadowing how Quicksilver (Evan Peters) is Mephisto in disguise and, much like the shark, is offering Wanda everything she wants, only to drain her soul as she attempts to take it.
Guys, I hate to be the bearer of bad news but Evan Peters is definitely the shark #Wandavision
Now the real question – is he Mephisto or Nightmare? pic.twitter.com/R8JnyCyPzP
— Chris Killian (@chriskillian) February 13, 2021
Quicksilver’s demon spawn jokes, along with his altered memories that don’t match up with Wanda’s also feed into the idea that he is not who he says he is. I personally also find it quite suspicious that “Pietro” consistently palms Wanda off whenever she questions his inconsistencies.
His comments about how proud he is of what she’s doing are also odd, as is his awareness of the false reality from the get-go which none of the other characters have. At least, not without help.
In the comics, Mephisto secretly assists Wanda in creating her false reality to feed off her energy and appears in various forms throughout the comic so she never suspects. Wanda’s own comments about not knowing how she did all this are also telling that her control over this world may not be entirely her’s.
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Why did his specify “as himself” pic.twitter.com/mM5vzHQXd9
— aurora ᱬ wv spoilers (@sokovianwanda) February 12, 2021
Even Pietro’s credit in the opening credits feels off. He gets an “as himself” credit, unlike the other credits for the characters who are also playing themselves. While this could be just a play on how special guests are often credited in sitcoms, I can’t help but ask why it’s necessary to labour the point Pietro is… himself. Unless he isn’t. The corpse flashback was convincing, but I am not so sure.
Finally, this week we got another hint that Monica is going to become superpowered. This time from Darcy, while she is hacking Hayward’s files.In the files, Monica’s bloodwork shows that her cells have been rewritten at a molecular level. Twice. Specifically, because she passed through the Hex barrier twice, which is why she needs an aerospace engineer to build her something to protect her upon re-entry.
Wandavision Episode 6 Spoilers
I’m getting one step closer👀 pic.twitter.com/ZQ79LKIkY9
— EternalsTalks (⊃∪ ∩⪽) (@EternalsTalks) February 12, 2021
Personally, I think we are going to see a superpowered Monica in the next 3 episodes. Before the finale, I hope she takes up the mantle of her mum’s as ‘Photon.’
Episode 7: ‘Breaking The Fourth Wall’
Breaking The Fourth Wall threw us into Wanda’s take on ‘00s mockumentary sitcoms like Modern Family and The Office. Wanda is at her most memeable and vulnerable, addressing an invisible camera crew as she overshares about her case of the Mondays. Also, “uncle Pietro” and Vision are seemingly nowhere to be found. Overwhelmed, she palms the twins off to Agnes for some alone time that doesn’t end up being so alone — after Monica forces her way into the Hex with her new abilities.
Meanwhile, on the other side of Westview,a newly awoken Darcy catches Vision up on everything he can’t remember from various events in the MCU while they desperately try to reach Wanda — all before the episode ends with a MASSIVE reveal. Let’s get these Easter Eggs, shall we?
Stan Lee’s Birthday
During the Happy Endings-esque opening credits, Wanda’s customised license plate is made up of “122822.” It actually stands for Dec. 28, 1922, aka Marvel comic co-creator, Stan Lee’s birthday. May he rest in peace.
Last week's #WandaVision slipped in a Stan Lee tribute 😢
His birthday is hidden in the numbers on the license plate — Dec. 28, 1922 pic.twitter.com/k2PsKMPfhp
— Fandom (@getFANDOM) February 22, 2021
The Twins Are Still In Uniform
The colour pattern of Tommy and Billy’s outfits match their characters’ iconic hero fits in the comics. For Billy, this means a truly delightful shade of green matching his comic-counterpart, Speed. As for Billy? All red just like his mum.
Billy and Tommy wearing their respective colours from their superhero suits in the comics throughout their appearances in #WandaVision is something that I'm loving VERY MUCH rn! 🥺 pic.twitter.com/Zuu6PoiyDz
— Shruti Rao (@shrutiraoart) February 19, 2021
A Circusy Callback To Original Avengers Comics
It may be pure coincidence or even just a comedic reference to Darcy referring to SWORD as a “clown car” in episode 4, but the circus Vision finds himself in could also be an ancient Marvel callback.
In the very first Avengers comic, Iron Man joins the circus where people assume he’s a giant robot owing to his suit-powered superstrength. In a reverse of this, a SWORD member, now turned clown in Wanda’s Hex, assumes Vision is a fellow clown act, rather than a superpowered robot. How the turntables.
Thanks to the combined work of Darcy, Monica and Agent Woo we now have confirmation Hayward was trying to reactivate the sentient weapon element of Vision, minus his personality. Essentially. recreating Ultron’s sentinels from Age of Ultron, the remnants of which are a part of Vision’s structure and coding. The name, Cataract, is clearly a pun on impairing Vision.
— Post Cred Pod (@PostCredPod) February 12, 2021
No Richard Reid… Yet
This episode finally sees Monica meet with the person she was contacting throughout the series to help her build something that would allow her to re-enter the Hex unscathed. Her mysterious aerospace engineer is seemingly a woman by the name of Major Goodner, a loyal friend of Monica and her mother’s.
WandaVision Ep5: Wait til you find out who the aerospace engineer is!#WandaVision Ep 6: No, seriously, you’re gonna love this aerospace engineer, you’re gonna freak out when you find out.
WandaVision Ep 7: You ready? YOU READY?! Meet…Major Goodner!
Entire audience: pic.twitter.com/mwtzJGdFFZ
— (((Robin))) (@typbrunette) February 19, 2021
I have a feeling this may be a bit of a red herring. Monica doesn’t introduce Major Goodneer as the aerospace engineer. Moreover, the people she meets seem to be the deliverers of her Hex-proof means of transport, not their creators. I’m still holding out hope for a Richard Reid cameo down the line. But to paraphrase, Dan Casey over at Nerdist, perhaps the real aerospace engineers are the crazy theories we friends we make along the way
As a long time fan of Wanda Maximoff-related comics, I have been waiting to see if they’d work in this little beauty of a reference into the series and here it is — in a painfully relatable ad for ‘Nexus Antidepressants.’ Nexus has two strong associations in the Marvel comics.
The first is that Wanda is what’s known as a Nexus being. Nexus beings are beings that are fundamental in all versions of reality. In other words, Wanda is a focal point for all of reality and is one of the few beings whose powers can fundamentally alter all realities, all of time and all of space. It’s why Wanda is so powerful.
In the comics, the Nexus is a cross-dimensional gateway which provides a pathway to any possible reality in the multiverse
Each reality had a Nexus Being. Wanda was one of them
— Marvel Facts (@MarveIFacts) February 20, 2021
The Nexus itself refers to the Nexus of All Realities, a portal from which all possible realities can be accessed. Hence, the hilarious quip in the ad about choosing a reality of your own. As one of the few Nexus beings, Wanda is one of the few who can access the Nexus. In the comics, anyone born of her can too, which is why her boys are so powerful as well.
Lastly, the line in the commercial, “you should not take Nexus unless a doctor has cleared you to move on with your life,” feels like an allusion to Doctor Strange. We know Wanda will co-lead the upcoming Doctor Strange sequel, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. The ‘multiverse’ in the sequel’s title, plus the specific implication of a doctor helping Wanda move on in life via ‘Nexus’ could possibly imply a Doctor Strange appearance in ‘WandaVision’ soon.
The Loki Set Up
As if the Doctor Strange references weren’t enough, the Nexus reference also trojans in an element of the upcoming Loki series. In the Loki trailer, Loki is working with an organisation known as the Time Variance Authority, as atonement for the havoc caused by him stealing the tesseract out of the timeline in Avengers: Endgame.
— Zach (@ZachsFilmRanks) February 12, 2021
The TVA governs the timelines of all realities, ensuring events and peoples do not alter the fundamental trajectory of existence. Thus, one of their primary concerns is watching over people who have access to the Nexus and are Nexus beings. Just like Wanda. If we don’t see the Nexus in WandaVision, I’m willing to bet money we’ll see it in Loki.
Goodbye, Monica! Hello, Spectrum!
This episode of WandaVision saw the official birth of Spectrum, otherwise known as Monica Rambeau’s super alias. After Monica pushes back through the barrier into WestView, hearing the voices of her mother and Captain Marvel, as she does.
— ☆Hey there demons, it's me, ya girl☆ (@totalshockwaves) February 19, 2021
When she arrives at the other side, her eyes glow and her vision has been altered. It’s likely what she can now see are all the different kinds of radiation, as Spectrum’s powers are based on her ability to control all types of radiation in the comics.
But just in case you weren’t convinced of her rebirth as a hero in her own right, Monica even did a classic three-point superhero landing after a conflict with Wanda. WandaVision has officially given us Monica’s hero origin story.
A Fly In The Wall
After a run-in with a newly superpowered Monica, Wanda seeks refuge in Agnes’ house. Catching Wanda’s and thus our’s eye, is a large disconcerting fly on Agnes’ curtain. In the comics, the satanic figure Mephisto (who I still believe is the series’ Big Bad) took the form of a large fly when he faced the Avengers.
No one is talking about Mephisto making his entrance in episode 7. If you know the comics you know Mephisto made his first entrance as a fly… #wanadavision #Mephisto #WandaVision #WandaMaximoff #DarcyLewis #MonicaRambeau #JimmyWoo #haywardismephisto #AgnesTheNeighbor pic.twitter.com/plSljDN86x
— Annalise 🎶 (@annallisee) February 19, 2021
Doctor Strange’s Missing Book
Wanda ventures down into Agnes’ basement, looking for the boys who are nowhere to be found. It’s generally a creepy, dark and dingy place that flips WandaVision from sitcom to horror film in a blink.
There are many odd things that catch Wanda’s attention, but the most significant is a glowing purple book. Before you ask, there are many tomes of chaos magic in the comics and it is breathtakingly unclear which one this one is. However, fans on Twitter have pointed out that it seems a perfect match for one of the missing books in Doctor Strange.
— Culture Crave 🍿 (@CultureCrave) February 22, 2021
Not to get ahead of ourselves, but if this book is the Darkhold, as many fans believe it is, then you could be looking at the origins of vampires in the Marvel universe. Thus, this book could be an easter egg for the upcoming Blade film as well as yet another huge implication that Doctor Strange could be turning up in WandaVision very soon.
We were right! It was Agatha all along!
As I and many others who have been theorising for the past 6 weeks, it was finally confirmed that Agnes is actually Agatha Harkness. In the comics, Agatha is a mentor and friend to Wanda, teaching her how to control her powers. But WandaVision’s’take on Agatha appears, for the moment, to be entirely malicious.
— Ren | WandaVision SPOILERS ᗢ (@wandasolsen) February 23, 2021
In yet another catchy music number, ‘WandaVision’ reveals that it was Agatha all along. It was Agatha who brought back Pietro, wreaked havoc with their magic act and even killed Sparky. However, I do still think its possible that Agnes is under the influence of Mephisto.
Ralph Is Mephisto
With Agatha’s true identity revealed, there are many questions to be asked. Most notably, I find myself asking: Who is Ralph? Agnes/Agatha’s husband who she’s always referring to yet we never see? Unsurprising to any of you who have made it this far down this episodic list of theories and easter eggs, I now wholeheartedly believe that “Ralph” is actually Mephisto.
My guess! Now that we know Agnes is Agatha, Mephisto is Coming! Paul Bettany has been talking about working with an actor he has always wanted to work with. That’s why I think it will be Ralph Fiennes. Hence why agnes calles her husband Ralph. pic.twitter.com/J87eekdV4L
— Tyler Clure (@clure_t) February 19, 2021
A reminder that a new episode of WandaVision streams every Friday from 7pm AEDT on Disney Plus. This post will be updated with MCU easter eggs and references after every episode.
Merryana Salem is a proud Wonnarua and Lebanese–Australian writer, critic, teacher, researcher and podcaster on most social media as @akajustmerry. If you want, check out her podcast, GayV Club where she gushes about LGBT rep in media with her best friend. Either way, she hopes you ate something nice today.