Updated: Mar 1, 2021
Before we go into the latest episode of WandaVision, I must let you know that there are spoilers ahead!!! This particular episode starts off with a flashback in Salem, Massachusetts during the late 1600's. A slightly young Agatha Harkness is on trail, facing judgement and execution by the witches of her coven, including her own mother. She's found guilty of using dark magic, and while she begs for help, Agatha gives a less than convincing defense. The coven says a spell and blasts her with magic. It hurts Agatha, but she somehow absorbs their blasts, draining them of their energy. Her mother joins the fight, but eventually gets drained too! Some cold-blooded actions, right there! Cut to modern day, and Wanda is in Agatha's basement demanding to know where her children are. She attempts to mind-blast her, but due to some runes being placed, Wanda's powers aren't working! Agatha blasts Wanda, restraining her. She goes through the usual "evil villain monologue", saying that she's behind resurrecting Pietro, faking being controlled. As Agatha is curious as to how Wanda's powers were born, she forced her to relive her most stressful memories.
The first memory is of a young Wanda and Pietro with their parents in Sokovia. Wanda's dad asks what she wants to watch, and Wanda chooses The Dick Van Dyke Show. This also explains why each episode of WandaVision has a distinct feel of a particular sitcom. Because of her dad's dvd collection, to distract from the civil war. As the family watches, a mortar round blasts their home, killing their parents instantly. As young Wanda and Pietro hide underneath their bed, Wanda reaches for the missile in their living room, (nice Age of Ultron reference there!) Just then, Agatha magically yanks Wanda from underneath the bed, explaining that she used a "probability hex" on the missile from Stark Industries, whereas Wanda always thought it was a dud. While this interests Agatha, she needs more as she creates another door to a new memory.
This memory involves Wanda volunteering for HYDRA. Love that Agatha calls out Wanda wanting to help a terrorist organization. As we watch the memory play out, Wanda is asked by scientists to walk up to Loki's scepter! (A callback to Captain America: The Winter Soldier). As she approaches the scepter, the Mind Stone breaks out, and we see Wanda having a vision of what looks like a future version of herself. Wanda passes out, and while the scientists saw what Wanda saw, their video recording didn't show any of it! Agatha is impressed with the power increase that Wanda received, due to the Infinity Stone. Needing more for her "theory" Agatha opens a new memory.
We see a depressed Wanda in her room at the Avengers compound. This occurs after Age of Ultron and before Civil War. While Wanda is watching TV, Vision phases into her room. He tries to console her, well, as best he can for an android new to emotions. Wanda says that she is tired, and she feels alone. Vision gives some profound advice, saying "What is grief, if not love persevering?" As she's comforted, Vision laughs at Malcolm and The Middle, Wanda enjoys his company and laughs with him. While Agatha wipes a tear away from her, she wants Wanda to tell her what pushed her over the edge. Wanda lost her parents, her brother, and now Vision. She eggs Wanda on, saying that she wanted Vision back. Wanda silently agrees, and yet another door arrives.
This time, Wanda eagerly walks through, and we see her in S.W.O.R.D. Headquarters. This happens sometime after the events of Avengers Endgame, according to news reports of people coming back from The Snap. She's allowed access to the inner levels and is greeted by Director Hayward. Wanda asks for Vision's remains, so she can properly bury him. Hayward explains that he is a weapon, not a person, and that he's more than hesitant to release the remains to Wanda. As he shows Wanda Vision's remains, Wanda blasts the windows out of his office, and glides down to Vision's dismembered body. She tries to use her powers to read his mind, but nothing happens. Defeated, Wanda walks out to her car, and we see an envelope in her car. Wanda drives to New Jersey, and we see all the people that were in different "episodes" of the "sitcom". Wanda eventually arrives at an unfinished home, and she opens the letter. It's the blueprint to a house that Vision intended for them both to grow old together. This sends her over the edge, as Wanda explodes with Hex Power, not only creating the house, but putting the entire town in a Hex Field! And, we also see Wanda recreate Vision from scratch! No Infinity Stone needed! (Most powerful Avenger?!) As Vision is reconstructed, he acknowledges Wanda and asks her to stay home. The setting is reminiscent of the first episode.
Agatha gives the evil "slow-clap", snapping Wanda out of her memory. She says that she now knows what Wanda really is. Just then, we hear cries of Tommy and Billy outside the "house". Wanda runs outside, and we see Agatha chiming the twins with magic. In her full costume, Agatha reveals that she knows where Wanda's powers come from. That not only is it called "chaos magic", but that she thought Wanda was a myth. She acknowledges that Wanda is the Scarlet Witch!!
Cut to a mid-credit scene, where we see Director Hayward being alerted that due to capturing some of the Hex Magic, they have finally succeeded. S.W.O.R.D has built their own version of Vision, in all white. Their "Vision" awakens in a chamber, moving his hands.
Well, first things first. Hayward is a goddamn liar! He claimed that Wanda stole Vision's body, but in reality, they had him the whole time! And, can we agree that the Avengers are not a damn family?! I don't care what Natasha says, they are trash for letting Wanda go through her depression alone! Where was Hawkeye, or Cap? Second, now that Vision knows what really happened, will he fight the fake Vision? And what's going on with Monica and "Pietro"? And how about that long deserved code name for Wanda! Finally, this show gives us what die-hard Marvel fans wanted from Wanda. Her costume, her powers being called "hex magic", and her code name!! Things are definitely going to heat up in the next episode! Till next time, my fellow Blerds!
Well! Did I call it? or did I call it with Monica! But before we get into the episode, HUGE SPOILERS AHEAD!!! The latest episode opens with Wanda in bed, seemingly tired from her expanding the Hex Field last episode. Tommy and Billy go to her room and ask if she’s getting up. She says that she’s just resting her eyes. The Twins seem to be worried about her. This episode has a Modern Family vibe to it, with different characters talking to the “narrator”. As we see Wanda kind of become dismissive of current events, objects around the house are changing, from the twins video games to random things in the house like the chair and the sofa. Wanda says that she's taking a “me day”. Can’t say I blame her.
She also tells the kids that Pietro isn’t their real uncle. Meanwhile, back in the “real world”, Director Hayward and what’s left of the S.W.O.R.D team try to comprehend what is happening with the Hex Field. But the broadcast signal is no longer there, so the team can’t watch the “sitcom” anymore. Agnes comes over, and offers to “watch” the twins Tommy and Billy, while Wanda recovers. Meanwhile, we find Vision awake in a circus tent, with all the other S.W.O.R.D agents as circus performers, including Darcey! As Vision resets Darcey’s memories, and she fills him in and what happened during the events of Infinity War. Wanda is at home, alone taking “anti-depressant” pills called Nexus, which also has a creepy commercial stating some side effects include causing even more depression!
Agent Woo and Monica meet with Monica’s Army contact and they give Monica a modified space rover and astronaut suit. We also find out that Hayward was trying to bring back Vision to life and weaponize him. That explains why Wanda broke into S.W.O.R.D HQ and took him. Woo has his concerns about getting back into the Hex Field, but Monica is determined to go into the Hex and rescue Darcey and Wanda out. While at home, Wanda is speaking with the “narrator”, and he asks if she deserves what’s happening to her. Wanda is confused, not with the question, but with the fact that the “narrator” actually asked her a question. That’s never happened before in the “sitcom”. Monica suits up and tries to drive the rover into the Hex, but the Hex is rewriting the rover’s reality. Monica jumps out, but instead runs into it!!! While trying to break inside, her mind is flooded with past memories of her mom and Captain Marvel. Fully motivated, she breaks through, eyes glowing blue, able to see the energy waves in the town!
Vision and Darcey try to go into town, but they notice every time they get close, the Hex creates roadblocks and construction crews. Vision phases out and flies off. As Wanda tries to relax, Monica shows up. She tries to explain what really was supposed to happen, when S.W.O.R.D tried to make contact, but Wanda ain’t having none of it! Monica keeps trying but here comes Agnes. She “comforts” Wanda and rushes her back inside. While inside, Wanda sees things that look off. Roaches, rabbits, and a strange kids Muppet show! When Wanda asks where the twins are, Agnes says they’re in the basement. Now, the show has given me straight Goosebumps vibes, as Wanda goes downstairs and sees purple vines on the walls, weird artifacts and such. Agnes discovers Wanda looking around and she reveals herself. Her real name is Agatha Harkness, and apparently she’s a witch who’s behind everything! Cut to an Addams Family style scene, where we see Agatha behind all the “show’s” hijinks, including killing the dog, faking her memory loss when meeting Vision, and bringing back the wrong Quicksilver!
The episode ends with a mid-credits scene, with Monica trying to break into Agatha’s home, and we see what looks like a normal “Pietro”. If you look close, you can see Monica’s eyes go purple. Is she under Agatha’s spell, or can she “see” the energy around him? I am SOOOOOO glad that Monica got her powers. While we’ll have to wait and see how powerful she’ll be in the show, it’s a sight to behold. And, I’m pretty sure that most viewers guessed that Agatha was behind all of this, a few episodes back. So, what now? Is she more powerful than Wanda, or did she and Wanda make some sort of deal with the devil? Bring back Vision, at the price of something Agatha wants , and only Wanda can give it to her? And how did she bring back the wrong Pietro? Are mutants finally canon in the MCU? Will Monica and Wanda team up to fight Agatha? And where is Vision going? Till next time, me fellow Blerds...
Ok, first off, SPOILERS PRESENT! Now, this "episode" brings us in more modern times during Halloween, and after seeing the sitcom opening reminiscent of Malcolm in The Middle, the Maximoff family gears up for some trick or treating! And finally, finally, we can see Wanda, Vision and Quicksilver in their comic book accurate costumes! While the gang heads out, Vision says he's going on to his "neighborhood watch duty". Wanda starts to disagree, but Vision passively stands his ground. Clearly, the tension between these two hasn't gone away yet. Evan Peters as Pietro is classic "man child uncle", breaking the tension.
Back in the real world, Monica is at odds with Director Hayward, saying that being aggressive against someone who almost killed Thanos was a stupid idea. Agent Woo and Darcy agree, but Hayward wants none of it, and dismisses them from the strike team, all the while being a dick to Monica. and talking real reckless about Monica's mom. After making quick work of some S.W.O.R.D agents the three do their own investigating as to how to get back into the Hex to talk Wanda down. While hacking into Hayward's secret files, Darcey says that Monica's cells have been dramatically changed due to the Hex. But Monica dismisses it, wanting to get through to Wanda. Back in the "sitcom", Wanda casually tests the new "Pietro" on past memories, while investigating why Vision actually isn't on the Neighborhood Watch team. What his he actually up to?
Apparently fed up with Wanda's half-truths, Vision goes to the edge of town, discovering that the residents of Westview are acting even more strange and barely moving at all. After an eerie 90s stop animated commercial, Wanda, Pietro and the kids end up in town. Wanda wants to know how he even got in there, Pietro doesn't even know, but he knows that she needed him. At the same time, the kids display powers! Back at the base, Monica and friends find out that Hayward is tracking Vision through his Vibranium body. Vision ends up at the edge of town, and phases into his costume we normally see him in. He finds Agnes in her car. She's not making any sense so Vision uses his powers, like he did on Herb. The "real" Agnes comes out, in a panic. She asked if she's dead. Vision wonders why she would ask that. Agnes replied because he is. So now, Vision wants to go outside of town to determine what's going on. Agnes has another meltdown, so Vision mind phases her, bringing her back to "normal".
At the Halloween event, Pietro actually says that he's impressed with how Wanda is doing all this, morally. But when he asks how she'd even do all this, Wanda says she doesn't know how she did it. She just remembers feeling alone and empty. Then another jump scare, with Quicksilver being pale and bullet ridden.
Darcey tracks Hayward's activities, and they see Vision breaking through the Hex. But it's killing him in the process. Darcey pleads with S.W.O.R.D. to help him, but they just stand there, not doing anything. While in agony, Vision tries to warn them of what's going on. At the same time, Billy senses his dad in trouble. The twins tell Wanda that Vision is in trouble. Pietro makes a bad joke about him dying again, and Wanda casually blasts him aside. With Billy's help, she locates Vision and expands the Hex Field! Anyone within range is sucked in, completely changed. Monica, Woo, and Darcey are now in the Hex, with Hayward escaping!
This episode felt shorter than usual, but a lot happened. I didn't even notice the short runtime. The amount of power Wanda displays is growing, but we still don't know how she's doing all this. And seeing Vision disintegrate after leaving the Hex brings more questions. Will he survive the season? Did Wanda reconstitute the Mind Stone?! Is that a copy of the stone, since Captain America went through time to put back each stone? And does Monica have cancer, like her mother, or are her cells changing a result of the Hex giving her powers of her own? And how does this version of Pietro remember Wanda?! Till next time my fellow blerds!