As WandaVision nears its finish, episode 8 seems via the previous
The trail to WandaVision hasn’t been a straightforward one for Kevin Feige and the Marvel Studios workforce. Nicely, not less than the trail to Wanda Maximoff.
Wanda Maximoff, one of the highly effective characters each within the MCU and the comics, discovered herself the kid of divorced mother and father. There was Disney on one facet that wished to make use of the character in its Marvel Cinematic Universe movies, and twentieth Century Fox on the opposite that technically owned her rights. Marvel’s workforce discovered a approach to make the character work, however one thing all the time felt off.
Following Disney’s acquisition of twenty first Century Fox, and the whole lot changing into one big household, issues have modified — and a lot of how this could profit the MCU turned clear in WandaVision’s penultimate episode.
[We’re seven weeks and eight episodes into this, friends. You know what’s about to happen. Don’t want to be spoiled? Stop reading here.]
A portrait of grief
It nearly feels silly to speak about theories of what’s to return. This episode was essentially the most poignant, stunning breakdown of the unbelievable grief Wanda Maximoff has skilled all through her life. Agatha, who was launched on the finish of final week’s episode because the witch masquerading as Wanda’s neighbor Agnes, brings Wanda on a journey via the previous utilizing a sequence of portals.
We see as Wanda watched her mother and father die by the palms of a Stark Industries missile in Sokovia, whereas trapped underneath the mattress together with her twin brother Pietro, the one household she had left. It then strikes to the Hydra facility the place Wanda and Pietro volunteered for the group. Her powers, seemingly current from when she was a younger baby, permit her to the touch the thoughts stone trapped throughout the scepter seen with Loki in The Avengers with out instantly dying.
In a post-Age of Ultron world, Wanda is as soon as once more coping with extra grief after Pietro was gunned down in Sokovia after attempting to assist the Avengers. In a single heartbreaking scene, the place Imaginative and prescient is attempting to assist Wanda via the grieving course of, we’re handled to an intimate dialog between the 2, whereby Imaginative and prescient tells Wanda, “What’s grief if not love persevering?”
The ultimate little bit of Wanda’s reminiscence focuses on Wanda attempting to get Imaginative and prescient’s physique again after Endgame. As a substitute, she walks in on Director Hayward and his S.W.O.R.D. workforce dismantling Imaginative and prescient’s physique, after he’s declared the “most harmful sentient weapon ever made.” It’s all an excessive amount of for Wanda, who drives to the empty lot the place Imaginative and prescient bought a deed for his or her residence “to develop outdated in.” Wanda’s grief lastly reaches a breaking level, inflicting her magic to blow up, taking up the city of WestView and introducing the fictional actuality she’s in.
A lot of WandaVision to date has targeted on Wanda’s grief presenting itself in small methods. Her grief is spoken about — by Darcy, Monica, Pietro, and even Imaginative and prescient — however Wanda not often confirmed it. The penultimate episode lastly allowed it to take middle stage. It’s very important for the finale for audiences to actually perceive how determined and filled with grief Wanda is, to correctly arrange no matter goes to occur subsequent, and this episode lastly allowed us to take action. It’s a fantastic episode of tv and, if they’ll stick the touchdown, it might make WandaVision considered one of my favourite items of the MCU.
Welcome, Scarlet Witch
That mentioned, there are some issues to discover somewhat additional, beginning with a fantastic retcon of a retcon… sort of.
When Marvel Studios first launched Wanda and Pietro, there have been a few guidelines. They couldn’t use the phrase mutant (that’s why each had been known as enhanced beings), and since they couldn’t exist as Magneto’s kids (that’s Fox territory), they had been retconned, together with within the comics main as much as Age of Ultron’s launch. It was all the time a sore level for Marvel followers, however the group understood the licensing battles had been difficult. Publish-Fox acquisition, the whole lot modified, and the top of this WandaVision episode lastly launched Wanda because the Scarlet Witch.
Wanda and Pietro’s powers had been retconned throughout the Marvel Cinematic Universe as one thing that was enhanced by Hydra. Neither realized they’d any particular talents, however genetic testing performed partly utilizing the scepter unlocked extraordinary talents in each of them. WandaVision takes it one step additional, permitting Agatha to level out to Wanda that she apparently had talents inside her since start that she was utilizing whilst a toddler. For instance, when Wanda and Pietro’s residence exploded after a Stark missile went off, they usually had been caught underneath the mattress, Agatha remarked that Wanda was seemingly utilizing a chance hex to make sure they remained protected.
Within the comics, Wanda’s powers permit her to regulate chance through her hexes — the identical phrase for her powers can also be the form of the fictional metropolis she’s made for herself, sure. So long as no matter she was attempting to regulate was in her line of sight, Wanda might management the chance of what would occur. Within the episode, when Wanda is staring on the non-detonated Stark missile that landed in her front room, it’s merely a case of “good luck” created by Wanda that stopped it from ever going off. At the least, that’s what occurred in line with Agatha.
Wanda’s powers are more and more essential for one idea that’s floated round for some time — WandaVision isn’t establishing Mephisto, the Marvel satan that has turn into the most well-liked idea for the large unhealthy reveal within the finale, however Dormammu.
Physician Unusual followers will acknowledge the identify Dormammu because the metaphysical villain that Unusual needed to defeat in his movie again in 2016.
Nicely, Dormammu additionally has a reasonably particular connection to Wanda Maximoff. She, alongside plenty of Avengers and Defenders, got here collectively to attempt to cease Dormammu from placing collectively the items of an historic artifact often called the Evil Eye, which might permit Earth to be introduced right into a darkish dimension. Who does Dormammu enlist to assist obtain this objective? Everybody’s favourite god of mischief, Loki, whose story is about to proceed in his personal sequence this June.
The idea discovered new floor due to the colour of Agatha’s magic. It’s not pink or orange like Wanda’s and Physician Unusual’s: it’s purple. That’s the identical shade as Dormammu. It’s not precisely like magic is color-coded within the MCU (though it may be going ahead), but when Agatha and Dormammu are representations of evil — regardless of Agatha being a mentor to Wanda within the comics — utilizing a sure shade of magic to show their evilness could possibly be one technique.
Now, look — Dormammu looks like a little bit of a stretch. The final time we noticed the nefarious being, they’d signed a pact with Unusual to by no means return to Earth and we actually haven’t heard something since. On the identical time, we do know that WandaVision leads into Physician Unusual within the Multiverse of Insanity, and messing round with evil villains from totally different worlds actually appears to be the place Part 4 of the MCU is headed between Multiverse of Insanity and The Eternals.
Dormammu can also be, fairly actually, at one level the Lord of Chaos. Agatha revealed to Wanda this week that she wields chaos magic. It’s an extremely uncommon type of magic and makes her extra highly effective than anybody realized. That is additionally why folks imagine she’ll be revealed as a Nexus being, an anchor throughout the multiverse whose existence is essential to Physician Unusual. She’s essential in sustaining the soundness of all mankind on Earth. As my Polygon colleague Susana Polo wrote in regards to the historical past of Wanda’s chaos magic within the comics:
Ultimately, different writers gave Wanda’s model of magic a particular supply: The God-of-Chaos-turned-ancient-demon-turned-Lovecraft-style -creepy-force-of-darkness-locked-away-in-an-alternate-dimension Chthon. Chthon’s place of energy was Mount Wundagore, a fictional place in Japanese Europe the place Wanda simply occurred to have been born. That’s most likely not going to make it into WandaVision, but it surely does put Wanda among the many Marvel Universe’s foremost wielders of Chaos Magic
Simply as unlikely as Chthon being launched into the MCU through WandaVision is Dormammu, fairly actually. There are too many questions on different characters and plotlines arrange, together with Billy and Tommy, Wanda’s children. They’ve a better connection to Agatha and Mephisto, and the way a lot is WandaVision speculated to arrange for a whole part? It appears like quite a bit to cram into one remaining episode!
So, let’s concentrate on the one character we all know will play out subsequent episode and study simply how heartbreaking it’s seemingly going to be — White Imaginative and prescient.
Who’s White Imaginative and prescient?
Everybody is aware of who Imaginative and prescient is, however within the comics, there’s a model of the character that truly was used as a sentient weapon — and he misplaced the whole lot that made him the lovable synthezoid within the course of.
White Imaginative and prescient entered the comics in 1989 as a part of John Byrne’s Imaginative and prescient Quest sequence from a West Coast Avengers run. The run discovered Imaginative and prescient’s physique being dismantled by a authorities group. As soon as his physique was dismantled, he misplaced the colour in his pores and skin. Though Hank Pym discovered a approach to revive Imaginative and prescient, he remained a ghost white model of himself. Extra importantly, reviving Imaginative and prescient meant that the synthezoid additionally misplaced connection to Wanda and their sons.
Within the MCU, Imaginative and prescient’s colorless physique can also be a reference to his loss of life post-Thanos. There’s already a logical clarification for why Imaginative and prescient would look white, however the post-credits scene acknowledges that White Imaginative and prescient is created utilizing the identical vitality that Wanda is utilizing to maintain her fictional city going. He’s solely resurrected via her chaos magic, and it’s seemingly solely her chaos magic that may destroy him.
The post-credits scene on this week’s WandaVision units up a finale the place Wanda may need to struggle White Imaginative and prescient. It’s somewhat poetic, and completely heartbreaking. To be able to shield her household, she has to acknowledge that Imaginative and prescient is definitely useless and defeat him within the course of. I assume she’ll have somewhat assist from Monica Rambeau’s Spectrum (maybe!) alongside the way in which, maybe, however that brings up one other essential query: what occurred to Monica? We didn’t see her in any respect on this episode, however we all know she was discovered by Pietro after attempting to assist Wanda.
All the pieces will lastly be answered subsequent week as WandaVision involves an finish.
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