- Warning: There are major spoilers ahead for “WandaVision.”
- Disney Plus’ first Marvel series takes place after the events of “Avengers: Endgame.”
- Beneath the facade of a sitcom, things feel a bit screwy in Wanda and Vision’s picture perfect life.
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On the surface, Wanda (Elizabeth Olsen) and Vision (Paul Bettany) have moved into a nice suburban home in New Jersey. The unusual couple tries to fit in while hiding the fact that they’re two super-powered Avengers. It leads to a lot of delightful and often humorous shenanigans.
First off, “WandaVision” takes place after the events of “Avengers: Endgame.” Vision shouldn’t be there. He was “killed” in “Avengers: Infinity War” by Thanos. (We say “killed” because Vision’s an A.I. Can you really kill a piece of artificial intelligence? Unclear.)
Vision’s reappearance is just the first of many hiccups on the show telling viewers that something’s screwy in Wanda and Vision’s perfect fairy-tale.
Insider rounds up all of the little details you may have missed that hint that something’s amiss on “WandaVision” and posits a few theories about what’s actually going on in the Marvel series.
What am I watching? “WandaVision” is likely an alternate reality — or “Wanda’s vision” of what she wants her reality to look like despite suffering a great loss.
If you’re confused by everything happening on the first two episodes of the Marvel series, you’re likely not alone.
Our best guess is that Wanda has created her own alternate reality as a coping mechanism. Instead of accepting and processing the loss of Vision in “Infinity War,” Wanda is living out her own perfect “what if” scenario with Vision that was ripped away from her before she could have it.
Without saying too much just yet, this lines up with a version of the comics. We’re preparing for a heartbreaking reveal at some point this season.
There’s just one thing that doesn’t align with this scenario.
By the end of episode two, someone is trying to reach out to Wanda, asking her, “Who’s doing this to you?” It’s possible someone else is keeping Wanda locked up in an alternate reality so that she’s living in her own Truman Show.
We see someone overseeing and watching Wanda’s life at the end of the premiere on a TV monitor. Someone may be trying to keep her happy because they know (and/or fear) that Wanda’s one of the most powerful Avengers.
If Wanda isn’t processing Vision’s loss in a healthy way, her powers may be unstable. If she chooses to use them while depressed or upset, she could likely wreak havoc. We’ve already seen how Wanda has acted out in “Age of Ultron” after losing her brother. Imagine how that could be amplified by Vision’s loss.
If that’s the case, some mysterious figure, or figures, could be trying to placate Wanda in order to prevent her from using her powers during this vulnerable time.
With all of that in mind, there are several hints throughout the series that start to poke holes at Wanda’s all too cheery life.
Let’s go through them.
Vision and Wanda’s house changes from a ranch to a two-story.
Wanda and Vision move into a ranch style home on the premiere. Later, on episode two, Wanda exits through the front door of a two-story home.
It’s one of the first big hints that there’s some sort of magical force at play on the series.
The quirky Stark toaster ad in the middle of the episode tells viewers to “forget the past.”
The tagline for the Toast Mate 2000 is “Forget the past, this is your future!”
As Wanda is living in this picturesque fairy-tale, it’s true that she’d rather focus on this fake future that’s been laid out for her and Vision.
The newspaper headlines don’t make any sense.
On the first episode, Vision is seen reading a newspaper with the following main headline: “Little Baby June’s First Word Tickles Mother Sue.”
On the latest episode, Phil’s reading a paper where the big story is: “Two Fire Hydrants added on Main.”
These aren’t news stories at all, further suggesting that Wanda is in some too-good-to-be true dream-like apparition of the real world.
Wanda stares off into the distance, breaking character, when she’s asked to answer real questions about her life.
When the Harts, Vision’s boss and his wife, come to visit for dinner, Mrs. Hart doles a barrage of questions the couple’s way: Where did you two move from? What brought you here? How long have you been married and why don’t you have children, yet?
The two are unable to answer the seemingly simple questions. Wanda is then repeatedly hounded by Vision’s boss about why the two of them came to Westview.
She can’t – and doesn’t – answer, but it’s likely because Wanda can’t deal with her current Vision-less reality.
As the scene continues to play out, Wanda appears to momentarily break character as a pristine housewife, pausing to consider where she is and what’s going on before returning mentally to the dinner party.
When Vision’s boss starts choking, Wanda initially freezes up, helpless to save him.
As Mr. Hart chokes, his wife begins playfully yelling, “Stop it,” over and over. She repeats it comically until it becomes incredibly unnerving and uncomfortable.
Eventually, Wanda orders Vision to do something and save his boss.
Though the scene may seem odd upon first watch, there’s likely a deeper, unsettling significance to this scene.
The scene appears to parallel the moment from “Infinity War” where Vision is “killed.”
The moment appears to parallel Vision’s final moments in 2018’s “Avengers: Infinity War” where Thanos turned back time and brought the hero momentarily back to life just to choke him and tear an Infinity stone from his head to take over the world.
As Thanos rips the golden gemstone from Vision’s head, you can hear a distinct shattering noise. Thanos then tosses Vision’s body to the ground with a massive thud.
Similarly, the longer Mr. Hart chokes, the intense dinner moment crescendos to the sound of, what sounds like, a shattering bulb. As soon as it happens, Hart drops to the floor.
In both scenarios, Wanda is unable to help the person suffering. In “Infinity War,” Wanda is knocked out by Thanos. In “WandaVision,” a horrified Wanda silently watches the events unfold.
Though Wanda was incapacitated in “Infinity War” at the time of Vision’s death, it appears as if Wanda is playing out Vision’s final moments in her head and her inability to do anything to change his fate.
A character from “Spider-Man: Homecoming” is briefly mentioned in fake credits for the first episode.
As the first set of credits role at the end of the “WandaVision” premiere, you may notice that most of these names aren’t real.
However, the name Abe Brown stands out. Brown is a minor character and classmate of Peter Parker’s in 2017’s “Spider-Man: Homecoming.” In the comics, Brown becomes martial artist, Black Tiger.
It’s unclear whether or not this was merely an Easter egg or a hint of a future character to come in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Someone — or some group — appears to be keeping tabs on Wanda.
At the end of the premiere episode, the aspect ratio of the episode changes and the frame pulls back to reveal that the entire “WandaVision” sitcom appears to be taking place on a telecast that someone is overseeing. An obscured individual can be seen taking notes.
A S.W.O.R.D. symbol is seen in the background and on the notebook belonging to the mystery character.
S.W.O.R.D. is is an acronym for a group called the Sentient World Observation and Response Department. (An alternative name for the group is the Superhuman Warriors Operation Redistribution Division.)
This group may be responsible for keeping Wanda at bay in her current alternate reality.
Wanda finds a toy helicopter with the same S.W.O.R.D. symbol.
While you may have been focused on the fact that Wanda finds a bright red and yellow toy helicopter while the rest of her world is in black and white, you may have missed the S.W.O.R.D. organisation symbol on the helicopter.
What does it mean? And why is it in colour?
We’re wondering whether or not this is actually a toy helicopter or if it was one that was made smaller either by magical means or by using Pym technology (think “Ant-Man”).
Wanda looks to a window in her house as she picks up the helicopter. She and Vision heard a loud rumbling outside the night before. Were they hearing the chopper?
Before Wanda can think about the helicopter too much, her neighbour Agnes shows up to distract her.
There are a number of lines in the episodes that appear to break the fourth wall and address the audience directly.
“Look, it’s the star of the show,” Agnes says to Wanda on episode two.
Is Agnes subtly joking about how Wanda’s actually in her own fictional show?
On episode two, Vision asks Wanda if she’s “at all worried that the audience might just see through this little charade.”
He’s talking about a magic trick, but it’s like they both know that we know that something is not right here, too…
Dottie seems sceptical of Wanda.
When Wanda approaches the community leader, Dottie, they have the following conversation, which leaves Wanda unsettled.
Dottie: “I’ve heard things about you, you and your husband.”Wanda: “Well, I don’t know what you have been told, but I assure you I don’t mean anyone any harm.”Dottie: “I don’t believe you.”
Does Dottie know more about Wanda than she’s letting on?
A voice on a radio cries out to Wanda.
Immediately following Dottie’s unpleasant conversation, Wanda hears a transmission come over a nearby radio saying, “Wanda, can you read me, over? Wanda? Wanda? Who is doing this to you, Wanda?”
The message leads an already suspicious Dottie to shatter a glass in her hand and start bleeding in colour.
It sounds like someone is trying to get in contact with Wanda.
If Wanda is trapped inside an alternate reality – by her own or someone else’s means – it seems like someone may be trying to reach out to her to save her.
An “Age of Ultron” villain is alluded to on episode two during another fake ad.
A fake ad for a Strucker watch bearing the H.Y.D.R.A. symbol references one of the terrorist group’s leaders, Baron Wolfgang von Strucker.
In “Age of Ultron,” Von Strucker oversaw the training of Wanda and her twin brother, Pietro, Maximoff. He was later killed by the film’s villain, Ultron (James Spader).
The tagline for the product, “He’ll make time for you,” makes us wonder if it’s a simple nod to his role in Wanda’s past or if it’s a deeper reference to a manipulation of time.
Also, the ticking of the clock reminds us of the ticking sound that played near the end of the “WandaVision” premiere where Mr. Hart collapsed on the ground.
And let’s not forget Wanda will appear in the upcoming “Doctor Strange” sequel, which is set to explore the multiverse. Strange was previously the keeper of the Infinity stone, which can manipulate time.
Elizabeth Olsen told “Good Morning America” “WandaVision” will be a “natural progression” into what happens in the Benedict Cumberbatch-starring sequel.
Wanda’s sudden pregnancy hints at a heartbreaking story line.
By the end of episode two, Wanda is suddenly pregnant, something that would be physically impossible since Vision is an android.
In the comics, Wanda conjures up two twin sons through means of magic, hinting that the show may follow this story.
A mysterious beekeeper appears outside of Wanda and Vision’s home.
When Wanda and Vision hear something outside, they see a mysterious man in a beekeeper suit who climbs out of manhole.
Triggered by the sight of him, Wanda reveals she’s able to rewind the events and play the scene over again to her liking so that Vision never sees the mystery man, suggesting she may be in control of this dream-like world.
There’s a reason why Wanda doesn’t want that man around so it’s possible we may see him again.
In the comics, members of the A.I.M. (Advanced Idea Mechanics) organisation wear beekeeper uniforms. The group, which was first developed by Von Strucker, was built to overthrow the government. Perhaps A.I.M. has taken ahold of Wanda and is holding her hostage.
It’s worth noting the beekeeper in “WandaVision” appeared to have the S.W.O.R.D. symbol on the back of their suit.
Vision and Wanda ride a bike by a theatre with a “Wizard of Oz” reference.
It’s difficult to see in the actual episode, but in a teaser for the show “Oz the Great and Powerful” is written on a theatre marquee.
In “The Wizard of Oz,” Oz was the man behind the curtain, making everyone believe he was a menacing figure when he was really just some ordinary man behind a machine.
The placement of the sign suggests that there’s also an Oz controlling this fairy-tale world of Wanda and Vision’s.
Wanda has her twins in about a day.
At the start of the episode, the doctor tells Wanda she’s four months pregnant. He doesn’t question anything when Wanda delivers her twins later that same day.
Even Vision starts to wonder what’s going on, asking a doctor if he should be concerned with how fast Wanda’s pregnancy progressed.
Another fake Marvel ad hints that H.Y.D.R.A. may have more of a role to play here.
The tagline for the faux ad on episode three says, “When you want to get away, but you don’t want to go anywhere, Hydra Soak.”
Is H.Y.D.R.A. helping to keep Wanda away from reality and her friends who may be trying to reach her?
Fans may be wondering why Geraldine is calling herself that instead of her real name.
When Teyonah Parris was announced to join WandaVision, Marvel Studios’ president, Kevin Feige said she would play a grown-up version of Monica Rambeau from “Captain Marvel.”
However, here, she has introduced herself to Wanda as someone else entirely.
Why is she keeping her real identity a secret? Does she know she’s not really Geraldine or has someone tricked her into believing she’s someone else?
“Geraldine” is wearing a S.W.O.R.D. necklace.
Wanda notices the necklace and then becomes highly suspicious of Geraldine before appearing to shoot her out of the magical realm.
It may have been tough to hear, but Agnes and Herb are also whispering about Geraldine as well during the episode.
Herb knows something.
It seems like Herb was about to tell Vision that they’re all trapped when he tries to explain why Geraldine is there. Agnes stops Herb from saying anything more.
It’s almost as if she’s trying to prevent Wanda from becoming upset.
Instead, Herb tells Vision he’ll catch him on the flip side.
Are they all trapped inside a fake reality created by Wanda?
The doctor tells Vision he’s not going to go on vacation because it’s hard to “escape” small towns.
When Vision tells Dr. Nielson he hopes he’s still able to head on vacation, the doc says he’s afraid he won’t.
“Small towns, you know. So hard to … escape,” Dr. Neilsen says slowly and carefully.
When he says the word “escape,” he appears to give Vision a knowing look.
Wanda’s accent changes back to her Sokovian one briefly when her brother’s name is mentioned.
As Wanda looks down at her twins, she remembers that she’s a twin herself and starts singing in Sokovian. Wanda’s brother, Pietro, was killed in “Age of Ultron.”
Many have remarked about how Wanda’s Sokovian accent has come and gone in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
It’s possible the MCU could explain that Wanda’s accent changed as part of a coping mechanism to move on from the painful loss of her brother.
It appears Wanda and other characters are inside of some sort of fake reality.
The aspect ratio of the show changes when Geraldine/Monica is shot out of Westview.
As the camera pulls back, it looks like the town is housed within a force field. An army or some other unit – S.W.O.R.D.? – is stationed outside the town perimeter.
As the episode ends, the song “Daydream Believer” by The Monkees plays. Quite a fitting song if Wanda refuses to wake up from her own daydream.