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Spoilers for anyone who hasn't yet finished the first four episodes of Disney+'s WandaVision. Beware!
In roughly two hours of total watch-time, Marvel's WandaVision has delivered at least 4-6 hours of gonzo storytelling, interesting MCU references, suspicious characters, questionable situations, theory-spawning reveals, and everything in between. It's a wonder how creator Jac Schaeffer & Co. are going to deliver nine whole episodes that carry on at the same pace, but you can bet that I'll be right there watching and taking way too many notes. Because even though Episode 4 was kind enough to deliver some major answers, it certainly didn't explain everything about what's happening to Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany's characters.
WandaVision has inspired enough theories to last a lifetime – both the human kind and the android kind – but while there are certain details that the majority of fans are clinging to as the most important, that just means there are tons of smaller and less obvious moments that aren't getting enough speculative attention. So let's get some Steak Diane sautéing while running through an assortment of details that probably mean more than they seem.
"My Wife And Her Flying Saucers."
Not counting the brilliant opening theme from songwriters Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez, the very first line of WandaVision features Vision making a space-based reference to Wanda after a glass plate broke over his head. (Lots of broken dishes around Wanda in this show.) Considering S.W.O.R.D. definitely has ties to outer space, which even got referenced in Episode 4, this opening line can't merely be a coincidence or a meaningless gag. That's just not how Marvel and TV mysteries work at this point. Everything. Means. Something.
The detail from Agnes' introduction that many fans have talked up is the plant that Kathryn Hahn's inquisitive neighbor gives to Wanda, which has sparked theories about it possibly being the rare and mysterious Wundagore Everbloom seen in Tom King's The Vision. The bigger overarching question to me concerns Agnes' joke about not being home when her mother-in-law was visiting, which totally seemed like a throwaway line initially. But after several episodes of Agnes referring to her continuously absent husband Ralph, I'm starting to become obsessed with learning whether Agnes' family is even real or not. Is Agnes Mephisto, or is she married to Mephisto? Or is her mother-in-law Mephisto, which fits in better with the "mother-in-laws are hell" gag?
While Elizabeth Montgomery's Samantha Stevens adorably twitched her nose to make magic happen on Bewitched, Elizabeth Olsen's Wanda utilized a different inciting motion: a snap. (Not to mention Agnes showing up soon afterward saying Wanda would have her dinner menu done "in a snap.") The importance of that particular detail was possibly revealed in Episode 4, where audiences learned that WandaVision's timeline takes place only three weeks after the events of Avengers: Endgame. Meaning it hasn't been very long at all since Wanda (and Monica Rambeau) came back from being wiped out of existence by Thanos' Snap, so it's very likely still quite a sore spot in her brain, to say the least.
Vision's Eye In Each Of The End Credits
For each of its first four episodes, WandaVision has featured a different zoom shot into Vision's eye during the end credits, and that bizarre consistency makes me overtly curious. Is that a clue that Vision is watching all of these happen just like viewers and S.W.O.R.D. are? But then what does it mean that Episode 4's credit sequence zoomed into Dead Vision's eye? For those who want to go and check for themselves, it always occurs after executive producer Louis D'Esposito's credit is shown.
Okay, I'm admittedly dangling off of a limb here, but I gleefully want to believe there's a deeper meaning behind the gum-drunk Vision saying "Flourish!" during the talent show. Realizing that the scene already hinges on a callback to the Marvel magicians Illusion and Glamour, I wonder if Vision's erroneous blurting is itself a reference to the temporary X-Men mutant Marisol "Flourish" Guerra. Her unique emotion-tethered abilities included producing thriving plant life when happy, and creating typically foul growths like mold and fungi when she's upset. Not that I think the character will appear in WandaVision, but I think Flourish's emotionally driven and not always intentional powers are somewhat similar to Wanda's hold over her reality in Westview.
Storks And Other Animals
WandaVision made its affinity for insects known in its first three episodes through multiple references to butterflies and the S.W.O.R.D. agent-turned-beekeeper. (Is it too much of a stretch to hope for Ant-Man and the Wasp to show up?) Viewers are likely also curious about the various giraffes seen in Wanda and Vision's home(s), particularly the three upon the mantle in the '70s timeline. But perhaps the most important beast of the bunch is Episode 3's slapstick stork who, like the butterflies, came alive within Tommy and Billy's nursery. Unfortunately for Wanda, though, her powers didn't seem to have any effect on the bird, which just maintained its existence despite her efforts. But isn't she supposed to have full control over this world? So could that mean the child-bearing stork is actually a clever manifestation of Mephisto?
Vision Mugging The Camera
During "Now In Color," Wanda gave viewers yet another look at her existence-altering powers whenever Vision took a second to reflect on the weirdness surrounding them in Westview, which is something I'd be doing constantly. As he's sitting on the couch, Vision seemed to look directly into the camera just before admitting that he thinks something is wrong. That was quickly followed by Wanda rewinding time to just before Vision sat down, leading to a much happier exchange the second time around. But what was up with Vision breaking the fourth wall in such a strange and low-key way? Was that his attempt to warn someone on the outside? Or does Paul Bettany just love mugging for the cameras?
Agnes And Herb Being Aware Of Geraldine's Otherness
A lot of big WandaVision fan questions are tied to Teyonah Parris' Monica Rambeau right now, but viewers aren't the only curious ones about her. As Vision discovered in Episode 3, both Agnes and Herb were seeking more info on "Geraldine," whom they knew was not an organic resident of Westview. In the first place, it interests me to no end that side characters have lives beyond Wanda's charade, since I mostly just picture them standing around waiting for their scenes to start. In the second place, how are Agnes and Herb able to discern that things aren't right with Geraldine/Monica? And what does it mean for all the Agnes-is-the-villain theories, if anything, that she's not totally omniscient in this world?
S.W.O.R.D.'s Astronaut Training Program
There are really only a limited number of avenues Marvel can take when it comes to the concept of astronauts. There's the Fantastic Four, and then there's some other stuff that isn't as important. After Monica asked about the astronaut training program, Josh Stamford's S.W.O.R.D. Director Tyler Hayward told her that half of the team was lost in the Blip, and half of those who remained had backed out of it. But what about the half who stayed? Could that group possibly contain Reed and Sue Richards, Ben Grimm and Johnny Storm? Is this how the MCU is laying the groundwork for its own take on Marvel's first family, set to be directed by Spider-Man: Far From Home's Jon Watts? I'm praying to Mephisto that's the case.
Only Monica Can Breach The Westview Energy Field
WandaVision's fourth episode gave the impression that Monica Rambeau is perhaps the only human able to readily pass through Westview's outer boundary. Not that we got to see what happened when Randall Park's Jimmy Woo or anyone else got rejected. It's easy enough to arrive at the assumption that most people can't make it through because Wanda doesn't want them to. But that just leads us to the less-assumable inquiry about why Monica in particular was welcomed inside so easily.
The Breaking Glass Sound Making It Past Wanda's Edit
As we learned in "We Interrupt This Program," Kat Dennings' Darcy Lewis – that's Dr. Lewis to you – and others are only able to watch Wanda's edited version of events, meaning no one at S.W.O.R.D. saw Wanda rid herself of Agent Franklin, among other moments. Indeed, whenever Darcy and Jimmy attempted to break through to Wanda via the radio, no one witnessed the minute or so of pure confusion between Wanda and Emma Caulfield's Dottie. Before the edit, however, Dottie is briefly seen attempting to ask Wanda who she is, and the sound of Dottie's glass breaking – which was already too loud and unrealistic to begin with – does make it to Darcy's TV, meaning Wanda wasn't able to edit everything cleanly. Is that because she was so shocked by Jimmy's voice, or by Dottie's accusations?
The End Credit Music
Though the first two WandaVision installments ended with a traditional instrumental track, the next two upped the clue-seeking ante. The Brady Bunch-esque third episode utilized The Monkees' "Daydream Believer," which could easily be seen as reflective of Wanda buying so hard into the fantasy world that she created. Not to mention it being a callback to when the band's Davey Jones guest-starred on The Brady Bunch. Episode 4, meanwhile, ended with Jimi Hendrix's "Voodoo Child (Slight Return)," which references the magical idea of creating an island for oneself, which can obviously be tied to Wanda's Westview takeover. And on another level, it connects to Scarlet Witch's son Billy becoming the warlock Wiccan in the comics, if we take "voodoo" to mean "any sort of magical shit."
I could probably spend more hours putting these thoughts together, since Disney+'s WandaVision suffers no lack of interesting and thought-provoking situations. (If you're not already signed up for Disney+, click here to unlock the magic.) But for now, let us know which details you think are the most important in the comments below.
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