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I’m back to talk about another episode of ‘WandaVisiion’! This episode had a lot of reveals, raised even more questions, and made me a bit skeptical about where the story is going. I’m not exactly sure what the reveals in this episode are implying, but I very much hope that the show sticks with it’s character development so far. But that’s enough of me being vague. Here’s your SPOILER WARNING before I start talking about things in detail. Let’s get into it!
What I Liked:
Wanda: Wanda always gets her spot in this list. This episode Wanda was already losing a bit of her control. Everything inside the Hex, especially items close to Wanda, were constantly switching between different eras. She was, obviously, very worried about the situation. Although it didn’t majorly inform her characterization in this episode, she was also extremely mad at Vision. So angry that she refused to let him come home despite the extremes she went to to save him. Ultimately Wanda spent most of the episode in a cozy outfit attempting to relax and sort out her feelings. And who can blame her? The only moments she broke free from this were her fight with Monica, which resulted in nothing more than Wanda getting angry, and Wanda’s discovery of Agnes’ true personality. We’ll have to wait for the next episode to see what heroic or not-so-heroic things Wanda decides to do with her new information.
Vision and Darcy: I kind of have to pair these two up in this post because they were together for most of the episode. And, although I couldn’t have imagined putting these two together before, I found this duo to be one of the best parts of the episode. Darcy started out the episode as an escape artist that was part of the circus Wanda created, although she lost none of her sarcasm in the process. Vision very quickly disconnected her from Wanda’s effects and found Darcy eager to help him out. The two ended up stealing a van from the circus, speculating about what exactly was happening to Vision, and being stopped by several road blockages on their trip together. These two were hilarious together. Both were equally mischievous and still adorably kind to one another. Where Darcy was blunt, Vision was polite, and it resulted in some really fun dialogue. I hope this isn’t the last we’ve seen of this pair up.
Monica: Monica was my other favorite part of the episode. Darcy has consistently been bringing up that Monica has been extremely effected by her time in the Hex. Which made me suspicious that the Hex rewriting Monica’s cells meant her superpowers were coming up soon. And I was right! In this episode Monica attempted to use a heavy-duty SWORD van to get through the Hex. But the van didn’t make it through and Monica barely escaped it before it was destroyed. Unsatisfied with the result, Monica decided to walk through the Hex barrier herself. Which resulted in one of the most badass hero transformations I’ve seen in Marvel. By the time she was on the other side of the Hex, her eyes were glowing blue and she was displaying what looked like super strength. Monica decided to immediately confront Wanda, attempting to appeal to Wanda with her own experiences losing her mother. But Wanda, as usual, didn’t want to hear what Monica had to say. When Wanda tried to throw Monica around, however, Monica ended up relatively unharmed because of her powers. With the help of Agnes, Wanda retreated. But Monica is still attempting to get through to Wanda, and it’s possible Pietro could be helping her in the next episode.
What I Have Questions About:
Agatha Harkness: We now know that Agnes is Agatha Harkness. Which everyone saw coming, but it was still a fun reveal. We got to see what Agatha’s been doing behind the scenes, the realm that appears to have given her the ability to enter Wanda’s Hex, and her true villainy. But is she really our main villain? Agatha Harkness isn’t exactly a villain in the comics. She isn’t a hero, but she isn’t a villain either. And can we really assume that Wanda isn’t responsible for everything that’s happened so far? This is where I become skeptical of this reveal. If we’re to believe the montage that came with the Agatha Harkness reveal, we’re to assume that Agatha was the one that caused most of the problems we’ve seen in this series, rather than Wanda. And, strangely enough, I’m not sure I’m exactly on board with this idea. Wanda’s entire character arc has been built around the fact that she’s doing awful things but for a tragically understandable reason. The audience takes the side of Monica. We don’t agree with what she’s doing, but we still want what’s best for her. If Agatha Harkness is truly responsible for EVERYTHING then a lot of that character development goes down the drain. I don’t mind Agatha being behind Pietro’s presence and the like. But I don’t want her to be the scape goat for everything Wanda has done.
Pietro: Pietro was gone for most of this episode. So where was he? Tommy and Billy asked Wanda where he went after Wanda became angry with him, but they didn’t receive much of an answer. He showed up next to Monica at the very end of the episode, but what are his true intentions? We know now that Agatha was responsible for bringing Pietro to Westview. But is he working for her? Is he being controlled by her? Or is he a normal guy? We also still don’t know who he is. He could be Pietro with a new face, although that seems less likely as the episodes go on. It seems more likely that Agatha gave him Pietro’s memories. So is he a random guy? Or is he Fox’s Quicksilver, Peter?
Billy and Tommy: It’s already been established that these two have powers. Tommy has been using superspeed whenever he gets the chance and Billy can sense when anything goes wrong. But are we going to get Wiccan and Speed? Also, much like the comics, it seems like Billy and Tommy disappear whenever Wanda isn’t there. In the comics, this is because their existence hinges on Wanda, their creator, and also Mephisto, who ends up absorbing both the twins and eliminating their existence. This is also why Wiccan and Speed have so many different backgrounds in the comics. Because, initially, they just end up dead. There hasn’t been any sign of Mephisto in the MCU so far, but could these two end up disappearing by the end of all this? Or are we looking at two Young Avengers for upcoming MCU projects? I really hope we get these two as full characters because Wiccan is a LGBTQ+ icon in the comics. The community is very much in need of representation in the MCU at the moment.
Why did Wanda steal Vision from SWORD?: We finally have confirmation that SWORD was attempting to turn Vision into a weapon. Exactly what Vision specifically said he didn’t want to happen after his death. So did Wanda break him out of SWORD because she knew what SWORD was doing to him? Or did she do so without knowing SWORD’s intentions?
How is Vision alive?: This is the biggest question that everyone seems to be confused about. Even Wanda doesn’t know how Vision is currently alive. Darcy discussed the issue with Vision, but even she seems confused. So what is keeping Vision alive?
We only have two episodes left and a lot of questions still need to be answered. I’m excited to see what will happen, but I’m worried as well. Every time I’m impressed by the writing in this show, a new idea is introduced that could possibly undermine it all. So far the series has been expertly subverting my expectations whenever I become skeptical. I sincerely hope it does so again. I was one of the most skeptical about turning Wanda into a villain going into this series. But they’ve done it so well that I’ve been praising Wanda’s characterization every episode. I don’t want them to retcon all of this amazing writing.
Don’t do anything fun until I get back!