Another week, another new episode of Marvel Studios ‘WandaVision’ on Disney+ As we’ve become used to over the past 5 weeks, there’s loads to unpack, Easter eggs and comic references everywhere! We’ll break down a few of the many things we noticed this week.
This is your Episode 6 spoiler warning! Major spoilers for WandaVision and the wider MCU ahead – turn back now if you haven’t seen this week’s episode!
For this week’s ‘All New Halloween Spooktacular’ we join Wanda and Vision sometime toward the end of the 90s. It’s Halloween in WestView and already we’re given an episode title that sounds like its taken straight from the blurb or a Marvel comic. The episode is heavily referencing ‘Malcolm in the Middle’, the titles couldn’t be more similar if they tried and we even see Billy and Tommy breaking the fourth wall in the same way Malcolm does.
Comics Accurate Costumes – There is nothing comic fans love more than seeing their heroes appear onscreen wearing costumes lifted straight from the panels of their favourite book. Episode 6 of WandaVision doesn’t disappoint, with classic costumes for all of its main characters. Early on in the episode we see Wanda wearing her Scarlet Witch costume. It’s about as accurate as you can get to what she wore during her time with the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants and her early years with the Avengers. She suggests that her outfit is based on that of a Sokovian fortune teller. In the comics, Wanda always believed that her mother was a fortune teller, and more recently she learned that she was actually the previous Scarlet Witch.
Vision, too, is seen dressed up for Halloween. He’s dressed as a Mexican wrestler, but of course fans will recognise that he’s actually dressed in his 60s Vision costume from the comics, complete with reality stone head-dress. Interestingly later on when things start to take a more sinister turn for Vision, he transitions seamlessly into his MCU Vision look.
Quicksilver / Pietro / Peter (who actually knows at this point) is seen in his comics accurate costume too, complete with dodgy hairstyle. Billy and Tommy join the dress-up fun, wearing costumes adopted by their comic alter egos Wiccan and Speed. Billy’s look is complete with red cape, while Tommy’s look seems to pay homage to his uncle Quicksilver. Its almost certain that the MCU is going to give us a Young Avengers arc, so these costumes are a look at what is hopefully to come for these two.
Demon Spawn – In a seemingly throw-away line, Pietro refers to the twins as ‘demon spawn’. This may seem like a perfectly normal uncle joke but is it? In the comics Scarlet Witch unknowingly created the twins using fragments of Mephisto’s soul, a character that is Marvel’s representation of the devil. So the twins, in the comics were quite literally ‘demon spawn’.
Other lines of the script worth noting from Pietro are “The kids need a father figure” and “Westview New Jersey is charming as Hell” – Yet more references to the Devil? There’s another possible satanic reference in the name of the town’s cinema, we’ll get to that later.
Quicksilver / Pietro / Peter (who actually knows at this point) – See what I did there? Meta is a thing now, even here. There’s A LOT to unpack here in regards to Pietro (we’ll call him that for continuity sake since we’re not 100% sure on who Evan Peters is actually playing). He’s referred to by the twins as a vampire – a possible reference to him being an entity thats here to siphon energy or magic from Wanda? His speed and powers seem to be very much like the MCU Pietro, rather than the X-men universe’s version, and the episode recap features footage from Age of Ultron, just so we know we’re seeing two versions of Quicksilver in one. He calls himself ‘Uncle Peter’ – Evan Peters version was renamed Peter Maximoff in the X-men universe.
There’s a great pop-culture reference when Pietro describes something as “kick-ass” which Wanda then repeats. Peters starred in the movie Kickass alongside Aaron Taylor-Johnson (the MCU’s Quicksilver) which was based on the comics of the same name. There’s a Top-Gun reference in the “I feel the need for speed” line, as well as Tommy’s comics superhero name being Speed.
I think the confusion over which version of the character we’re getting is deliberate, not even Wanda really knows who he is, she certainly doesn’t seem to trust him and I think thats the point.
MOM – Pietro is seen with a red tattoo on his arm that says “MOM” – Multiverse of Madness? Mother of Mutants? Possibly, or it could be a reference to the comics character Mother. Mother is an inter dimensional parasite that exists in the multiverse who seeks powerful beings and realities to feed off. She has connections to Loki and there’s a whole story arc with her wanting to absorb Wiccan’s powers that involves the Young Avengers. This one could be a bit of a push though, who knows.
Loki – I’m saying this with no real evidence other than I just thought of it and I’m putting it here incase it happens and I can come back here and say I told you so. What If Pietro isn’t Pietro or Peter or Mephisto, what if he’s actually Loki? There’s a version of Loki knocking about somewhere, we know he has a history of doing shady deals with other bad guys (Thanos) Could he be the ‘Skywalker’ cameo, or the actor Paul Bettany was excited to work with? Almost certainly not, but it would be cool right?
Billy and Tommy Have Powers – We first see that Tommy possesses super speed, just like Uncle Pietro. Billy seems power-free until he senses Vision’s impending death where he appears to posses the same telepathy and telekinesis as his Mum. Billy isn’t seen to have any reality-warping powers like Wanda, which again could be significant, especially as Wanda cant remember how she got those powers in the first place.
What’s on at the Cinema? – The movies being shown at the cinema in Westview are The Incredibles and The Parent Trap. Any movies from the 90s could have been used here, and its definitely the case that they’ve chosen two that reflect what is going on in WandaVision. The Incredibles is a Pixar film about a superhero family, with a son who’s powers include super-speed. The Parent Trap is about two long lost twins who meet and switch identities – and accents. The Parent trap came out in 1998 which fits the timeframe of the episode’s setting and The Incredibles in 2004, which is obviously a few years later than the 90s.
The cinema is also called Coronet. ‘The Coronet’ is a poem written by Andrew MARVELL (go with it, its close enough and we’re going deep here) The poem is all about a guy who tries to pay tribute to Christ by making him a metaphorical crown in the form of a poem. In doing so the writer realises that he’s only doing so to impress others. It’s a pretty deep poem that is really a confession of the writer’s unworthiness. Look it up, its a weird connection. Could it be reference to Wanda creating something or someone in exchange for something or someone else? It’s a stretch I know, maybe its just called Coronet, which after all is actually the name of an old cinema / theatre.
Spider-Man? – Look closely and during the Halloween celebrations you’ll see what looks like a familiar face, that appears to be very similar to Spider-Man in his black costume. You can definitely make out the eyes. A possible nod to the One More Day story in which Peter Parker makes a deal with the devil to save the life of Aunt May. This reference might be stretching it a bit but we do know that the third Spider-Man movie will follow the events of WandaVision.
Ellis Avenue – This is another weird one, that I can’t get my head around and is staring me in the face. Its mentioned by Wanda as the furthest place the twins are allowed to go, it’s the place where Vision finds Agnes seemingly stuck in her car and it also happens to be right where the edge of the hex is. We get a shot that focuses right on the street sign which almost feels a little too obvious. A red-herring perhaps? This episode feels like it has more possible red herrings – was that a thing in the 90s? So what is Ellis Ave in reference to? Well, Warren Ellis has written many, many comics but nothing that really connects to WandaVision, except for maybe ‘Marvel Ruins’, a dark horror version of the Marvel Universe where everything goes wrong. Vision and Scarlet Witch do make an appearance in that.
Could it also be a reference to the current president of the USA in the MCU – Matthew Ellis? The character is named after Warren Ellis, writer of the Extremis story arc used for Ironman 3. The President has appeared in Ironman 3, Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Agents of SHIELD. If I remember correctly from Ironman 3 he puts some sort of ban on biomechanics and he has a lot to do with SHIELD after it all comes out about the HYDRA links. Could just be a total name drop, which theres been loads of. Theres a few here in episode 6, with Marvel Studios staff names on tombstones and computer screens.
Agnes is weird AF yet again, I’m struggling to work her out, do the references to Agatha Harkness seem a little too convenient?
Its revealed that Monica’s DNA has been altered twice by traveling through the barrier of the hex, she’s definitely on her way to getting her comics powers. Also, after Darcy and a whole load of SWORD agents were pulled into the hex, how will it effect them?
Monica heads off to meet her “guy” After stating “I know an aerospace engineer who’d be up for this challenge.” We’re all desperate to know who she’s talking about. My guesses are any of the following: Reed Richards, Dr Doom, Hank McCoy, – I don’t know guys, I’m excited, humour me….
Darcy wears a Mickey Mouse watch.
There’s kids, LOADS of kids all of a sudden. One dressed as Sub-Zero from Mortal Combat, one of the greatest 90s video games all time.
Hayward is a bad-dude. He’s the worst, he seems to have a real dislike towards anyone with powers. Someone pointed out to me that his arc seems to be building towards an us vs them kind of thing with the world turning against those with superpowers. Or is it building towards a humans vs mutants arc? Either way he’s a wrong-un. One of my earliest theories was that this show would serve as an origin story for a big phase 4 villain, could Hayward be the start point for that villain?
Will.i.am is MCU canon? – Not quite, BUT when Darcy accesses Hayward’s computer we see a file of medical records for ‘Ray Johnson’, an alias for John Wraith aka Kestrel, a member of Team X. The character appears in ‘X-Men Origins: Wolverine’ and is played by rapper Will.i.am. Now I’m not saying this means he’s going to appear but we know how deep Marvel Studios go with references like this, so its possible theres a link between SWORD and characters from Team X.
What do you think? What else did you see? I know there’s a ton of other stuff going on, let us know in the comments!
“WandaVision,” the first Marvel Studios series created exclusively for Disney+, stars Elizabeth Olsen as Wanda Maximoff, Paul Bettany as Vision, Kathryn Hahn as Agnes, and Teyonah Parris as Monica Rambeau, who was introduced to audiences in “Captain Marvel.” Kat Dennings reprises her role as Darcy from “Thor” and “Thor: The Dark World,” and Randall Park reprises his role as Jimmy Woo from “Ant-Man and The Wasp.” The series is directed by Matt Shakman with Jac Schaeffer as head writer. Featuring nine episodes, “WandaVision” is now streaming on Disney+ weekly.