Is Wanda the Villain or the Victim in ‘WandaVision’?

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Fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe are used to digging through every frame of media, from trailers to set photos, for hints about the plots of upcoming films and shows. The new Disney plus series WandaVision has taken this endeavor to a whole new level, with a mystery woven into each episode. Each week a little more is revealed and hinted, even as the mystery builds with new questions.

This week, it looked the creators behind WandaVision were giving the audience answers to one of the biggest questions that has been plaguing fans since the start of the show. Who is behind the anomaly? Monica Rambeau (Teyonah Parris) gives the answer right at the start of the episode “It’s all Wanda.” But could this episode have been an elaborate misdirect? Let’s break down some of the clues.

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Wanda Cannot Control Billy and Tommy

The episode picks up where the previous one left off. Living idealized suburban lives based on classic television sitcoms, the former Avenger couple, Wanda/Scarlett Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) and Paul Bettany’s Vision are cuddling their new bundles of joy, Billy and Tommy, inside the Hex; while Darcy Lewis (Kat Denning), FBI Agent Jimmy Woo (Randall Park) and Monica Rambeau are outside trying to figure out how this all happened.

First, inside of the Hex, Wanda struggles to get the twins to stop crying. They appear to be immune to their mother’s powers. As the episode progresses, she is unable to prevent Billy and Tommy from sporadically aging.

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Agatha Is Different from the Other Residents

Then Agatha (Kathyrn Hayn) shows up to help with the twins. The action ends when Vision stops her from holding the babies. Agatha asks if Wanda wants her to take the scene from the top, implying that she is doing whatever Wanda wants.

However, it seems unlikely that Wanda wanted this fourth wall break to happen; it shocks her that Agatha said this, and it tips Vision off even more to the fact that not all is what it seems in Westview.

Furthermore, Agatha is never surprised when anything magical seems to be happening with Wanda or the twins. She shows up the moment the boys ask to keep their new dog, with a convenient doghouse. This indicates she has a level of awareness that the other cast of residents do not have. Another hint that her comic book counter part may be Agatha Harkness.

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Later, when Vision wakes Norm/Abilash (Asif Ali), he is instantly distressed that someone is controlling his mind. He exclaims: “She’s in my head”. Vision takes this to mean Wanda, but Norm never says directly that it is. Only that it is a woman.

When Vision confronts Wanda about whether she is behind the anomaly, she admits that she does not know how it all began. It’s when she starts to talk openly with Vision about what is going that doorbell rings, distracting them. Wanda swears it as not her doing and while Vision does not believe her, she could actually be telling the truth.

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Wanda Can Not Raise the Dead

After the introduction, and subsequent death, of the family dog Sparky. Wanda tells the boys she cannot bring back the dead. This is later backed up further by the surprise cameo of Evan Peters as Pietro at the end of the episode.

She wants her brother back as much as she wanted Vision back, but she could not just revive the version of Quicksilver played by Aaron Taylor Johnson, as he is dead. Therefore, the implication is that Wanda does not have the power to revive the dead. That is why Quicksilver’s return at the end of the episode appears to have opened the multiverse. If it was not her, then who brought Vision back after his demise in Avengers: Infinity War (2018)?

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The Confrontation with SWORD

Outside of the Hex, Monica and team decide to send an 80s retro drone into the Hex. After SWORD Director Hayward (Josh Stamberg) takes over the drone to try to attack Wanda, everything starts to go awry.

Wanda comes out from inside the Hex to confront all the agents outside. After delivering her message she returns home. As she re-enters the Hex the barrier changes colors. Before it was blue and then it becomes red, Wanda’s signature color.

All in all, the episode seems to be trying to establish that Wanda is behind the Hex – that after stealing Vision’s body she created the reality bubble to live with him. However, nothing in WandaVision has been what it seems so far and with four more episodes to go there are surely many more reveals yet to come. What is clear is that while Wanda is in control of some parts of what is happening inside of the Hex, it is not evident yet that it is all her doing.

What do you think? Is Wanda the villain or the victim in WandaVision? Will Elizabeth’s Olsen’s Scarlett Witch appear as a villain in the upcoming Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness?


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