Episode Seven – “Breaking the Fourth Wall”
The Morning After
Wanda is finally coming to terms with reality and with that comes the modern age. We begin this episode with a
Behind Wanda’s bed we see two pastoral paintings. One features a large castle or mansion. Could it be the X-Mansion? The castle where Baron von Strucker kept the twins? The twins really want Wanda’s help as their video game is “going crazy.” Their game controllers start as Wiimotes, then GameCube controllers, then Atari joysticks, and finally a bunch of Uno cards. Fun times!
Kane soda is back in the fridge, shouting out line producer Mary Kane. There’s a creepy clown on the Sugar Snaps cereal box that references the circus Wanda created. Also, Sugar Snaps is probably a reference to
World’s Best Wanda
This week we get a
The opening credits feature Wanda’s name repeated again and again, reflecting her “day to herself.” Some fun notes are that the tape says Master Wanda. It’s fun to imagine who Wanda’s master is or whether Wanda is the Master of her own destiny… or maybe, the Marvel villain Master Pandemonium?! Sorry, I couldn’t help myself.
We also see Wanda written in the sky like the Wicked Witch of the East does in
Dossier Number 122822
When we see Wanda’s license plate, it has the number 122822 above it. As you’ll know if you read our Easter egg updates, we love a random number. But this number has a weird relevance. Thanks to
“ORIGINS AND NATURE OF OMEGA LEVEL PLANETARY EVENT 122822 [designated “THE PULSE:”] PRELIMINARY ASSESSMENT
The Pulse originated in deep space, but its point of origin is uncertain and estimates vary widely. S.H.I.E.L.D. Scientific staff, working in conjunction with Reed Richards, is attempting to pinpoint the source by working backward from the minute differences in recorded times of impact and different locations across Earth’s surface. NATURE Fundamentally the Pulse was an electromagnetic wave of singular power and integrity, with a velocity at its wavefront approaching the speed of light.”
Comics to Read
In case that’s not a reference to a now defunct video game plot, it could also be a nod to
We also see a license plate on a red Dodge truck that ends with A9X. It’s almost certainly a nod to
Later on, we see a S.W.O.R.D. truck—the one Jimmy and Monica are in—and there’s a #354. That could be an Avengers nod as the issue features the Grim Reaper, good old Simon Williams’ brother (as a reminder that’s who Vision’s brain was based on in the comics.).
According to the circus world, S.W.O.R.D. now stands for the Spectacular World of Rapturous Diversion. It’s fun and scary and we like it. Also, Darcy is an escape artist which is great foreshadowing of her inevitable escape from the Hex.
We get some interesting moments as Wanda loses her grip on the Hex but becomes more attuned to reality. She tells the twins that Pietro isn’t the boys’ uncle, meaning she knows he’s not Aaron Taylor Johnson. Sadly, it doesn’t give her enough pause to see what’s coming. She also has a funny quip referencing her dead hubby. “Vision is made of Vibranium, they literally inherited tough skin.”
And just as she’s hoping for alone time, guess who shows up? Agnes and she’s trying to get alone time with the kids again… which she does an awful lot.
Home Sweet Home
There’s a couple of fun things going on in Wanda’s wacky house this episode. One thing to note: Westview vs. Rochelle on the TV. In the comics, Punisher visits a town called New Rochelle. There’s a cow picture behind Wanda, and we’re taking that as another Bova reference, baby. Also, notice that Wanda is also a big fan of plant-themed decor, which seems abstract until we reach the final act of the episode.
Shout-Out to the Old School
There are lots of recurring 82s this week. And honestly, in the whole show. This is a reference to both the creation of Monica Rambeau in 1982 and the first
The Truth about S.W.O.R.D.
Shocking no one, Director Hayward is a bad dude. In fact, he’s such a bad dude that he let Wanda take Vision in order to bring the Synthezoid back online. Why? He wants to use Vision as a weapon. And that sucks. Luckily, Monica and Jimmy are on the case. Speaking of Monica, her badass new S.W.O.R.D. vehicle is also shaped as a hexagon from the front.
Roll Up, Roll Up
When we head back to the circus, there’s a performer whose costume echoes Jean Grey as Phoenix. The clown painting outside the circus looks like the clown on the Sugar Snaps box. It’s creepy! Speaking of creepy, let’s talk about…
Creepy Commercial for Nexus
This is extremely relevant and ultra bloody cool because of what the Nexus is. Let’s review: “The Nexus of All Realities is a cross-dimensional gateway which provides a pathway to any and all possible realities, this includes realities between realities. It is unknown whether it was created by some being or just if it’s the one place in the entire multiverse where all realities naturally intersect.”
Also, the drug lists an ingredient at 10.3%… #103 is back again,
According to the commercial, Nexus helps confront your truth and seize your destiny. If the commercials are from whoever is controlling stuff trying to guide Wanda, then it seems like they want to make/breach a multiverse. We have more on that here!
Home Not So Sweet Home
We finally got to go into Agnes’ house this week. Billy’s powers don’t work in Agnes’ house, because “Agnes is quiet on the inside.” That sounds sad but it’s actually more disturbing.
Marvel vs. Capcom
While Monica prepped to head into the Hex, one of her S.W.O.R.D. colleagues says Capcom. It may well be some military term we don’t know (it can stand for Civilian Assistance Patrol and Civilian Operational Managemen) but obviously we thought of Capcom. And because we were thinking of Capcom in a Marvel show, we were thinking of
Monica Goes into the Hex
We see Monica typing these numbers on the screens in her rover: 3-89. This could be a nod to the
We hear Jimmy saying, “The density is matching her.” This echoes not only Vision’s power but also kind of Monica’s powers from the comics which we are about to see come to life because…
MONICA RAMBEAU GOT HER POWERS! She can see the Spectrum of light. She is Spectrum. We’ve talked about this a lot in this post—feel free to go back and read more about the amazing woman who was the first female Captain Marvel—but we are just so happy that we had to celebrate this here. After going through the Hex again, Monica becomes superpowered. Her own bravery and willpower afforded her powers and it couldn’t be a more fitting origin.
A New Version of Vision
Vision relearning his own past in those wonderful scenes with Darcy is very similar to White Vision / Vision Quest storyline. The story sees Vision rewritten with no memory of his love for Wanda or his human emotions. While we’re not quite there yet, don’t be surprised to see this tragic story get even more sad as we move towards the finale.
The Root of All Evil
Throughout the whole series we’ve seen pictures of plants. Agnes has many paintings of plants on the walls in her house, and in the basement we see roots overrunning the lair. We’d been wondering if these were nods to the Wundagore Everbloom and heck maybe that’s what Agnes is cultivating. But whatever it is, the plants were definitely pointing to her witchiness.
That Magic Book
Could that be the Darkhold we see before us? If it is, that’s a big deal. That book holds all the magic in the Marvel Universe. Or maybe it’s an unnamed Druid Tome like the one Captain America gave Wanda in the comics? Either way, we’ve got a big breakdown on everything you need to know about that cheeky magical book right here!
Agatha Harkness Revealed
It’s finally come. The day we’ve all been waiting for: Agnes is finally revealed as Agatha Harkness. I’m most happy I won’t have to keep typing Agnes/Agatha in theories anymore. Also, she’s wearing her brooch again. She’s cool, she’s evil, we love her.
And wait. Is that the villain Samhain on her brooch? It’s a new theory but an image from
It was Agatha All Along
Not only is Agnes actually Agatha but we also get one of the best sitcom openings yet. Inspired by
“Who’s been messing up everything? It’s been Agatha all along. Who’s been pulling every evil string? It’s been Agatha all along. She’s insidious. So perfidious. That you haven’t even noticed and the pity is, it’s too late to fix anything now everything has gone wrong. Naughty Agatha. It’s been Agatha all along.”
This means we probably saw Agatha’s creepy hand controlling Pietro. Also, Agatha killed Sparky! How dare she?! But we forgive her since she’s just really, really cool.
Our First Marvel Studios TV Mid-Credits Scene
Let’s start this by saying: about freaking time. This is another shift in the storytelling style as mid-credits scenes are so inherently tied to the MCU. So now we’re officially back in the MCU and probably not going to see many more parodies of TV shows.
As for what happens here, well Monica tries find Wanda. She spots the weird glowing roots and then Pietro appears, which bodes badly for Monica. Or for Pietro, because Monica is superpowered now. Also, we have to shout out the incredible production designer for recreating the house from
Episode Eight – “Previously On”
You want answers? Well,
Agatha, Agatha, Agatha… all along
Marvel’s classic red logo is MCU Power Stone purple here—obviously a nod to Agatha’s wild purple-tinged witchcraft. Speaking of which, we get a comics accurate origin for Agatha. She was a witch in Salem and we even get a cool visual nod to the Salem Seven as the sequence really looks like the Agatha burning scene from
House of M(ake believe)
In Agatha’s basement she shows off her magic prowess, taunting Wanda for her lack of basic magical knowledge. While she’s doing it we see an M rune which honestly screams Magneto and/or
What Does Agatha Want?
This is a question we’ve been asking for weeks and we finally have an answer. Wanda’s magic drew Agatha to Westview. She seems bitter about how long it took her to learn magic compared to Wanda’s innate powers. And she really wants Wanda to come to terms with what she created in Westview so she realizes her own true power. Also, important to note Agatha seemingly has two magic books, which could mean she has both the Darkhold and Captain America’s Druid Tome.
In a smart inversion of one of her most famous comics arcs, here, instead of erasing Wanda’s memory Agatha is actually restoring it. That leads us to a number of heartbreaking vignettes from Wanda’s past. But not before Agatha literally says
A Less Than Happy Memory
We begin by revisiting Wanda and Pietro’s childhood. Just like Billy and Tommy, the twins are both wearing their superhero costume colors as kids. In a heart wrenching moment, it’s revealed that all the shows that shaped the series are DVDs and VHS tapes owned by her dad:
The night the Stark Industries bomb hit the house, the family was having a TV night watching
While the show states Wanda’s favorite ep is
“It May Look Like a Walnut” is a much more relevant episode as it’s about Rob watching a scary sci-fi movie a la
WANDA HAS NATURALLY OCCURRING POWERS!!
From what we see with Agatha, Wanda has always had latent powers. But in a Weapon X-style twist, they were expanded by HYDRA. No one else survived direct contact with the Mind Stone before Wanda, likely because of those very powers.
The First Appearance of the Scarlet Witch
In the Mind Stone encounter, Wanda sees the outline of herself in her classic comic book costume floating down towards her before it explodes. During this HYDRA-heavy sequence, we also learn that Wanda watched a creepy
Some Comics to Read
Agatha and Wanda also revisit Wanda’s room in the Avengers Compound. Her arrow-patterned bedspread is very Hawkeye-ish and replicates a logo he’s even worn before. She’s watching
We see the usual suspects on the TV screens in S.W.O.R.D. headquarters as Wanda enters, including WHiH and Spectrum News with headlines like “Families reunite after blip,” foreshadowing Wanda’s own reunion with her dead synthetic husband.
Hayward Is Evil!
I know we all kind of knew this already, but Hayward really is evil! Not only do we see Vision being dissected and experimented on, but we also learn
We learn in a heartbreaking moment that Vision bought Wanda a plot of land in Westview for them to grow old together in. As Wanda drives through the town, we see Phil Jones, Herb, Mrs. Hart, and the delivery man in their normal forms. There’s also some silly posters including (and this might be a *wink* reach) but one says “Stretch it out.” We’re saying is a silly Reed Richards bit.
Vision had bought them the land on Sherwood Drive lot B. When she went through the S.W.O.R.D. base, Vision was in section B. Could that explain the subtle bee nods throughout the series? Especially as we know Vision has hexagons inside him from the dissection scene. Basically her trauma at what she saw and the reality of the situation in the real world kept trying to sneak in via abstract reminders of the past.
Putting Comics to the Screen
When we see Wanda expelling all her powers in her grief and creating her Westview, it looks almost identical to a panel from
Other Bits Around Town
Wanda creates a billboard for Lagos brand cleaning. “Make cleaning a snap,” once again referencing her trauma and magic. On the marquee of the local cinema we see “BIG RED,” a reference to both Vision and Wanda herself. And “KIDNAPPED,” because she literally kidnapped everyone in town. We see 115 on the appliance shop, which is another recurring number.
The Scarlet Witch Arrives!
Agatha reveals the truth about Wanda and her powers this episode. Eventually she gives her the moniker the Scarlet Witch. This take seems to come from her 2015 solo series. That makes it a birthright rather than a superhero name. The way that Agatha explains it, it sounds like the Scarlet Witch is some kind of prophesied being.
WHITE VISION, BABY!! VISION QUEST
The second mid-credits sequence of the season confirmed a huge fan theory. White Vision—first seen in
Credits: If you were wondering who was fighting Agatha, it seems like it might have been her mom Evanora Harkness, who we see credited at the end. Her name is a reference to
Episode Nine – “The Series Finale”
The Truth Is Revealed… Magically
Shocking no one who’s been paying attention, Agatha wants Wanda’s powers for herself. “Taking powers from the undeserving is kind of what I do.” Sure, Agatha! This isn’t something that’s happened in the comics and follows
In another nod to one of the biggest pop culture influences on this show, Agatha’s shoes are left underneath like the Wicked Witch of the East from
It’s a Kind of Magic
We got a few little magic nods this week. Jimmy says “flourish” when he unpicks his cuffs which is a reference to Vision and Wanda’s magic show in episode two. There’s a cheeky Presto delivery truck and of course everyone knows Presto is a magic word. We also get Agatha standing in front of a big billboard that says “All natural formula using the power of Mother Earth,” which is definitely making some kind of statement about the nature of her magic vs. Wanda’s newly emerged Chaos power.
Some Little Bits and Bobs
Jimmy calls an FBI agent called Cliff. Who is he? Well, there’s some lesser known Marvel Comics characters called that—like Cliff Garner and Cliff Randall. But they’re basically irrelevant so we’re going with the idea that it’s more likely a nod to a Marvel creator like Cliff Chiang. Or maybe someone just likes the name Cliff? Who knows. Also, the ice cream cart that Wanda walks past has an X on it… like the X-Men, duh! And later we get some more bee teases with a sign in the library that says “This is the place to ‘Bee.'”
Getting to Know the Scarlet Witch
Let’s really get into this. Agatha says there’s a whole chapter dedicated to Wanda in the Darkhold. She calls it “The Book of the Damned,” one of the many names it has in the comics. She then goes on to say some very wild stuff about Wanda’s place in it. “The Scarlet Witch is not made, she’s forged. She has no coven. No need for incantation. Your power exceeds that of the Sorcerer Supreme. It’s your destiny to destroy the world.”
It’s interesting to note that in the book, the depiction of “The Scarlet Witch” seems to look like a hydra/mermaid/Cthulhu creature. Plus, on the next page there’s some very multiverse looking sketches.
While Agatha taunts Wanda into breaking the Hex, we see the cinema banner change multiple times. Featured movies include
Real Fake Pietro
So shock, horror: Pietro isn’t really Pietro. But we’ll get to that in a minute. First, let’s look a little too deeply into numbers present in his room. While discovering that Fietro has somehow kept Monica freaking Rambeau prisoner in his scabby bedroom—which is definitely a reference to his man cave in the Fox movies—we see a poster on his wall that says Davis #19. This could be, but probably isn’t, a reference to
Fietro weirdly calls Agatha his “missus” and we see a bill that is addressed to Ralph Bohner. Does that mean that finally Agatha’s Ralph is revealed?? Kind of. After the zip code on the bill reveals they’re in Hunterdon County, New Jersey we learn that Ralph Bohner is actually an out of work actor from Westview that Agatha has been controlling with a magical necklace. It’s so ridiculous that we love it.
House of M Is Back Again
One of the recurring visual Easter eggs here has been the
Marvel’s (Other) First Family
We get some very good Maximoff family moments here. Including one that sees Billy and Tommy reverse Magneto the military together. The iconic imagery of Magneto turning the military’s guns has been referenced more than once here, but this time we also got a cute Quicksilver nod too. Tommy steals a hat from one of the soldiers just like his fake uncle in
That Sick Scarlet Witch Costume Holds Secrets
Wanda’s power manifests into her classic headdress while she’s on the stake in historical Salem. She later takes Agatha’s power and channels the power of the Hex, becoming The Scarlet Witch. I think it’s important to note here that the center of her headdress looks almost EXACTLY like a Magneto helmet. Even more so than before: an “M” for Magnus, or Mutant, or Maximoff.
Will We See Agatha Again?
Wanda traps Agatha in Westview but hints that they’ll reunite again if she “needs her.” We’re hoping that’s the case as Hahn has been the secondary star of
Home Sweet Home
While Wanda and Vision say goodbye to Billy and Tommy we get a look in their room. There’s a couple of notable things including a Force poster which could reference Force Works, the team that Wanda was on after she left the Avengers. There’s an official
There’s also the fact that the boy’s room is split by theme with Billy’s half being more science and future based and Tommy’s half looking more prehistoric. If they get sent into different alt-universes could Billy end up in a futuristic Kree landscape and Tommy in the past of the Savage Lands? Anything could happen.
The boys also have a cool mecha lamp which seems to be a modified version of the Adventure Force Astrobot Walking Robot Toy. It’s really cool and could even be a little nod to the first ever transforming robot in Tokusatsu history: Spider-Man’s Leopardon!
“Even an Android Can Cry”
Vision crying with Wanda is a direct reference to the famed issue
Monica Rambeau Deserved Better
After being ignored for most of the episode, Monica’s post-credits scene sets up her going into space for
Some Secrets from the Credits
They use Paul Bettany’s two credits as Vision and The Vision to make a sly reference to the two miniseries that were such a huge influence on the show. The four issue miniseries was called
Where in the World is Wanda Maximoff?
We don’t want to get too smug here about Wanda’s post-credits scene, but she’s almost certainly at Mount Wundagore. Her wooden shack is inspired by Bova’s home at the base of the mountain as seen in
In the comics, Chthon was said to have written the Darkhold at Mount Wundagore. That could have led her here. Also, in a random but cool note: in the first appearance of Mount Wundagore in
Some Questions and Some Theories
Is Scarlet Witch basically like the Phoenix force? That seems to be what the show is setting up here. Also, where are the kids? Our guess: Billy and Tommy likely exist in some liminal space. Agatha stated that the Scarlet Witch could create life from nothing, so there’s no reason they should only have been able to exist in the Hex. Potentially wherever they ended up is some middle space between Wanda’s magic and the real world and our universe.
And that’s it for our