WandaVision has arrived. Marvel’s meta- MCU TV-show-about-TV-shows is an utter delight. And like any good MCU story it’s filled with Easter eggs. From references to classic comics, deep-cut Marvel lore, and hints about the multiverse, there’s a ton to pick apart. As usual, we’re here to break them down for you. So let’s dig into the extraordinary Easter eggs of WandaVision episodes four through six. (Read our Easter egg breakdowns for episodes one through three and then episodes seven through nine).
Episode Four – “We Interrupt This Program”
There’s no cutesy TV opening here. Instead, we start with a horrifying opening that establishes where and when WandaVision is set, and that sets the tone for this week. And it all begins with Monica waking up in a hospital years after she’s been dusted by Thanos.
“Your Mom’s Dead.”
In a super sad turn of events we learn Maria Rambeau died of cancer three years after the blip. Monica only discovers this after waking up in her mom’s hospital room.
Pietro, Where Are You?
Speaking of that, Maria’s room was #104 which seems like a possible reference to Avengers #104. The issue features Wanda and her brother Pietro fighting the Sentinels—X-Men killing robots—but it ends with Pietro’s disappearance. A recurring theme in the issue numbers included this week are stories that feature mind control and this is no exception. Thor also stars in this and later issues referenced, which could hint at Darcy’s return this week.
S.W.O.R.D.’s Headquarters Secrets
As we look over the S.W.O.R.D. headquarters, they seem to once again be in a hexagon. The TVs within the headquarters are filled with little nods too. A news headline in S.W.O.R.D. headquarters references the blip. The news network, WHiH, is on the TV, which is where Christine Everhart from the Iron Man movies worked. There’s also Spectrum News; this is one of a few nods this week to Monica Rambeau’s alias, Spectrum.
Get to Know Monica Rambeau
As we see Monica meet the new director of S.W.O.R.D.—the organization that we discover her mother Maria “built from the ground up”—we get some really fun nods. We discover Monica is now Captain Rambeau, which is not only a rad new designation but also a reference to her original role as Captain Marvel in the comics, decades before Carol Danvers. There’s also a picture of her mom, Maria “Photon” Rambeau. In the comics, Photon was another of Monica’s aliases. And if you look closely, Monica is wearing a gold necklace with Captain Marvel’s starburst on it. But it could also be a reference to Monica’s own starshaped costume logos in the comics…
Pietro, Are You Near?
With Monica visiting Director Hayward, let’s look at his room number 101. With WandaVision we’ve often been going back to the Avengers comics. And once again Avengers #101 is another Scarlet Witch/Quicksilver-centric issue. While this all could be a coincidence, it doesn’t seem too wild to imagine that these are brilliantly placed teases by very nerdy production designers. Especially when every single issue seems to be relevant to Wanda and her ongoing journey.
Agent Jimmy Woo Returns!
If you’re a fan of Ant-Man and the Wasp, then you’ll recognize the awesome Randall Park. He’s back as FBI agent Jimmy Woo. And in an even cooler little Easter egg, when he first turns up he does the same magic trick that Scott was doing in that very good Ant-Man sequel.
Check Out That Patrol Car
The cops who tell Jimmy and Wanda that Westview doesn’t exist are driving a car that says 1966 on the back. Guess who appeared in 1966: the High Evolutionary (who shares a name with Herb) in Thor #134. The cop car license plate also has the number #143 which is probably a reference to the 1966 comic Strange Tales #143. That issue is part of a big mind control storyline which features HYDRA (hello old friend) and the strange and rarely used S.H.I.E.L.D. ESP team.
Westview Does Exist and Might Have Some Secrets of Its Own
If we look at the Westview sign, the town is at elevation 203. This must be a reference to Avengers #203 which is an issue about Wonder Man (the man whose Vision’s brain is based on in the comics) fighting evil scientists who pop out of manholes and do dangerous experiments in their labs under the city… sound familiar?
First Appearance of Vision and an Interesting Pair of Boots
There’s that toy helicopter again. The S-57 on its side references Avengers #57, Vision’s first appearance. We also now know that it’s actually a S.W.O.R.D. drone. As Monica preps the drone, she’s wearing Magnum boots. They’re a real brand but we’re also hoping this is a conscious reference to the badass and very underused Marvel weapons designer Moses Magnum. Maybe he makes in-universe tactical gear?
Comedians in Cars Referencing Comics
Jimmy Woo’s car says S-8512 which could be referring to a couple of comics: 1985 had Squadron Supreme #12, which is relevant as we think Dottie might be a Squadron Supreme member. And Avengers #262 which was the December 1985 issue. It features a very Phase Four looking team and the Enclave, who first appeared in the issue Fantastic Four #66’s “What Lurks Behind the Beehive.” The Enclave also created Adam Warlock, and we know that character has been a big touch point for this version of the Vision. So they seem like they might be another bee-themed potential antagonist… or ally to Wanda.
It Doesn’t Want Us in There
Monica seems like she’s the only one who can see the force field which seems to be a reference to her powers as Spectrum. What are those powers? A Marvel fan wiki explains, “Due to bombardment by extra-dimensional energies, Monica can transform herself into any form of energy within the electromagnetic spectrum. Among the many energy forms, she has assumed and is able to control are gamma rays, x-rays, ultraviolet radiation, visible light, electricity, infrared radiation, microwaves, and radio waves.”
That could explain why she can perceive the field.
Darcy and the Second S.W.O.R.D. Base
Darcy, we missed you! No, she’s not an Easter egg but she’s so cool. And as she heads into the Westview S.W.O.R.D. base we discover a ton of little tidbits. First up, the S.W.O.R.D. base is in New Jersey, which is a big ol’ classic Easter egg because in the old Vision and Scarlet Witch series the pair move to the suburbs of New Jersey to a town called Leonia.
Darcy’s Cool Tech
In another nod to Monica’s powers in this episode, we get Darcy’s “Spectrum Analyzer.” Darcy also uses a very retro “Neurological Amplifier” that looks similar to the device we saw represent Arnim Zola in the Captain America movies. As an X-Men fan, I can’t stop myself from thinking that it also sounds a lot like what Cerebro is. But in a more direct canon reference there’s a Guardians of the Galaxy animated episode about a Neuro Amplifier, so let’s just go with that! We also learn a little later that it was Darcy watching the end of the first episode of WandaVision.
The Bees! The Bees!
The Beekeepers, baby! They’re back. And just as many suggested, they’re working for S.W.O.R.D. On the monitors in the S.W.O.R.D. base it looks like, once again, that Westview and the forcefield is actually in the shape of a hexagon. What’s with all these bee vibes? Our new theory is centered around those strange villains known as the Enclave.
More Comic Books for Your Perusing Pleasure
As the S.W.O.R.D. agents monitor Westview, their big screen has some numbers on it. And yes, of course we think they’re relevant to certain comics. One of the biggest hints is “A105.” We’ll take a stab and say they’re really doubling down on the Quicksilver going missing arc that began with issue #104 which was referenced at the open of this episode.
The screen also says satellite 348. And Avengers #348 seems relevant! Vision is on the cover (pictured above) kissing the wife of the (not Wonder) man whose brain patterns he’s (also) based on. It also seems important to note this is White Vision. That will become scarily pertinent at the end of this episode. Also, upcoming MCU Eternals hero Black Knight is in this issue.
Jimmy Woo’s Conspiracy Board
Just like everyone else, Jimmy is wondering what’s behind everything. His notes on board mention Skrulls and even maybe Celestials. The former are the seemingly friendly shapeshifters we first met in Captain Marvel. But in the comics they’re nefarious villains and will be taking on that role in the announced Secret Invasion series on Disney+. As for the latter, while we only see half of the word it seems likely Woo would consider the Celestials. Especially as S.W.O.R.D. would almost certainly know about the omnipotent beings we’ll meet in The Eternals.
Also notable is that Jimmy lists two agents as having entered Wanda’s Westview zone. The most important thing here is when this scene takes place chronologically. Monica is already Geraldine inside of the containment area, but this is before the S.W.O.R.D. agent in a beekeeper suit has attempted to enter through the sewers. So who’s the other person on the inside?
There’s No Place Like Home
The real identity of the Westview inhabitants has been revealed here. Rather than the magic characters we thought, it seems that most of them are Wizard of Oz style projections of Wanda’s comic book past on random inhabitants of the real town of Westview. And, of course, as always there are some fun Easter eggs in their “real” names.
(Mrs. Hart) Sharon Davis: A supervising art director for WandaVision
(Phil Jones) Harold Proctor: Seems too much of a coincidence to not be at least a tease to the X-Men‘s evil Coordinator Proctor. He was the leader of Dept H (H / Harold?), a mutant experimentation program, and Proctor in the comics was the head of “Youth Acceleration” which is exactly what we see happening to Billy and Tommy in the show.
(Herb) John Collins: An art director on WandaVision
There’s also no entry for Dottie, which seems important. Could she be the S.W.O.R.D. agent inside the compound already?
Agnes doesn’t have a real ID. hinting that S.W.O.R.D. doesn’t know her real identity. That leans into the theory that she is Agatha Harkness. Now the big question is how and why she has entered the world? Is it to try and save Wanda or possibly to stop her? Maybe she was even trapped there by Wanda herself, who needed more magic to achieve her traumatized plan.
Censorship and Magic
Throughout this episode we realize that we’ve been seeing a different edit of the episodes than Darcy and Woo. They don’t know that Wanda and Dottie heard the radio, and they saw a different version of what happened to Geraldine. So who is censoring the broadcast?
House of M, Baby. House of M.
Well, we get that answer in the shocking ending. The screen ratio shifts from full to cinematic wide as we revisit episode three and see Wanda questioning Geraldine. She also uses her powers to violently throw Monica out of the reality bubble. So it looks like Wanda is controlling Westview House of M style.
Just When You Thought it Couldn’t Get Any Worse
In case you thought WandaVision‘s sad secrets had all been revealed, you were wrong. We see Vision in his true form: dead, gray, and looking like a zombie. This is not only obviously going to be a huge plot point, but is a direct reference to White Vision. After his consciousness is wiped in the comics, he returns looking very much like WandaVision‘s scary dead colorless Vision, except he doesn’t have a huge wound in his forehead. This really scared us.
Just like “Daydream Believer” in episode three, episode four’s final song has lots to say. “Voodoo Child (Slight Return)” by Jimi Hendrix blares and honestly it could mean so much. It feels like a reference to Wanda’s magically created children. It could also be about a potential deal with the devil—cough Mephisto cough—and the lyrics are relevant. “If I don’t meet you no more in this world then I’ll meet ya on the next one.”
That’s basically just Wanda and her nightmarish new world with Vision. There’s also “I didn’t mean to take up all your sweet time I’ll give it right back to ya one of this days,” which could very much relate to her imprisoned neighbors.
Episode Five – “On a Very Special Episode…”
It’s Her Sitcom You’re Just Living in It
We’re going back to the ’80s this week, friends. We start off with the Family Ties/Full House inspired setting. The latter is, of course, a reference to Elizabeth’s sisters starring in Full House. There’s a cheeky Bruce Springsteen nod in the opening too. You might recognize the first of the postcards as a reference to “Greetings From Asbury Park,” which is another hat tip to New Jersey too. We also get references to the Family Ties opening credits with the illustration coming to life. Plus, using childhood photos of the cast is lifted directly from the Growing Pains opening credits. If you weren’t convinced of the Full House refs, we also get the end of the opening credits reference which takes from the Full House opening, with the pan away from the family having a picnic.
Those Carol Danvers Colors
The drone that was sent into Westview early on in the season had a red, yellow, and blue Captain Marvel motif, and we see that repeated in Wanda and Vision’s home in episode five. There are red, yellow, and blue stained glass windows, and their couch echoes the colors too.
Agatha, Is That You?
Yes, we’ve been banging this drum for a while, but it’s because it’s a good and correct drum! In this episode we get a lot more hints that Agnes is Agatha Harkness. She states, “Auntie Agnes is here and I’ve got a couple of tricks up my sleeve.” Because she’s a witch! Get it?! Also, in the comics Wanda calls her Aunt Agatha. We also get a weird moment where Agnes seems to know they’re in a TV show, saying, “Shall we take it from the top?”
Is Agnes knowingly there to help Wanda? Does she know more than we think? There’s also the line, “What kind of babysitter do you think I am?” The comics first introduced as the Fantastic Four’s babysitter.
Breaking Down the Opening Theme
The opening theme had some ominous lyrics. In case you’d like to pick them apart, here they are in all their glory:
You enter the world with a Vision of what life could be / But then the years come and teach you to just wait and see / Forces may try to pull us apart / But nothing can phase me if you’re in my heart / Crossing our fingers singing a song / We’re making it up as we’re going along / Through the highs and the lows / We’ll be right, we’ll be wrong / We’re making it up as we go along / And there will be days we don’t know which way to go / We’ll take it higher you’re all I desire / When the going gets tough / When push comes to shove / We’re making it up / Cause we’ve got love / WandaVision
Kids in Color
Both of the kids wear the corresponding colors to their superhero costumes: Kid Tommy wears green (the color of Speed’s costume). Kid Billy wears red (the color of Wiccan’s costume).
The Spectrum of Her Powers
Monica’s “failed” MRI scan looks like it’s a representation of her Spectrum powers. This really seems to be a route that WandaVision is following. We think we might see Monica with powers by the end of the season. The big question, though, is how she got them? The Blip? Leaving Westview? An earlier space adventure we don’t yet know about?
A Recognizable Rag
The Daily newspaper on which we see the story about the Sokovian tragedy that killed Wanda’s parents is the newspaper from the MCU’s version of Lagos, which is of course where Wanda destroyed the building at the beginning of Captain America: Civil War. For those keeping count, we also see the WHiH news network again here too.
Some Comics to Read
Next to the newspaper clippings the phrase “satellite 348” is clearly visible again. Last week we thought it could be a ref to Avengers #348. A114 and A113 appear clearly on screen too, likely references to Avengers #114 and #113. These seem particularly relevant.
On the cover of Avengers #113, Vision is dead and Wanda is furious. The story follows a group of terrorists who are dedicated to separating Wanda and Vision as they don’t agree with a mutant and a Synthezoid being together… a very pointed Easter egg.
In Avengers #114 “Night of the Swordsman” Wanda struggles with the fact that Pietro doesn’t support her relationship with Vision. And then he turns up in this episode! The issue includes appearances from upcoming Hawkeye character Swordsman, as well as Mantis, Thor, and Black Panther.
Later, we also see that Computational Services is revealed to be at street number #103. If it’s referencing the Avengers, #103 is part of an ongoing arc we’re seeing referenced over these last two episodes. It’s an X-Men heavy arc that leans on Wanda and her lost brother Pietro.
A Definitive Reading of Wanda’s Power
Wanda’s powers have rarely been defined in the MCU but we get S.W.O.R.D.’s reading of them here: Neuroelectronic Interfacing, Telekinesis, and Mental Manipulation. That first phrase is particularly interesting, as is that last one… how far do Wanda’s powers of manipulation go?
The Scarlet… Who?
Director Hayward references the fact that Wanda has never had a nickname, which is true. Although she has been credited as Scarlet Witch, she has never been called it in the MCU. But Tony did call her a witch in Age of Ultron. Maybe we’ll get the Scarlet Witch moniker this season.
Also if you’re a big comics fan you might have recognized the sequence where Wanda steals Vision corpse as a re-creation of this above panel from West Coast Avengers #43. Hayward also says thousands of people are being held hostage in Westview. So where is everyone else?
Another interesting thing to note is that those beekeeper looking hazmat suits turn up again in the S.W.O.R.D. footage which shows Wanda stealing Vision’s body.
An Enigmatic Aerospace Engineer
As Monica, Jimmy, and Darcy do their best to uncover the enigmas of Westview, Monica realizes something that feels like it might be key going forward. She knows an aerospace engineer who might be up for helping them. We have a fantastic theory about who that could be.
Some Maybe Easter Eggs Which Could Mean Nothing or Everything
The crew is watching WandaVision on a Solid State TV. It’s a real type of TV and Solid State just has to do with the electronic configuration of the insides. But it also feels like a nice little way to reference Vision’s ability to phase and the (un)solid state of reality.
Back in Wanda’s dream home, her fridge has a letter “B” on it with a bee on it. That seems to once again go back to those darn bees and hexagons! There’s also a tiger statue on the kitchen table, which probably means nothing but seeing as we’ve had so many Mount Wundagore references at this point we’re throwing the name Tigra into the pot. A genetically enhanced tiger! Stranger things have happened.
Billy and Tommy and Their Little Dog Too!
The kids get and lose a dog named Sparky here which is a reference to the Vision (2015) series. Jimmy Woo states that Wanda and Vision will be “empty nesters by dinner time” hinting that Billy and Tommy’s aging up will lead to them becoming teenagers and leaving home. Or it could just be a cool reference to the Golden Girls spinoff series Empty Nest.
Hexes and Grudges
Darcy is calling the anomaly a Hex, which is a very fun reference to Wanda’s hex power in the comics. We also learn about Monica and her relationship to Carol Danvers here. When Jimmy brings her up, Monica doesn’t seem to want to talk about Carol or even really like her. That makes sense as Carol abandoned Monica and Maria twice.
The House of M
Though it’s clear to anyone who’s read the comics that we’re in House of M territory here, Monica lets us know we’re past the working theory stage stating, “Wanda is rewriting reality.”
Is the Mind Stone Still Around?
Does Vision have some of the Mind Stone still within him? The yellow power he uses on Norm suggests that’s the case. And there’s also the fact that we see a lot of yellow around the house and in the show in general. It seems like someone or something is still connected to the Mind Stone, but we’ll have to wait and see who.
TVs on Repeat?
Last week on Norm’s ID sheet in the S.W.O.R.D. base mentioned Vision waking him up out of Wanda’s spell, but we only see that episode this week and never saw it before. So are Wanda’s episodes on repeat? Or was this a simple continuity goof?
An Unintentionally Cruel Slight
“It’s only temporary, like the two of you..” Wanda said to her two magic children this week. Seeing as in the comics they truly are temporary this seems like a dark line. But this episode also does a good job of establishing that everything in Wanda’s Westview is real. Maybe this is a nod to the boys’ comic book past, as things will be different in this world.
Time for a Commercial Break
The creepy commercials are back! This time we got a carton of Westview Juicery Juice. And when that juice spills, the mother uses Lagos Brand paper towels, referencing the disaster that Wanda caused in Captain America: Civil War.
Paying Credit to the Creative Team
During the fake credits that Wanda and Vision fight through as the episode ends we get a murderers row of behind the scenes WandaVision creatives!
- Carly Plasha – Matt Shakman’s assistant
- Jeremy Simser – art director
- Leeann Patrick – post-production coordinator
- Brandi Hawkins – extra casting assistant
- Virginia Burton – costume supervisor
- Scott McPhate – visual effects production manager
- Crawford Norman – Teyonah Parris’ assistant
- Temple Tucker – set production assistant
Interior Design via Easter Eggs
It’s the little things that excite us here and two production design choices in this episode are nothing short of magic. To the side of Wanda’s front door, the curtains on the windows are dressed to make an M as Wanda and Vision argue in front of them. And the bench underneath the window also has W & M for Wanda Maximoff, Wonder Man, Wundagore Mountain… so satisfying.
“She Recast Pietro?!”
Not that you likely need us to tell you this but yes, that’s Evan Peters’ Quicksilver who rings the doorbell as the episode ends.
Episode Six – “All-New Halloween Spooktacular!”
I Know That Show!
This week we begin with a Malcom in the Middle inspired opening heavily influenced by the 2000s sitcom series’ theme and credits.
The camera display also has some little potential nods. The “W” and “T” representing the Wide / Tight framing immediately made us think of William and Thomas who are controlling the camera. Plus, we see a little 01:48 on the screen. That could definitely be a reference to Avengers #148 which is a Squadron Supreme issue starring Wanda. If you remember our thoughts on Dottie, the Squadron Supreme seems like they could be very relevant.
Let’s Go Back to Wundagore
Is team Nerdist the number one Wundagore conspiracy theorist hub? Definitely! Are we ashamed? Definitely not! During a blink and you’ll miss it moment, we see a flowery painting behind Wanda in the opening which we think looks quite like the Wundagore Everbloom. It’s a rare flower from Wanda and Pietro’s birthplace which is also connected to Agatha Harkness and her connection with Wanda… GIVE US THOSE BLOOMS! ALSO BOVA!!!
The Halloween setting here is very relevant to the classic The Vision and the Scarlet Witch comic book miniseries which have played a huge part in shaping the show. The first issue of the 1982 Vision and the Scarlet Witch series is set entirely at Halloween. And issue five of the follow-up series, The Vision and the Scarlet Witch, is also set during the spooky holiday.
Thanks to the fun of the holiday we get to see Billy in his Wiccan costume for the first time and it’s so sweet. Tommy is not wearing his costume but he does don white with green down the middle; that represents his Speed costume. And he’ll later get a speedster outfit of his own in a mini-Quicksilver costume when we see him and Pietro share the classic look. We also get Wanda in her iconic original Scarlet Witch outfit where she reveals the costume as “a Sokovian fortune teller.” And Vision is also in his classic comics look, which the pair claim is a luchador costume.
Later we see other interesting Halloween decorations and costumes. When we first head into the streets of Westview, we see three witches by a cauldron and a big black cat. That screams Agatha Harkness. The three witches are particularly relevant as Agatha is often wearing a three person brooch which seems to hint at Hecate, the three-faced goddess.
Herb being dressed as Frankenstein’s monster is a particularly smart nod as we’ve mentioned before he shares a name with the High Evolutionary. That character is Marvel’s very own Dr. Frankenstein who experiments on creatures at Wanda and Pietro’s birthplace in Mount Wundagore.
Some Little Things to Check Out
The kids and Quicksilver drink Kane Soda; Mary Kane was the line producer on WandaVision. We wish this was a Garrison Kane reference but that would be pushing it even for us… still, google Garrison Kane and Marvel for fun.
Pietro says he has the “old X-Y chromosome.” Having a mutant say he has the X (anything) Chromosome is too much of a tease.
The S.W.O.R.D. Base Is Back
Back in the S.W.O.R.D. base, we’re returned to the world of Hayward, Monica, Jimmy, and Darcy. And as many of you eagle-eyed fans noticed, Monica’s S.W.O.R.D. clothes look a lot like a Fantastic Four costume. We also get the first of many numbers which could be a comics reference here with the #345 on the wall of the base. It could very likely be a little nod to Avengers #345 which is a deep space story featuring Scarlet Witch and the Shi’ar.
What You Talking About, Pietro?
Pietro mentions Shangri-La to Wanda. While it sounds like he’s just saying that she’s created heaven on Earth, there are bigger Marvel ramifications here. Marvel Mystery Comics #45 features a story called “The Vision’s Secret,” in which a group of Japanese operatives discover the hidden city of Shangri-La. The city contains the secrets of life and death and is ruled by… the Vision. But not this Vision. No, that was a Golden Age version of the Vision. Also known as Aarkus, he is a character from another dimension called Smokeworld who eventually came to Earth and fought alongside the Invaders in World War II.
That Creepy Commercial
We got a very creepy stop-motion ’90s inspired commercial which could mean a lot of things. It seems to star a boy wearing Billy’s red shirt with Billy-esque hair who is starving to death on an island but is given a “Yo Magic” to nourish him. Sadly, he still starves to death, implying that Wanda’s magic cannot sustain life. But there are other readings too as it could also signify someone feeding off of Wanda, or even more gnarly: maybe it represents her feeding off others.
On the banner of the cinema we see The Parent Trap and The Incredibles. These are obvious but relevant. Parent Trap is a famous twins movie and The Incredibles is about a dysfunctional family of superheroes.
Agnes Is a Witch
We’ll have a bigger explainer on this, but Agnes being dressed as a witch seems to be relevant to the theory that she is actually Agatha Harkness. And then there’s the fact that she knows who Vision is when he “frees” her mind and knows that he’s dead…
Let’s Read Some Comics!
This episode has tons of nods that could be comic book references so get out your notebooks. On Darcy’s computer we see numbers that include a ton of potential Avengers issues including Avengers #247, which is an Eternals and Scarlet Witch issue. Avengers #207 is another issue centering Wonder Man; in the comics he is the basis for Vision’s consciousness. Avengers #113 is a recurring issue number we’ve seen and spoken about at length, and does seem relevant. Scroll up to find out more about that very sad and good stuff. Avengers #465 features Monica Rambeau as Photon in the Avengers. Sounds like that could come true…
Avengers #123 is a big cosmic adventure featuring Scarlet Witch and a ton of potential MCU Phase Four characters. The next issue referenced, Avengers #214, heavily features Tigra, who is one of the West Coast Avengers. I believe she might even come into play before the season ends.
Then we have Avengers #340. It centers on a villain who brainwashes young boys… which seems incredibly relevant as Billy and Tommy become far more important to the series. Jocasta is a character we haven’t talked about, but she’s has been popping up more and more. She’s the lead in Avengers #170 alongside Wonder Man in a wild alt-universe and Ultron themed adventure. We also get a possible nod to Avengers #354, too. That issue centers on our old theory fave: The Grim Reaper.
“ENTER DOCTOR DOOM!”
This one had to get its own subheading. We see #25 on Darcy’s screen and Avengers #25 is literally called “ENTER DOCTOR DOOM!” Seeing as we’re currently theorizing that a member of the Fantastic Four might be Monica’s aerospace friend, this one seems like it’s almost certainly a direct reference rather than a “is this an Easter egg?” meme.
Thanks to the Creative Team
Also a couple of other shout-outs to WandaVision crew here with James Gadd. Jimmy Gadd works in post-production at Marvel Studios, and James Alexander makes another appearance. Later we also get a gravestone shoutout to WandaVision‘s first AD, Janell Sammelman.
We’ve been sure that Monica Rambeau will get powers and this episode seemed to confirm that. But unlike our previous theory—that they might come from the Blip—it appears she’ll get them from the Hex. It’s changing her molecular structure with each journey in. And she’s going back again with the help of her aerospace engineer, who will likely bring her a comics-accurate suit whenever they finally connect in the wake of this episode.
Vision and the Avengers #233
Vision walking out of the barrier echos this powerful moment in Avengers #233. The moment takes place during an arc which is all about a barrier that pops up. The barrier incapacitates Vision, and then Scarlet Witch gets super stressed. That ties directly into this episode.
That Iconic House of M Cover
When Vision gets sucked back into Westview, his costume comes off in puzzle pieces like the famous House of M cover featuring Scarlet Witch. This is such a cool visual nod and I just really appreciate them getting it in there especially during this emotional charged moment.
The Boys Are All Grown Up
By the end of this episode both of the boys level up. Tommy gets his speedster powers after running with Quicksilver. And as the episode closes, Billy gains his Wiccan powers when he’s trying to save his dad.
One More Thing..
Just like Columbo leaving a case, we have one more Easter egg for you this week. As Wanda expands the Hex and transforms the town, we see Bernie’s Used Cars. That’s more likely than not a reference to Bernie’s Sporting Goods in The Vision and the Scarlet Witch #12 where the Grim Reaper has a massive showdown with them. Bernie is a very specific name, after all.