by Sam Acosta
This Halloween-themed chapter of Wanda and Vision’s story is packed full of answered questions, mind-blowing reveals, and chilling discoveries. It seems like we’ve skipped over the ‘90s, as this episode mainly pays homage to later shows like “Malcolm in the Middle.” This is, by far, my favorite episode of the series so far. It feels much more like Marvel than previous entries in the series while also bringing all the nostalgic charm of an early ‘00s sitcom.
In the style of “Malcolm in the Middle,” we start the episode with Tommy and Billy breaking the fourth wall, telling the audience about their plans for Halloween. They both don costumes reminiscent of their outfits from the comics—more on that later—with Wanda, Pietro, and Vision also wearing homemade versions of their comic book costumes.
Vision says that he can’t take the kids out trick-or-treating because he’s on duty for the neighborhood watch. That turns out to be a lie, however, as he plans to figure out what is really going on in Westview. Meanwhile, Wanda and Pietro end up taking the boys out.
Outside the Hex—S.W.O.R.D.’s name for the force field surrounding Westview—Monica, Darcy and Jimmy clash with Director Hayward (Josh Stamberg), leading him to kick them out of the base. While being escorted off the base, they manage to escape custody and begin to make a plan to enter the Hex. Monica reveals that she has a friend that can help them get back in and that they have to go meet him. Darcy elects to stay behind and try to find out what secrets Hayward is hiding behind S.W.O.R.D.’s firewalls.
Back inside in the Hex, Vision travels to the outskirts of Westview where he finds people seemingly frozen in time. Among them is Agnes, who is sitting motionless in her car on the edge of town. She reveals to Vision that he was once an Avenger and that he actually died in the real world. Vision decides he must go beyond the boundary of the Hex to uncover what’s really out there. When he tries to, however, his body starts to decay, returning to the state it was in before he was resurrected.
At the same time, we discover that the twins have powers of their own. Tommy has super-speed like Pietro, while Billy exhibits magical powers like his mother. Billy telekinetically senses his father’s pain and warns Wanda. The episode ends with Wanda expanding the borders of the Hex, bringing Vision back within its borders along with the S.W.O.R.D. base and the majority of its agents, including Darcy.
This is a jam-packed episode, so let’s start with a big question this episode leaves us asking: Are Vision, Pietro, and the twins real? We know that the other residents of Westview are real and being held against their will. These four, however, are different. When Vision leaves, he starts to deteriorate. I would assume that Vision, sadly, is only a figment of Wanda’s made-up reality and will not exist once the Hex is gone.
The other three I am not so sure about, though. The fact that Pietro is the version of Quicksilver from the “X-Men” universe makes me think that he is real. I believe that either Wanda or the unknown villain of this series tore Quicksilver out of his universe and put him in this one. With regards to the kids, I honestly don’t know. Some fans believe that they, like Vision, are simply figments of Wanda’s imagination.
There are some, however, that believe differently. In the comics, the children of Wanda and Vision are superheroes. Tommy is known as Speed while Billy goes by the name Wiccan. Their costumes reflect this. Maybe, through some previously unknown power she possesses, Wanda has created two kids who exist apart from her sitcom reality. I am sure this question will be answered in the next couple of episodes.
Finally, there’s the issue of who Monica and Jimmy are going to meet. Monica claims that this person is someone who can help them get into the Hex. This might be the same aerospace engineer that she referenced in an earlier episode. Who could this mysterious person be? If the fans are right (and I hope they are), this is most likely Reed Richards.
With the news of a “Fantastic Four” movie in the works and of an upcoming character reveal in this series, fans are hoping to see Richards join the MCU. They hope even more that John Krasinski (“The Office,” “A Quiet Place”) will fill the role, which, if you haven’t seen the fan-casting pictures of this, please make sure you do as soon as possible.
There are only three episodes left before the end of this series. I honestly don’t know how everything will wrap up in so little time, but I cannot wait for next Friday. This is turning out to be one of the best things Marvel has put out in a while.
Episode six of “WandaVision” is now available to stream on Disney+.
Sam Acosta is a Sophomore Theatre Comprehensive Major and an A&E writer for Cedars. He likes spending his time watching movies, drinking Dr. Pepper, and writing plays.
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