The Multiverse is on every MCU fan’s mind right now and the entire fandom is eager to see what happens when the concept is fully explored in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, which arrives this Thursday. But on the way to the Multiverse of Madness, there have been more than a few driving forces that drive the narrative forward. One of the most powerful Avengers, fueled by one of the most powerful human emotions, pushed the world a little closer to the edge in WandaVision.
Grief was the driving force for Wanda (Elizabeth Olsen), and Wanda’s grief drove her towards healing in both a productive and unproductive way. Wanda’s powers allow her to shape reality and that’s what she did. But she took a terrible toll and some of those wounds are still shaping Wanda even after the events of the series. So let’s take a look back at everything that happened in the first season of WandaVision and see how it all drives Wanda insane.
Wanda’s first steps towards a new reality
The beginning of WandaVision seems to take us back in time to a 1950s TV show with an episode called “Filmed Before a Live Studio Audience” that was true to its name. Despite the quaint name and seemingly standard plot of the TV show, some major issues have been hidden.
Chief among them is the fact that Vision (Paul Bettany) should be dead, killed not once but twice at the end of Avengers: Infinity War. At the start of WandaVision, Vision is alive, well, and fully using his powers, though the source of his power, the Soul Stone, has been destroyed. The last clue is the post-credits scene at the end of the episode, which is in color and set in the usual world of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
As we continue, Wanda and Vision focus on this idea of fitting into Wanda’s perception of the perfect suburban world. Filled with comical callbacks in sound production, types of jokes, and even changing intros to fit perspective time frames, the first three episodes focus entirely on the world that has been created. Some supporting characters are introduced, such as Agnes the neighbor (Kathryn Hahn), or Dennis the postman, but they lack any level of personal detail.
Enter SWORD to the right
The Sentient Weapon Observation and Response Division or SWORD is the agency sent to observe the abnormality created by Wanda. They originally sent two familiar faces, Monica Rambeau (Teyonah Parris) and Jimmy Woo (Randall Park) to investigate. Jimmy Woo was originally the FBI agent in charge of Scott Lang’s house arrests.
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Monica Rambeau is the daughter of Maria Rambeau, a squadmate of Carol Danvers, the heroine now known as Captain Marvel. Maria Rambeau would become the director of SWORD, where her daughter would later become captain.
Monica attempts to enter the “Hex”, as the anomaly around Westview is later called, but is swept away and temporarily becomes a character in Wanda’s world. In Westview, her name is Geraldine and she acts normal until Wanda gives birth to two children in record time. As Monica helps deliver the babies, she begins to remember events in the outside world and when she confronts Wanda, Wanda casts the curse on her.
When Monica is cast out of the hex, she sees aggressive SWORD director Tyler Hayward (Josh Stamberg) and our old friend from the Thor movies, Darcy Lewis (Kat Dennings). Darcy has now earned his Ph.D. in astrophysics, and she’s the one who figured out that Wanda was somehow sending a TV broadcast signal out of the hex.
The vision sees the fractures in reality
As Vision begins to think something is wrong, the situation outside the hex escalates as Principal Hayward demands results. The director starts giving orders that Monica, Darcy and Woo disagree with. As SWORD continues to watch, we move to the 1980s with Wanda’s twins Billy and Tommy. Agatha (formerly Agnes) shows up once again with exactly what the family needs, seemingly unfazed as the kids magically age ten years in question. of days.
Seeing the boys change dramatically makes SWORD realize that Wanda is rewriting reality on a molecular level and controlling almost everyone. Vision receives a message from outside, prompting him to question one of the town’s residents, Norm. Vision’s interview with Norm makes him realize that the residents of Westview are not here of their own volition.
As Vision continues to struggle with these realizations, Wanda is forced to confront Hayward as she tries to attack her and her family with a drone. She breaks out of the hex, throws away the weaponized drone, and then returns to her family. Wanda herself is also starting to notice the cracks in her reality, as her telepathic abilities don’t give her all the information from the other side of town.
Even when Vision is apparently alive, Wanda tells us that she can’t control the dead. This begs the question, who or what is bringing Vision back to Westview, and who is really in control of the hex?
The return of Wanda’s brother (sort of)
Shortly after Wanda returns to the Hex, her brother, Pietro Maximoff, shows up at her door. Unfortunately, we have two problems. One, her brother is dead, and two, the person claiming to be her brother looks completely different (because Evan Peters plays him instead of Aaron Taylor-Johnson). Despite all of that, he still has all of Quicksilver’s powers and Pietro’s memories. Pietro’s return, as well as Vision’s continued investigation into the brainwashing of the entire town, has Wanda on edge and pondering what’s going on.
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Meanwhile, at the SWORD base, Director Hayward is tracking the Vision for his decaying vibranium signature. Vision interacts with Agatha, dressed as a witch, wandering the outskirts of town. Vision wakes her up and seems to know who Vision is. After this encounter, Vision tries to break the barrier out of the hex.
As he does, however, parts of him begin to detach. The hex is what holds it together, and as it begins to unravel, Wanda is forced to expand the hex in a desperate move to save Vision once again. Vision is seen by her son Billy as he and Tommy develop telekinesis and super speed respectively (another clue to the Young Avengers, perhaps?).
The spreading hex consumes much of the city, including Darcy and the SWORD base. As the now revived Vision attempts to communicate with Darcy, who has mind-wiped her, Wanda begins to have a mental breakdown. She loses all sense of control or direction.
In her moment of desperation, Agnes/Agatha returns once more to the scene, taking the children with her to give Wanda some time alone. However, this time alone doesn’t seem to help, as the objects within the hex begin to change randomly between time periods, and Wanda continues down this self-destructive path.
Outside, Jimmy Woo and Monica meet an engineer who has created a vehicle that will supposedly allow Monica to travel safely to the Hex. While the rover is ineffective and is spat out, Monica charges straight in. At her time of great adversity, we see a secret power that Monica had latent in her system.
Agatha intervenes to get Wanda away from Monica and to safety. But when they take her away from her, Wanda gets curious and goes into Agatha’s basement to see that it’s full of mystical objects, just as we find out that she’s been Agatha all along.
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It turns out that Agatha is a witch and has been around for centuries, slowly taking power from other magic users over time. She reveals to Wanda that she is also a magic user, but Wanda does not know any spells or use anything traditionally related to magic. In an attempt to force Wanda to accept that she is a witch, Agatha takes control of her mind and forces Wanda to live through her darkest moments.
We see the death of his parents, his torture at the hands of Hydra, his first interactions with Vision in the Avengers compound, and his decision to take Vision’s body. Agatha sees all of this, including Wanda going to her planned home with the Vision and creating the curse in an act of sheer pain.
As Wanda’s journey through the past comes to an end, Agatha gives Wanda her nickname, the Scarlet Witch, and reveals that she is a prophesied force of destruction. Simultaneously, we see Director Hayward activate an all-white replica of Vision known as the White Vision. Despite the unimaginative name, both Visions share the same set of powers and are equally matched.
As Wanda tries to fight Agatha to protect her children, we see Wanda temporarily push her away while White Vision tries to kill her on Hayward’s orders. Vision steps in to save her, but Wanda is unable to fight White Vision and Agatha at the same time. Vision and White Vision fight, but realize they are equally matched. Finally, Vision makes White Vision question the reasoning behind her actions as the curse begins to dissolve.
The appearance of the Scarlet Witch
As White Vision regains his memories, Monica defends the children against Hayward until Darcy incapacitates him. White Vision breaks free of Hayward’s control, but Agatha still threatens to destroy the curse, and with it, Wanda’s reality. Wanda and Agatha fight and it seems that Agatha begins to absorb Wanda’s power.
But Wanda has accepted that she is a witch and casts runes all over the hex to block all of Agatha’s power, rendering Agatha powerless. Upon defeating Agatha and accepting her true identity as the Scarlet Witch, Wanda reveals that Hex’s time is up. She has to say goodbye to Vision and her children but does not give herself up to SWORD’s custody. She flees with the Darkhold, a magical tome previously in Agatha’s possession, so that she can learn how to find her children again.
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Scarlet Witch is the character’s hallowed name in the comics and the final battle reveals just how powerful Wanda has been all this time. With Wanda now in full power, we can finally see her creating new universes or controlling the flow of existing ones.
How the Darkhold hints at the Multiverse of Madness
While the Darkhold has appeared in Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD and Marvel’s Runaways television series, most people are unaware of its full potential. This magical totem is connected to the Dark Dimension and has been seen creating entire worlds. With Wanda in possession of this item which is said to have nearly infinite knowledge, she can attempt to use it to find her children and truly resurrect Vision.
In fact, there have been a number of rumors that the Vision will appear in this week’s Multiverse of Madness. Paul Bettany has yet to confirm or deny her role. If Wanda wants to take back what she’s lost, an event that fractures the multiverse could be the perfect opportunity to unleash even more chaos (magic).
Will there be a season 2 of WandaVision?
Sadly, Elizabeth Olsen has confirmed that there won’t be a Season 2 of WandaVision. We have confirmation that Scarlet Witch will be in the upcoming Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, but as for White Vision, we’re not sure when she’ll show up again or what her current state of mind might be. Whenever they all appear below, we can be sure that they will eventually return in some other format.
For Monica, we have confirmation that she’ll be back in The Marvels, which is set to be released in 2023. Of course, the biggest takeaway from all of this is that she’s coming into Doctor Strange 2. Wanda is now the most powerful magic user in this universe. And she will either save the multiverse or become its great destroyer.
Watch Wanda Next in the Multiverse of Madness
Wanda has been seen in various versions of Doctor Strange 2 trailers that have been released, so fans of Scarlet Witch will be able to check her out below. Additionally, a new television spot released on April 28 has confirmed that certain What If? characters like Captain Carter, presumably played by Hayley Atwell, will appear in the film.
We’ve also had confirmation that Professor X, played by Sir Patrick Stewart, appears as part of the Illuminati. The Illuminati are a serious powerhouse in the Marvel Universe, including members like Iron Man, Mister Fantastic, Black Bolt, and more. This opens the doors to previously dead characters and closed series, so who’s to say who else we may meet in this movie?
Find out this week when Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness premieres.