WandaVision has become great at cramming lots of information in less than 10 episodes. The series has single-handedly changed the way the MCU functions and it did it in under 5 hours’ time, that deserves respect. Last week’s episode was another game changer and finally some real insight into what’s been going on in Westview, NJ.
When we last met Wanda she discovered that Agatha Harkness, a real witch had been behind the disruptions happening around town. But now that she’s revealed herself she wants Wanda to do the same, but it isn’t that easy. Wanda has suppressed what brought about this sitcom reality and with Agatha’s prodding, the audience relives crucial parts of her life, including the creation of The Hex.
This accomplishes two things. First, it packs a hell of a gut punch to anyone that thought the show was all flash and no substance. At its core, The Hex is Wanda dealing with a life full of loss and grief. This is her way of coping, albeit on a grand scale. Second, it does a great job of retconning her origin story to fit the comics quite a bit more. It also subtlety introduces the idea of mutants.
Agatha notes that the Tesseract just amplified something that was already there. Her latent abilities as a witch would have been there having Hydra experimented on her not. This goes to reason that there are more people out there with latent abilities that simply need the right spark. They will eventually be called X-Men.
Once again most of the series is about context. It really does seem like Agatha is trying to help bring out Wanda’s abilities more than be a villain. While the episode does end with her holding on to Wanda’s children you have to remember neither of those kids are real. In the comics, Agatha is a mentor to Wanda and I can see that eventually happening here.
If that does happen then that leaves us with a story that has no villain. There may have been perceived villains but the flashback showed us that not everything is as the audience was presented. WandaVision is gutsy enough on its own but to make a superhero show about grief and loss is truly monumental.