Following on from WandaVision’s Episode 7 Easter eggs and call-backs, we take a deeper look into those we found during Episode 8. The Easter eggs again were toned down this week and a lot more subtle than we have come to expect. There were, however, still lots of details to pick up on.
Please note this is not an exhaustive list but some of those that we found of particular interest or potential importance. Also if you have not seen this episode then there will be spoilers ahead.
This week took us away completely from the sitcom-style and took us on a journey of Wanda’s story leading up to creation of the Hex around Westview. We finally received answers to some of the season’s burning questions, and once again have new questions to ponder on.
Episode 7 ended with Agnes revealing herself as the witch Agatha Harkness and left us with that catchy ditty “Agatha All Along” stuck in our heads. This week’s opening revealed that Agatha was one of the Salem witches. Her origin story reveals that she was being punished by her fellow Coven of witches which was led by her mother. In the scene, we see the brooch that “Agnes” has worn at multiple points throughout the series.
The interesting thing here is that Agatha wasn’t the one who created Westview as many fans suspected, it was in fact Wanda. Agnes just wants to know how she did it.
Wanda’s Origin Story
Although Wanda’s MCU origin has already been revealed in Age of Ultron, this episode dived into her history and the events leading up to the creation of the Hex. This journey itself was full of its own little Easter Eggs and plot details.
We got to see Wanda’s parents in this episode and while fans had hoped for a cameo from Magneto (Wanda and Pietro’s father in the comics), it turns out that Wanda’s father was just a normal Sokovian citizen. We were also shown the reason for the sitcom elements of the season. Wanda’s past has been filled with her love for sitcoms, in particular, The Dick Van Dyke Show as illustrated in episode 1.
So far in the MCU, Wanda’s Powers have been shown in different ways. It was revealed in episode 8 that Wanda is a true witch and the reason the second bomb to hit her house in Sokovia didn’t explode was because Wanda had inadvertently cast a probability Hex. This shows that Wanda had some power before being experimented on by Strucker. It also leads us on to the next one…
The Mind Stone Experience
We were shown what happened during the experiments that Wanda was put through. In particular, her meeting with Loki’s staff and the Mind Stone. It appears that Wanda’s natural powers were amplified by the stone and this resulted in her not only being able to cast magic but also gave her new powers.
During the scene with the Mind Stone, Wanda has a vision of what appears to be a future version of herself. The vision appears as a silhouette, but the shape of her costume and the headdress is iconic of her comic book outfit.
Wanda Breaking into S.W.O.R.D.
We have already been shown the scene where Wanda breaks into the S.W.O.R.D. headquarters. This time the version of events appears to be a little bit different. Well, very different actually.
The first time around we saw security footage that showed Wanda seemingly forcing her way into S.W.O.R.D. HQ and stealing the body of Vision. This time, however, we see that Hayward actually invited her in. After a discussion with Hayward where he shows Wanda the work being performed to take apart Vision’s body, he informs Wanda that he can’t let her take him. Angry, she breaks into the room that is holding Vision’s body, but she doesn’t leave with his remains, she left empty-handed. So who is the Vision inside the Hex?
After leaving the HQ Wanda returns to her car where we see a mysterious letter that appears to direct her to Westview.
Wanda arrives in the real Westview and we have to admit, Wanda’s version is a huge upgrade. The town is rundown and its inhabitants seem down and depressed. That being said, Wanda arrives at a plot of land with a basic foundation in place before she reveals the letter showing the plot with a written note: “TO GROW OLD IN V.”
This is where Wanda breaks down. She emits a huge amount of energy which starts to complete the building of the house and then bursts out to engulf Westview into the 1960s sitcoms style we were introduced to in Episode 1.
The scene finishes with Wanda’s energy pouring out into the shape of a human. Her energy turns from red to yellow and fills out to complete the creation of a new Vision, complete with Mind Stone.
Agatha reveals that the power Wanda wields is in fact Chaos Magic, which in the comics is the ability to manipulate the very fabric of reality. The entire time we have known Wanda in the MCU, fans have called her by her comic book name, but this has never been referenced to date. That is until today. Agatha reveals that Wanda is a myth, something that should not be possible, the Scarlet Witch.
Last week saw the first post-credit scene of the series to date. This was repeated today and what a shocker it was. We see what it was that Hayward was trying to bring back online… It was the original version of Vision, only this time it was an all-white version. This is a reference to the comic book “White Vision”. Is this the true villain of the series?
While these are certainly not the extent of the Easter eggs and callbacks in this episode, these are the ones that stood out most to us. If there are any you think we missed let us know in the comments below. And don’t forget to tune in to Disney+ next Friday to watch the season’s final episode.