Viewers are already one-third into “Wandavision” but there’s still a question mark on who the main villain will be in the already Disney+ smash-hit series.
Elizabeth Olsen who plays Wanda or Scarlet Witch in the series even made hints that “at the end of episode three, you still don’t know what or who the villain is“. However, gathering the evidences so far, the answer could very much be before our very own eyes.
Speculations made by viewers suggest that Mephisto or Nightmare could be the tormentors of Olsen’s character. Some say that Agatha Harkness may have a role in this series, possibly impersonating Agnes, the busy-body neighbour.
There are also theories that point to Scarlet Witch being the enemy of her own titular series. With Westview being a town that apparently responds to all her wishes and desires, it is very clear that Wanda has complete power or control over the small American sitcom town.
Moreover, “WandaVision” has been insinuating at a dark aura resonating within Scarlet Witch, giving out much proof that could point to her alleging the role of the main villain within her own story.
1. Vision obeying Wanda’s commands
Wanda’s descent into darkness begins rather lightly in the first episode, although it remains rather unsettling yet significant. When Vision’s boss Mr. Hart started choking upon consuming a piece of food in the first episode, his wife guffaws as the hosts look on with unbearable discomfort. While gasping for air proves to be too difficult to handle, Wanda commands Vision to “help him“.
Vision was unable to act until Wanda told him to, as seen when he instantly responded to her order. This could post as evidence that Westview is completely under Wanda’s domain, indicating that Vision possesses no free will in this reality.
In the third episode, Westview neighbours Herb and Agnes made comments that suggested something deeper is lingering in the neighbourhood. The doctor who assessed Wanda’s unusual pregnancy Dr. Nielsen, even forwardly exclaimed the fact that they are “trapped”, noting that small towns such as Westview are very tough to break free from.
Using easier words to explain this, everything in Westview appears to answer only to Wanda.
2. Wanda says “No”
Marvel fans will already know on their first viewing of the second episode, an iconic moment that excited fans all in one word: with Wanda saying “No“.
When a man in a beekeeper suit with a SWORD logo came to threaten Westview, he was dealt with swiftly at the climax of the second episode. This occurred with Wanda rewinding the episode’s events to claim the ending that she wanted. She is so hellbent on ensuring any obstacle that may ruin her life be completely prevented, no matter what happens.
In comparison to her first prevention attempt, Wanda has riled things up significantly. She takes control of not only the characters from Westview but the storylines that each character follows too.
When Wanda said her line, “No“, it is hauntingly similar to her famous dialogue from the “House of M” story from the comics, “No more mutants“. This was when Wanda changed the mainline Marvel universe to ensure a world rid of mutants. It is very clear that Marvel Studios is using whatever they have from the comics by making Wanda take full control of her reality-altering abilities, creating a parallel between these two moments.
Her dedication to the reality she has constructed could be what brings her down, thus, sending her into a dark spiral indifferent to her “House of M” counterpart.
3. An Unnoticed Time Reversal?
The second episode of “WandaVision” wasn’t the only instalment to showcase time reversal, however. Having so many strange happenings taking place in Westview, someone was bound to notice these occurrences eventually. Bad news for Wanda, the detective would turn out to be someone she cares for. Vision begins to understand that not all is right in their picturesque little town, puzzling the pieces together on the oddities they have gone through.
When Wanda stated that she was concerned that the town will find out about their superhero powers, Vision expresses his own worries regarding their new home in Westview, saying “Yes, I know what you mean. But it’s more than that, isn’t it? Mr. and Mrs. Hart, dinner. Outside with Herb. I think something’s wrong here, Wanda“. She turns to Vision in shock, possibly scared that her robotic husband has caught on to her plans.
The scene itself cuts back to her after sharing her thoughts on the town, but this time Vision changes his tune in response, feeling much more hopeful this time around, stating “Yes, I know what you mean. The truth is, we are in uncharted water and you know what? I’m anxious too”. Even with Wanda acting as though she is oblivious, it might be possible that she is creating these events.
What is also interesting is that Vision never mentions the incident with the beekeeper during his former speech. This poses as an indication that her episode rewinds also reverse the memories of the people around her. Basically, Wanda is dead set on living her own life in ignorant bliss.
4. “I Think You Should Leave”
Hearing a Sokovian accent from Wanda’s mouth means things are about to get saucy. Everything became worse for Wanda in the last few bits of the third episode, where Wanda has seemingly succumbed to darkness. When Monica Rambeau mentioned Ultron murdering her twin brother, Quicksilver, Wanda snaps the SWORD agent out of her existence.
No one was around to see this happen except for Wanda’s pair of crying newborns in the background. The moment Vision returns, Wanda attempts to come back to her sitcom role, but her performance feels out of place. When looking down upon her babies, a holy yet almost angelic melody critically starts to play. The music playing possesses divine meanings that might actually make connections to the third episode’s commercial, which carries the tagline “Release the Goddess Within“. Maybe this slogan was trying to refer to Wanda being a goddess of this realm, leading over it and changing it at her own will.
The Greek imagery being used in the commercial could also imply the kind of goddess Wanda seeks to become. The Greek gods of Olympus were classified as terrible beings. The Olympians would often get into arguments and would selfishly serve only their own interests. These religious meanings could be linking Wanda to these deities, making hints that she is controlling her powers selfishly and maybe even at the expense of others.
Westview citizens may be knowledgeable of what is really occurring in their town, but could also be held captive in their new sitcom roles. Herb still tries to warn Vision that they are “all…” before trailing off, having no way of finishing his sentence on the reasons they are all in the town. Even Agnes seems fearful of the outcomes of letting Vision in on their veiled secret. This is all apparent that Wanda’s neighbours might be onto something, and maybe saw firsthand what happens when someone doesn’t comply. Fans are still not sure about the way this reality came to be. Maybe more exploration of this could identify what sort of hierarchy Wanda is carrying out.
Much like worshippers and their goddess, Westview’s dwellers obey Wanda’s every command, no matter how much they like it or not.
5. Inspired by Virginia
One main inspiration for “WandaVision” came from Tom King’s comic book run on “Vision”. In the book, Vision created a cybernetic family to try adapting to the suburban life and forget about his past relationship with Scarlet Witch. Worrying coping techniques put aside, “WandaVision” might be adapting more than just the premise of the Vision comic itself, but also taking one of its most compelling characters.
One of the main focuses of the storyline in the “Vision” comic is his wife Virginia, who inadvertently causes problems. Attempting her to adjust to her suburban surroundings, she often comes across obstacles that prevent her from having an ordinary life. When the Grim Reaper invades her home and threatens her children, Virginia ultimately annihilates the villain into dust. Moreover, her confrontation with another parent from the school her children go to also end in tragedy. Although it was not directly caused by Virginia, her involvement was what led to the fallout. No matter where the robotic mom goes in the “Vision” comic, darkness pursues her at every corner. Unfortunately, even with having good intentions in desperately keeping her family safe at all costs, Virginia ended up being the villain of the series, accidentally.
Her character is closely aligned with Wanda Maximoff. The latter is doing all she can to live out her sitcom fantasies without any interference, but even for her sadly, consequences come about. No matter her intentions for this to happen or not, other people have become entangled in this made-up reality. Wanda will never escape her superhero life no matter how hard she tries. Upon trying to exit this lifestyle, it only causes trouble. Viewers may not know what ramifications the hero is causing in “WandaVision”, but having SWORD involved implies that it is bad.
Not only borrowing from Virginia’s character, Wanda apparently is taking some of Vision’s storyline as well. Both of them are using their creations as coping techniques to cure their mental states. You have Vision making use of his family and Wanda using the town of Westview as sources of comfort. Even with lacking any intentions in causing harm, Wanda’s creation alone is a warning of dangers to other inhabitants in Westview, and possibly around the world as well.
Wanda clearly needs a break after going through so much chaos and difficulties in the MCU. Also, she seems to be going through mental health problems, and Westview is being taken control of is a way for her to cope with her state. Wanda will have at some point accept that she isn’t doing things right and that her actions will only cause misfortune. Not able to deal with her trauma only makes her venture more to darkness.
What remains in this season is Vision possibly trying to unwrap what is happening to Wanda and the town of Westview. Another possibility that could happen is Wanda tragically accepting Vision’s death in “Avengers: Infinity War”, and attempting to live on without him, even with how uneasy it is.
Source: The Direct