‘WANDAVISION’: “Wanda Changes Her Mind”
I, like many MCU fans, cannot wait for Phase 4 to get started. We’ve got so many amazing productions coming along; Black Widow, Eternals, Falcon and the Winter Soldier, Loki, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, etc. But today, we’re going to be discussing a show I’ve been looking forward to since it was first announced back at SDCC 2019:
Now, this show has been described as Part sitcom and part Marvel Studios spectacle. I think Charles Murphy wrote it best in What to Expect When it Comes to WandaVision and When to Expect it. However, just to give you all a small reminder, let’s take a look at the official synopsis for the show:
Marvel Studios’ “WandaVision” blends the style of classic sitcoms with the Marvel Cinematic Universe in which Wanda Maximoff (Elizabeth Olsen) and Vision (Paul Bettany)—two super-powered beings living their ideal suburban lives—begin to suspect that everything is not as it seems.
Now I have many theories when it comes to this show, but for this article, I’m going to be focusing on 1 of the titular characters for this theory:
WANDA MAXIMOFF AKA SCARLET WITCH*
Now, I’ve talked about Wanda Maximoff before on my first article here on Murphy’s Multiverse regarding the Theory of Evolution (How Mutants can join the MCU), and I really explained Wanda’s Trajectory since her debut in Avengers: Age of Ultron. So, I’m just going to give you a refresher as to what we know about Wanda’s journey because I really went into detail there.
Wanda Maximoff with Vision in Avengers: Infinity War.
So as I’ve mentioned before, since her debut back in Avengers: Age of Ultron, Wanda’s gone through a lot of different changes over the last few MCU films. She has shown growth in both characterization and power, but that growth has been marked by a great amount of pain and suffering that she has had to go through in her life:
- Her parents died when she was very young, long before the events of AoU.
- She was experimented on by HYDRA with the mind stone.
- Her brother, Quicksilver, died during the Battle of Sokovia.
- Thousands of her people in Sokovia died.
- Her home country was destroyed.
- The people of the world hold her accountable for the deaths of dozens of citizens in Lagos, which triggered the Sokovia Accords and thus the events of Captain America: Civil War.
- The outcome of the previous point forced her into hiding for 2 years until the events of Infinity War took place where she was forced to sacrifice Vision to save the universe, only to watch him be brought back so she could see him die a second time.
- And then she herself died at the hands of Thanos’ snap.
The last time we saw Wanda Maximoff in action was during the final battle in Avengers: Endgame and at Tony Stark’s funeral with talking with Hawkeye. Speaking of Avengers: Endgame, the official Concept Art book: “Marvel’s Avengers: Endgame – The Art of the Movie”, actually had this concept art image on the last page of the book:
Now there wasn’t any official description to what this image was about, but we can assume that Wanda is using her powers on Vision, her aura mainly focusing on the mind stone. It is important to show because sometimes, Marvel designs these concept arts that are necessarily used for one movie, but can be used for other projects later on (I.E. Zemo’s face mask from Civil War Concept Art). And it reminds us of the source of Wanda’s powers:
THE MIND STONE
Now, before Thanos managed to destroy the Infinity Stones in Avengers: Endgame, the Mind Stone was one of the six Infinity Stones with the power to alter a person’s mind and thoughts. We know from the films that Wanda’s powers are derived from the Mind stone and that her powers can alter not just people’s minds, but can also affect the Mind Stone itself.Because she was able to destroy the Mind Stone on her own the first time during Infinity War, one can assume that she might be as equally if not slightly more powerful than the Mind Stone. Point is, the Mind Stone was destroyed…Right?
Anyone who saw my Twitter last week may have noticed this tweet:
I JUST FREAKING FIGURED OUT SOMETHING ABOUT #WANDAVISION AND IT’S BEEN STARING AT US IN THE FACE THE WHOLE TIME AND NO ONE NOTICED 😱— Superhero Theorist (@SuperheroTheor1) September 4, 2020
So, after a week of organizing my thoughts together, we can finally discuss my Eureka! moment. So, with that being said let’s take a look at these two shots of Vision in the ‘Disney+ Big Game Spot Trailer’.
Notice anything important in these two shots? (Apart from the fact that Vision is alive after he died in Infinity War?)
If the Mind Stone was destroyed during Avengers: Endgame, then how is it back in vision’s forehead for wandavision?
Really makes you think no? This premise leads me into my first theory for WandaVision:
THEORY: WANDAVISION WILL OCCUR WITHIN WANDA’S MIND
Remember how Wanda’s power managed to alter what a person’s mind could see? Well, I predict that the next person on the receiving end of Wanda’s Mind-Altering powers would be Wanda Maximoff herself. A vast majority of what we will see in this show (mainly the sitcom portions) will occur within Wanda’s mind. She will attempt to escape reality, unable to cope with the fact that Vision indeed did die and that there is no happy ending to her story. She will get so involved with her story in her mind that she might get lost with what’s real and what isn’t. This is something that has already been explored before in the House of M comic run.
Something that helps me believe in this is mainly Vision’s form in this show. Wanda wouldn’t know that the mind stone was destroyed because she was erased from existence before the Snap. So, if she created her own reality in her head, then she would envision Vision as to how she saw him last, with the mind stone in his head. Which leads me to believe that this Vision we see during the sitcom portion of the show will be fake, as are her children and the reality around her.
Now, this kind of power can be very dangerous, especially if left unchecked. And if her powers keep gradually increasing, they could eventually get out of hand and affect not just her reality but others’ as well. So, she may want to have someone who could help her control her powers (or mainly keep them in check). But that’s another theory for another time!