Thu. Sep 23rd, 2021

 WandaVision features Avengers Wanda Maximoff, the Scarlet Witch, and Vision living through sitcoms throughout the decades. The series is running from January 15 to March 5. (Photo used by permission of 909jose)

WandaVision, the first Marvel project of 2021, is a very innovative and peculiar way to start Phase Four of the cinematic universe.

The miniseries is set after the events of Avengers: Endgame, where Wanda, who has the power to manipulate reality, is stuck living through various sitcom tropes with her deceased lover Vision.

The series starts with Wanda and Vision are just married and moving into a small town to start their lives together. Throughout the series, there are many instances they notice that are not quite right.

Although as the miniseries progresses, Wanda learns this reality and life is not right, but she does not try to stop it. 

In any Marvel production, there are connections to previous movies and the comics that help viewers figure out what’s going on and what might happen in the series.

With the help of jstoobs video on TikTok, Twitter, and my research I found clues and theories about WandaVision.

There are three pieces of information and clues viewers should know: S.W.O.R.D, Agnes, and the commercials.

S.W.O.R.D: A Division of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Before Episode 4 aired, when Wanda found a colored retro toy helicopter in the bushes, it had a symbol of a sword in a circle.

Eagle-eyed viewers noticed the symbol and identified it as the symbol for S.W.O.R.D, a division of S.H.I.E.L.D., a prominent organization throughout the Marvel movies.

S.W.O.R.D. stands for Sentient Weapon Observation and Response Division. According to the Marvel Cinematic Universe Wiki page, S.W.O.R.D. used to focus on extraterrestrial operations, but after the Snap they focus on robotics, nanotechnology, and artificial intelligence.

S.W.O.R.D.’s founder is Maria Rambeau, the mother of Monica Rambeau, S.W.O.R.D. agent. Monica Rambeau, as revealed in Episode 4, entered Wanda’s reality as Geraldine. 

Wanda’s Friendly Neighbor Agnes

Agnes appears in the first episode of the miniseries. She is the first neighbor to introduce herself to Wanda and instantly befriends her.

Agnes resides in Westview with her husband, Ralph, who does not appear onscreen. Agnes appears throughout the next episodes helping Wanda stay normal and acclimate to the town.

In Episode 3, Vision sees Agnes whispering to a fellow neighbor, Herb, and Agnes is insinuating the citizens cannot leave town.

Some viewers theorize that Agnes and the rest of the town know they are being held captive by Wanda.

A growing theory suggests Agnes is not who she says she is.

Agnes’s Possible True Identity

In Episode 4, the miniseries shows what is happening outside of Westview and how S.W.O.R.D is trying to save the town and Wanda. 

Episode 4 reveals that Wanda has taken over the real-life town of Westview, New Jersey, and the citizens inside are all playing along with her sitcom episodes. 

S.W.O.R.D. collected the townspeople’s real identities and found various information about them.

S.W.O.R.D. only had Agnes’s name on the board, not her ID like all the other townspeople have.

A theory many viewers are starting to believe may give a reason to why Agnes had little information S.W.O.R.D. could find.

Agnes could be Agatha Harkness, a witch in the Marvel comics who mentored Wanda. In the comics, Agatha wiped Wanda’s memory after she learned her babies are magically created. 

Agatha later returned the memories and was angrily confronted by Wanda, leading to Wanda killing Agatha.

Agnes could be in Wanda’s reality to try to contain her and make sure she does not cause too much harm.

Viewers think Agnes is Agatha Harkness for various reasons. 

If you remove a few letters from Agatha Harkness, the name spells Agnes, and the necklace Agnes frequently wears is similar to the one Agatha Harkness wears in the comics. Lastly, in the miniseries’s trailer, Agnes is wearing a witch costume and laughing maniacally. 

The Commercials

Episode 4 answers a lot of questions except one that fans have been wondering about since the first episode: the commercials.

In the first 3 episodes, there are commercials in between scenes, like a classic sitcom.

Fans noticed in the commercials HYDRA and the doctor who experimented on Wanda and her deceased twin brother, Pietro, are featured.

In Episode 4, it appears that Wanda is manipulating this reality, but some viewers believe there is a deeper reason why the reality is changing.

In Episode 3, a commercial about Hydra soap appears in the middle of the episode. The Hydra soap in another show, Marvel’s Agent of S.H.E.I.L.D, where Phil Coulson, the director of S.H.E.I.L.D., says Hydra makes soap filled with chemicals that enter the bloodstream creating false memories.

Throughout the series when Wanda and Vision are asked about their past lives, they could not remember life before the town.

Viewers do not know whether the commercials are just present to reference Wanda’s life or whether they hold a deeper meaning.

After Episode 4, viewers are now anxiously awaiting to see if any of their other theories are confirmed and other mysteries about the show explained. 

WandaVision is new every Friday on Disney+ until March 5, 2021.

By Dayna Wilkerson, junior editor, 2021-22

Hi! My name is Dayna, and I am a junior editor for The Mycenaean. Two fun facts about me are that I can unfocus my eyes and I met Fergie a few years ago.

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