WandaVision’s latest commercial is not only dark, it tells of her tragic childhood in Sokovia.
WARNING: The following contains spoilers for WandaVision Episode 6, “New Halloween Spooktacular!” now broadcasting on Disney +.
In WandaVisionAll the commercials that Wanda creates have left fans sad as they reflect the pain she endured throughout her life. They have mentioned how Hydra turned her into a weapon, how she lost her parents to Stark, and how she was involved in the deaths of several Wakandans. All of this tragedy, as well as Vision’s multiple deaths, have likely pushed her to alter reality to create an unstable utopia with Vision and her children. However, the latest episode has the darkest announcement yet, and delves deep into Wanda and Pietro’s childhood trauma.
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While the other commercials try to back away from their ghoulish tones, this one doesn’t stop. It focuses on a clay child on a desert island, parched and burned in the sun.
“I’m so hungry I would eat anything,” he says, prompting a shark to climb onto a surfboard and tell the child that he is no longer hungry. After asking how the shark did this, the creature credits Yo-Magic. It’s a sharp exchange, mimicking the Go-Gurt commercials of the 90s and 2000s.
The shark gives the boy the yogurt and he swims away, but as the onlookers watch, the weakened boy is unable to open the yogurt. He spends days and nights trying to do it, but he vanishes into a skeleton and dies, with the motto that reads: “Yo-Magic: the sandwich for the survivors”, with Wanda and Pietro replacing the survivors.
The Hungry Boy depicts Wanda and Pietro in their youth, experiencing poverty, which is also alluded to in their Halloween flashback when they get a dead fish to share instead of candy while trick-or-treating. It may also be related to when she and her brother were trapped and starved in the rubble of their home for two days after a Stark bomb fell on their apartment. This could also be the case, as this is the first ad without the recurring adult actors from the previous commercials, which some believe are stand-ins for Wanda and Pietro’s parents. Like the island boy, the twins were alone with their parents dying from the bomb.
However, the shark could also represent countries that show up and offer shallow tokens as an aid without helping to make lasting changes. That is why some dissidents, like Wanda and Pietro, eventually rise up in war-torn countries like Sokovia.
Ultimately, in Wanda’s eyes, all those who tried to take advantage of her and her people are sharks, and instead of actually teaching them how to fish, they offered fish that never actually addressed or solved Sokovia’s problems. With this in mind, organizations that offer false hope and help, such as the Avengers or SHIELD, are only pursuing vain projects, leaving these countries before any real impact can be made. As with the shark, most of these entities do not even look back at the victims, which is why the child starves and rots. Fortunately, Wanda and Pietro, although victims, are also survivors.
Written by Jac Schaeffer and directed by Matt Shakman, WandaVision stars Elizabeth Olsen as Wanda Maximoff / Scarlet Witch, Paul Bettany as Vision, Randall Park as Agent Jimmy Woo, Kat Dennings as Darcy Lewis, Teyonah Parris as Monica Rambeau and Kathryn Hahn like Agnes. New episodes air Fridays on Disney +.
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