WandaVision put out an old school reference to Dance Dance Revolution. However, this cunning reference may actually be foreshadowing something bigger.
WARNING: The following contains spoilers for WandaVision Episode 6, “New Halloween Spooktacular!” now broadcasting on Disney +.
Disney + series By WandaVision The retro-retro aesthetic perfectly parodies the classic family sitcoms with enough quirks to signal fans that not everything is what it seems. The mystery behind WandaVision has wowed fans and theorists alike, with many fans researching each episode for any clue as to exactly what is going on.
One particular reference captured the reddita kidkolumbus attention on the TVDetails subreddit. In episode 6 of WandaVision, There is a scene where Wanda’s twins Billy and Tommy are playing Dance Dance Revolution. More specifically, they are playing the song “Butterfly” from smile.dk, which is a song that appears in earlier versions of DDR and often associated with rhythm play. However, it may be a factor in another piece of ongoing symbolism for the series: butterflies keep popping up.
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“Butterfly” itself is remarkable in that it introduced a new technique for DDR called Butterly Spin / Turn, which forces players to literally spin on the dance platform to hit the notes. This scene was mentioned on the TVDetails subreddit due to the fact that one of the twins misses the song and falls off trying to perform Butterly Spin / Turn. Kidkolumbus was able to identify what was happening during the scene as it was something so common and specific to him and others DDR players.
However, “Butterfly” is such a specific reference that it could be more than just a wink. Butterflies have been a notable part of WandaVision from the first episode. Butterflies were present on Wanda’s calendar, and have since appeared in other notable scenes, such as when Wanda’s magic began to waver while pregnant. Fans have been speculating on what they mean for the series as a whole.
A popular theory relates to a character that Scarlet Witch has had a lot of interaction with within the comics. Layla Miller, also known as the Butterfly, is a mutant from the Marvel comics whose mutant ability allows her to coexist in alternate realities. In short, Layla retains awareness of any timeline that forks from the main one. She can also give other people insight into their lives beyond the reality they are currently in, helping her free people from an alternate reality that Scarlet Witch created in comic book history. House of M.
Fans think that Layla Miller may make her MCU debut by helping to lift people out of the false reality of Scarlet Witch that she has created. Of course, there are so many references to characters that have yet to appear in the MCU that some fans have dismissed many as red audiences, but this may be one of the few clear clues towards the end of the show. Using the song “Butterfly” and the Butterly Spin / Turn technique may be an indication of what these butterflies really mean.
The writers could be specifically hinting that the show’s big “twist” or “twist” is directly related to the butterflies and possibly even Layla Miller. The Spin / Turn technique causes one of Wanda’s twins to fail the song, which could be further proof that the butterflies are disrupting the illusion. This may be an exaggeration, but butterflies have also been used before to break the character’s illusions. In Strange doctor, Strange ends up falling off his mental journey spanning multiple universes after seeing a butterfly approach him.
the DDR easter egg in WandaVision it may be signaling to fans that butterflies may be the thing that helps “ward off” people caught up in Wanda’s illusion. There’s also the lyrics to “Butterfly” from smile.dk. “Green, black and blue make the colors of the sky.” Since most of WandaVision takes place in a black and white reality, butterflies can literally bring color back to this reality, breaking the illusion of Scarlet Witch.
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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