WARNING: The following contains spoilers for WandaVision Episode 7, “Breaking the Fourth Wall”, now broadcasting on Disney +.
Episode 7 WandaVision features some massive rewards that fans have been waiting for since the series began. However, as exciting as it was to see Monica Rambeau embrace her powers and Agatha Harkness finally be revealed, some are still hoping to see Marvel Studios seize the opportunity to introduce the X-Men in WandaVision. And they may be in luck because a possible mutant genesis has already occurred and another has just been introduced into the show’s most enigmatic recurring feature.
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“Breaking the Fourth Wall” contains a commercial for an antidepressant called Nexus that promises to “anchor” the user in their reality. The after-effects of the pull appear to be references to Wanda’s tragic past, but her name may also hint at an important piece of X-Men lore.
“Nexus” could be a reference to the Nexus of All Realities, a concept that takes some forms in the Marvel Universe. In the Man-Thing stories, it is a physical location, but in the X-Men continuity, it refers to a powerful cosmic artifact, the M’Kraan Crystal, with which mutants have a considerable amount of history. The M’Kraan crystal first appeared in X Men # 107 as part of the space opera portion of the Phoenix Saga, which also featured the Shi’ar and their Imperial Guard. The original Phoenix Saga villain D’Ken planned to use a galactic alignment to make the crystal’s power his own, but his sister, Lilandra, opposed him. After forming a psychic bond with Professor Xavier, he won over the X-Men as allies.
During the conflict, the X-Men tested the crystal’s power when they, and everyone else involved in the battle for it, were thrust into it. They were transported to an alien city and discovered that the crystal had an inner defense, in addition to the guardians they had already fought with. The crystal also had an energy sphere that projected a nightmare field, forcing intruders to have the worst fears.
Fortunately, the Phoenix Force empowering Jean Gray was immune to the field, and she discovered that a stray optic blast from Cyclops had damaged the sphere and exposed a galaxy of neutrons within it. Jean realized that if the damage to the sphere was not repaired, the entire universe would be sucked into the crystal, eventually causing a new Big Bang. Jean then decided to push her powers to the limit to repair the damage and saved the day.
While the M’Kraan Crystal played a pivotal role in one of the X-Men’s most seminal stories, it became nothing more than a standard cosmic MacGuffin until Era of apocalypse, where his power was the key to reversing the dystopian reality. In that story, a Space Gambit and their X-Ternals team acquired a shard of the crystal and, with it, were able to send Bishop back in time to prevent the death of Professor Xavier. This event rewritten reality and restored the main timeline of the Marvel Universe, which was unbalanced by a wave of energy from the M’Kraan Crystal. After the end of the Era of apocalypse, several characters escaped their dying reality using the M’Kraan Crystal, including the heroic X-Man and Dark Beast.
With all of that in mind, it’s possible that Evan Peters’ Quicksilver made his way into the Marvel Cinematic Universe from Fox’s reality using a crystal-like item. Sure, the reveal that Agatha Harkness has been pulling the strings for Westview doesn’t seem to corroborate this theory, but there hasn’t been evidence as of yet to say that she was doing anything other than taking advantage of Quicksilver’s arrival.
He could have made it to the MCU independently of Agatha, and she is simply using him to continue her torment towards Wanda and her family. And if that’s the case, Pietro may not be the only member of the X-Men heading to the MCU. A host of other characters could find their way into a new reality if the events of WandaVision keep spinning out of control.
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It’s also possible that the crystal, or at least a part of it, is what allows Wanda to deal with her pain by rewriting reality. Wanda has shown that she is powerful enough to take on Thanos on her own, but the limits of her powers are still poorly defined, so it’s an exaggeration to say that she could learn to rewrite reality overnight. It seems likely that something else is amplifying his abilities to create the Maximoff Anomaly. While many fans will jump to the idea that it is an infinity stone, the crystal may be one of the few items that can replicate its effect.
In addition to that idea, Wanda also has another connection to the Nexus, as she is one of the few Nexus beings in the Marvel Multiverse. In most cases, Nexus beings have the ability to affect the probability of your reality, which essentially means that they can dictate the outcome of almost any major event.
WandaVision He already has a lot on his plate, and there’s a good chance he won’t feature the X-Men, especially since he has to prioritize setting up the next Strange doctor film. With that said, fans may want to keep their eyes peeled for pink crystals around Westview.
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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