WARNING: The following contains spoilers for WandaVision Episode 8, “Previously Activated,” which is now airing on Disney +.
The overwhelming popularity of the Marvel Cinematic Universe makes it a regular and highly visible subject of speculation by fans. WandaVision has sped this up due to its weekly release schedule, and after nearly the entire season of theorizing, Episode 8 “Previously On” finally explained some of the riddles audiences have been trying to solve, such as Agatha Harkness’s motivation and the origin of reality for Wanda’s sitcom.
Unfortunately, the series hasn’t been able to tie everything into a pretty bow, at least not yet. While some mysteries were unraveled, many of the episode’s events simply created new ones to take their place. The following list points to the biggest new developments that need to be addressed in the final episode of WandaVision in order to fully understand what’s going on, both on the show and in the MCU as a whole.
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How did you get the SWORD vision?
At the end of Avengers: Infinity WarWhen Thanos’ plan succeeds, half the universe disappears and Wanda accompanies them. Vision’s lifeless body is noticeably left behind in the middle of the battlefield. Five years later, what remains of him arrives at Director Hayward’s laboratory at SWORD headquarters. There is no explanation for how this happened, leaving several questions unanswered.
The first gap in the information is how the US government found out where Vision’s body was to request its return. Before his death, Vision happened to live with Wanda in Scotland, suggesting that the police were not tracking the synth. And even if the relevant agencies finally learned of his location, there is still the problem of repatriating him to the United States. Wakanda may have opened up more diplomatically under T’Challa, but vibranium remains its most culturally precious resource, and Hayward’s valuation of $ 3 billion makes it unlikely that the nation will voluntarily hand over the body without at least some resistance.
Perhaps most importantly, even if Wanda passed away temporarily, many Avengers survived to oversee the handling of their friends’ remains. Vision’s living will specified that he did not want to become a weapon, so why would living Avengers, including his “creators” Tony Stark and Bruce Banner, allow SWORD to seize him and conduct experiments? There is definitely a story to tell that fills in the gaps of what happened during those five lost years.
How is Wanda in the United States freely?
In WandaVision Episode 5 “In a very special episode …”, Hayward shows his team’s security footage suggesting that Wanda broke into a SWORD facility to steal Vision’s body. Episode 8 makes it clear that the footage was somewhat selective, as Wanda was actually just trying to see her partner one last time. This reveal answers the question of why Wanda would steal Vision’s body, she didn’t, but raises another: how is Wanda back in the US and roaming free?
The same episode reminds the public that the Sokovia Accords, which are aimed at registering and regulating all superheroes, are still in effect. Wanda has already been arrested and imprisoned in the Raft for violating the Accords in Captain America: Civil War, only to be eliminated by Steve Rogers. At the beginning of Infinity war, she was fleeing abroad and was unable to return to the United States. Since the law didn’t change in the last five years, Wanda should still technically be a wanted criminal. Yet despite the legal ramifications, he drives across the country, casually entering SWORD’s offices, and demands to see the Director without raising any alarms.
Addressing this discrepancy would go a long way toward helping fans fully understand how exactly the Sokovia Accords work and what consequences they have. Captain America and the Black Widow were also allowed to live in the country freely in Avengers Endgame, though that movie’s five-year jump makes it hard to say if they faced any punishment.
How did Pietro survive the Infinity Stones?
As Avengers: Age of Ultron, the public has learned that Wanda and her brother Pietro were the only HYDRA test subjects to survive interaction with the Tesseract, which gave them their powers. Episode 8 largely implies that Wanda survived due to her latent chaos magic, especially as she sees herself in the future when she touches her. While this is a sufficient explanation for why she was not killed by the power of the Space Stone, it makes Pietro’s survival even more questionable.
Unlike his twin sister, Pietro didn’t seem to have any chaos magic abilities. Instead, he developed super-speed powers. However, the ability to run fast doesn’t seem to be especially helpful in resisting the raw energies of an Infinity Stone. Furthermore, the mere coincidence that two twins are the only surviving test subjects is highly suspect. Could there be something else behind its survival, and could it involve the MCU building up to the first mention of the X-Gene?
How does Wanda’s family have? Malcolm in the middle?
One blink-and-miss take of Wanda’s family DVD collection revealed the wide variety of American sitcoms they enjoyed watching. The collection featured classics such as I dream of jeannie Y Haunted, which have clearly influenced WandaVision. For the most part, the DVDs of shows they owned make sense, except for the most modern.
Within the show, it is said that Wanda was born in 1989 and that she was ten years old when her parents died. This means that the flashback in question took place in 1999 or 2000 at the latest. Malcolm in the middle In fact, it debuted in January 2000, but it wasn’t actually released on DVD until October 2002. It could be argued that the family may have had a pirated DVD set, but that wouldn’t explain the exact design of the DVD box. Season 1. Outside of literal time travel, there is little room for an in-universe explanation of how this is possible.
In all seriousness, the mistake was most likely a mistake, which can easily happen in big Hollywood productions. The question now remains as to whether Marvel will go the way of The mandalorian Y game of Thrones and digitally remove any evidence of the error.
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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