WandaVision Episode 6 features Vision slowly dying as he tries to break out of Scarlet Witch’s spell, but why was he disintegrating so quickly?
Warning! Spoilers below for WandaVision Episode 6.
One of the most exhausting scenes in WandaVision Episode 6, “New Spooktacular Halloween!” features Vision slowly dying as he leaves the hexagonal barrier on the outskirts of Westview. This week’s outing from the Marvel Studios series brought the sitcom back into the ’90s with a Halloween-themed episode, which was the perfect opportunity to feature Wanda and Vision in their comic book-accurate superhero costumes without looking dated. or silly. Evan Peters’ Pietro Maximoff is also still in town and is part of the family shenanigans, while Tommy and Billy do the traditional trick or treating. But like the previous one WandaVision episodes, not everything was as light and happy as it seemed to be.
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After last week’s big fight, there was a palpable tension between the show’s titular pair, a bit of exposure that Billy shared in various fourth-wall-breaking headlines in the episode. Motivated to help the people of Westview after his revealing run-in with Norm at work, Vision tries to figure out what exactly is going on in the mysterious town. He wandered through his community, leading him to the edge of Wanda’s magical barrier, which he then attempted to break through. Despite being able to partially break through the magical wall, stepping out of it turned out to be gruesome as every step he took outside the protective barrier slowly deteriorated his body.
It was heartbreaking to see Vision keep moving forward as he pleaded for help for the people of Westview as his physical body disintegrated. Had it not been for Wanda’s intervention thanks to a clue from Billy, he probably would have died right then and there as Hayward and SWORD agents watched. Everything proves that Vision is only alive inside Wanda’s magic bubble. As previously revealed in WandaVision, her remains were in SWORD’s possession before Scarlet Witch removed her corpse. According to the CCTV images that were shown, his body was disarmed and barely recognizable. It is worth remembering that Vision, as a synthezoid, was part vibranium and part flesh, the former functioning as his skeleton just like Ultron, while the rest of him was tissue formed by Helen Cho’s cradle of regeneration from Avengers: Age of Ultron. His synthetic meat has already decomposed considering that technically five years have passed since he died in Avengers: Infinity War; this part of him no longer exists outside of Scarlet Witch’s hex barrier.
Darcy actually made a passing comment on this when she hacked into SWORD’s system and monitored what was happening inside Westview from Hayward’s point of view after she, Monica, and Jimmy were kicked out of mainstream operations. Apart from confirming that the organization’s superficial director is tracking Vision with his program by analyzing the “Vibranium decay signature”. This means that while Vision looks like his old self from the Westview broadcast, this is not how he actually appears in the real world. Collectively, it also gives credence to the theory that SWORD are actually the bad guys here. While it is unclear what they were trying to do with Vision’s corpse, exactly, they are likely doing no good, so Scarlet Witch stepped in and saved his remains.
Given this reveal, it’s curious what the future holds for Vision and Scarlet Witch, if there is any. Granted there is a precedence of him being rebuilt in the comics, that would require the help of other MCU geniuses like Bruce Banner and Shuri. Sooner or later, the barrier preserving Scarlet Witch’s fantasy world, where she is still alive, will eventually have to collapse, especially after it was significantly expanded in the latest version. WandaVision episode, making it even more dangerous to the world.
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