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All The Plausible Theories That Try To Make Sense Of 'WandaVision'

We did a little bit of digging to come up with the most interesting and plausible theories as we prepare ourselves (and our brains) for 'WandaVision' episode 3

WandaVision opened to a blockbuster opening last week, with a 97% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. This makes the new series the highest rated project within the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU).

While it was fun and exciting to watch, it was equally confusing and controversial. We have yet to figure out what is with all the black-and-white sitcom feels, what’s up with the Easter Eggs (if you caught them at all), and what universe are we actually in—but, we’re definitely chin deep in fan theories.

One of our regular exercises right before and after watching such a well thought-out and mysterious show like WandaVision is to scour the internet for answers. Thanks to loyal Marvel comics fans and speculating geeks over at Reddit, we get to have some semblance of understanding of what the people behind WandaVision are trying to build.

So, to prepare you for tomorrow’s new episode and as a sort of a recap of the first two episodes, here are some the most plausible and interesting theories we’ve seen across the internet that tried to make sense of what WandaVision is all about.

Warning! Spoilers ahead.

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Wanda has created a pocket reality bubble over a real town and SWORD is trying to prevent the bubble from growing and overtaking the whole world

If we tie the elements that we’ve seen in episode 1 and 2 with what we’ve seen so far in the trailer, we see that the world where Wanda is in might not just be some metaphysical world—it may actually be set in the real world, inside a time bubble that she created.

This theory was pointed out by u/SingleDadGamer at the Fan Theories subreddit. As Wanda’s way of coping with Vision’s death, she might have created this perfect world for her and Vision, using real people in a real town as her play dolls. What SWORD is doing is monitoring her so that her bubble doesn’t grow and eat up more of the real world. They may also be trying to convince her to stop her world-altering magic through the small items Wanda sees inside the world like the helicopter emblazed with the SWORD logo. Fans theorize that this helicopter is actually a real-sized helicopter sent in by SWORD to rescue some of the townsfolk, but somehow was turned into a toy helicopter when it penetrated Wanda’s reality-altering bubble.

For those who are not familiar with SWORD, it stands for Sentient Weapon Observation and Response Division and is loosely like the space-equivalent of SHIELD. They may be trying to stop Wanda from letting her little pocket of reality eat up more of the real world, but they’re doing it very gently because aggravating her even further might cause even more world-altering destruction.

WandaVision is a loose recreation of the comics arc, House of M

House of M is a storyline released by Marvel Comics in 2005, where an insane Scarlet Witch breaks down after she loses her two children—Billy and Tommy. What’s interesting about these children is that they’re unknowingly made from Mephisto’s disassembled soul so when Mephisto (a perennial villain in the Marvel Universe) is reassembled, she loses her twins. Wanda’s witch mentor, Agatha Harkness, then wipes her memory of having children to try and prevent her from spiraling into grief, but this somehow backfires when those memories resurface years later, where Wanda then attempts to recreate the universe.  

This is a very interesting take since the line “For the children” is eerily repeated all throughout episode 2. Episode 2 also ends with her getting pregnant, so it may seem like Wanda might also be creating this world to give a chance for herself to not just stay with Vision, but also bring back her kids to life.

The fake commercials signify Wanda’s most traumatizing memories

The first ad from episode was for the Stark ToastMate 2000, which had that ominous red light flickering as the couple waits patiently for their toast—the first splash of color we see in the series.

According to the theory by Screenrant, the couple in this ad is actually the parents of Wanda and Pietro (her brother, Silversurfer). The fact that the ToastMate is labeled 2000 could allude to the fact that their parents died in the year 2000, before the events of Age of Ultron. The red light also stands for the Stark bomb that detonated and killed Sokovia. It’s worth mentioning that the bombing of Sokovia, Wanda’s home, happened in pre-Iron Man time when Stark Industries was still a weapons manufacturing company, who supplied dangerous weapons to terrorists all over the world.

The second commercial is a bit more obvious, because the watch bore the word “Strucker.” Wolfgang Von Strucker was notoriously the man who “created” Scarlet Witch and Silversurfer, after torturing and manipulating them when they were young with the Mind Stone. The commercial’s tagline, “Strucker: He'll make time for you,” was a very dark allusion to this.

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Agnes is actually Agatha Harkness

So there are many clues that point that Agnes—Wanda and Vision’s “helpful” neighbor in WandaVision—is actually Agatha Harkness, the powerful witch mentor of Wanda in the comics. First, is the name of course, since Agnes looks like a shortened version of AGatha HarkNESs. Secondly, Agnes casually mentions that her wedding anniversary is on June 2. And this is quite significant because June 2 was the date of the Salem Witch Trials in 1692, and Agatha was sort of a member of New Salem according to Marvel. Thirdly, Agnes wears a broach throughout the two episodes, which is a prominent feature in Agatha Harkness’ costume design.

The Agnes in the WandaVision world also looks like she has some sort of consciousness, compared to the other characters in that world. In the trailer, we see Agnes being “revived” by Vision when she passes out in her car, asking “Am I dead?” When Vision wonders why she would ask that, she adds, “Because you are.” It looks like Agnes knows what’s going on inside Wanda’s world—which is not surprising if she is indeed Agatha, because she could be very powerful knowing that she was a mentor to Wanda.

Wanda is inside Doctor Strange’s world

This theory is courtesy of u/TheMediocreCritic over at the Fan Theories subreddit, and claims that an unconscious Wanda is actually being led through the five stages of grief by Doctor Strange to prevent her extreme powers from damaging the fabric of reality.

According to this theory, each episode or pair of episodes will be about one stage of grief. The first two are about denial and Doctor Strange helps Wanda deny the truth about Vision’s death. Doctor Strange is doing this because Wanda is so powerful that even though she is unconscious and unaware, her grief creates real-world consequences, fracturing reality and opening up the Multiverse of Madness.

This a very interesting theory since Marvel's own Kevin Feige revealed at Comic-Con 2019 that the Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness movie will have direct ties to the WandaVision series and the events of WandaVision will actually lead to the Doctor Strange sequel, scheduled for release in May 2022.

This speculation is also grounded in that scene when we hear someone on the radio on episode 2 asking Wanda: “Who’s doing this to you, Wanda?” This alludes that maybe Wanda is not entirely in control of this world.

Which of these theories appeal the most to you and what are your own thoughts on the series so far? Are you excited yet for episode 3 of WandaVision? Because we know we are!