WandaVision is transferring nearer to its endgame, as SWORD clashes with Wanda, Vision continues to query his actuality, and the thriller of who is definitely behind the Westview Hex grows.
But as we get nearer to getting these solutions, WandaVision has additionally began to put the groundwork on this week’s episode for no matter may come subsequent, together with hints at a new era of Marvel superheroes that would pop up in future films and reveals.
[Spoilers ahead for WandaVision’s sixth episode.]
Two of a sort
The present could also be referred to as WandaVision, however taking the highlight on this episode are the couple’s children Billy and Tommy, who leap to the forefront of the early 2000s Malcolm in the Middle-style sitcom of the week.
The twins — born only a few episodes in the past — have already aged into preteens and are beginning to exhibit their very own powers that match their comics counterparts, Wiccan and Speed.
The comics historical past of Wanda and Vision’s children is a posh one, to say the least. As my colleague Julia has alluded to in earlier editions of this column, Billy and Tommy have been initially magical constructs that Wanda managed to deliver to life (by means of an advanced plotline involving fragments of the soul of Mephisto, the Marvel equal of Satan).
While these construct-children have been ultimately reabsorbed into Mephisto, Billy and Tommy ultimately would return in later comics as members of the Young Avengers. But they weren’t fairly the identical iterations of the characters. Rather, they have been “reincarnated” variations: William Kaplan, who adopts the identify Wiccan and wields magical powers much like Wanda, and Thomas Shepherd, who bears related velocity powers as Pietro. (He goes by the reasonably authentic hero identify of “Speed.”)
It’s these variations of the characters that WandaVision is starting to allude to with its newest episode. Billy’s Halloween costume is a useless ringer for Wiccan’s comedian apparel, whereas Tommy’s Quicksilver-like quickness matches the talents of Speed. Billy’s visions at the finish of the episode seem like hinting at his personal magical talents, too.
That leaves one of the greatest questions surrounding WandaVision, although: are Tommy and Billy actual?
For the children?
The reply might lie in a single of the subtler reveals on this week’s episode: what precisely is going on to the a whole lot of inhabitants of Westview when Wanda shouldn’t be round, and — as Vision highlighted final week — the place are all the children?
It’s the recast Pietro (who, noticeably, appears to be suspiciously extra conscious of Wanda’s impact on the city than virtually anybody else) who supplies the reply. Whether consciously or not, Wanda was working to attenuate her rewriting of the city’s inhabitants and the trauma it causes. The city residents’ lives nonetheless broadly resemble their very own, with the children stored out of the image till they’re wanted. When Wanda and Vision aren’t round, everybody simply kind of… stops.
But given what we all know of the Hex’s means to rewrite actuality for anybody who enters, it’s attainable that Billy and Tommy aren’t simply magical conjurings — they is likely to be actual children who’ve been recast as Wanda and Vision’s children, much like the reincarnated variations of the characters in the comics.
But if Billy and Tommy are simply extraordinary Westview children, the place does their magic and velocity come from?
WandaVision might have a solution to that query, although, by means of its hinting at the comedian guide future of Monica Rambeau.
In the comics, Monica Rambeau isn’t simply the daughter of Captain Marvel’s finest pal; she’s a superhero in her personal proper, who good points energy-based superpowers as Spectrum after being uncovered to extra-dimensional vitality. It’s the same origin to the lab outcomes that Darcy reveals on this week’s episode, the place Monica’s cells have begun to alter on a molecular stage as the solely particular person to face repeated publicity to the Hex’s vitality area.
We already know that Wanda and Pietro’s powers got here from publicity to the Mind Stone, and that Wanda herself has energy sufficient to rival one of the Infinity Stones at this level. It’s not so exhausting to make the leap that Wanda’s personal magical vitality may confer superpowers of her personal — powers that might be infusing Monica Rambeau and Billy and Tommy, sowing the seeds for a new wave of Marvel heroes.