Certain names have popped up repeatedly over the primary few episodes of WandaVision, however there’s one group we haven’t mentioned but: A.I.M.
Before diving into this week’s theories, nonetheless, let’s take a second to acknowledge simply the place the present is throughout the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s timeline. Marvel Studios beforehand confirmed that WandaVision occurred simply after Avengers: Endgame, however because of a tragic revelation about Monica Rambeau’s mother, Maria Rambeau, that performs initially of the fourth episode, we all know it’s about three weeks because the blip. (Remember, the “blip” is how they referred to Thanos’ nice snappening, referencing occasions that occurred in Avengers: Infinity War.)
Three weeks is a comparatively contemporary interval for individuals — particularly those that returned to Earth after fading into mud. For Wanda, that’s precisely three weeks since she became mud, got here again to battle Thanos, and apparently moved to New Jersey to begin a brand new life in a fictional city. The final three episodes have centered totally on her perspective, however episode 4 introduces — or, fairly, reintroduces — a few key characters who act like our eyes and ears inside Westview, making an attempt to determine what Wanda’s doing and who’s probably controlling her.
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We’ve talked fairly a bit about Mephisto in these columns, a demonic satan who has deep ties to Wanda, Vision, and the better Marvel universe-at-large. There’s one other idea we’ve to debate as we speak and, whereas I believe it’s much less probably, there are too many prospects to disregard its potential. I’m so excited I get to put in writing these subsequent few phrases: let’s return to Iron Man 3.
Iron Man 3 launched Marvel Cinematic Universe followers to an organization known as Advanced Idea Mechanics, higher often known as A.I.M. Headed by Guy Pearce’s Aldrich Killian within the movie, A.I.M.’s position within the comics is barely totally different, and that’s the place a number of theories lie. In the comics, A.I.M. is a suppose tank of kinds belonging to a number of of the world’s smartest scientists who consider in harnessing and utilizing know-how to amass unspeakable energy. There are three particular causes that some followers consider A.I.M. has ties to WandaVision and, extra importantly, solutions about what these may imply for the present’s huge villain reveal:
- The first look of a bee go well with in WandaVision’s second episode
- Strucker watch
Bees? Beads? Bees!
A person in a beekeeping go well with rising out of a sewer in the course of an empty suburb late at night time could be uncommon in any world, however in Marvel, bee fits are deeply tied to A.I.M. The group’s seemingly disposable henchmen are known as “beekeper guys,” as our sister publication Polygon factors out. A person rising out of a sewer to see what’s occurring with Wanda inside her personal fictional actuality may discuss with a henchman finishing a job for A.I.M. Now, the fourth episode explains his look — he’s a person named Franklin — as an agent of S.W.O.R.D. getting into Wanda’s prism to attempt to make contact with the mutant. Hence the S.W.O.R.D. brand on the again of his go well with — however why does he seem as a beekeeper in Wanda’s universe?
As actress Kathryn Hahn just lately stated in an interview with TVLine, “there are so many layers” to what’s taking place on the present. Agent Franklin may simply be a S.W.O.R.D. lackey despatched in to attempt to get in contact with Wanda. But Marvel additionally has a historical past of organizations being run by shady figures. That’s the place WandaVision’s latest character is available in — Tyler Hayward, appearing director of S.W.O.R.D. Part of it’s my very own intestine feeling of “I don’t trust him” that comes with being a longtime Marvel fan and nonetheless getting unnecessarily offended on the identify Alexander Pierce. Something about this man simply appears off. He’s a Marvel Cinematic Universe unique, too, so there’s no comics priority to tell our hypothesizing.
Could Hayward be a member of A.I.M.? If so, may A.I.M. be utilizing one among their deadliest creations — the Cosmic Cube — to assist warp Wanda’s actuality? That’s the place one among our different connections that would tie A.I.M. to Wanda’s new world is available in.
A.I.M.? Hydra? What?
In the second episode, we get a industrial for a fictional product known as the Strucker watch. The industrial appeared to include Baron Wolfgang von Strucker, a Hydra sleeper agent inside S.H.I.E.L.D. who’s seen holding custody of Wanda and her twin brother Pietro in a Winter Soldier post-credits scene and Age of Ultron’s opening battle. In the comics, Baron von Strucker helped begin A.I.M., utilizing it as a corporation to create top-secret, harmful weapons for Hydra throughout World War II.
Coincidence? Maybe, however that is Marvel Studios. Nothing is ever a coincidence. It’s additionally not like WandaVision is making an attempt to shrink away from its Hydra connections. The third episode accommodates a industrial for Hydra Soak, which is a reference to a blue cleaning soap created by the evil group that’s used to put false reminiscences in individuals’s heads, in line with Agent Coulson in a season 4 episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. If A.I.M. and Hydra are concerned with warping Wanda’s thoughts to create a false actuality, the one purpose to take action is to make use of Wanda till she will change into — or produce — a weapon they want.
Keeping Wanda due to her weapon potential is identical reasoning behind the rather more circulated fan idea about Mephisto being the determine behind Wanda’s present self-imprisonment. It’s nonetheless my most well-liked idea, particularly contemplating that Marvel Comics put Mephisto in a splashy promo for the “next big thing” simply as WandaVision began rolling, as IGN’s Joshua Yehl identified on Twitter.
If Mephisto looks as if the almost certainly candidate for WandaVision’s huge villain reveal (or a minimum of, a part of the villain reveal), it could appear unusual that individuals are nonetheless speaking about A.I.M. That’s the place geometry is available in.
Hexagons for everybody
WandaVision has an affinity for shapes — particularly hexagons.
Variations of A.I.M.’s brand have been designed in a golden hexagon. Remember the “beekeeper” reference? Honeycomb additionally takes the form of a hexagon. Subtly referring to the form all through the collection may trace at A.I.M.’s work at play. Hexagons may simply be a rad form that WandaVision’s workforce is into however, once more, that is Marvel Studios. There are not often coincidences.
Monica Rambeau wears hexagon-shaped earrings within the present’s third episode, for instance. Then the fourth episode 3D renders Wanda’s pretend city, which is within the form of a hexagon. Episodes fade out within the form of hexagons, not circles historically related to older exhibits coming to an finish. Not to say that Jimmy Woo mainly writes down on his big whiteboard of clues “what’s going on with these hexagons?”
The hexagon might be a reference to the variety of factors on the form — six — which can also be the variety of Infinity Stones. (Vision is, after all, successfully powered by the Mind Stone.) Or hexagons might be a refined play on the prefix hex, a Germanic time period meaning witchcraft. Wanda is a witch, and we’re fairly positive her neighbor Agnes is absolutely the traditional witch, Agatha Harkness. Or hexagons may allude to the correlation between the quantity six and the satan (666), which can be a refined nod to Mephisto. There are a whole lot of prospects right here.
What whether it is A.I.M.?
I actually don’t suppose A.I.M. is the large unhealthy, so that is simply enjoyable hypothesis I don’t consider will come true — what if every part is main as much as M.O.D.O.Okay?
By now you could be pondering, “Why are there so many acronyms in Marvel names?” Reader, I’ve the identical query. M.O.D.O.Okay. is fairly nifty, although! M.O.D.O.Okay, which stands for Mechanized Organism Designed Only for Killing, was at one time the chief of A.I.M. He’s the kind of man who can bridge the primary few phases of the Marvel Cinematic Universe with the upcoming cosmic part — to not point out M.O.D.O.Okay. has deep ties to each the Avengers and X-Men universes.
Part of the explanation I’m fairly positive it’s not M.O.D.O.Okay, apart from it probably not lining up, is the shortage of interplay between he and Wanda. Sure, there’s an Avengers vs. X-Men second, however we’re not establishing Avengers vs. X-Men. At least, not but. Whether any of this occurs — or all of it occurs in some capability — is a part of the thriller that makes WandaVision so enjoyable. As weeks go by, we’ll get a clearer reply of simply who’s behind this whole ordeal. Who is aware of? Maybe it was simply Wanda all alongside.