WandaVision theories and Easter eggs: Episode 8 and beyond

WandaVision theories and Easter eggs from episode 8
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Marvel fans can sink their teeth into more WandaVision theories and Easter eggs after episode 8 debuted on Disney Plus. The series has left behind the sitcom homages and transitioned fully into more of an MCU movie feeling. 

As we outline in our WandaVision episode 8 recap, "Previously On" followed up where the last week's episode left off — Agatha Harkness (Kathryn Hahn) revealing herself as a witch to Wanda (Elizabeth Olsen). The new installment delves into Agatha's agenda as well as more of Wanda's back story. And the episode 8 ends with a post-credits scene that sets up what should be an epic finale.

Tom’s Guide is keeping track of all the references to the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the comics in the weekly episodes.

Spoilers ahead for all WandaVision episodes that have been released so far.

New WandaVision theories from episode 8

Episode 8 added quite a few wrinkles to the WandaVision theories floating around.

First, it looks increasingly unlikely that Agnes' oft-mentioned husband Mephisto is revealed as the true villain of the show. There's only one episode left and it's rather late for such a big twist.

Not only that, this week introduced a lot of stuff for fans to think about. For one, it seems that Wanda is the first known mutant in the MCU. The episode retcons the back story of her powers. It turns out she had latent witch abilities — and unknowingly cast a probability hex over the Stark Industries bomb that trapped her and Pietro in Sokovia. During Hydra's experiment, Wanda attracted the Mind Stone from Loki's Scepter; the resulting interaction supercharged her powers.

This represents the MCU/X-Men crossover that fans have been eager to see. At first, the theory was that Evan Peters' Quicksilver was somehow pulled through the multiverse into Westview. But now, we aren't quite sure if "Fake Pietro" (as Agatha calls him) is Quicksilver from the X-Men universe or just a complete fabrication. For all we know, he's a regular guy from the real town of Westview who Agatha manipulates into playing Pietro.

WandaVision episode 8 Easter eggs

Marvel logo: The iconic Marvel logo that shows up at the beginning of the MCU movies (and WandaVision) turns purple for this outing, indicating Agatha is fully in charge.

The Salem Witch Trials: In the show, Agatha is a young witch tried by her own coven in 1693. In the comics, she's ancient and leads the persecution in the trials herself.

Stark Industries bomb: We knew from Avengers: Age of Ultron that Wanda and Pietro were trapped for days after a Stark missile landed in their apartment. It turns out that it never blew up because Wanda weaved a probability hex over it. Still, Wanda decided to get revenge on the bomb's manufacturer, which led to the twins initially fighting against Iron Man and the Avengers. 

Loki's scepter: Wanda's latent mutant powers are enhanced by her exposure to the Mind Stone during Hydra's experiments.

Scarlet Witch: Agatha informs Wanda that she is "capable of spontaneous creation" and practices "chaos magic," then bestows the name Wanda uses in the comics.

White Vision: In the post-credits scene, we see what Tyler Hayward is doing with Vision's android body. The result looks like the Vision from a 1989 comics storyline, where the synthezoid is restored. However, he no longer has emotions and doesn't care about human life.

WandaVision episode 7 Easter eggs

Thanos' snap: The snap that wiped out 50 percent of all life in the universe gets a nod via Wanda's choice of breakfast cereal, Sugar Snaps.

The commercial: This installment's ad is for Nexus, a drug with the side effects of "feeling your feelings, confronting your truth, seizing your destiny, and possibly more depression." Putting aside the jarring timeliness of such a drug during the real-world pandemic, Nexus could refer to the Nexus of All Realities, a cross-dimensional gateway. Or it could refer to the powerful Nexus beings, of which Wanda is one.

Monica's transformation: When Monica crosses the boundary back into the Hex, she seems to undergo some kind of change. Later, during a confrontation with Wanda, Monica's eyes glow blue and she recovers, unhurt, from Wanda throwing her into the air. Her stance mimics that of Iron Man, which hints at her gaining super powers. 

Wandavision episode 7 Monica

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Agnes' basement book: When Wanda discovers Agnes' secret basement, she spies a clearly magical tome. It could a book of dark magic, much like the Book of Cagliostro from Doctor Strange.

Agatha Harkness: Agnes finally reveals herself to be Agatha Harkness, a powerful witch in  the Marvel comics. Her powers appear purple in color, where Wanda's is red.

Mid-credits scene: Episode 7 has WandaVision's first mid- or post-credits scene (in which Pietro surprises Monica), which could indicate the sitcom aspect has concluded and the series is heading into more traditional MCU movie territory.

WandaVision episode 6 Easter eggs

Halloween costumes: Wanda, Vision, Pietro and Billy are all wearing costumes that resemble how they look in the comic books. Tommy, meanwhile, wears a junior version of the Quicksilver outfit but alludes to his eventual role as Speed. Billy's is a version of what he'll don as Wiccan.

WandaVision episode 6 release date and start time

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The commercial: This episode's extremely dark ad touts Yo-Magic yogurt. A cartoon shark gives a boy on a deserted island some yogurt, but the boy can't open it and ends up aging and dying. While the commercial doesn't seem to reference past MCU events, it does seem to indicate that there's a bigger villain (the shark) in the waters of Westview. 

Movie theater marquee: In the town square, Wanda and Pietro pass by the movie theater, which is playing two films — The Incredibles and Parent Trap. Both of them nod at what's going on in the show. The first is about a family of superheroes, while the second revolves around twins switching places (a la New Pietro taking Old Pietro's spot).

Pietro's corpse: While Wanda and Pietro are talking in the town square, she questions him about where he came from and how he got to Westview. When she glances at him, for a moment, he appears as a gray corpse with bullet holes in his chest. Pietro was shot and killed in Avengers: Age of Ultron.

Witchy Agnes: Agnes is sporting a witch costume, which bolsters the theory that she's really Agatha Harkness.

WandaVision episode 5 Easter eggs

The twins' aging: Tommy and Billy have always existed on the fast track (Wanda's pregnancy occurred in mere days), but their sudden aging from babies to 5-year-olds is also a nod at Family Ties. In the sitcom, Andy was born in season 4; he suddenly appeared as a kindergarten-age kid at the start of season 5, with no explanation.

Scarlet Witch: Wanda's superhero name from the comics has not been used in the MCU, which is confirmed by Jimmy Woo in this episode.

Wanda's parents: They get name-checked for the first time in the MCU when they're identified as Irina and Oleg Maximoff. However, in the comics, their names are Marya and Django.

The hex: That's what Darcy Lewis calls the Westview anomaly, because of its hexagonal shape. In the comics, Wanda's powers are sometimes referred to as "hex bolts."

HOM: When Vision folds up his newspaper, the headline shortens to this acronym, which could stand for House of M, a Wanda-centric comics storyline that was also referenced in episode 1.

Lagos: The paper towel commercial is a reference to the city in the opening scene of Captain America: Civil War, in which Wanda prevents Crossbones from detonating a bomb. However, when she diverts its, it still kills some humanitarian workers, which Wanda may still feel guilty about.

The commercial: So far, the episodic commercials are alluding to the Infinity Stones: the toaster (power), the watch (time), the bath powder (space) and the red spill-cleaning paper towels (reality). Still to come: the Mind Stone and Soul Stones.

Captain Marvel: Carol Danvers gets a namecheck. As we know from her standalone movie, she was best friends with Monica Rambeau's mother. However, Monica doesn't seem thrilled with the mention.

Evan Peters as Pietro Maximoff: At the end of the episode, a surprise visitor shows up — Wanda's twin brother. However, he is now played by Evan Peters. In Avengers: Age of Ultron, he was played by Aaron Taylor-Johnson. Peters played a different version of Quicksilver in the X-Men movies. 

WandaVision episode 4 Easter eggs

Monica Rambeau aka Lieutenant Trouble: We knew before the show even premiered that Teyonah Parris had been cast as Monica Rambeau, the grown-up daughter of Maria Rambeau from Captain Marvel. When Parris appeared in episode 2, she introduced herself to Wanda as “Geraldine.” Episode 4 explains how that came to be, opening with a scene featuring audio of Captain Marvel affectionately calling Monica “Lieutenant Trouble.”

Thanos’ snap: That opening scene extends to a depiction of the “Un-Blippening,” when Thanos’ snap from Avengers: Infinity War is reversed and millions of people are brought back from whatever limbo they were in for five years. Monica returns to discover her mother died of cancer midway through the Blip.

S.W.O.R.D.: The logo for the organization has appeared in the first three episodes — on a television monitor, on a toy helicopter, on Geraldine’s necklace. Now, we see the organization in its true form when Monica reports there for duty after she’s un-blipped. In the show/MCU, the acronym stands for the Sentient Weapon Observation Response Division. In the comics, the “W” stands for World and the group monitors alien activity. 

But it seems like the MCU version also deals with aliens, since Acting Director Tyler Hayward notes, “Space is now full of unexpected threats.” S.W.O.R.D. is a family legacy, since Maria “Photon” Rambeau founded the organization. 

That means we're getting a divergence from the agency as it was in the comics, which was started by mutant/alien hybrid Abigail Brand.  And there's a chance that Hayward is not on the level. While there was never a Tyler Hayward in the comics, there was a Brian Hayward who was a part of Hydra's Project Centipede.

FBI Agent Jimmy Woo: Randall Park reprises his role as the agent from 2018’s Ant-Man and the Wasp. He was Scott Lang’s parole officer. And clearly, he was inspired by Scott’s sleight-of-hand card tricks since he learned them for himself in the intervening time.

Dr. Darcy Lewis: Kat Dennings also returns to the MCU. She was last seen as Jane Foster’s intern in 2013’s Thor: Dark World. Looks like she got her doctorate and is now an astrophysicist. She cracks the television signal that clues S.W.O.R.D. into the WandaVision sitcom.

WandaVision episode 3 Easter Eggs

Geraldine: A new face at the committee meeting, Geraldine is more than the friendly, pants-loving neighbor she seems to be. We know that Teyonah Parris plays Monica Rambeau, the adult daughter of Maria Rambeau. We last saw Monica as a little girl in the movie Captain Marvel. But here, she introduces herself (with a slight hesitation) as Geraldine.

Hydra Soak: Another commercial features this Hydra product, which claims to help you “escape to a world all your own, where your problems float away.” Sounds a bit like Westview for Wanda. 

Tommy and Billy: The names for Wanda and Vision’s twins come straight from the comics. Later, when they grow up, they become part of the Young Avengers as Wiccan and Speed.

Pietro Maximoff: Wanda’s twin brother gets his first mention since his death in Avengers: Ultron. The speedster (played by Aaron Taylor-Johnson) died saving Hawkeye. After Wanda gives birth to twin boys, she mentions that she, too, was a twin. 

Geraldine’s necklace: Wanda notices the jewelry has the same S.W.O.R.D. logo as the helicopter. After Geraldine provokes her by asking about Ultron, a menacing Wanda asks, “Who are you?” Later, Geraldine is thrown out of whatever forcefield is around Westview.

WandaVision episode 2 Easter Eggs

Toy helicopter: Wanda finds a toy helicopter in her yard and it’s the one object that appears in color in their black-and-white sitcom life. It bears the S.W.O.R.D. logo.

The radio broadcast: After the committee meeting, Wanda hears a tinny voice on the radio asking, “Who is doing this to you, Wanda?” The voice comes from Randall Park, who played FBI Jimmy Woo in Ant-Man and the Wasp.

The Strucker watch: The name refers to Baron Wolfgang von Strucker, the mastermind of the nefarious organization HYDRA. His experiments gave Wanda and Pietro Maximoff their powers. Strucker uses them to take on the Avengers.

The beekeeper: His uniform has the S.W.O.R.D. logo.

WandaVision episode 1 Easter Eggs

Toastmate 2000: The toaster is made by Stark Industries, which was founded by Tony Stark’s father. The company is also responsible for making the weapons that killed her parents. 

Maison du Mepris: The name of the wine served at dinner with Mr. and Mrs. Hart translates to “House of Contempt.” But more interesting is the “M” on the neck of the bottle. Together, they seem to refer to the “House of M” storyline in the comics, in which Wanda suffers a mental breakdown and alters reality to bring back her lost children.

S.W.O.R.D. logo: After the credits roll on the show-within-a-show, the camera pans out to reveal that it is playing on an old television set. Next to it is a monitor with the S.W.O.R.D. logo. In the comics, S.W.O.R.D. stands for Sentient World Observation Response Division and the organization monitors alien activity.

Kelly Woo
Streaming Editor

Kelly is the streaming channel editor for Tom’s Guide, so basically, she watches TV for a living. Previously, she was a freelance entertainment writer for Yahoo, Vulture, TV Guide and other outlets. When she’s not watching TV and movies for work, she’s watching them for fun, seeing live music, writing songs, knitting and gardening.