‘WandaVision’ Recap: A Hex Filled Halloween (Episode 6)
What if “The Hex” expanded?! This week the tension between Wanda and Vision hit an all-time high, as the freshly super-powered Maximoff boys got to bond with their Uncle Pietro.
Today, we’re recapping episode six of WandaVision (expect new recaps every week).
*Please note: spoilers for episode 6 of WandaVision below
Episode 6: What Had Happened Was…
Welcome to Hex Halloween featuring frozen neighbors, Speedster silly string, and a full Vision escape attempt. This week’s episode moved into the 90s with a pitch-perfect Malcolm in the Middle parody. The screen time was divided pretty evenly between more plots than any episode to date. Team S.W.O.R.D. continued to make bumbling decisions under Hayward’s leadership, Vision lied to Wanda, Monica’s cells got mixed up and the tiny twins got their comic powers. This series is moving at Quicksilver speeds, but the most important moment this week was either the expansion of The Hex at the end of the episode or Vision’s revelations that led to that moment.
Focusing on Vision, episode six was an eye-opener for our favorite Synthezoid. Under the guise of the “Neighborhood Watch” Vision adventures to the fringes of Westview. On the edge of town, he finds a glitch in the Matri – Hex in the form of lifeless citizens and other residents caught in basic action loops. From there, everything gets stranger after a brief encounter with Agnes. She gives Vision the low down after he wakes her from Wanda’s “Oversight”. Agnes tells Vision that Wanda won’t let them leave, points out that he is an Avenger, and even more troubling, that he died.
All of these horrific revelations push Vision to escape the Hex, not knowing that he will begin to come apart and disintegrate when he leaves the barrier. Billy/Wiccan now fully powered saves his papa by hearing his pain telepathically. The kid has to be pretty powerful to hear his pop’s cries from outside of The Hex. All of these actions culminate in Scarlet Witch flexing her new impressive (omega?) level of power as she grows the Westview anomaly swallowing the majority of the S.W.O.R.D. agents in the process. Wow, what an episode.
MCU Threads & Marvel Connections
Episode six brought with it some classic comics outfits that were equal parts cheesy and awesome. Wanda, Vision, Billy, Tommy, and Uncle Pietro all sported a somewhat cosplay version of their classic comic costumes. If you’ve listened to the Geeks of Color recap podcast this week, we did a deep dive into the mysteries and maybes surrounding Mephisto, and again, we had a character say a line that references the devil and the commercial that hinted at a Devil’s bargain. At this point, with all the hints and winks it would be a real shock if Mephisto wasn’t involved in the show somehow.
In the audio recap, we mentioned that Monica could have health problems but on further inspection, she is most likely referring to her mother’s condition and that battle with cancer. Monica’s cells are in a state of flux. She could be the first mutant of the MCU. Again, Monica is possibly the first mutant in the Marvel Cinematic Universe; this is huge! Wanda is altering reality and her children gained powers, what’s to stop her from giving other people power?
Let’s say in the final fight she is expanding The Hex during a big battle and a large portion of the east coast is “Hex’d” and those people have a chance to become mutants. Historically, Kamala Khan is from New Jersey and The Westview Anomaly is also in New Jersey. While Kamala is an Inhuman in the comics, I could see the MCU interpretation washing away the X-gene and Terrigen Mist qualifiers, and simply calling people powered up by Wanda “The Hexed”. HeX-Men here we come.
Looking ahead the most fun development is Darcy going into The Hex. Here’s hoping she plays a sideways version of her Two Broke Girls character. Some of my wildest dreams include James Spader showing up as Robert California but also as Ultron two weeks from now in a 2010s styled The Office spoof. Getting my hopes up for John Krasinski as the aerospace engineer playing a Jim-ish character that is ultimately Reed Richards is a pipe dream, but it would be amazing. After talking with a friend, his best inside joke would be Jimmy Woo entering The Hex and becoming Jim Halpert (John Krasinski). Yes, it’s impossible but it would be so fun if it happened.
One thing that Marvel has always been great at is pivoting on the fly. Could the newer drafts of Captain Marvel 2 add Darcy and Jimmy? Their fan-favorite performances may have earned them a spot in the sequel. Monica is going to be a major fixture in the follow-up, but come on Kevin, bring her best pals with her.
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P.S. Evan Peters is Mephisto, right? Yes? No? Maybe? The evidence is pretty convincing.