WandaVision Episode 2: Marvel Villains, MCU, & Comic Details Revealed
By: Domonique Cox-Salberg
We’re going to jump right into the most crucial references, clues, inspiration, and nods to the MCU, Marvel comics, and more found throughout the second episode of WandaVision.
1.) A Bump in The Night/Villain Touchdown?
Opening with a bump in the night, we never see what it actually was. However, Vision does say he overheard his coworkers talking about unsavory characters settling in the neighborhood, suggesting that Westview is now feeling threatened by outsiders, likely the forces of SWORD, HYDRA, or secret agent trying to infiltrate Wanda’s reality.
2.) A Bewitched Opening/Help Me, Wanda
The animated opening is almost straight from the Bewitched intro in look; only the animation details are Wanda and Vision themed and hinted at so much more. The song’s melody is similar to a shortened version of a song featured later in the episode. It turns out to be The Beach Boys song “Help me, Rhonda” as it plays static on the radio in a way to make it sound like “Help me, Wanda.” Fittingly what follows is Wanda helping Vision through the magic show, Dottie, and saving her fragile world (for now) from a potential threat, the beekeeper, when she says “No.” and rewinding to a safer time.
• Welcome to Westview Sign
The sign reads HOME: IT’S WHERE YOU MAKE IT. An interesting reflection of the way Wanda is literally with her mind constructing a home and world.
• Simpsons Crawl Space Gag
Later in the animation, Vision is seen floating their house like a Simpsons crawl space gag by showing the horrors between the floors, such as a few bones and a four-pronged helmet, which looks like the headpiece of the Marvel villain, Grim Reaper. An enemy of the Avengers, Grim Reaper comes from a Vision comic involving transferred consciousness that would perfectly tie into the false reality premise of WandaVision.
3.) Rehearsing Magic Act/Zarkovs
Illusion and glamour are a nod to the stage names of the Zarkov’s who live in Leonia, New Jersey, with Wanda and Vision in their 12-issue comic in the 80s. They start as enemies but later end up protecting them.
4.) Wall Art/HYDRA
The patterns on Wanda and Vision wall show it to be the HYDRA lab base where Wanda and her brother were experimented on in Sokovia in Age of Ultron, suggesting all of Westview ties to Wanda’s inner thoughts and memories.
5.) “The devil is in the details, Bev.”
Agnes: “That’s not the only place he is…” WandaVision may introduce Marvels Mephisto, whom Agatha serves in the comics and who is most likely the character Agnes is based on, so it makes sense she would be the one to say it.
6.) Where are the children?
The “For the children” line is used several times throughout the episode and is even chanted at one point, yet there are no children anywhere. In the background, the magician show, and everywhere else, there are no children in this supposedly family town. Instead, I think it is meant to trick Wanda into bringing her children to life, similar to what Mephisto and Agatha do to Wanda in the comics; done to drain Wanda of her chaos magic.
7.) How much does Wanda know?
The poolside scene shows the radio breaking right as Dottie crushes the glass with her hand, but when Dottie walks away, leaving Wanda there, the song resumes, and the radio is back to normal. Dottie’s accident was used to misguide Wanda from listening to the person trying to possibly save her as he says, “Wanda, who’s doing this to you, Wanda?” showing that Wanda is likely being tricked.
8.) Queen Bee
The ending of WandaVision shows a beekeeper (with a SWORD logo) eerily climbing out of the sewer, only to be cast away by Wanda with a simple “no.” It suggests he is the same kind of intruder Monica and the red toy helicopter with the SWORD logo are. However, the beekeeper is also a part of a recurring motif of bees. The first and second episode ends in a hexagonal honeycomb wipe around Wanda and Vision.
So, it makes me wonder if they’re trying to show that Wanda is the queen bee of her quaint Westview beehive because why else would they choose that shape? I guess we will have to keep a lookout for what this motif ultimately means.