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Easter Eggs And Important Moments In WandaVision Episode 8, 'Previously On..'

The Scarlet Witch arrives.

By Kristy AndersonPublished 3 years ago 5 min read
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WARNING: SPOILERS for WandaVision episode 8, 'Previously On..'

The sitcom is well and truly over in WandaVision's penultimate episode, 'Previously On..'. After episode 7's big reveal that all the issues in Wanda's idyllic sitcom world were actually the work of Agatha Harkness, Episode 8 begins with Agatha holding Tommy and Billy hostage, forcing Wanda on a trip back through some of her most painful memories in an effort to determine how exactly she started the Westview anomaly.

Here are all the Easter Eggs and Important moments from WandaVision episode 8, 'Previously on..'

Agatha's Past

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While the episode mostly focuses on Wanda's past, 'Previously On..' opens with a flashback to the past of our new villain/possible future anti-hero Agatha Harkness. In Salem, the year 1693, young Agatha is put on trial by her coven, including her own Mother, for using dark magic and seeking power and knowledge deemed above her.

Agatha claims this was unintentional, that the rules simply bent in the face of her power, and what she really needs is someone to teach her control. As the coven attempts to execute Agatha, she drains them all of their magic and life force, and when a final plea to her Mother falls on deaf ears, drains her as well. Whether this was something Agatha actually wanted to do, or an act of desperation, is not entirely clear. One of the big takeaways from the scene is that the MCU's Agatha, like her comic book counterpart, is hundreds of years old, making her one of the most experienced surviving magic users in the Marvel universe.

Some fans theorise that Agatha may eventually decide to be the teacher to Wanda that the never had herself, thereby mirroring her role in the comics.

Agatha wants to know how Wanda created the Hex.

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As it turns out, Agatha was not responsible for the Hex on Westview. However, she is responsible for engineering the various 'plot twists' in Wanda's sitcom episodes, such as Wanda mistaking the heart on the calendar for her and Vision's anniversary in episode one, Wanda's clash with Dottie in episode 2, and perhaps most notably, the death of Sparky and arrival of fake Pietro in episode 5.

Agatha did all this in the hope of luring out the real Wanda, to discover exactly how she created the Hex. Since Wanda genuinely cannot remember, Agatha is forced to take other measures, resulting in a trip through Wanda's memories.

Wanda had some magical ability even as a child.

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The story of the bombing that killed Wanda and Pietro's parents, and left the young twins trapped in the rubble, was first told back in Avengers: Age Of Ultron. In 'Previously On..' we get to see the events first hand, and it's an even bigger moment than we thought.

Wanda had always believed that the second bomb never went off because it was defective. However, the light on the bomb is flashing, revealing that it was in fact active. Agatha, also watching the memory unfold, reveals that Wanda herself was responsible for the bomb failing to go off, as she had cast a Probability Hex.

In the comics, the ability to affect probability is one of Wanda's most well-known powers.

The Mind Stone unlocked Wanda's latent magical ability.

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Next, we moved onto Wanda's time as a test subject for HYDRA. As it turns out, Wanda was the first subject to survive the experiment. While the other subjects were presumably killed upon contact with the Mind Stone, the Stone chooses to reveal itself to Wanda. Rather than giving her her powers, as had been stated up until this point, it seems that the stone simply enhanced subtle abilities that Wanda already had.

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In an exciting moment for fans, during her contact with the stone, Wanda experiences a vision of what appears to be her future self, as the Scarlet Witch.

Wanda did not steal Vision's body

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We move closer to the beginning of the Westview anomaly with Wanda's visit to the S.W.O.R.D facility. Back in episode 5, 'On A Very Special Episode', Tyler Hayward showed his co-workers surveillance footage claiming that Wanda stormed S.W.O.R.D and stole Vision's body. 'Previously On..' reveals that Hayward's version of events is not even close to what actually happened.

While Wanda did go to the facility, she was only there as Vision's next of kin, in he hopes of retrieving his body to give him a proper burial. When Hayward refuses to give the body up, Wanda does break into the lab, but she does so only to say a proper goodbye to Vision. After confirming that Vision is truly gone, Wanda leaves the facility peacefully.

"I can't feel you.."

Hayward, it seems, later doctored the footage of Wanda's visit to make it appear that she behaved violently, manipulating the Westview situation for his own purposes.

The Hex was born from Wanda's grief

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After leaving S.W.O.R.D, Wanda, following a paper trail left to her as Vision's next of kin, heads to Westview. She discovers that Vision had purchased a plot of land, hoping to build a house where the two of them could live together.

'To grow old in. V'

Overwhelmed with grief at the loss of Vision, and the future they never got the chance to have, Wanda inadvertently unleashes her power over Westview, creating the anomaly, and a brand new Vision with it.

That the anomaly becomes a sitcom reflects the fact that sitcoms were often Wanda's happy place, acting as a comfort to her during difficult times.

The Birth of The Scarlet Witch

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With that final memory, Agatha gets her answers, and, still holding Tommy and Billy hostage, reveals the truth to Wanda as well. Disdainful of how Wanda has used her powers, Agatha claims that abilities such as Wanda's, ie, spontaneus creation that allowed her to recreate Vision and birth the twins, is supposed to be a myth. Someone as powerful as Wanda is dangerous.

"This is chaos magic, Wanda. And that makes you The Scarlet Witch."

Fans of the comics were understandably excited to hear Wanda be referred to as The Scarlet Witch for the first time in the MCU. However, her powers being named as chaos magic is just as big a reveal. In the comics, Chaos Magic encompasses spells that can warp, manipulate, or reconstruct reality. And they can, in fact, be dangerous, a notable example being the famous Scarlet Witch comic story House Of M, which ends with Wanda depowering a large percentage of the world's mutants.

White Vision

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The mid-credits scene of 'Previously On..' reveals that Vision's original body is still in the custody of S.W.O.R.D. Hayward, desperate for a sentient weapon of his own, has had it reconstructed, and with the use of some of Wanda's powers, taken from the missile she stopped in episode 5, they are able to awaken this new Vision.

It's hard to say exactly how this will go. During this story arc in the comics, White Vision, while not exactly evil, lacks the emotions and empathy of the original Vision.

One thing's for sure, we'll be in for a wild ride when WandaVision's finale drops next week.


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