Shit has well and truly hit the fan on WandaVision. Following last week’s shocking cliffhanger ending, where we were introduced to the recast Pietro (as portrayed by Evan Peters), we are now in a Malcolm in the Middle–style sitcom, and it is Halloween in Westview.
The episode makes great use of the unique style of Malcolm in the Middle and gives some great material for Tommy and Billy to work with, as we see them breaking the fourth wall and talking to the audience, much like Malcolm would do. While Malcolm in the Middle was an overall positive-vibe show, this episode is utterly fuelled by an undercurrent of dread. This reality that Wanda has been happily living in is falling apart at the seems and it seems to have devastating implications ahead.
Wanda had planned for the family to go trick-or-treating together but Vision decides to go off script, claiming he is going to be part of the neighbourhood watch. Wanda knows this isn’t the plan but she loves Vision and doesn’t want to fight with him; so she leaves him to his own devices. This, of course, does not go to plan, as Vision discovers that the closer to the outskirts of town he goes. He finds that all the residents are frozen in place as if, when they are not part of the story, they are simply waiting until it is their turn to be part of the show.
Vision gets to the outskirts of town and finds Agnes frozen behind the wheel of her car. This seems to throw into question whether there is more to Agnes than we had thought, as this seems to imply she is another victim of Wanda’s and not some greater being at play. She asks Vision if she is dead because he is. This all throws everything into question for him and he defiantly decides to make his way out of Westview.
Meanwhile, the S.W.O.R.D. agents outside have decided it’s time to go the nuclear option and enact a full frontal assault on the Westview anomaly and take Wanda out. This doesn’t sit well with Monica Rambeau, Jimmy Woo, and Darcy Lewis, who have become quite the rad trio. Haywood orders them removed from the location when Rambeau declares, “If Wanda is the problem then she needs to be our solution,” which is an idea Haywood doesn’t quite like. He says to Monica that she doesn’t know the struggle of those who had to live through the five years of the Blip—and the apparent resentment many of them now bare towards “super-powered individuals”.
Monica and company manage to escape from the S.W.O.R.D. agents, and we learn, through some keen hacking by Darcy, that Haywood is tracking Vision with hopes of “reacquiring his asset”. This certainly makes things interesting, and one has to wonder what experiments had been done (by S.W.O.R.D.) on Vision during the five-year time skip. We also learn that having been in the Hex is causing Monica’s DNA and cells to change. Something that she brushes off. This leaves me to wonder if we might be seeing the introduction of Mutants into the MCU here. Could Wanda’s Hex be causing the DNA of these humans to mutate? What if we have a reverse–“House of M” situation where instead of removing all Mutants, Wanda actually creates them—possibly extending her Hex across the entire planet, even? Regardless, Monica and Jimmy decide they need to bring in her “aerospace engineer” friend to help with this situation. Could this be Reed Richards?
Back inside the Hex, Pietro and Wanda are having an interesting conversation—with Pietro clearly knowing a lot about what is going on here. He does not appear to be under Wanda’s influence and even compliments her work on the Hex and the town of Westview. I am pretty much convinced that this Evan Peters–version of the character is none other than Mephisto. He has made countless remarks that seem to indicate as such. For example, in this episode alone he calls the kids “demon spawn”, says Westview is “as charming as hell”, and describes himself as “devilish”.
While they are having this conversation (with Pietro just generally saying a bunch of weird shit), Vision breaks out of the Hex and it becomes very clear that he cannot survive outside of it—as he is slowly dying the minute he walks out of it. Vision begs the S.W.O.R.D. agents to help the people inside of Westview. It’s at this moment that one of Wanda’s children, I can’t remember which one, telepathically hears Vision’s painful pleas and informs Wanda. Acting immediately, she begins to expand the Hex to massive proportions. Haywood and the other S.W.O.R.D. agents begin to flee, but many are caught in the Hex and immediately transformed into clowns at a circus. Vision is safely back inside the Hex, but he now knows the truth of the situation. It’s also worth mentioning that Darcy was also trapped in the Hex during this expansion, along with presumably thousands of others nearby.
Overall, this has got to be the most insane episode of WandaVision yet and there are many curious questions left here. Who is Pietro really? Is Agnes really just a normal citizen of Westview? Who is the “aerospace engineer” friend of Monica Rambeau, and who is the supposed person that Jimmy Woo had in witness protection in Westview? There are so many questions here and, as we barrel ahead into the final three episodes of the series, I can’t wait to see how it all unfolds.