Episode 6 of WandaVision was released today on Disney+, following on from the shock ending to episode 5 last week. You can read my thoughts on the previous episodes here or continue reading for my thoughts on episode 6. Be warned – spoilers below!
After the surprise introduction of Pietro (Quicksilver) at the end of episode 5, it didn’t take long for him to settle into family life with Wanda, Vision and the twins. I actually really like Evan Peters as Pietro, he’s funny, charismatic and fits the role well. He immediately strikes up a great, natural relationship with the twins too, which is somewhat bitter sweet as under the huge charade, Wanda ultimately just wants a happy family life, but deep down knows this can’t last forever.
I’ve mentioned Mephisto a few times in previous episode roundups, we’ve had a few hints here and there but I think episode 6 gives us some of the biggest clues yet! We’re yet to understand how Pietro came to Westview, Wanda appeared shocked upon his entrance plus there is the question into why he has been ‘recast’. Pietro makes a few comments within the episode which make me think he may be Mephisto in disguise.
When Vision says he is going to patrol the streets with the neighbourhood watch rather than go trick or treating with the twins, Pietro offers to ‘step in as a father figure’. In the comics, Wanda becomes pregnant with the twins using slivers of Mephisto’s life essence, essentially meaning Billy and Tommy are part ‘devil’. Could Pietro acting as father figure for the twins be an indication he is in fact Mephisto? Later on in the episode when the twins go off trick or treating, Pietro shouts after them “unleash hell demon spawn”, which is a pretty on the nose reference!
We’re edging ever closer to the ‘twenties’ in terms of the style and aesthetic of the show and this week Westview is set in a late 90s/early noughties style. The title sequence to episode 5 is in a similar style to Malcolm in the Middle and likewise the opening 5 minutes with Billy and Tommy it was reminiscent of early noughties sitcoms – I don’t know why but I got major Even Stevens vibes!
One easter eggs which I really loved was the movie theatre in the background of Wanda and Pietro walking through Westview, with the movie showings of The Incredibles and The Parent Trap. These are films which came out in the late 90s and early noughties which coincide with the décor of the episode. The names of the films are shown below the ‘CORONET’ sign and we can just about see the posters for each film on display too.
I think the choice of the two films is an easter egg within itself, The Incredibles is a story based on a superhero family trying to blend in to normal everyday life and The Parent Trap, a story of children attempting to bring distant parents together – potentially bringing together Mephisto and Wanda? I also love the idea that within the MCU, people are aware of Disney films!
Every episode so far, bar episode 4, we’ve had commercials appearing capturing moments of Wanda’s past trauma and episode 6 is no different. This week we have a super creepy Claymation advert in the form of Yo-Magic, the “snack for survivors”. This advert is a little harder to link to Wanda’s trauma, but my interpretation of it links to how Wanda and Pietro gained their powers; if we think back to Age of Ultron and Ultron saying “I wondered why only you two survived Strucker’s experiments. Now I don’t.”. Also, I believe Strucker did also say there were multiple subjects that Hydra experimented on, but only Wanda and Pietro survived.
Outside of the hex, Darcy discovers that Monica’s cells have been twice rewritten as a result of going through the hex. This is huge and nothing like we have ever seen before within the MCU and is no doubt going to have major side effects. Could this be how mutants are introduced into the MCU? By definition, a mutant in the Marvel Comics is a ‘human being that possesses a genetic trait called the X-gene’, which would tie in with Darcy saying that Monica’s cells have been rewritten on a molecular level. If this is the case, what does this mean for Monica? What does this mean for everyone else that has entered the hex?
There is still so much more to digest from that episode and all through the season it has felt as though the tension has been building and building. Given the way episode 6 ended, I’m excited to find out what’s going to happen to everyone who has been encapsulated by the hex, will they attempt to escape? Will Wanda take control over them? What will happen to Vision now? Also, who is Monica’s contact that they have been building up to meet? I can’t wait to find out – next Friday seems so far away!