That has long been theorized WandaVision is strongly inspired by the House of M comics storyline in which a grief-stricken Scarlet Witch changed reality. Given that the MCU version of the superhero has the same reality-bending power, the obvious conclusion is that Wanda created the fake construction we see in the Disney + series to face Vision’s death. But there is one more, much darker possibility portraying the events of the past episodes – which Wanda did not willingly create the artificial bubble in the very real city of Westview, but someone else is using her powers to control both her and the changing city and is constantly reprogramming the people in it.
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We are still all for the theory that Wanda created an illusion of Vision as they are both connected by the Mind Stone. And yes, she does seem to have some control over what happens (if she turns time around). But as for the rest of the town of Westview and its oddly behaved townspeople, who jump over the decades with the “unusual couple,” it’s increasingly clear that someone else is pulling the strings.
Yes, Wanda may have “created” Vision, but the sitcom reality and the people (who seem to have a somewhat poor sense of what is happening) in it were all formed by a second person who wants Wanda to have children. Even Wanda has forgotten her past and seems to remember it in bits and pieces. Because if our deductions are correct, the third installment of WandaVision may have hinted that while Wanda can create living things, she has can not check them or use their magic in any way}.
But before explaining that last sentence, let’s revisit the events in the three episodes that show that Wanda isn’t the one helping her twisted sitcom reality. There is a second entity that draws on Wanda’s powers to perpetuate the illusion, for when it is distracted, the facade drops and things, like people, begin to “malfunction.”
Mr. Hart and Mrs. Hart
In the first episode, Vision’s boss, Mr. Hart and his wife come to their house for dinner. If it had been a real fake world with Mrs. Hart, Wanda wouldn’t have grilled with questions like when she got married and what she didn’t have children. This proves that while the sitcom reality is made up, the people are very real, at some level they are aware that they are trapped, and know that Wanda is the anomaly.
Ms. Hart’s question deters Wanda, who begins to realize that there is something wrong with the place and the life she leads. She gets distracted, which disrupts her powers used to maintain the illusion – they start to glitch and that’s why Mr. Hart starts to choke. His wife keeps saying “Stop it,” first lightly to her husband, then pleadingly to Wanda, as if she knows her husband is suffocating when she questions the fake reality.
What happens now? Well, Wanda escapes from her anesthetic and asks Vision to help Mr. Hart. We now know that Wanda is more than capable of conjuring things up out of nowhere and making them disappear in this weird world. This yields two possible facts: a) she had Vision help Mr. Hart, meaning the synthezoid is under her command, b) but other people are not under her control, otherwise she could have magically removed everything Mr. Heart choked up as she did for Vision in the second episode. She created him again so that she can control him and use her powers on him. But pseudo-reality is not her creation, and she cannot use her powers on her people who are moved like dolls by someone else.
As for the Harts, they immediately break out of his near-death experience and are instantly cheerful – it’s not like they were forced to act like that, they looked like they immediately forgot what had happened and instead they remembered the last few seconds otherwise. Here’s another odd point to focus on: The couple immediately left, as if at the time there were someone programmed that they had to leave early in case Wanda got stuck at the strange incident because of their presence.
If you’ve watched WandaVision you will diligently find that the strange way in which the above events unfolded is happening again.
Wanda’s interaction with Dottie
Many theories floating around state that Dottie, Westview’s default queen bee, started asking Wanda questions after the outside world managed to break through this fake reality over a radio broadcast for a few seconds. If you believe that too, then watch the episode again because Dottie is starting to act weird before she claims she has “heard things” about the couple and when Wanda tries to assure her she doesn’t want any harm, Dottie insists she doesn’t believe her. Again, Dottie shows a level of awareness, as if she knows something is wrong with Wanda and Vision.
Her aggressive behavior acts as a trigger to confuse Wanda again and just like before, the fake reality doesn’t work well. The outside world, most likely S.W.O.R.D., comes through, Dottie breaks her glass, begins to bleed bright red in the monochrome world, and suddenly fears Wanda. On the other hand, Wanda is too shocked to do harm herself – it’s not that angry-scared combination that she’s later in the episode when she sees the beekeeper and rewinds time. So maybe it’s not her who fries the radio and breaks the moment.
And as it happened with the Harts, Dottie is being reprogrammed – not only has she forgotten those last few weird seconds, but her previous doubts about Wanda have also disappeared. Have you noticed how surprised Wanda is by the sudden change in Dottie’s behavior? Would that be her expression now if she were the one to wipe the slate clean? No.
The Strange Events in Episode 3, “Now in Color”
There is a point in the episode when the couple’s neighbor, Herb, while cutting his bushes, also starts cutting the wall and doesn’t stop, even when Vision points it out to him. We agree that at this point, no one is grilling Wanda with questions or accusations. But she’s going through an insanely accelerated pregnancy with all the painful symptoms all wrapped up in less than 24 hours. So in a sense it is derived.
When Geraldine visits Wanda, we see that the stork she was painting has come to life in her upcoming nursery and is wandering their living room. Wanda tries to make it disappear twice, but each time it shakes off her magic. Not only is this a nod to the fact that Wanda’s magic can create living things (like her twins), but it reaffirms that its powers do not act on living things.
The next time the fictional reality slips away is after Wanda gives an impromptu birth to her twins with Geraldine’s help. When Vision says goodbye to Dr. Nielson, who was supposed to be leaving Westview for a vacation but was taken to help Wanda, the doctor claims he won’t be able to travel because he doesn’t think “we will get away anyway” as they live in a small town that “so hard to … escape.” Ominous? We think so.
This interaction takes place while Wanda is in with Geraldine and suddenly remembers her brother Pietro looking at her twins. The memory is so strong that when she speaks, even her Sokovian accent is back. Again, whoever tapped into her powers cannot use them properly to control the residents of Westview. Therefore, the doctor is reminded that his car broke down because he intended to leave Westview, something the maker of the construct will not allow.
At the same time, while Wanda is otherwise occupied, we see Agnes and Herb whispering about Wanda’s sudden pregnancy and Geraldine’s presence in town. They even warn Vision about her, informing him that Geraldine has no family, no husband and, more importantly, no home in Westview. She’s just … there.
Inside, the moment Wanda is singing to her kids and thinking about her brother is when Geraldine / Monica looks like she’s suddenly escaped from a daydream. She asks about Ultron killing her Pietro, which is a silly question indeed, but it makes sense if Monica is just starting to clear up.
Our theory of how Monica, who is clearly a S.W.O.R.D. agent sent to rescue Wanda, Geraldine, is that the miniature red helicopter we saw in the second episode was actually a real one through which she entered Westview, but the person piloting this fake bubble caused her to crash. And while Wanda’s powers have engulfed the entire city, Monica fell victim to it too, turning into one of the characters of a sitcom. She could only remember part of why she came in before Wanda sent her back to the real world.
But how could Wanda use her powers against Monica?
So far we have only seen Wanda use her magic on two people: Vision and Monica Rambeau. While we’ve explained the former, the reason she was able to kick Monica off is because she didn’t belong to this reality, she’s fair game to Wanda. But others in reality, except Vision, are being used as dolls by someone else and so Wanda cannot control them.
Basically, Wanda can control what Vision remembers because she created it through their shared connection through the Mind Stone. But because she can’t control the people at Westview someone uses her powers to run the show. Although people are somewhat aware of what is happening and sometimes get moments of clarity, this ‘someone’ is constantly reprogramming people to make sure no one lets Wanda remember her past and escape this fake dreamland. You can watch the latest episode of the series in the official Disney + app.