WandaVision is through with its 5 episodes out of 9 and things have started to manifest as we all wished for. The first two episodes focused on setting the tone for WandaVision and their altered reality in Westview. This was really necessary because until episode 5 people thought that Wanda is controlling the entire reality, which is true, but episode 5 clearly told us that now, she doesn’t have complete control over the reality that she once created.
As WandaVision proceeds to dive deeper into Wanda’s shenanigans, we see that Wanda is now shaping up to be the show’s primary antagonist, at least for now. That much was made even more apparent by the latest episode of the series, as Wanda shows SWORD just how powerful she can be. In the episode, acting SWORD director Tyler Hayward (Josh Stamberg) orders SWORD agents to use a drone to shoot Maximoff. The only problem is, she foils their plot completely. She then exits WandaWorld and confronts Hayward and his agents directly, and it’s here where she pulls a move similar to what we’ve seen from Magneto a few times.
Maximoff then uses her hypnosis to sway the SWORD agents into pointing their guns directly at their boss. If you think back to X-Men, Ian McKellen’s Magneto pulled a similar move and used his powers to turn the firearms of police officers against the peacekeepers. More recently, Michael Fassbender’s version of the iconic Marvel villain had a similar moment in X-Men: Dark Phoenix. Of course, there’s no direct reference to Magneto. In fact, the episode makes sure to note the names of Wanda and Pietro’s parents were Oleg and Irina Maximoff. The two were killed by mortar shells made by Stark Industries, an event Wanda’s still grappling with some 26 years after the fact.
But we have all seen how the concept of ‘Multiverse’ is now very much possible, all thanks to WandaVision. We saw Evan Peters from X-Men: Dark Phoenix reprising his role as Quicksilver, and make a cameo at the end of WandaVision’s episode 5. And for a fact, I can vouch that this very moment has changed the Marvel Cinematic Universe forever. Maybe we’ll get Magneto eventually; there are, after all, still four episodes left to go.
In an alternate reality, Magneto is ruling the world with his mutants rather than being an oppressed race of humans with amplified strengths. But when Magneto realizes that all this is nothing but a fake reality concept, and all this was Quicksilver’s plan, he sets himself into an uncontrollable rage and kills Pietro. This sets off Wanda so much that she turns against her father because he always chose the mutant kind over his own family. With this, she decides to end what her father loves the most with only three words, “No more mutants.” In a split second, Wanda simultaneously resets reality back to “normal” and wipes out 98% of the world’s mutant population by rendering them powerless in an event that came to be known as the Decimation.
For a long time, the comic book versions of Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver believed that their parents were Django and Marya Maximoff, two gypsies who lived in Eastern Europe. In the 1980s, the twins were told that they were in fact the children of their foe and former leader, Magneto. He too was unaware of this for a long time. Apparently, he became separated from his lover years ago, who gave birth to Wanda and Pietro on the peak of Mount Wundagore. In the 2010s, Marvel Comics retconned this out of continuity by having them find out that they really were the Maximoffs’ kids all along.
She may not be receptive to SWORD’s attempts to stop her but could have an interesting reaction to Magneto if he were to appear. The shock of seeing him and having a father in her life again could be enough to get Scarlet Witch back to reality. It will be really exciting to see Magneto share the same screen as Wanda, and more than that be her father and save her. I mean, the confrontation alone will be legendary and we will finally get to see Mutants make their way into the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
WandaVision is currently streaming on Disney+. The show has currently put out a total of 5 episodes, with four more to go. SO get yourself a subscription to Disney+ already!