WandaVision, being heavily inspired by sitcom culture, features commercials too. But these are not random commercials. These in-show commercials are heavily connected to the show and the characters as well. One such commercial was in episode 6 as well. Episode 6 features the show’s creepiest commercial yet, in which a child starves to death while trying and failing to open a pot of “Yo-Magic” yogurt. While previous commercials have been straightforward references to suppressed trauma from Wand’s past, the Yo-Magic commercial also seems to include some hints about her present life in Westview – and what the future could hold.
In episode 5 there was a grim nod to Scarlet Witch accidentally blowing up the side of a building in Lagos, which kicked off the main conflict of Captain America: Civil War. Though she’s aware that she’s controlling her new reality, Wanda has suppressed memories of her life before Westview, and cannot remember how the Hex was first created. If the Yo-Magic commercial is a manifestation of more recent memories, it could be a hint at what’s really going on. Now that we have witnessed Disney’s acquisition of 20th Century Fox, the X-Men movie rights are now back with Marvel Studios, and mutants are expected to be incorporated into the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
WandaVision episode 6 has to be the only episode with the creepiest commercial there is in the entire WandaVision series. showing a shark jumping out of the ocean with a container of deadly yogurt. The advert is completely grim all around, as a kid happens to be the one stranded on the island, and is the one hoping to receive enough sustenance from the yogurt. Only he couldn’t get it open, and withered away from us in front of our very eyes — rotten down to his skeleton in a matter of seconds.
As Daily Distraction host Chris Killian points out, there are a few connections between the shark and Quicksilver (Evan Peters) that may be more than just a little coincidental.
Guys, I hate to be the bearer of bad news but Evan Peters is definitely the shark #Wandavision
Now the real question – is he Mephisto or Nightmare? pic.twitter.com/R8JnyCyPzP
— Chris Killian (@chriskillian) February 13, 2021
What’s interesting here is that the shark specifically points out he’s eaten some of the Yo-Magic yogurt being hawked in the commercial. Even then, he lets the kid die just because he isn’t able to open it up. Worse yet, the commercial ends with an ominous tagline suggesting Yo-Magic Yogurt is only for survivors. Coincidentally enough, both Quicksilver and the shark manage to say “little dude” at different points in the show — each carrying a certain sense of “The Dude” vibes. Better yet, the shark just so happens to be the same colors as Quicksilver’s iconic suit.
The shark undeniably admits to snacking on the “magical” yogurt, and as revealed in WandaVision, Pietro most certainly knows more about WandaWorld than most other characters involved. Because of that, perhaps the commercial is the one thing that reveals Pietro is the puppetmaster behind this all. The child in the Yo-Magic commercial being handed a pot of “Yo-Magic” and struggling to break the seal on it also fits with this theme. If the malevolent-looking shark represents Von Strucker, then the name of the product indicates that what Hydra gave to Wanda was actually her own latent magic.
The dark ending of WandaVision’s Yo-Magic commercial is also linked to the trauma of Wanda’s past and the deaths of her loved ones. When Wanda and Pietro’s childhood home was collapsed by a Stark Industries bomb, the twins were left trapped under the rubble for two days, staring death (in the form of a second, unexploded bomb) in the face. Though Wanda survived, she experienced the trauma of being stuck and helpless, without food or water. And even when she got her magic powers, which she hoped would ensure she’d never be so helpless again, she was unable to prevent Pietro’s death at the end of Avengers: Age of Ultron.
The decidedly creepy-looking shark in the Yo-Magic commercial tells the starving child that he has survived by “snacking on Yo-Magic.” This, combined with the disturbing image of the child withering away to a skeleton, suggests that something is drawing on Wanda’s magic. The Hex may actually be a kind of giant magical battery, designed for Mephisto to siphon off Wanda’s powers while also keeping her placated. If the other commercials are manifestations of Wanda’s suppressed memories, the shark in the Yo-Magic commercial could be her mind’s way of remembering the role Mephisto has played. With only three episodes left of WandaVision, the show is getting ever-closer to revealing what’s really going on in Westview – and perhaps revealing the true villain behind it all.
WandaVision is currently streaming on Disney+, with three more episodes to go. Now that we are reaching the climax of the show, we can expect a huge plot twist and introduction of the main villain as well.