WandaVision is unlike anything we have seen in the MCU to date. Starring Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany as Scarlet Witch and Vision. It’s a tribute to classic sitcoms like Bewitched I Love Lucy and The Dick Van Dyke Show.
Set in a strange world where nothing is as it seems. In that weirdness, the first two episodes are going to great lengths to avoid dropping any major clues. Let us take a look at Part of the most subtle MCU easter eggs in the first two episodes of the show.
House Of M Wine Bottle
Scarlet Witch serves up glasses of wine in episode 1 of WandaVision, and it’s really a pretty smart Easter egg. The bottle is called “Maison du Mépris,” and has a distinctive “M” logo; this will also be recognized by comic book readers as an allusion to House of M, a significant occurrence in Marvel Comics in which the mind of Scarlet Witch shattered and truth itself was rewritten. Literally, “Maison du Mépris” also means “House of Misery”.
This is perhaps implying Wanda has snapped at the MCU because she has suffered so much pain. Doctor Strange proposed in the comics that the ability of Scarlet Witch to manipulate reality would ultimately mean that she was unable to communicate with the physical world at all. “Can you understand the delicate mindset of a woman, a person, who has control over reality,” he asked the Avengers in Avengers #503. “It means reality controls her. Imagination becomes the enemy. Structure disappears.” That could well be what is happening in Westview in WandaVision.
Scarlet Witch And Vision Are Being Monitored By Sword
Episode 1 of WandaVision ends with a scene revealing that Westview is being closely controlled and giving a glimpse of the SWORD logo. In Marvel Comics, SWORD is an Earth surveillance agency that defends the world from extraterrestrial threats. A recent WandaVision poster stated that, given a new acronym, they have been revamped a bit for the MCU. They are responsible for tracking and policing superhumans, in other words. The SWORD of the MCU is obviously the next iteration of the Sokovia Accords, seeing superhumans as “Sentient Weapons,” not as individuals, and, considering their involvement in Captain America: Civil War, no doubt they will be especially concerned about Wanda.
It’s likely that the names on the screen are representatives of SWORD since Abe Brown was a Spider-Man: Homecoming Midtown High graduate. He survived the snap and graduated in Avengers: Endgame’s five-year time leap. Given his relation to Peter Parker, it would also make sense for SWORD to recruit him.
The Pixel Effect In The Credits Is Significant
The credits feature a cool pixel effect, and it will be recognized by comic book readers; it is in connection with the restructuring of truth in House of M by Scarlet Witch. Notice that the pixels swirl in a variety of different ways, coming together to create the house where Wanda and Vision reside – and, finally, their wedding rings. This points to the belief that her own magic has also generated all that Wanda encounters in Westview.
Separate Beds Evokes The Censorship Of I Love Lucy
At the beginning of WandaVision episode 2, younger audiences can be somewhat bemused by the fact that Vision and Wanda have different beds. In reality, this is a smart reference to censorship in the early days of TV. There should be no portrayals of men and women in bed together, if the British Board of Film Classification insisted.
The rules of the BBFC caught on in the US, with the Production Code specifying that “the treatment of bedrooms must be governed by good taste and delicacy.” The implied sex scene resulting from Wanda pushing the two beds together would never have been accepted by censors. Also, no matter how mild it might be by modern standards.
The Opening To Episode 2 Is Full With Easter Eggs
The animated opening of episode 2 of WandaVision is basically one huge Easter egg. References included are:
An intro sequence that evokes Galactus’ images.
A love-heart emerging in the sky, the Human Torch usually produces a “4” emblem for the Fantastic Four in the same manner.
Some blink-and-you’ll-miss-them Easter eggs run around the 03:27 mark to Tom King’s View, only apparent if you pause through the floor at exactly the right time as Vision phases. Vision tried to live a normal human life in that film. He created a synthezoid dog (hence the bones), wore slippers (also seen for a fraction of a second). And was questioned by a villain named the Grim Reaper – whose helmet is also seen there.
References To Bova & Agatha Harkness
Two especially fascinating Easter eggs are evident in an animated scene where Wanda is shopping in a local store. There is a reference to Bova Milk; Bova was Wanda’s nursemaid in the comics; she is now a mutant cow. Who is now transforming by the High Evolutionary, a crazy scientist. A reference to “Aunty A’s Kitty Litter” is the most significant Easter egg here.
Agnes is really Agatha Harkness, a powerful sorceress who played a significant role in the life of Scarlet Witch in the comics. There’s been strong speculation. In reality, she is often referred to as “Aunty Agatha” – particularly by Mr. Fantastic’s son, Franklin Richards. And the Unseen Woman, too, that she helped nurture. Moreover, Agatha is renowned for her black cat, Ebony.