A major reveal while everyone is "Breaking The Fourth Wall" in WandaVision S1E7

The title of this week’s episode, “Breaking The Fourth Wall”, is an old theatrical reference to an actor interrupting the drama on stage, and breaking the invisible wall of the proscenium between the stage and the audience, to directly address them. The “Breaking The Fourth Wall” sitcom-theme is in the style of Modern Family, where characters reveal their innermost thoughts by talking to the camera, or us, the viewers. Just about every character in this episode breaks the wall in this episode.


Wanda admits to feeling increasingly clueless. Note the great clueless face.

At the end of last episode, Wanda had expanded the range of Westview's town barrier, known to outside observers as the Hex, for its hexagonal shape. Hexagons have been a recurring design element throughout this series, and have come to have more meaning with each episode. In fact, the shapes have been appearing in recent MCU movies, most notably in Doctor Strange, and Ant-Man and the Wasp. Read more about their significance in the Theories/Spoilers section after this review, for those who dare to scroll far enough.

Wanda expanded the Hex primarily to eliminate the threat posed by S.W.O.R.D., another S.H.I.E.L.D.-like world protection division. But also to save the life of the Vision, who was being pulled apart trying to escape the Hex boundary to let the outside world know that the people inside needed help.

Like nearly everyone and everything that gets drawn into or absorbed by the Hex, the S.W.O.R.D. agents, facilities, and vehicles are transformed by Wanda. She chose to make them all part of a circus, as this is no doubt how she subconsciously perceives them.

Vision seems to be increasingly immune to Wanda’s control, and his mind remains his own. Or, perhaps she is just spreading herself too thin, and can’t control everything and everyone all the time, as Vision suspected last episode. He pairs up with Dr. Darcy Lewis, whom he wakes from Wanda’s control. Together, they try to get back to his home, but one unlikely obstacle after another pops up. It’s as if Wanda (or someone else perhaps?) doesn’t want him to come home.


Darcy has been cast as an escape artist in the circus

Meanwhile, Wanda is becoming more and more confused and depressed each episode, and feels less and less happy and in control. She desperately needs some alone time. This is likely why she is keeping Vision at arm’s length. As usual, Agnes appears on cue, always seeming to know when and how Wanda needs her help. She is extremely grateful when Agnes takes the twins off her hands and back to her home for a while.

But Wanda isn’t alone for long, as Captain Monica Rambeau just won’t give up on trying to reach Wanda and convince her she needs to stop what she is doing, for everyone’s sake, including hers. Despite being physically ejected by Wanda before, and the knowledge that every time she has breached the Hex wall, her DNA is getting rewritten, she does so again, and this time it’s obvious even to her that a Big Change has happened. More on that in Theories.


Once more unto the breach

Monica confronts Wanda again, and once again it angers Wanda to the point of violence. Right on cue, Agnes steps in to de-escalate the situation.


Another great expression from Elizabeth Olsen, angry at another Monica intrusion

At Agnes’ home, when Wanda is told the twins are playing in the basement, the episode concludes with a major revelation that begins to answer some major questions about What is happening here and Who is doing it. Why, however, is the question that only has 2 episodes left to be answered.

Two episodes remain to wrap up the mysteries of WandaVision, airing Fridays on Disney+

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SPOILERS/THEORIES

Agnes is the witch Agatha Harkness. Agnes herself confirms this theory as she introduces herself by name in her creepy, dark magic basement / dungeon. Her reveal is accompanied by her own theme song, and fun, B&W Munsters-esque intro graphics.


Agatha, appropriately in her Director's Chair

As MCU writers are fond of doing, they have made a heroic comic character into an evil one, to keep us guessing. Her name was a clue in front of us all along…”Agnes” is the beginning and ending of Agatha Harkness. Agnes also has worn purple throughout the series, which was Agatha’s signature color in the comics. She often has been wearing Agatha’s cameo brooch as well, and does again here. Purple is also the color that's been chosen to identify her magic, seen for the first time in this episode, and surprisingly in the first-ever mid-credits scene.

Who is the Big Villain? We don’t yet know why Agatha is involved or what her motives are, but I think there is a larger, more malevolent figure pulling the strings. It remains to be seen who that is, but Agnes/Agatha has made several references to the devil, so bets are that Satan-ish megademon (and major Doctor Strange foe) Mephisto is behind it all. Dark Horse bet: Nightmare, another Strange villain.

Agatha’s magic tome is most likely the critically missing book from the mystical library seen in Doctor Strange. It appears to be the same style and size book as the others in the library, which were all kept in hexagonal cages!

Captain Rambeau is now the superhero known in the comics as Spectrum/Photon. Monica’s third journey through the Hex wall has completed her transformation into a superpowered hero, who can perceive, control, and emit many forms of light and energy. Assuming that her abilities will be the same as in the comics, that is.

Wanda is a Nexus figure with access to the multiverse. The Nexus Capsules tv commercial all but confirms this. In the comics, Wanda was dubbed a Nexus figure, one who was a constant in every corner of the multiverse, and a being who could possibly access and navigate it all. Again, this fits with her co-starring role alongside Doctor Strange in his upcoming multiverse-trekking movie.



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