More questions, no new answers in fun WandaVision ep 6: "All-New Halloween Spooktacular"

After a title sequence and fourth-wall-breaking opening scene that is inspired by the 2000-2006 sitcom Malcolm in the Middle, Episode 6 poses more questions—but provides no more answers—about how Wanda was able to create the Westview Bubble, who might be pulling her strings and why, how an alt-uni version of Pietro was summoned there, and what the consequences could be for the entire world, if S.W.O.R.D. continues to bother Wanda. All the drama is surrounded by the fun of Halloween, the first for Wanda’s twins to enjoy since they magically aged themselves up in years.

Meanwhile, S.W.O.R.D. continues to descend on Westview. As genial and noble as S.W.O.R.D. director Hayward seemed to be when we first saw him, he has quickly become a typical, inflexible baddie, intent on bringing the hammer down on Wanda. He is refusing to listen to the advice of his tech team or Captain Monica Rambeau, who has had firsthand knowledge of what it’s like inside the bubble and what Wanda's motives might be. More is also revealed about how Monica’s trips through the bubble barrier have changed her, literally down to her DNA. Monica is a very powerful, light energy-based superhero in the comics, so this is clearly her origin story.

This version of Pietro, somehow plucked out of X-Men corner of the Marvel multiverse, isn’t the sullen, moody Pietro from the Avengers movies, who met his end in Avengers: Age of Ultron. Instead, this is a fun-loving man-child, the ideal uncle to his mischievous nephews. Wanda doesn’t seem to control him or his thoughts, no matter how many uncomfortable questions he asks her about Westview.


Pietro's Halloween lightning bolt costume and goofy winged hairstyle are right out of the comics

One new thing we learn is that any people that are outside Wanda’s immediate vicinity are frozen in place. Vision’s inquisitive nature refuses to be suppressed by Wanda for long, and he continues his investigation into the bubble and learns that the people are being used and unintentionally (?) tortured. His encounter with Agnes at the bubble’s edge is especially revealing and disturbing to him, enough to make him want to try to breach the boundary and see what lies beyond. He seems to have no memory of his time as an Avenger, and didn’t even know what that word meant when Agnes said it.


Agnes breaks some bad news to Vision

The comic book-foretold superhuman abilities of the twins surface in this episode. Billy takes after Wanda and has telepathic abilities similar to hers, and is able to sense when his father is in danger. This leads to the most dramatic part of the episode, and a huge danger for the entire world.


Billy's telepathic powers are similar to his mother's

Wanda gets pushed over the edge and retaliates

There was so much to look at in this episode: lots of MitM-esque exaggerated facial expressions, Halloween shenanigans, another bizarre commercial, and so many fun easter eggs and references to the comics, especially when it came to the Halloween costumes. The main characters wear homemade versions of their comic book outfits. Wanda looks particularly smashing in her Scarlet Witch headdress, and Vision looks goofy in his high-waisted yellow shorts, to imitate his high yellow comics cummerbund.


As entertaining and fun as the episode was, it was disappointing in that it didn’t advance the story much, or peel back any layers of How/Why this is all happening.

Three episodes remain to wrap up the deliciously intriguing mysteries of WandaVision, airing Fridays on Disney+

Scroll down to see SPOILERS/THEORIES

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SPOILERS/THEORIES

Wanda has access to the multiverse, but doesn’t realize it yet. She seems to have subconsciously summoned Pietro from an alternate reality. Her multiverse ability also seems to be heralded by her co-starring appearance on the poster for the upcoming movie Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. Bets are that Wanda will be Strange’s guide through the multiverse.


It’s also been established in the Ant-Man movies that portals in the quantum realm are shaped like hexagons. I think it can be safely assumed that these portals can also access the multiverse. The shape of the Westview bubble in this episode is also clearly shown to be a hexagon. All of these references seem to wrap up the mystery of all the hexagons that have popped up as design elements in each episode.

Wanda got inspiration for the Halloween costumes from the multiverse. A lot of online speculation has been made about how Wanda knows how to create either Vision's costume or her own Scarlet Witch outfit from the comics, especially since she has never been given that name in the Marvel movies. Is she subconsciously aware of them from her ability to access realities across the multiverse? Maybe, but I prefer to think they are just fun easter eggs for fans to enjoy.

Agnes is actually the witch Agatha Harkness. As explored in the last review, in the comics, Harkness was a witch who helped Wanda learn to control her mutant “hex” powers, so named in the last episode by Dr. Darcy Lewis. In this episode, Agnes wears a witch costume for Halloween. Boom.


What is the meaning behind the end credits? I continue to be fascinated by the camera zooming in on Vision's eye and entering his android brain, where RGB pixels coalesce and create things we see in WandaVision episodes. Is there deeper meaning here, or is it just eye candy?



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