Like any other movie or show of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the latest Disney+ series, ‘WandaVision’ is about tons of Easter eggs as well. Although the series has been set after the incidents of the 2019 movie, ‘Avengers: Endgame,’ sharing the same universe as the other projects of the franchise, it has taken references from classic comics, mysteries from the Marvel mythology, spanning multiple universes, which is perhaps one of the many reasons why ‘WandaVision’ has gathered such a massive fanbase.
However, I don’t think you have decoded all the references and that’s why you are here. We have brought to you the top fifteen of the Easter Eggs of ‘WandaVision’ which you might have missed, among so many others. So without any ado, let’s get started.
At the end of episode number one, it was disclosed that a corporation going by the name, ‘S.W.O.R.D’ had been keeping a watchful eye on Wanda and Vision. Although the organisation is not as big and known as S.H.I.E.L.D or Hydra, MCU has already made us acquainted with the name, didn’t they? S.W.O.R.D was a subdivision of S.H.I.E.L.D., that we first came across in Vol. 3 of Astonishing X-Men comics, in the year 2004, which was created in order to monitor the threats to the planet given by outer space creatures. ‘Sentient World Observation and Response Department’ or ‘Sentient Weapon Observation and Response Division’ are the two possible full forms of the shady organisation, but they are surely watching Wanda and Vision with an ulterior motive.
As observed in the very first episode, the credits section of the show within the series has the name Abe Brown included as the director. If you have read the comics or watched Marvel movies, you must be familiar with the name. While in the books, Abe Brown is the original identity of a character, Black Tiger, the movies have showcased him as a classmate of Peter Parker in the movie, ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming,’ portrayed by Abraham Attah. As we know, the remained alive till the end of the movie, so there is a chance he has turned into a TV director for S.W.O.R.D. Although we already know that WandaVision has been taking references from major MCU projects and characters alike, this connection is something we didn’t see coming at all.
The opening Credits
The animated opening credits for episode number two of the series contain several references, one of which is at the 3:27 mark, directing to the Tom King series in multiple varieties of ways. In the shot, as Vision (the animated one) phases through the floor— a scene of dog bones appear, suggesting at the fake doggo that Vision made in the book; a helmet, possibly belonging to Grim Reaper, a character from the King book; and a pair of slippers, that he wore to look normal. Coming to the scene of the water cooler, although we cannot see the number, ‘a-57’ properly, it cannot go unnoticed at the very least. Every number that appears once on the show leave everyone checking if it is somehow related to Marvel, and for this, we discovered that in Avengers No. 57 from 1968, Vision made his debut.
Moreover, we also did spot an advertisement for Bova Milk right at the store with Wanda on the front, referring to Bova Ayrshire. It is a highly developed cow who had earlier served in the books as Wanda’s midwife. Next, when we saw Auntie A’s Kitty Litter, we couldn’t help but relate to the fact that Kathryn Hahn’s Agnes is none other than the iconic Agatha Harkness, from the Scarlet Witch comics. She has even been referred to as Aunty Agatha, the one with a black cat named Ebony.
Gravity O’s Cereal
The second half of the third episode, ‘Now in Color’ revolves around Geraldine, portrayed by Teyonah Parris. Originally, she had been casted in the show as a character with the name, Monica Rambeau, and is even well-suited for the action scenes at the end of the episode, hurling out the bubble that was holding back both Wanda and Vision into the real world. For those who don’t know who Monica Rambeau is— she is the daughter of Captain Marvel’s friend, Maria Rambeau, and if she is the same girl who assisted Aunt Carol in selecting her superhero outfit, she definitely owns a lot of experience when she talks about ‘Little Marshmallow Moonmen’. One more thing to be noted— Teyonah Parris has already been casted to play the role of Monica in Captain Marvel 2, and we couldn’t help but tie it here.
Director Tyler Hayward of S.W.O.R.D.
Are we really going to trust Tyler Hayward, the man who is in-charge of S.W.O.R.D., played by Josh Stamberg? Believe me or not, Marvel villains in suits have really ruined my ability to trust them. Moreover, the surname makes everything all the fishier, since there has been a character on Marvel’s Agents, named Brian Hayward from S.H.I.E.L.D., who was an advanced soldier made for the Centipede Project, led by Hydra, some of which appearances we have already seen on the show. Although we know he was killed after he attacked S.H.I.E.L.D. earlier, there is a possibility that Tyler is somehow related to him. The direct link between Hydra and S.H.I.E.L.D is not something very common in MCU.
Lagos Paper Towels
From what we know, the commercials we see in the show within this show, consist of some undisguised references leading to Wanda’s past life. With what happens in ‘Captain America: Civil War,’ where Wanda deviates a blast into a building killing the citizens of Wakandan in the Nigerian city of Lagos, the tagline of the advertisement in the show is indeed dark. It reads, “For when you make a mess you didn’t mean to.” It was a tragic incident, which induces guilt in the heart of Wanda, leading to the Sokovia Accords and re-shaping the Marvel Cinematic Universe for the coming years. The reference can be interpreted as her beginning to feel guilty regarding her behaviour with innocent people.
In the series, Jimmy Woo calls for help someone named Cliff, in order to know what Hayward is planning to do in Westview, after which no one actually appears there saying that he is Cliff. It probably suggests that he is being saved to make an appearance later in a new movie or series. Moreover, in a comic book titled ‘Nick Fury: Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D,’ we witnessed an alien named Cliff who invaded the planet along with other of his companions, and pretended to a human but ultimately ended up caring for the humans. It might also be that this Cliff is none but Cliff Randall, from the 1968 comics, who was a shapeshifting character and worked in S.H.I.E.L.D. All these suggest that we can see him in Captain Marvel 2, or the upcoming project of Disney+, ‘Secret Invasion’ where Skrulls have played an important role on Earth.
Episode 9: Mid-credits Scene
In the mid-credits scene of episode nine, an agent of Skrull, in the empty Coronet, approaches Monica informing her that she is someone sent by her mother’s old friend, whom we highly think, is no one else other than Nick Fury. She was a friend of Maria Rambeau for sure, and was last seen somewhere away from the Earth— may be the place towards which the agent was signifying when she was asked by Monica about where she is going. However, in ‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’ we observed that the post-credits shot of Fury with the Skrulls takes place after the events of WandaVision. Therefore this might be done in order to put Monica up for action in the upcoming ‘Captain Marvel 2’ or ‘Secret Invasion’ or maybe both.
In the commercials of episode 7, as seen on the show within the series, it has been observed that it now points towards Wanda’s future, rather than her past and present. Among the many pharmaceutical advertisements on the television, one of them introduced Nexus as a drug capable of making everything better. The line, “Because the world doesn’t revolve around you, or does it?” can be a reference to Nexus Beings, who can intersect all possibilities and realities, and Wanda can be one of them, who is still alive while Pietro comes from another MCU universe. If this is the case, then Marvel movies are clearly about to play with earlier series and realities, as is already rumoured to happen in the upcoming Spider-man films and another MCU project with an X-Men actor.
Double Feature with a Twist
In the Halloween special episode of WandaVision, we witnessed Wanda, Pietro, along with the boys, playing two flicks, while coming out of the theatre, which hinted at the theme of the final week’s episode. The movie they watched was ‘Incredibles’ which revolves around a family of superheroes, something similar to ‘WandaVision,’ and ‘The Parent Trap’ which centres two people switching places, just as Pietro did recast the dynamic of the episode. The accents were altered accordingly as well.
The Dog named Sparky
The series, ‘WandaVision’ relates quite a lot to the narrative of the fantastic comic book series of Tom King, ‘Vision,’ both thematically as well as literally. Did you notice the name that the dog has that appeared magically in Wanda and Vision’s sink? It shared its name with the synthezoid which Vision created in the comic book. Moreover, it is interesting the dog dies in the comics as well, which later comes back to life because of Scarlet Witch.
It was really hard but we did distinguish the ‘Skrulls’ written on the lower-left corner of the whiteboard, used for tracking the operations taking place in Westview. It was probably Woo who wrote it. Skrulls were the ones behind the scenes in the ‘Captain Marvel’ movie, and anything related to the false realities will naturally point towards them, for they have the capability to shape-shift and bring trouble.
All Along it has been Agatha
With the big episode-ending twist in the finale week, we have been proven correct that the mysterious Agnes was none other than Agatha Harkness, who has been using the abilities of Wanda in order to set up a world in which she is trapped now. If we dig a little into it, Agatha Harkness was first seen in #94 of ‘Fantastic Four’ in the year 1970 in which she was an immortal witch, and had experienced major world events taking place even thousands of years before, that even includes the formation of a community of witches in Salem. Several years later, she came across the Fantastic Four again, when she was appointed to govern the baby, Franklin Richards. She ended up being a friend of them and helped them with her warnings about the upcoming dangers from the villains.
Later in the comics, it was shown that Wanda came across Agatha, which led to the speed pregnancy. Moreover, in ‘Avengers West Coast’ in Vol. 2 #51, Wanda was told that her twins were actually pieces of the soul of Mephisto, who has probably appeared in the series played by Al Pacino. Agatha even taught Wanda how to use her chaos magic and revived a character with the name Wonder Man in Vol. 3 #11 of the book, ‘Avengers’.
The ‘Return’ of Pietro
When Evan Peters appears as the brother of Wanda, Pietro, or Quicksilver, Darcy exclaimed, that he has been recasted. You don’t even need to be a hardcore fan to note that Peters has been seen earlier in the role, in ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past,’ ‘X-Men: Apocalypse,’ and in ‘X-Men: Dark Phoenix’. It clearly intensifies that the concept of a multiverse can span the pre-MCU movies, along with the world of X-Men actors.
The 10 with a Heart
In the very first episode, the date August 23 was showcased as a very important one, and there are theories why this particular date was chosen. This time, the date 10, marked with a heart must also have some deeper connection. Although it is pretty hard to decode it clearly, but Wanda and Pietro were trapped in Russia under the rubble at the age of 10 and we know that this particular show mostly features the history and grief of Wanda. Although this theory is reasonable to believe, but again, it can be totally random as well.