Vision is trying to break free, the kids are discovering their superpowers, the Westview Anomaly is growing—and we’re headed for a crash.
Vision just can’t catch a break. After being killed when Thanos ripped the Mind Stone from his forehead in Infinity War, Vision almost died—again. But like nearly everything else in Westview, things only happen if Wanda allows them to—and she’s not ready to let go of her synthezoid husband yet.
After Wanda left Westview in last week’s installment of WandaVision to ensure that no one would invade her home again, the sixth episode, “All-New Halloween Spooktacular!,” sees Vision stepping outside of the sitcom bubble in an attempt to end it. But as we all know (and what he’s just beginning to find out), Vision can’t live in a world in which he’s already died. As his body begins to crumble in the real world, Wanda’s solution is simple: expand Westview. With Vision being pulled back within her reach, along with a bunch of new unsuspecting residents and car dealerships, the synthezoid was likely saved just in time. And with only three episodes remaining in the season, Wanda’s power and influence continues to grow. At this rate, soon enough all of New Jersey will just be one massive set of Modern Family.
For this week’s recap, we’re going to focus on everything that’s happening inside and outside of Westview, before taking a closer look at Wanda and the rest of the Maximoff family.
Earlier this week, I wrote about the return of Pietro Maximoff and the potential implications that his resurrection could have on the X-Men and the MCU in the years to come. While Uncle Pietro had plenty of screen time in this episode, we still haven’t learned much about the nature of his existence or how he’s alive again. We did, however, learn more about Wanda.
For much of WandaVision, we’ve seen Wanda grieving the losses of her husband and brother. Except whenever someone has approached the subject of her grief to her, Wanda’s response has pretty much been to either frisbee their body through brick walls or summon a scroll of credits across the screen. But with her pesky twin brother now in the picture, Wanda has to face her lingering issues directly.
“I’m just trying to do my part, OK?” Pietro tells Wanda as she continues to question his arrival. “Come to town unexpectedly, create tension with the brother-in-law, stir up trouble with the rug rats, and ultimately give you grief. I mean, that’s what you wanted, isn’t it?”
“What happened to your accent?” she asks in response, noting no trace of their Eastern European roots.
“What happened to yours?” he replies. (Finally, someone asked!) “Details are fuzzy, man. I got shot like a chump on the street for no reason at all, and the next thing I know, I heard you calling me. I knew you needed me.”
Pietro also directly calls out Wanda for what she’s done to Westview, and all of its residents. Though he recalls getting shot in Sokovia, it doesn’t seem like he’s fully aware that he’s dead yet either, and Pietro somehow already knows that she’s in control of the entire town. (He also knows that Vision is dead too. As expected, the mention of that to Wanda sends him flying into a stack of hay.) Like a manifestation of her conscience, Pietro asks Wanda all the right questions, including how she managed to pull everything off.
“I only remember feeling completely alone,” Wanda tells him. “Empty. I just … endless nothingness.” As she turns back to face Pietro, she sees another living corpse before her:
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