( We have actually got major spoilers below for the eighth episode of the Marvel series “WandaVision,” “Formerly On”)
We’re really near the end of “WandaVision” now, and the first Marvel series on Disney just keeps with its huge exposes. We got a few of those this week– maybe the biggest of which came from the look into Wanda’s past.
In the episode, Agatha (Kathryn Hahn) seemingly probes Wanda’s (Elizabeth Olsen) mind in order to attempt to figure out what her whole deal is. Therefore we get a closer take a look at Wanda’s origin story that doesn’t quite healthy with what we ‘d formerly been outlined her.
The story went that the stone provided Wanda her crazy mind powers, and Pietro got incredibly speed.
The twins joined Hydra due to the fact that when they were kids their home was bombed using weapons made by Stark Industries.
The “WandaVision” version of the story goes a bit in a different way. Wanda currently had her powers.
What the Mind Stone served to do, according to “WandaVision,” was the amp up her capabilities. She was always effective, but it seems that the Stone unlocked her capacity. Or, maybe, it taught her how to utilize those powers. Keep in mind, the Infinity Stones are in fact sentient– the Mind Stone was actually part of Vision’s mind, not just a source of power.
Whatever the mechanics of Wanda’s interaction with the Mind Stone truly were– I doubt they’ll ever actually get into that sort of minutiae– the key thing here is just that Wanda did not gain her power from the Mind Stone. She appears to have had her capabilities innately.
This is big. No totally human superhero in the MCU has actually thus far been born with powers. They were all born normal, and after that turned into superheroes later. This information has actually always been strange with Wanda, due to the fact that in the comics she and her brother were introduced as the mutant kids of Magneto.
However Wanda was brought into the MCU back when Disney didn’t have the rights to make motion pictures about mutants– those come from Fox, which had its “X-Men” motion pictures. But now Disney and Fox have actually merged, and the MCU can lastly have mutants.
So it definitely looks like, with this retcon of Wanda’s backstory, the MCU might now have its first mutant. However there are still so many unknowns here– including a huge comic book retcon from a couple of years ago that reclassified Wanda as a sorceress, and not a mutant.
Wanda was presented in the comics way back in 1964 as a mutant, but she was constantly also a sorceress.
That doesn’t mean that the MCU will go in that direction. But it could extremely well be that the screen version of Wanda both had her powers prior to she met the Mind Stone, and likewise isn’t a mutant. That appears a little more likely at this moment what with both Agatha and Wanda making use of Chaos magic for their power. As the name implies, Turmoil magic is not a mutant power.
It does not seem likely that “WandaVision” will explore that possible distinction in next week’s finale episode. Today’s episode was, after all, the lore dump that must clear the way for the conclusion of main story threads on the show.
While I have no doubt we still have some more big twists in shop– we still understand practically absolutely nothing about Pietro, for something– it’ll probably focus more on closing out arcs than getting into totally brand-new things.