Spoilers ahead for the seventh episode of WandaVision.
The seventh episode of Disney+’s Marvel show WandaVision revealed a very, very important superpowered character: Agatha Harkness (Kathryn Hahn), neighborhood witch. But did it also reveal another hero in the making? For a few episode now, we’ve been watching Monica Rambeau (Teyonah Parris) go in and out of “the hex,” the neighborhood created by Wanda Maximoff (Elizabeth Olsen) that’s invisible to outsiders. Being inside the hex can alter a person’s mind to varying degrees, and we’ve seen that it also alters their clothing; Wanda “rewrites” all objects as they come in to fit her TV-suburban aesthetic. It’s also been revealed that after her trip inside in an earlier episode, Monica’s very cells have been “rewritten.” This was presented as a bad thing…but what if it’s actually making her stronger?
In the most recent episode, Monica pushes her way through the forcefield around the hex, and when she gets inside, her eyes are glowing blue, and she seems to see the world in shades of pink and green, like X-ray vision almost. She can see the waves of powerful radioactive magic Wanda is using to bind the town together. Eventually, she shakes it off, and her vision and eyes return to normal. But when she confronts Wanda in her front yard, she seems more powerful than before. She’s certainly more clear-headed than she was during her first trip inside. Now, Monica remembers everything. Wanda is still able to easily lift her into the air with her telekinetic powers—but when Monica hits the ground, she strikes a pose reminiscent of Vision kneeling when he was first brought to life by the Mind Stone in Avengers: Age of Ultron. Is Monica the next superhero “creation?”
Marvel fans will remember that we first met Monica as a child in the movie Captain Marvel; she’s the daughter of fighter pilot Maria Rambeau, Captain Marvel’s air force BFF. When Monica traveled into the hex, we heard snippets of conversation from Captain Marvel, talking about how tough and special Monica is. Her origin story.
In the Marvel comics, according to Insider, Monica does become a superhero, known as Photon, Pulsar, and Spectrum (it’s comic books; everything changes all the time forever). Is that what this is building toward?
If you watched the mid-credits scene in the most recent episode, “Breaking the Fourth Wall,” you saw Monica follow Wanda to Agnes/Agatha’s house and start to discover her witchy secret. Then, she comes face to face with “imposter Pietro” (Quicksilver from X-Men), apparently an associate of Agatha’s. Monica’s eyes glow again, this time…purple-ish. Is she now under Agatha’s spell? Will she incorporate Agatha’s powers into her own? How on Earth are there only two episodes left of WandaVision?
Okay, almost forgot to mention: Episode seven reminded us that Dottie (Emma Caulfield) is still in town. So that’s going to pay off at some point. Man, this is complicated.