Spoilers follow for the WandaVision episode “Previously On.”
Each episode of Disney+’s superhero sitcom WandaVision has included a ton of oblique references to the wider Marvel Cinematic Universe, and this week took viewers on a literal tour of the MCU’s recent history, with Agatha Harkness forcing Wanda Maximoff to relive some of her most traumatic memories.
While the majority of these flashback scenes cover material that fans are already familiar with (such as Wanda and Pietro getting trapped during an air raid) or had already assumed was the case (it turns out Wanda’s grief did cause her to create the Hex after all), they also provided much-needed emotional context in order to make viewers root even harder for Wanda as she heads into next week’s finale.
And, of course, this trip through time and space was rich with yet more MCU Easter eggs, which plenty of fans have been poring over. In a roundup over on the Everything Always channel, Michael Roman points out that in the episode’s prologue, Agatha is punished by her coven for “stealing” occult secrets that are beyond her station—this is in stark contrast to the philosophy expressed by Wong in Doctor Strange, where “no knowledge is forbidden.” Foreshadowing for how Wanda’s magical tutelage might happen in Multiverse of Madness? Maybe.
Agatha also plucks a hair from Wanda’s head in order to create a doorway through which to see her past, in a fashion similar to how Doctor Strange helps Thor and Loki locate Odin in Ragnarok. Another potential Doctor Strange tie-in is a book with a Celtic-looking symbol of a tree in Agatha’s dungeon/workshop/temple, which Roman interprets as potentially belonging to the Ancient One, whose origins were said to be Celtic in the movie. That symbol on the book’s cover could also be Yggdrasil, the tree from Norse mythology which connects all of the nine worlds, just in case you were looking for a Thor reference.
Then there’s Agatha’s bunny familiar, Señor Scratchy; while some fans have speculated that the mailman or even Pietro could in fact be shapeshifting into the rabbit, this episode rules both of them out, as Pietro is presumably outside confronting Monica, and the mailman was shown to be an ordinary resident of Westview prior to the Hex. Roman adds that the rabbit could still end up being revealed as a character, putting his money on Nicholas Scratch, Agatha’s son from the comics. (Another theory points to the rabbit being Doctor Strange, who Agatha has trapped in animal form. Stephen Strange, Señor Scratchy, S.S. Get it?)
This episode also highlights Wanda’s ignorance of witchcraft, which makes sense given that the MCU has downplayed this aspect of the source material up until now. However, this episode marks the first on-screen mention of Wanda’s superhero name, the Scarlet Witch, and during the scene set in Strucker’s base when Wanda is looking into the Mind Stone, she appears to see a vision of herself in her traditional comic book costume. Whether this is a premonition of her future self, a nod to her status as a Nexus being, or just something for the fans to enjoy remains to be seen, but it certainly looks as if Wanda’s origin story is once again being retconned so that she was a young witch with chaos magic potential all along, and it was either unlocked or amplified by the Mind Stone.
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