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WandaVision Episode 6 Ending Explained

Contains spoilers for WandaVision

As we enter the home stretch of WandaVision's storyline, things are really beginning to hit the fan. The fifth episode of the series, "On a Very Special Episode...," progressed the narrative further than anyone had anticipated. Not only did it showcase Vision's (Paul Bettany) growing awareness of his unnatural living situation, Tommy (Jett Klyne) and Billy's (Julian Hilliard) rapid aging, and Wanda's (Elizabeth Olsen) control over all of Westview, New Jersey, but it also wrapped up with the highly unexpected return of Evan Peters' take on Pietro Maximoff, aka Quicksilver, Wanda's dead brother. In the wake of such an eventful installment, the story continues to get stranger.

Moving from the 1980s to the '90s for episode 6 this week, WandaVision welcomes a handful of new questions, adds wrinkles to past conundrums, and finally offers some small answers to what's truly going on in Westview. With the action now set against a Halloween backdrop, Vision continues his investigation into the truth behind his picture-perfect life and Wanda attempts to acclimate to her brother apparently being recast. On the outside, S.W.O.R.D. works tirelessly to unlock the secrets of the telekinetic Avenger's stranglehold on this poor town and its residents. 

Here's what we're left with once the credits roll on WandaVision's sixth episode, "All-New Halloween Spooktacular!"

Comic-accurate costumes galore

Perhaps in response to Vision's comment in episode 5 about Westview's lack of children, Wanda has set up an exciting Halloween evening for the townspeople of all ages. This includes costumes for everyone — and, for the program's main cast, that means the arrival of some tacky yet comic-accurate ones (albeit on a tight budget). The first one viewers see is on Billy, who wears a blue headband with a red cape and fingerless gloves, similar to what his on-the-page alter-ego Wiccan wears.

From there, we finally get to see Wanda in a full-on Scarlet Witch outfit — over-the-top red cape, crown, and pink tights included — as well as Vision in vibrant green, yellow, and red color scheme. This delightful fashion show for Marvel Comics readers doesn't end there, however, as both Quicksilver and Tommy put on their traditionally similar crime-fighting getups, since Tommy takes after his uncle in the source material as the Young Avenger named Speed. Billy, meanwhile, wears a costume that takes its cues from his comic book counterpart, the Young Avenger named Wiccan.

Interestingly, this entire situation calls into question how exactly Wanda went about selecting these particular outfits for her ever-expanding family. Keep in mind that Vision mentions that when he woke up that morning, he had no other clothing in his closet — signaling Wanda's responsibility for that oddity in some capacity. Is she aware of an alternate dimension where their exploits grace the pages of comic books? Or did she just make up the designs from scratch?

The most logical answer: There's nothing more than a fun Easter egg for die-hard Marvel fans, and this might not mean anything at all. Still, the in-universe connotations are interesting to think about.

Young Avengers in the making

With Billy and Tommy growing up at a lightning-fast pace, it should come as no surprise that they're already beginning to manifest their own superhuman abilities. Tommy is the first to show signs of his burgeoning powers early on in "All-New Halloween Spooktacular!", running around at blink-and-you'll-miss-him speeds alongside his uncle Quicksilver. For Billy, it takes him a bit longer, but near the end of the episode, his telepathic strengths rise to the surface as he detects that Vision is in some kind of danger.

In the comics, Billy and Tommy do start off as Wanda and Vision's children — emphasis on "start off" and "Wanda and Vision's." Since Vision is a synthezoid and can't actually pass on DNA for human reproduction, Wanda inadvertently uses her powers to take fragments of the demon Mephisto's soul to create her twin boys. The consequences of this are monumental, as Billy and Tommy disappear whenever Wanda isn't thinking about them. They're human on the outside, but at this point Billy and Tommy in the comics aren't quite all there. 

Once Mephisto catches wind of this, he reabsorbs the twins into himself, thus erasing the pair from existence altogether before they can display any powers. Meanwhile, Agatha Harkness — a powerful witch who had an important relationship with Wanda in the comics (and who everyone thinks Kathryn Hahn's WandaVision character Agnes could be)– told Wanda of the truth about her sons, then wiped her memory so she wouldn't have to live with the pain of losing her sons.

Eventually, Billy and Tommy return to the land of the living as Billy Kaplan and Tommy Shepherd, who come to be known as the heroes Wiccan and Speed, respectively. They're raised in separate households by their adoptive parents, without any knowledge of one another's existence. That changes when they conveniently sign on to the Young Avengers faction around the same time, and work to hone their superhuman gifts. The boys do ultimately learn that, in a roundabout way, they are the sons of the Scarlet Witch, but in the comics, they don't grow up under her care like they do in WandaVision. Even still, they come to love each other as the siblings they never were.

It's no secret that the Disney+ series has taken some liberties with Billy and Tommy's story, and maybe that means they're on-track to help found an MCU version of the Young Avengers. After all, another Young Avenger, Cassie Lang, has already appeared in two Ant-Man films, and Avengers: Endgame. Not only that, but yet another Young Avenger in the form of Kate Bishop is set to debut in the forthcoming Disney+ series Hawkeye, played by Hailee Steinfeld

However, one has to wonder if Billy and Tommy are in for a much worse, comic-inspired fate that will see them perish before making any kind of epic comeback on the big screen. At any rate, we'll just have to wait and see what's in store for these two potential leaders of the MCU's next generation.

Director Hayward's plan

Moving outside of Westview's borders, WandaVision episode 6 gives audiences no shortage of story from S.W.O.R.D.'s perspective. This time around, things get a bit heated between Director Hayward (Josh Stamberg) and the team of Captain Monica Rambeau (Teyonah Parris), Dr. Darcy Lewis (Kat Dennings), and FBI Agent Jimmy Woo (Randall Park). The trio's desire to actually help Wanda and those trapped in her suburban nightmare rather than punish Wanda leads to their ejection from the project and the premises altogether. This entire scenario begs a big question: What is Hayward's plan, and why is he trying to remove all voices contrary to his?

The plot thickens as the episode goes on, and Darcy is eventually able to covertly hack into Hayward's files. What she finds is an inside visual on the entirety of Westview and trackers on some of its residents — including Vision, whom it appears the acting S.W.O.R.D. figurehead has taken a vested interest in. The android's body went to the secret organization for examination following his death in Avengers: Infinity War, so it should come as no surprise that Hayward would want to recover it ASAP. Once again, it makes you wonder what exactly Hayward needs Vision's corpse for. And on top of that, what is he hoping to gain from it?

As far as unpacking who Hayward is on an individual level, there isn't a lot to say about him. WandaVision marks the character's first appearance in the MCU, and viewers haven't learned much of anything about his origins. The only possible connection one may be able to make is that he's connected to Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. alum Brian Hayward (Paul Lacovara), who worked for HYDRA through the Centipede Project. As of this writing, this remains a theory, but thanks to the events of WandVision episode 6, it seems nothing is off the table when it comes to S.W.O.R.D.'s shady director.

Monica Rambeau: hero in the making

When it comes to Monica Rambeau, it appears there's more to her than meets the eye — or at least there will be very soon. As teased in "On a Very Special Episode...," Monica's physiology is beginning to change in strange ways, making it impossible for medical equipment to get readings on her. In "All-New Halloween Spooktacular!", Darcy drives this point home. She explains that Monica's exposure to Wanda's Hex has re-written her cellular code twice — once for each time she crossed the threshold. For avid comic book readers, this is a surefire sign that big things are on the horizon for Monica.

In the Marvel comics, Monica is exposed to an extra-dimensional energy that alters her molecular structure, granting her a slew of superhuman abilities. She can alter her physical make-up into any form of energy along the electromagnetic spectrum, and can duplicate energies that are new to her. Monica also gains immortality, superhuman strength, flight, and more. With her newfound abilities, Monica rises to prominence as the second incarnation of Captain Marvel before taking on a few different superheroic codenames like Photon, Pulsar, and Spectrum.

While it's unlikely she'll replace relative MCU newcomer Carol Danvers (Brie Larson) as Captain Marvel any time soon, it's clear that Monica is lined up to become something more than a S.W.O.R.D. operative in the near future. Considering that her mom, the late Maria Rambeau (Lashana Lynch), went by the nickname Photon, all signs point to Monica taking up that name as well when her powers begin to manifest more overtly. Either way, this is a very exciting prospect for the future of the MCU, and she'll make a fine addition to its next generation of heroes.

Who's hungry for some Yo-Magic?

In keeping with WandaVision's darkest yet most intriguing tradition, in episode 6, we're treated to another fictional advertisement. The product in this episode's commercial Yo-Magic yogurt, which is shown off in a claymation-style clip reminiscent of those popularized in the late 1990s and early 2000s. The ad depicts a kid starving on an island in the middle of the ocean; suddenly, a surfing shark appears to offer him a cup of Yo-Magic. The boy takes the yogurt but struggles to open the container, eventually withering away — a shot accompanied by the ironic tagline "Yo-Magic! The snack for survivors!" 

Unlike previous WandaVision commercials that called back directly to MCU events, characters, and groups, this one is a bit more subtle in its messaging. As a result, there's more than one way you could interpret it in the wider context of Wanda's life.

First and foremost, the name Yo-Magic itself likely points to her powers, specifically in their comic state, which are mostly magic-based abilities. After all, these powers are responsible for everything that's happening on the program in the first place, so it's not a stretch to connect them to Yo-Magic.

Additionally, the image of the boy struggling to live despite having everything he needs right in front of him could be representative of Wanda unlocking her hidden abilities. She's using them to control Westview, reanimate her lost love, and cope with her pain, thereby demonstrating power levels she has never exhibited before. They've been inside of her all along, and one could argue that if Wanda hadn't had figuratively opened them, she might not have felt like she could have survived. This is indicated further by the "snack for survivors" part of the tagline, which could refer to her constantly evading death despite everyone she cares about dying — like Vision, her parents, the original Pietro (Aaron Taylor-Johnson), even Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.).

Is there another meaning to Yo-Magic that we haven't figured out yet? At this point, anything's possible.

Vision bites off more than he can chew

Not allowing his suspicions to dissipate, Vision concocts an effective plan to figure out what lies beyond Westview. He tells Wanda he's going off to patrol as a part of the neighborhood watch team, but actually slips away to investigate the town's border. What he finds is truly disturbing. Once Vision begins to move away from the crowds of trick-or-treaters, he runs into an unsettling amount of people frozen in place like living mannequins, unable to speak or move. As evidenced by one woman who lets out a tear, they seem to be totally aware of what's going on but can't escape Wanda's trance.

Shortly thereafter, Vision encounters Agnes in her car at the edge of town, seemingly lost. Much like he did with Norm (Asif Ali) in WandaVision episode 5, Vision awakens Agnes and she immediately goes into hysterics. She explains that he should be dead, but because he lacks memories of his life before Westview, Vision is at a total loss. He places Agnes back under Wanda's influence and moves on, shedding his Halloween costume in favor of his true form, and makes a beeline for the Hex's barrier.

Standing at the boundary between his fictional reality and the S.W.O.R.D. camp, Vision struggles to step outside. It's possible that because Wanda's magic inside the hex is what reanimated his corpse, it's apparently impossible for him to leave entirely, and his attempt to do so starts tearing apart his physical form. Then again, once he steps out of the hex, we don't see Vision's lifeless face that we briefly glimpsed towards the end of episode 4

This fact, combined with the momentary shot we got of Pietro's dead body during his and Wanda's heart-to-heart, raises an important question: namely, are these glimpses of their true selves, underneath Wanda's magical meddling? Or are these images simply what Wanda sees? After all, Pietro's new face seems to imply that this guy is not the same Pietro who died in Avengers: Age of Ultron. Yet, he seems to be aware of his fate, which differs from Vision's blanked memory of his pre-Westview life as an Avenger. Is Wanda puppeteering the dead bodies of Vision and Quicksilver? Or is something else going on here? 

Regardless, in response to Vision's cries of pain, Wanda pushes out the borders of Westview so that she can save his life and maintain her control over him — and now countless other individuals, including several S.W.O.R.D. agents, and Darcy Lewis, too. 

It will be interesting to see how Wanda and Vision can move forward now that Vision has broken through his wife's illusion. Will she come clean about what she knows? And since she told Pietro she doesn't know how she's suddenly gained all this power, will we finally discover if someone is pulling her strings? 

Seven days is a long time to wait, but sadly, it's how long we'll have to sit and twiddle our thumbs before the next WandaVision episode arrives on Disney+.