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What's Actually Going On With The Corpses In WandaVision?

WandaVision spoilers ahead!

Since arriving on Disney+ back in January of 2021, WandaVision has taken the world by storm, for more reasons than one. Following 2020, which was completely devoid of Marvel Cinematic Universe content, fans were eager to return to the shared universe in any way they could. Suffice to say, the genre-blending, sitcom-parodying series centering on Wanda Maximoff (Elizabeth Olsen) and Vision (Paul Bettany) was far from what they had in mind. Not only has the program departed significantly from the light-hearted, action-packed MCU of years past, but it has pulled the entire franchise into dark, uncharted, and complicated waters, successfully captivating viewers across the globe.

Taking place after the events of Avengers: Endgame, WandaVision welcomes streamers into the cheery world of Westview, New Jersey. For the first few installments, Wanda and Vision's new life in this ode to classic television felt fun, but something was clearly amiss. Now, six episodes deep, it's becoming increasingly clear that there are very morbid connotations to this fairytale story. 

Aside from the amnesia-inducing qualities of Wanda's Hex, and the fact that all of Westview's residents are being held there against their will, it's time to confront one of WandaVision's most unsettling aspects: the puppeteering that appears to be happening to the corpses of Pietro Maximoff (Evan Peters), aka Quicksilver, and Vision.

How is Wanda's Hex is influencing Pietro and Vision's bodies?

As longtime MCU fans know, both Pietro and Vision bit the bullet long before WandaVision takes place. Quicksilver (the Aaron Taylor-Johnson version, anyway) suffered a handful of gunshot wounds from the titular robotic villain of Avengers: Age of Ultron, and Thanos (Josh Brolin) killed Vision in Avengers: Infinity War, as a part of his Infinity Stone-collecting warpath. Therefore, their apparent survival on the Disney+ original series raises more than a few questions. Most importantly, what role are Wanda and her Hex playing in their resurrection, and can these undead versions of the characters live outside of Westview?

The most recent installment, "All-New Halloween Spooktacular!" added a new layer to both of these questions, as Vision tried to escape from Wanda's pocket dimension. Not only did he struggle to break through the Hex's border, but his body slowly began to tear apart from its attempts to pull him back in. One has to imagine that if he is still just a deceased synthezoid, and Wanda parades around his lifeless body to cope with his death, he would have dropped to the ground as soon as he left her influence. Therefore, he and Pietro must be kept alive by other means, not thanks to the Hex's power alone.

Contrastingly, it's worth addressing the fleeting moments where Wanda observes Pietro and Vision for what they really are. Toward the end of "We Interrupt This Program", she looks to her husband and sees him in his post-Infinity War form – devoid of pigment and sporting a crater in his forehead in the place where Thanos removed the Mind Stone. Similarly, in "All-New Halloween Spooktacular", she sits down to speak with Pietro, who's briefly shown riddled with bullet holes and pale skin. These scenes clearly contradict what Vision's attempted escape seemed to confirm, indicating that Wanda may be controlling their corpses like marionettes.

The only thing for certain in this scenario is that nothing is for certain. For now, we'll simply have to watch WandaVision's next three episodes with bated breath, hopefully getting some answers about the circumstances surrounding Pietro and Vision's revival.