Despite Marvel's decorated cinematic run, their TV catalogue hasn’t had the same reception. Titles like Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. stand as the anomaly with seven seasons under its belt, but the majority of Marvel shows are cancelled after three or so years, including the fan favourite that deserved more: Daredevil. However, translating the MCU’s ‘big screen’ plots into weekly episodes through WandaVision might just be the key to revitalising their place in television. Unsurprisingly, fans have come up with detailed, in-depth theories on how the season will end - drawing from easter eggs in the show, happenings from previous MCU films and even the comics. And so, in the true fandom spirit, it’s only natural I explore the top theories before the final episode - separating the plausible from the impossible.
When will people learn that creating sentient life in the form of robots never works in humanity’s favour? After Hayward and S.W.O.R.D. are seen dismantling and examining Vision in order to create their own soldier, people started to question what they would eventually create, or rather, who. Episode 8 (Previously On) gave viewers a taste of White Vision but his origin in the comics is a little different. First appearing in West Coast Avengers #45, White Vision is all that’s left of the robot after his memories are wiped. Wonder Man and Hank Pym (the original Ant Man) try to fix him but can’t seem to bring back his emotional connection, creating an omnipotent and omniscient being with anger issues. Fans believe that although S.W.O.R.D. 's version of Vision isn’t the real deal - emotionless destruction is going to be it’s mission for the season finale. But it’s not all bad news. Hypothetically speaking, both Visions have what the other is missing: The ‘real’ Vision’s body is decaying after losing the Mind Stone and the duplicate is lacking compassion for human life. The two halves could potentially merge into a complete being, throwing it back to Vision’s creation in Avengers: Age of Ultron. It could be why WandaVision’s credits look similar to Ultron’s interface.
Another possibility is that White Vision is really Ultron. Spotted by Reddit user, u/ScaryIsGood, White Vision pays close attention to his arm when he is awoken. In his final scene, Ultron is seen to be missing his left arm before Vision kills him in a blinding flash of light. Is Ultron back to seek revenge?
Mephisto The Demon Daddy
Think hell and the devil, but make it Marvel. As if there isn’t enough bad energy floating around the show in the form of Agatha, White Vision and Hayward - Mephisto poses a different threat altogether. His involvement in the story wasn’t pulled out of thin air, in fact - there is a very strong link. Many fans thought that the introduction of Agatha as a witch weakened Mephisto’s involvement, but it fits in with his meddling ways and helps viewers see Agatha as a puppet in his grand scheme. When Monica Rambeau is ejected from the Westview bubble, she specifically states that the twins (Tommy and Billy Maximoff) are “real”, despite many aspects of the town being fabricated by Wanda, and she’s not wrong. After realising that they couldn’t conceive together in Vision and The Scarlet Witch #12, Wanda ‘magics’ two sons out of thin air that eventually inherit Wiccan and superspeed powers - just like Wanda and Pietro. Three years after their birth, in Avengers West Coast Vol. 2 #52, it’s found out that the twins are fragments of Mephisto’s soul that were sent to Earth. But who is Mephisto? Whereas some theories point towards the recast Pietro, that link the X-Men timeline to the MCU, the most interesting take is Dottie Jones. She seems like the ‘perfect’ neighbour - hosting the committee meeting as well as the Westview Talent Show but it can also double as the perfect disguise. With stronger evidence towards suggesting Dottie is Moonglow from The Defenders, her identity as well as Mephisto’s remains a mystery.
Although WandaVision director, Matt Shakman, spoke of “disappointment” due to the extravagant theories, this one may be the most likely. With confirmation that the Scarlet Witch will be starring in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, it wouldn’t be farfetched to assume that the finale could act as a mini-prequel to the upcoming blockbuster. Doctor Strange is the keeper of the Time Stone, with the ability to alter reality and the timeline but he also acts as a preserver of time by dealing with blemishes or irregular events. With Wanda not yet realising the extent of her powers or how she was able to create Westview in the first place, Wanda may not be aware of how she has already warped time and other realities. A prime example is the recasting of her brother, Pietro. Seeing her deceased brother on top of losing Vision might have been too much trauma, but she was understandably craving comfort and familiarity. Instead, Wanda connected a parallel timeline where her brother is still alive, but looks completely different. A feat of this size isn’t outside the parameters of what she is capable of. In the House of M storyline in the comics, Wanda alters the entire Earth-616 reality with ease, meaning she is bending reality at a near-multiversal scale, whilst essentially changing how the future unfolds to the point most characters are unaware. Wanda’s action could be the scarlet butterfly that throws the universe into a frenzy in the anticipated Doctor Strange movie.