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WandaVision: How Episode 8 And Its Post-Credits Scene Sets Up An Epic Finale

This article contains spoilers for WandaVision.

The latest episode of WandaVision saw us take a trip down memory lane as Wanda and Agatha visited key moments from the past to figure out how we arrived at the Westview anomaly.

After visiting the moment Wanda and Pietro were trapped by a Stark Industries bomb, we then took a pit stop at Strucker’s lab to see a HYDRA experiment in action, before arriving at S.W.O.R.D. HQ where things got really interesting as it was revealed Wanda did not steal Vision’s body.

Our journey then ended in Westview with Wanda breaking down on the plot of land Vision had purchased, the place where they intended to grow old together before Thanos put an end to that, snatching away from Wanda her potential future.

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And thus the pieces of the WandaVision puzzle were put together as it was confirmed Wanda has used Chaos Magic to not only create The Hex, but also a new Vision explaining his resurrection.

In the stunning climax we also saw Wanda finally be referred to as the one and only Scarlet Witch, setting things up for what promises to be an epic finale.

Although the jigsaw was finally solved, episode eight did leave us with some questions, also teasing us right at the very end with an intriguing post-credits scene. Let’s break it all down.

What Is Chaos Magic?

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First things first, what on earth is Chaos Magic? During the episode Agatha tells Wanda that what she has been using is Chaos Magic which is a powerful form of magic seen in the comics.

Long story cut short, Chaos Magic was originally wielded by the Elder God and Arch-Demon Chthon billions of years ago as he reigned over Earth.

Eventually Chthon would be sealed inside Mount Wundergore, which so happens to be the birthplace of Wanda who would be touched by his hand gaining a fraction of his power.

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This gave Wanda the ability to control Chaos Energy and so she can use Chaos Magic to manipulate and warp reality.

It’s much more than that though as the power of Chaos Magic is of such a magnitude it can be used to destroy the entire universe, if the user wishes to do so.

In the comics it was Agatha Harkness who would mentor Wanda and show her how to turn Chaos Energy into Chaos Magic, strengthening her powers and unleashing her previously untapped potential.

Meet Scarlet Witch

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Episode eight gave us the moment we have long been waiting for – Wanda was finally referred to as Scarlet Witch for the first time in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU).

Whilst we have always known Wanda to be the Scarlet Witch, this name has never actually been used in the MCU… until now that is.

As Agatha realises that Wanda has been using Chaos Magic, she tells her: “You have no idea how dangerous you are. You’re supposed to be a myth, a being capable of spontaneous creation – and here you are, using it to make breakfast for dinner. Your children, Vision, this whole little life you’ve made – this is Chaos Magic, Wanda. This makes you… the Scarlet Witch.”

Cue the credits leaving us on a cliffhanger!

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Agatha also reveals that Wanda was just a “baby witch” until she came into contact with the Mind Stone during HYDRA’s experiments on her, which unlocked her true powers.

In the flashback scene we see Wanda have a vision of the Scarlet Witch after touching the Mind Stone, which could be Wanda seeing a future version of herself.

It’s important to note that Agatha says “you’re supposed to be a myth” meaning the Scarlet Witch has either existed before in another form, or a prophecy may have predicted her arrival.

With the name drop taking place right at the end of the penultimate episode, we can definitely expect Wanda to transform into the Scarlet Witch during the show’s finale.

Who Is ‘White Vision’?

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And if that wasn’t enough of a cliffhanger for you, WandaVision delivered another one in the post-credits scene which revealed what the sneaky acting director of S.W.O.R.D. Agent Hayward has been planning.

Our predictions that Hayward and S.W.O.R.D. have been intending to turn Vision into a weapon were confirmed during the scene, but what we didn’t know is that they were already working on it as we weren’t previously aware that Wanda had created a new Vision.

The sequence sees Hayward bring the original Vision back online using the drone they had sent into The Hex which came back affected by Wanda’s power, allowing the cunning actor director to finally achieve his malicious goals.

This is probably the secretive Project Cataract Darcy Lewis discovered…

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The question you may be asking though is why is Vision now white? Although his colour was drained from his body when Thanos killed him, surely this would have returned when he was brought back online?

Whilst the show is yet to explain this, not only does it help us easily identify this weaponised version of Vision, but it’s also a reference to the original comics, namely the Vision Quest storyline in West Coast Avengers.

In this story Vision lost his colour after a government body disassembled his body, so it makes sense that WandaVision nods to this given this is also exactly what S.W.O.R.D. did in the show.

After being disassembled and put back together in the comics, Vision returned emotionless, hinting that the same may be true for the series which will definitely not go down well with Wanda.

Meet Agatha Harkness

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It’s quite clear that the finale will see Wanda take on this new white Vision and Hayward, probably with the now super-heroic Monica by her side.

But there’s still a question mark over Agatha and what her role will be in both this upcoming battle and in the future of the MCU.

In the last episode Agnes revealed herself to be the witch Agatha Harkness, who we see in the opening scene of this episode kill her own mother and several other witches in a flashback to the Salem witch trials.

Clearly Agatha does have quite the wicked side, but we are still unsure whether she will be a force of evil in the final episode.

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We do learn why Agatha is in Westview though, being drawn to The Hex after sensing its magic, with her meddling being an attempt to wake Wanda up and learn how she created this world.

Now Agatha has realised Wanda is the Scarlet Witch, will she try and destroy her, or will she mentor her to help her control her powers?

Given that in the comics Agatha is mostly a mentor figure, the latter is more likely, especially because the next episode will likely see Vision die (again) leaving the world at risk of being destroyed by a grieving Scarlet Witch.

We will just have to wait until next week though to see what the WandaVision finale brings!

WandaVision airs every Friday exclusively on Disney+.

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Emily Murray

Emily Murray

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Emily is a journalist and film critic who unashamedly cries at most movies having got too emotionally attached. When not at the cinema, she is at home cuddling her cat Holmes, whilst binge watching New Girl.