WandaVision‘s seventh episode “Breaking the Fourth Wall” is a gamechanger.
This recap of Disney Plus’s WandaVision season 1, episode 7, “Breaking the Fourth Wall”, contains significant spoilers.
Last Time on WandaVision
After Wanda (Elizabeth Olsen) expanded the boundaries of Westview on an “All-New Halloween Spooktacular!“, the only two left outside Wanda’s grasp are Monica (Teyonah Park) and Jimmy Woo (Randall Park) as they left town to get help. This episode didn’t answer many questions (or any, really), but left us with several questions or revelations that felt like we received more tricks than treats. Avengers don’t seem to know they are Avengers, including Wanda at points. Is this the nature of the spell she has put everyone in, that includes her at times? Why was Pietro recast as someone who looks different than Wanda remembers? Why doesn’t he remember his past, yet is pumping Wanda for information? All the townsfolk are trapped by Wanda and can’t get out. Was the Halloween episode just an excuse to camouflage the “hell” they are trapped in? That could only mean one thing… is Mephisto around?
WandaVision season 1, episode 7 recap: Modern Family Values
Wanda wakes up in bed, having an existential crisis. She is still in her Halloween costume from the night before. Vision is gone and she finds herself in a Modern Family-like sitcom as the scene cuts to her talking directly into the camera about her problems. She doesn’t know what it all means anymore. Pietro she feels must be an imposter. It feels like her marriage to Vision is on the rocks, as they are having modern marital problems. Agnes (Kathryn Hahn) sees Wanda needs self-care day so she takes the kids for the afternoon and right after Wanda’s vision starts to, let’s say, “glitch.” Walls, fireplaces, curtains, couches, cereal, even the milk containers “zap” like the red hex wall that covers Westview and takes a different shape.
Outside the Dome
It appears Director Hayward (Josh Stamberg) indeed did not get sucked into Wanda pushing the “boundaries” of television when she expanded the hex wall to cover most of SWORD’s defenses. He is now outside it looking again for a way in. Why? Well, Monica and Jimmy Woo are hot on the case. Before Darcy (Kat Dennings) found herself a new resident of Westview, she sent her findings to Jimmy. Hayward’s secret files are named “Cataract” and contain plans on watching Vision. The devious director wasn’t trying to decommission Vision, he was trying to bring him back, but nothing worked until Wanda stole Vision’s body and brought him back to life. Hayward needs to get inside the hex to bring Vision back online as SWORD’s essential weapon.
WandaVision season 1, episode 7 recap: Pop the Red Pill
A commercial for the medication “Nexus” came up and describes a woman feeling depressed. She takes this anti-depressant to anchor you back to reality… or, wait for it… the reality of your choice. Is Nexus keeping Wanda in the reality of her choice, like a family with Vision in Westview? Is the same drug the answer to snapping Wanda back into the reality that makes her feel depressed and that the world moved on without her? A reality without Vision.
I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing…
Monica sends some specs to some of her military friends and designs a heavily armed space rover to penetrate the hex wall and passes right through. Though, when she tries it, the wall doesn’t destroy the rover, it rewrites it (if this isn’t a metaphor for Trump’s wall, I’m not sure what is). It spits it out and now is a half rover and half family caravan. Now, Monica says the hell with it. She pierces the hex wall herself, rewriting her DNA again, and now equipped with glowing blue eyes and a power not yet explored. Is this her first step in being able to use her superpowers such as flight, invisibility, energy blasts, hyper-cosmic awareness, and superhuman speed? It appears to be because when she goes to warn Wanda of the director’s intentions Wanda forces her out of her home, but this time Monica is feeling her powers to fight back; you can see the blue energy blasting powers flowing through her veins.
WandaVision season 1, episode 7 recap: The Agnes Reveal
Agnes is not just the Ethel, but a witch dating back to the days of Salem. That’s right, Agnes is Agatha Harkness, Wanda Maximoff’s long-time rival in the comic series. She has magical powers. creating illusions, teleportation, telepathy, and levitation. As it turns out, she has been using all of them across the first six episodes. Agatha, all along, has been pulling the strings. The dinner with the boss. The magic show. Controlling Pietro (or whoever he may be). She even killed poor sparky, too. This shocker is revealed when Wanda goes looking in the basement for her children at Agnes’s house and can’t find them.
Don’t Go Anywhere
In classic Marvel fashion, don’t go anywhere. After the credits roll we have Monica trying to find a way into Agnes’s home. When she is about to go through the basement through a pair of storm cellar doors, Pietro appears behind her and says, “Snoopers going to snoop…:
If Wanda isn’t controlling this and it’s Agnes, this all points to Mephisto being around somewhere. Which begs the question: Where are Wanda’s children?