We’ve been watching WandaVision every week since it premiered, and we’ve looked at just about every fan theory out there trying to figure out the mystery, and I think we’ve figured out something that no one else seems to have fully put together.
There are very few theories that have suggested something vaguely similar to what we think it may be, but we haven’t seen anyone put all the pieces together like we have through discussing it in detail and researching every comic book and MCU reference we can find, so here goes…. obviously this is your MAJOR SPOILER ALERT if you haven’t seen the series and if this turns out to be correct, we’ve possibly figured out how it may all end as well, so stop reading now if you don’t want any spoilers:
So most people seem to be convinced of the idea that Mephisto will be the big bad villain of WandaVision because of the comic history with the whole House of M storyline and especially now that Agatha Harkness has been revealed, which we can certainly see why everyone would think this. While that’s entirely possible, we’ve long thought that that is maybe just too on-the-nose for Marvel to take a storyline directly from the comics that every comic book fan would be able to guess immediately without question.
Many of the references to Mephisto so far are extremely obvious in a way that Marvel doesn’t tend to do with the MCU… after all, they are the king of easter eggs and misdirection. So, what if it isn’t Mephisto (plus that comic storyline is super weird and pretty dark to try to recreate exactly for the MCU/Disney family audience), and maybe it isn’t Nightmare because he’s supposedly going to be in the Doctor Strange sequel (up until this week even I was convinced that Nightmare is the villain for WandaVision too)…. but let’s just assume for minute that they’re saving him for the big screen…. what if, just maybe, the main villain of WandaVision is Ultron?
The credit really goes to my mom on this one because she was the first person to suggest that Ultron might be behind it all and has done a lot of the research, and ever since then we’ve been seeing all the clues fall into place.
Think about it… We’ve had over twenty interconnected stories for the MCU beginning with Iron Man, and Marvel clearly loves to build off of stories they’ve already established, even with years in between movies. WandaVision is a pretty crazy concept and a pretty big gamble for Marvel at this point, so what better way to connect it to the MCU than with a villain we are already familiar with that is closely tied to both Wanda and Vision?
Wanda originally worked with Ultron to take down the Avengers, and Vision was supposed to be what Ultron would become if he succeeded. Ultron called him “my vision”, which the Avengers “stole” from him (“You were supposed to be the last.” – Ultron to Vision)
Wanda and Vision were also the ones to take out the last two remaining versions of Ultron. The person Ultron hated the most – Tony – is gone, so next in line for him would be the two who essentially turned on him in the end – Wanda and Vision. But Ultron can hide in technology, so perhaps he wasn’t destroyed, and now he wants revenge.
So here’s what we’ve put together so far having rewatched Age of Ultron this week (in no particular order)….
1. Agatha Harkness is tied to Ultron in the comics (Age of Ultron vs. Marvel Zombies Vol 1 3 – search “Agatha Ultron” and it’s one of the first storylines that comes up on the internet – they both also appear in Fantastic Four Vol 1 150 I believe). There’s a storyline in which Ultron creates a HIVE of sorts (beehives look like interconnected HEXAGONS) in a place that was Agatha’s domain, called Salvation, with a FORCE FIELD and utilizes three pawns in his plan (Vision, Human Torch, and Wonder Man). Agatha is also connected to Vision in this storyline. And Magneto plays a huge role in this story (he is Wanda’s real father in the comics)… perhaps the major cameo from an actor Paul Bettany has “always wanted to work with” is Ian McKellen as Magneto and they’re going off of this storyline? Bettany also said in an interview that he thought the finale of the show would be a big payoff for anyone watching Marvel… and I think maybe he was going to say “for a long time” but sort of stopped before fully saying it. Maybe that big payoff is Ultron (it’s been seven years since Age of Ultron) or maybe it’s Magneto (Magneto first appeared on the big screen in the Fox Marvel franchise of X-Men movies 21 years ago, and we’ve already gotten a Quicksilver crossover on WandaVision from that franchise, so it’s possible).
2. Ultron always wanted to become Vision. If he’s somehow influenced SWORD in some way, that could be the reason they were experimenting on Vision, trying to once again make him into a sentient weapon (which the MCU has changed SWORD to mean “sentient weapon” instead of “sentient worlds” like it is in the comics).
3. Hayward could actually BE Ultron. It sounds weird, but Ultron has been known to take human form before in some animated TV shows (posing as Truman Marsh in Avengers Assemble Season 3, I believe, which then leads into Secret Wars in Season 4 and then Season 5, which from my research has storylines tied to the defeating of Loki, Wakanda, Atlantis, White Wolf – aka Bucky/Winter Soldier is called in an MCU end credit scene, and an unlikely ally in Baron Zemo). Ultron also refers to himself in a human sense multiple times in Ultron, including saying “in the flesh” when Bruce says “Ultron” at Avengers Tower, and when he says that the Avengers “turn his own flesh against him.” (“Purge me from your computers; turn my own flesh against me.” – Ultron)
4. Why is it that Geraldine (aka Monica) specifically pointed out to Wanda that Pietro “was killed by Ultron”? That’s a pretty specific detail that Wanda already knows, so why did she say that? Maybe it’s a hint to us as the audience?
5. Also there’s the whole TV sitcom broadcast thing that is unique to this show. As far as we know, this has no basis in the comics, but was designed for this show. That fits perfectly with a villain who is technology based. Who would randomly send out a broadcast signal to the world, possibly to brag about what he was doing? That sounds like an Ultron move.
One theory we’ve seen points out that the force field around Westview seems to give off an energy signal that looks like it’s technology based with rectangular shaped colored pixels (which is also featured in the artwork in the credits). And Monica can now see the energy radiating off of everything in Westview. If it’s truly technology based, that could point to Ultron.
Also, when things go wrong in Westview, they essentially “glitch” – people start repeating things (eg episode 1), they do weird things like Herb does in episode 3, people are stuck in repeated loop motion (episode 6), Wanda’s whole house glitches in episode 7, objects that leave Westview get “rewritten” (like computer coding), and Wanda (supposedly) is able to rewind events. That all sounds like it is technology or computer related paired with magic.
And the biggest clue for this is episode 5 when Vision installs the computer at his workplace and receives the email message from Darcy. All of the “characters” begin reading the message out loud, like someone else is using them or looking through them to read the message. There’s a heavy emphasis on technological communication in this show, which is exactly what Ultron began as – computer-based Artificial Intelligence that could communicate and transfer himself through technology.
6. If Hayward is Ultron, that could be why Wanda can tell something isn’t right about him, but maybe she isn’t sure what. She can read minds (or at least see into people’s minds in the MCU to an extent), but not Ultron’s (she basically says this in Age of Ultron when they first meet…. “You’re wondering why you can’t look inside my head.” – Ultron). We saw her turn the the guards on Hayward when she walked out of Westview, so she knows something is up with him, but maybe she controlled the minds of the guards because she can’t control Hayward’s “mind”.
7. Disney suggests watching Age of Ultron after the credits roll for WandaVision after every episode… why? Most of what has been revealed in WandaVision more closely ties to Civil War, Infinity War, and Endgame. It may just be that they are suggesting Age of Ultron because both Wanda and Vision are introduced in that movie, but maybe there’s more to it than that. Why not just suggest Marvel Legends, which recaps both of their stories from beginning to now? Maybe they’re suggesting watching Age of Ultron because of all the clues that connect.
8. There are a lot of nightmare references, so that’s why I originally thought it could be Nightmare, but what if Ultron is just making everyone live a nightmare because he’s messing with their fears to get back at Wanda. Also, in Age of Ultron, Tony tells Fury that what he saw (the Avengers’ destruction) wasn’t “a nightmare”. Maybe it’s just a reference to that.
9. According to Marvel.com (https://www.marvel.com/characters/ultron/in-comics), Ultron has the ability at one point to do exactly what we are seeing happen in WandaVision. Here’s a quote from marvel’s website – “Ultron’s abilities vary with each upgrade but include: superhuman strength durability, the power of flight, and various offensive weapons such as concussion blasters, radiation emitters and his “encephalo-ray,” which plunges its victims into a deathlike coma. The latter also allows Ultron to mesmerize and fully control the minds of his victims, alter their memories, or implant subliminal hypnotic commands within their minds to be enacted at a later time. Since he can transfer his consciousness from body to body, he is nearly indestructible.”
10. In Age of Ultron, there are a lot of connections that can be made to WandaVision —
– Ultron glows red. Even when he takes over another robot, their eyes turn from blue to red. Only Ultron is red, so that could be why there’s red elements that Wanda can’t control, like the stork, and why there seems to be a red glow around certain things like windows and clothes at certain times. Agatha’s magic is purple, but not everything that happens outside of Wanda’s control is purple.
– Ultron talks about children being a form of destruction for humanity. (“Everyone creates the thing they dread. Men of peace create engines of war, invaders create avengers. People create… smaller people? Uhh… children! Lost the word there. Children, designed to supplant them. To help them… end.” – Ultron) So maybe all of this fake reality was designed “for the children” as a way for Ultron to take revenge on Wanda… he sees them as her destruction.
– Ultron talks about humanity needing to evolve. Maybe he’s using Wanda’s powers from the mind stone to create mutants… an “evolved” form of humanity.
– Ultron tells Wanda at one point that it’s “time for some mind games.” If Ultron knows she can mess with people based on their fears, it makes sense he would try to do the same thing to her.
– Ultron knows about Wanda and Pietro’s parents. He listened to their story when he met them. If the adults in the commercials relating to Wanda’s trauma are supposed to be their parents, that could be why. Ultron is using this against her.
– One of the commercials features a watch with the name Strucker, who was the one experimenting on Wanda and her brother in Age of Ultron. Ultron went after him in that movie, and there are other Hydra references too.
– Nexus is featured in one of the commercials, and Nexus is the name of the intelligence center that Tony went to in Age of Ultron. Maybe Ultron has been hiding in the Nexus all along.
The Two BIGGEST CLUES
There are other details all throughout Age of Ultron that could connect to WandaVision, but by far the most on-the-nose connection that completely jumped out at me is this –
We learn in episode seven that Agatha is the one behind it all, but is she really? Her theme song states “who’s been pulling every evil STRING?” When I re-watched Age of Ultron this week it hit me like a brick wall… “THERE ARE NO STRINGS ON ME.”
STRINGS are directly tied to Ultron. The Pinocchio song is basically his theme song – it was used in all of the trailers for the movie and he also sings it at one point himself (clearly he has a love of theme songs if he’s the villain in WandaVision). He’s got no strings, but HE’S now the one pulling all the strings. And of course, knowing how powerful Wanda is and what she can do, he’d have to have the help of someone just as powerful to be able to influence Wanda and control her – enter Agatha Harkness. So the once puppet is now the puppet master, pulling all of the STRINGS behind the scenes of the show.
And then something EVEN BIGGER hit me…. the person interviewing Wanda in episode 7 speaks from behind the camera and says, “Do you think maybe you’re getting what you deserve?” The way it’s said is clearly meant to be condemning, and Wanda is clearly shocked by this, and it’s actually a pretty shocking statement. We are led to believe it’s Agatha, but it’s a man’s voice that says it. Ultron always wants to give humanity what he thinks they deserve.
Setting aside General Ross who clearly dislikes Wanda but isn’t capable of doing anything like this to her, really the only other person we know of that would think Wanda deserves to suffer is Ultron. Characters like Mephisto and Nightmare would likely have no personal problem with Wanda herself to say something like this, but Ultron does. Ultron didn’t like humanity much anyway and thought he knew best, so of course he would say something like this to Wanda if he wanted revenge.
So what’s the ultimate goal for Ultron, then? To become Vision (he needed Wanda’s powers to bring Vision back to life), and then Ultron has to get rid of Wanda. He’s not powerful enough to do that himself and most likely neither is Agatha, so by playing with Wanda’s mind he will get her to destroy herself in the end. (“I’m going to tear you apart… from the inside!” – Ultron) But, we don’t think this is what will happen… something will bring Wanda out of it and save her.
Ultron’s Big Plan
But why now? (“I’m glad you asked that, because I wanted to take this time to explain my evil plan…” – Ultron)
Ultron would have seen Thanos nearly accomplish what Ultron wanted to do the world (generally speaking, at least), and while Thanos ultimately failed, they lost Stark, Romanoff, and (essentially) Rogers in the process with all of the Avengers still disassembled. It’s the perfect time for Ultron to come out of hiding and move forward with the plan he never let go of. It may seem far fetched, but these are comic book based storylines…. everything is far fetched. If a mere human like Arnim Zola can transfer his consciousness into a bunch of computers to try to live forever, nothing is stopping Ultron from returning and doing some seemingly impossible things, especially with the help of magic.
Maybe this won’t end up being what happens with WandaVision and it isn’t actually Ultron, but all of the clues just seem to fall together too perfectly having watched Ultron again and knowing these comic storylines, and we’re fully convinced now that it’s Ultron. It all just seems so simple, yet brilliantly connected to the rest of the MCU if this is what they have done with this show.
That would make all the rest of the clues to Miphesto and Nightmare misdirection on Marvel’s part, because they know that comic book fans would immediately think of these two characters, but Ultron would be more surprising and unexpected overall – which we know Marvel loves to do. They change things for the MCU a lot- after all, Ultron was created by Hank Pym in the comics, not Tony Stark. So they could take the House of M storyline, but expertly weave Ultron into the mix, with enough misdirection to keep it a mystery, but also enough clues to make it all make sense in the end.