Spoilers follow for “Breaking the Fourth Wall”, the seventh episode of WandaVision.
After a visually stunning trip through the last seven decades of American television, the overarching plot of Marvel Studios’ superhero sitcom WandaVision is finally starting to come together, with the revelation that nosy neighbor Agnes is in fact a witch named Agatha Harkness. Of course, there are still plenty of unanswered questions (like what in the world Agatha’s game plan actually is), but there are plenty of oblique comic book references and hidden details to mull over while we wait patiently for the next episode.
First off, that hexagonal motif was present yet again, this time in the duvet on Wanda’s bed. Interestingly, the pillow Wanda was sleeping on was the only one without the hexagon pattern, which certainly seems to imply that she is the only one not under a spell.
When Wanda is making breakfast, the milk carton features one of those traditional “missing” ads, and while the shot is too blurry for the viewer to be able to identify the child in the photo, it could be interpreted as foreshadowing given that the episode ends with both Tommy and Billy nowhere to be found. Not to mention, it continues the ever-so-creepy recurring theme surrounding children in Westview, first with the residents chanting “for the children,” then Vision questioning where all of the children are, and finally Wanda’s tacit admission to Pietro that every kid in town has been asleep this whole time.
And even before the “Agatha All Along!” reveal, this episode is laying on the hints pretty thick when it comes to Agnes’ true identity. Once again, she’s wearing Agatha’s trademark purple, and a throwaway line about a mole could in fact be a reference to the idea of a “witch’s mark,” a kind of telltale sign that supposedly proved a person’s guilt during the witch trials. And if that wasn’t enough, it turns out the exterior of Agnes’ house is actually the house from Bewitched.
Meanwhile, over at the circus, Darcy Lewis gets a nice full-circle moment when she punches out the strongman—who eagle-eyed viewers may recognize as the rude SWORD agent who refused to get Darcy her coffee way back in episode 4. The circus setting also includes a giant sign that issues the challenge “fool the guesser,” which is basically what Marvel are currently doing on a weekly basis.
As we draw closer to that ending, Wanda descends into the basement of Agnes’ home: and it is here that the aspect ratio changes, demonstrating that this dungeon/temple/cave, with all of its sinister vines and magical objects, is 100 percent real and not under the control of the Hex. The fact that Monica opening the cellar door is also the focus of the show’s first post-credit scene could even be a hint that this is our last foray into sitcom territory, and that the remaining two episodes will take place fully in the “real world” of the MCU.
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