Episode 3 of Marvel’s WandaVision, streaming now, bursts into color as the suburban sitcom surrealness hits the 1970s. From Quicksilver to SWORD, what Easter eggs and Marvel references does the third installment of the Disney Plus series reveal?
New chapters of the nine-part Disney Plus show arrive every Friday. Starting with , we’re recapping each episode and diving into the mysterious reality of witchy Wanda Maximoff (Elizabeth Olsen) and awkward android Vision (Paul Bettany).
Here are the Easter eggs we’ve spotted in episode 3. But be warned: Spoilers for all episodes!
Welcome to Westview
All signs point to Wanda and Vision being trapped in some kind of constructed reality. Like, actual literal signs: The billboard welcoming visitors to the town of Westview hints at that artificial nature with the tagline “Home is where you make it.”
For the children
Vision wants to call the baby Billy, after William Shakespeare, and offers another reference to the artificial nature of the reality (“All the world’s a stage…”). Wanda prefers all-American name Tommy.
They’re in luck, because it turns out they’re having twins! In the comics, Wanda’s desire for children has led to several dramatic (and tragic) storylines. Her twin boys were revealed to be fragments of the demon Mephisto, who may or may not make an appearance in the show. More recently, Wanda’s grown-up sons Billy and Tommy joined the Young Avengers team as heroes Wiccan and Speed.
In episode 3, the unusual nature of Wanda’s pregnancy is clear from its unnervingly accelerated progress, but there are also hints that the babies are in some way artificial. Throughout episode 3, Wanda unconsciously brings life to various inanimate things, including paper butterflies and a painting of a stork. She’s also in some way linked to the technology and infrastructure of the Brady Bunch-style setting, her contractions affecting household gadgets and blowing out the power.
The moment Vision actually voices suspicions about the strange reality in which they live, the show glitches. Vision is skipped back a few seconds, but this time his suspicions are gone. It’s not clear how that happened, but when the beekeeper emerged from the manhole in episode 2, we clearly saw it was Wanda who did the rewinding. The question remains whether someone else is in charge of reality and blocked Vision seeing the truth, or whether Wanda herself is in charge — and she’ll even manipulate her beloved Vision…