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A WandaVision Episode 8 Fan Theory Explains the Origins of Wanda’s Mutant Powers, the X-Men
WandaVision fans: We’re almost at the end of the road. The season finale drops on Disney+ this Friday, and—I guess this is a compliment to the gate-keepers over at Marvel—we still don’t really know shit. Will White Vision bust up the Hex and everything inside of it? Is Agatha Harkness out for good or evil? Will Frankie Muniz follow up all those Malcolm in the Middle references by making his long-rumored MCU debut as Mephisto?
I made that last one up. But it’d be fun. Anyway, we have one plot bit to sort out from the last episode. We seemingly got an origin story for Wanda’s powers. The way WandaVision tells it to us, Wanda was born with powers. But when she signed up for the HYDRA program, she interacted with the Mind Stone, which jacked up her powers. On the other end of things, you have all the X-Men/Evan Peters/multiverse/crossover business. Which Agatha seemed to squash when she said she posed as Pietro, but didn’t really know what the hell he looked like. Making Peters’s Pietro some rando, instead of the same Pietro we met in FOX’s X-Men films.
Thankfully, a new fan theory over a Reddit figured out a way mutants could still exist in the MCU. Here’s what user abutthole (nice!) had to say in the top comment of a post wondering what’s up with WandaVision’s Pietro:
It seems like the MCU is going down the long hypothesized “Wanda and Pietro were mutants and their powers were amped by the Mind Stone” route.Wanda’s mutation allowed her to use magic – remember, any normal human in the MCU is capable of learning magic. Outside of Wanda it’s shown to be an entirely learned skill.Pietro had some sort of speed mutation which the Mind Stone activated.
This one checks out. The way WandaVision presents the story of Wanda’s powers to us, there was some reason why she was born with powers. Which makes her a bit of an anomaly in the MCU, having her powers from the start. In the comics, Wanda Maximoff is officially a mutant, so it wouldn’t be crazy for the MCU to take her (and Pietro) the mutant route to explain their powers. Plus, in the same Reddit thread, user LeagueOfLucian pointed out that in the comic books, severely traumatic events activate mutant powers—meaning that the bombing in Sokovia could’ve sparked Wanda’s powers out of dormancy.
What better way to introduce mutants to the MCU than by way of Wanda? Either way, we’ll find out when we see WandaVision: Endgame this Friday.
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