This week’s episode of WandaVision took us into the stunning technicolor of the 1970s for a very Brady Bunch-flavored turn of events: Wanda’s pregnancy, as revealed last week, was progressing along at a breakneck pace (just in case there was any doubt at all left in your head that there’s something seriously messed up with Westville and, you know, reality as a whole in this show).
Not only is Wanda’s pregnancy lasting a matter of days, she’s also having twins–which, if you’re familiar with Wanda and Vision’s comic book history, ought to come as no surprise. But the real story of these bouncing baby boys is a complicated one that may (or may not) be layered with clues about the rest of the show. Let’s take a closer look.
Both Wanda and Vision have what we’ll generously call “complicated” histories in the comics, full of inexplicable memory loss, death and resurrection, origin story “retcons” (though most were done in such a way as to re-examine or handwave old versions of events away, rather than ignoring them entirely) and updates to powers and abilities. For a considerable amount of time in her early years, Wanda’s “witch” moniker was completely literal–her abilities were magic based and, as such, needed to be honed with practice and mentoring by another, more experienced magic user. Enter Agatha Harkness, another witch who helped Wanda learn better magic and who also did some other things like mentor Franklin Richards, the erstwhile son of Sue Storm and Reed Richards of the Fantastic Four. She’s a whole can of worms, don’t worry too much about that just yet.
During her dealings with Wanda, however, Agatha decided it would be worthwhile for her to grant one of Wanda’s most unlikely wishes–you see, Wanda and Vision were in love, and while Vision was a synthezoid robot and therefore, not able to organically have kids, the two of them wanted nothing more than to start a family. Agatha “magically” helped it happen, Wanda got pregnant and had twins, and for a brief moment, everyone was very happy.
Then, naturally the other shoe dropped. It was revealed that the “magic” Agatha had used to allow Wanda her pregnancy had actually been two shards of the soul of a demon named Master Pandemonium who had originally just been a guy who made a deal with Mephisto, one of Marvel’s literal incarnations of the devil. Part of Master Pandemonium’s story involved limb amputation (don’t ask) and by removing “shards” of his soul, he lost some of his limbs, which sent him on a quest to come collect.
Unfortunately for Wanda and Vision, this meant finding them and reabsorbing their children which became–you guessed it: literal baby arms.
Of course, the tragic baby-arming of Wanda and Vision’s children was eventually undone (sort of). The twins were later reborn (in the sense that the soul shards that had originally created them were “dispersed” and reformed in the universe as actual souls–which doesn’t make a ton of sense so don’t think too much about it) in a slightly less magical way to human parents.
It’s here that we get the versions of the children–Billy and Tommy–that most fans know as Wiccan and Speed today. These two went on to become members of the Young Avengers for several years where they–Billy especially–gained break-out popularity and have become staples of the larger Marvel universe.
So what does this mean for the babies in the show and for the future of the MCU?
Well, it’s obviously hard to say. If the babies in WandaVision are following the comics’ trajectory at all, we might be about to get some serious demonic reveals in future episodes. It would be a quick and (relatively) easy way to introduce that level of metaphysical conceit to the MCU–and, in terms of trying to one-up a big bad like Thanos, the actual devil Mephisto seems like a decent option. In addition, another inter-dimensional, time traveling entity named Immortus played a conspiratorial role in Wanda’s original pregnancy (another thing to not think too hard about, as it involves trying to steal the “temporal nexus energy” that powered Wanda for some time). Immortus is another name for a villain named Kang the Conqueror, .
All of which is to say, the idea that Billy and Tommy might not actually exist (formally) when WandaVision is over is a pretty solid theory. Also, if the kids are a method of summoning the likes of Mephisto or Immortus into the MCU spotlight, it would certainly be a decent motivation for the whole Westview ruse–the answer to the “who’s doing this to you, Wanda?” question would be, of course, “anyone who really would like their demonic and/or temporal monarch to enter the fray.”
On the other hand, however, if the show goes another route with the babies and skips over the demonic/soul shard/manipulation layer of the twins’ origins and simplifies things into something a little closer to “Wanda and Vision had children via magic and now those children have powers of their own,” we could be looking at a direct route to a Young Avengers show or movie. It’s perhaps a bit too easy, but it’s an option that shouldn’t be ignored either way. After all, Billy and Tommy’s teammate , and we’re getting even more new and next-gen heroes added to the mix in the future on Disney+. Riri Williams and Kamala Khan may not have been part of the founding Young Avengers roster that Billy and Tommy were a part of, but they would be easy and welcome additions to the MCU’s take on the team.