WandaVision is gearing up for what is sure to be an explosive finale, with Episode 8 introducing some major threats to Wanda’s (played by Elizabeth Olsen) world. Not only did the whole episode introduce Agatha Harkness (Kathryn Hahn) and show her keeping Wanda’s kids hostage, by the episode also ended with a post-credits scene that set up a new kind of superhero battle for the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU).
WandaVision Episode 8 post-credits scene explained
At the end of Episode 8, titled “Previously On,” we got our first glimpse at what SWORD director Tyler Hayward’s (Josh Stamberg) plan was all along.
Throughout the last few episodes, we have heard talk of a Project Cataract, but this post-credit scene (which follows on from an Episode 7 post-credits scene) revealed exactly what the aim of this project was—to create a new Vision (Paul Bettany).
In the stinger scene, streaming now on Disney+, we are back in the SWORD compound outside of ‘The Hex.’ “We took this thing apart and put it back together a million times,” we hear Hayward say, “tried every kind of power supply under the sun.”
Earlier in the episode, of course, we had seen Vision’s body at SWORD in the scene where Wanda asked to be able to bury him. At that time, Hayward had hinted they were dismantling him for the “$3 billion of vibranium” his body is made of. However, it seems what they were really doing was trying to bring him back to use as a weapon.
In the post-credits scene, we see Hayward fire up his reconstructed version of Vision, though he looks different from the red version of the android who has been part of the MCU since Avengers: Age of Ultron. In contrast, this new version of Vision is all white.
Marvel comic book fans may remember a white version of Vision who fought alongside the Avengers, but was totally emotionless. This is in direct contrast to the version of Vision that Wanda has reconstructed in the Westview ‘Hex’, who of course is built out of nothing but emotion—the emotion of Wanda’s grief at losing her life partner.
This, then, seems to be setting up a major white Vision vs. red Vision battle in the final episode of WandaVision, as the cold, emotionless version created by the technocrats of SWORD faces off against the one made from Wanda’s powerful but unstable emotions.
This is something that Paul Bettany may have been teasing all along. Before WandaVision began, he teased to Esquire: “There is one character that has not been revealed and it is very exciting, it’s an actor I’ve longed to work with all of my life. We have some amazing scenes together, and the chemistry between us is, I think, extraordinary, and it was just fireworks on set. So I’m really excited for people to see that stuff.”
Looking at this after the WandaVision Episode 8 post-credits scene, it seems that Bettany may have been talking about acting alongside himself, in a typically dry joke from the British actor.
WandaVision concludes on Friday, March 5 on Disney+.