'WandaVision' Episode 8 Review: 'Previously On' traces the origin of Scarlet Witch and birth of White Vision
The episode all but makes sure that Wanda technically didn't steal Vision's corpse. However, the highlight is the revelation that she had the ability to bring back the dead to life
Spoilers for 'WandaVision' Episode 8 'Previously On'
If there was one thing the theorists got right about 'WandaVision' Episode 8, it was the runtime. Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) made her Marvel debut in 'Avengers: Age of Ultron'. She lost her brother, Pietro Maximoff (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) in the devastating battle of Sokovia. Pietro died at the hands of Ultron and was Wanda's second closest person to die after her parents. The guilt and the sadness raised her power levels exponentially.
Soon after, Vision (Paul Bettany) who was created in the same film, then died in 'Avengers: Infinity War'. As if Wanda killing him as per his request wasn't harrowing enough, her love was killed again by Thanos. This was another event that saw her powers increase by leaps and bounds. In 'Previously On', Agatha Harkness (Kathryn Hahn) takes us and Wanda back to the past where it all started — The birth of the mythical Scarlet Witch and the world of Westview.
It's painful to write "spoilers below", but there is a story to be told, and we for one cannot wait. The 47-minute episode takes MCU fanatics on a journey to where it all started for Agatha and Wanda. Comic references play a heavy role as Agatha's powers are shown for the first five minutes where she drains the life out of the witches with her sheer sorcery. It isn't until she sees Wanda that she realizes that she wasn't the only powerful witch walking the face of the earth.
Wanda's life has been filled with misery. The only consolation when she grew up was sitcoms — many of which were what her world of WestView was created on. Wanda was the main character of every sitcom the family watched when she was a kid. Westview was a chance for her to live the life she envisioned, and with the person she wanted to spend it with. The episode gives a detailed account of how Wanda's life unfolded.
From her volunteering to HYDRA for her powers that came from Loki's scepter to the aftermath of the battle of Sokovia where she mourned the loss of Pietro and starting to have feelings for Vision. The episode sees Wanda show Agatha the journey to creating the Hex.
And Vision's post-mortem is just painful to see. The episode all but makes sure that Wanda technically didn't steal Vision's corpse. It was just that she had the ability to bring back the dead to life. Tyler Hayward (Josh Stamberg) the director of Sword is bringing Vision back to life and all he needed was a bit of Wanda's power. So there are essentially two Visions.
Meanwhile, Wanda and Agatha will make sure the world is in for an explosive finale. 'WandaVision' Episode 8 is available for streaming on Disney+.