Join us as we take a closer look at a clue from WandaVision that may be the foundation for Monica Rambeau’s new superhero look.
Marvel’s sitcom-superhero mash-up of a series WandaVision is getting more and more intense every week. By now we know that Wanda Maximoff is controlling the town of Westview to be her picture-perfect suburban paradise with her seemingly-revived-from-the-dead android husband, Vision…and that she’s trapped over 3000 people to make this dream a reality.
A lot went on during the fifth installment of the Disney+ series. Billy and Tommy started the episode as infants and were ten years old by the end of it. Vision not only caught on to Wanda’s power over the town, but also discovered a new one of his own. And, of course, Pietro showed up at Wanda’s door at the end of the show.
With all of the wild developments in Westview this week, it’s not too surprising that the happenings in the outside world have been largely overlooked. However, it’s definitely worth it to go back and watch those scenes again as they’re filled with plenty of key information and teases for the future.
The Seeds For Monica Rambeau’s Superhero Future Have Been Laid…
One such tease comes during the scene in which S.W.O.R.D. agent Monica Rambeau takes Dr. Darcy Lewis and FBI agent Jimmy Woo to inspect the clothing she wore when Wanda blasted her out of Westview a couple of episodes ago. It’s established that as Wanda frequently changes Westview’s decade, any items not congruent with the current time period are altered to fit in with it. This not only occurs with things like drones, but the clothing worn by someone entering the town. So Monica being sucked into the town resulted in her agent gear (most notably, her bulletproof vest) changed into garb from the 1960’s, and later the 1970’s.
The latter is the outfit the team examines in this scene, as it was the one Monica was wearing when Wanda ejected her from Westview. Monica shoots a few bullets at the clothing, concluding that the pants are “87% kevlar”. The main takeaway in the context of the show is that Wanda’s alterations to the things within the town’s barrier are real and not illusions, but there is another possible implication that could stretch even further than WandaVision.
Monica Rambeau is actually a full-on superhero in Marvel Comics; she actually held the Captain Marvel mantle long before Carol Danvers did, and later switched to other aliases including Photon, Pulsar, and Spectrum. While she doesn’t appear to have powers of her own (yet) this could be planting the seeds of her superhero origin story, specifically, the costume. It’s possible that the hybrid outfit could be repurposed to be Monica’s superhero costume (it’s black and white in the comics, so if this happens it will only serve as part of it or the MCU will go in a different direction with her suit).
But this isn’t the only moment in WandaVision that could prove to be part of her superhero origin story. Monica Rambeau first got her powers in the comics when she is exposed to a heavy amount of interdimensional energy. This could easily be equivalized in the MCU by her exposure to Wanda’s power blast that sent her out of Westview.
Since it appears Vision’s body may have been studied for weapon-making, there is always the possibility that the MCU could parallel that aspect of her comic origin story by involving Monica in that aspect of the WandaVision plot. (In the comics, Monica is exposed to the aforementioned energy by destroying a potentially dangerous weapon she was supposed to help complete.)
Given that we know Monica Rambeau will play an important role in the upcoming Captain Marvel 2 along with Ms. Marvel and of course Captain Marvel herself, her becoming a superhero – especially if her MCU powers turn out to be similar to her comic ones – would make her a natural fit to work alongside those two. Considering how much of a Captain Marvel fangirl Kamala Khan (Ms. Marvel) is, Monica’s apparent complicated feelings and possible resentment towards Carol Danvers would create a compelling contrast, and this would be especially interesting if they both recently became superheroes.
WandaVision releases new episodes every Friday on Disney+ from now until March 5, and Captain Marvel 2 is set to hit the big-screen in 2022. What do you think about how Monica Rambeau’s origin story is being handled? What are your Monica Rambeau theories? Let us know in the comment section below or over on our social media!