Another week, another episode of WandaVision to pick apart endlessly searching for hints and clues. “All-New Halloween Spooktacular!” was full of various callbacks to the 90s and 2000s, comic parallels, and other fun winks and nods. We’ve saved you another inevitable rewatch of the episode (though it really bears repeating, you can’t beat the nostalgia of those Halloween in suburbia vibes) and gathered some of our favorite Easter eggs from episode 6.
Those Malcolm in the Middle Opening Credits
The opening credits for this week’s episode were a direct nod to the early 2000s sitcom Malcolm in the Middle. Digging a little further, there were some things that stood out in this sequence, including Vision’s newspaper (“Otherworldly deals,” Mephisto, is that you?), Agnes’ pants (“Naughty”? Seems a bit on the nose), the family drawing on the fridge (who’s that demonic looking figure on the left?), and the curious addition of the line “as himself” underneath Pietro’s name.
Kick-Ass Lives On
After Pietro and Tommy tag-team a Top Gun quote (they might be flying through the decades in Westview, but you can rest assured the boys are getting their pop culture education), the latter says “Kick-ass.” Wanda echoes this sentiment after they speed off. Years before Evan Peters and Aaron Taylor-Johnson took on their respective portrayals of Quicksilver (X-Men: Days of Future Past, Avengers: Age of Ultron), they both appeared in the 2010 superhero film Kick-Ass.
A Fascinating Lineup at the Cinema
Westview’s movie theater had two very convenient movies showing on Halloween night — The Incredibles and The Parent Trap. The first is a beloved Pixar film about a family of superheroes who were living a quiet suburban life … until the world needed saving (there’s a few layers to this — Fantastic Four, anyone?). The second is about a pair of twins that are eventually reunited … sound familiar? Additionally, the black and white horror movie that’s playing …
The Creature Walks Among Us
While the evening’s events were taking place in Westview, a black and white horror film was playing in the town square. Many fans have been speculating what exactly the movie was, because as we all know … nothing is accidental on this show. Some initial reports floating around on the internet have guessed that the film may be Night of the Living Dead. However, thanks to some helpful intel from @cultcanada, we can confirm that it was actually the 1956 monster horror film The Creature Walks Among Us. And suddenly it all makes sense …
In the flashback scene where Wanda and Pietro are trick-or-treating as children, there’s something quite …. familiar …. about their outfits. Natasha Romanoff and Nick Fury, anyone?
A Curious Gravestone
When Wanda sends Pietro flying into the pile of hay bales after his comment about Vision’s death, there’s a gravestone with a nod to one of the crew members — Janell Sammelman, first assistant director AND the second unit director on the most recent Fantastic Four film.
A Blast From the Pages of the Past
The callbacks to the comic costumes were a delight, with Quicksilver, Wanda, Vision, and Billy (a.k.a. Wiccan) all in homemade versions of their iconic Marvel comics attire. Pietro’s cut-off jeans were a highlight, as were Vision’s Converse and little Mind Stone flap to keep the real one embedded in his head hidden.
A Troublesome Family Affair
Quicksilver wasn’t always the biggest fan of his sister marrying an android (synthezoid …) so his heckling of Vision was all too appropriate. Pietro does eventually come around however, thankfully.
American Comic Horror Story?
Evan Peters has been a staple of the American Horror Story series on FX, and the end with Wanda turning all of Westview’s newly acquired properties into a circus felt like a small callback to Peters’ role on season 4, Freak Show, as well as a nod to the fact that this show is definitely its own version of a circus. Wanda, they’re your monkeys so it is indeed, your problem …
Another week of speculation down, another two (or three depending on how it ends) to go. Things are starting to fall into place, with this episode in particular hinting even more at who our villain might be. And it’s not Wanda …
The first six episodes of WandaVision are currently streaming on Disney+.