The first two episodes of WandaVision present commercials in a universe partially inspired by the sitcom format of the 1950s and 1960s. The commercials feature an unnamed man and woman (played by Itamar Henriques and Victoria Blade, respectively) in various theatrical situations: The first advertises a Stark Industries toaster, the second a Strucker watch. While the products of the ads are significant in themselves, the fact that the actor and actress are rehearsed at different times raised the question – specifically, could they be Wanda’s parents?
It’s pretty clear that Wanda has some control over the sitcom world she lives in, with the ability to fend off outside threats or change decades with a single sentence. While the extent of Wanda’s control over him remains unclear (leading many to speculate that Mephisto might be behind it), the idea that Wanda’s real life is fueling the sitcom’s global programming wouldn’t be surprising.
And given what the sitcoms seem to represent in Wanda’s story, the idea of her looking out for her parents, which we’ve never seen on screen in the MCU, is a compelling product. The toaster ad in particular is a painful tribute to what happened to Wanda and Pietro Maximoff (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) before the Avengers events: Ultron’s age – the first use of the toaster makes the bread crisp (like the Stark Industries rocket that killed her parents instantly), and the second takes a long time to toast the bread (like the Stark Industries rocket that spent two days over Wanda and Pietro’s heads).
Weaving Wanda’s parents into WandaVision’s commercials – especially if we haven’t seen them on screen yet – could also be appealing on another level, depending on whether the series contributes to reviving mutants in the MCU. In the comics, Wanda and Pietro are actually Eric Lensher/Magneto’s children, but they are often tucked away and adopted by another couple for their safety. If the show decides to confirm that Wanda is Magneto’s son, the idea of bagging the parents she thought she was could help her win.
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