The following story contains spoilers for WandaVision Episode 7.
- WandaVision Episode 7, titled “Breaking The Fourth Wall,” once again uses a faux commercial to tell part of Wanda Maximoff’s story.
- This episode’s commercial, for a product called “Nexus,” has meanings in both the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the greater Marvel Universe.
- It could mean a lot going forward.
Throughout WandaVision, the commercials breaking up pieces of the manipulated-sitcom reality have served to show different aspects of Wanda Maximoff’s life that are weighing on her. Sometimes that could be childhood trauma. Other times that could be relatively recent problems still floating around in the subconscious. Some have even just been vaguely morose. But as a different superhero film once said, “the night is only darkest before the dawn,” and it seems like Wanda’s commercial subconscious may be about to turn a corner.
Episode 7 shows a little bit of a different side to Wanda’s inner workings. If we’re to believe—and we have no reason not to—that the commercials represent some layer of her subconscious, the Episode 7 “Nexus” commercial gives the first hint that maybe Wanda is getting ready to move on.
“A unique anti-depressant that works to anchor you back to your reality,” the narration of the fake ad says. “Or, the reality of your choice.”
The ad also lists a number of potential side-effects, which include, all ver-batim: feeling your feelings, confronting your truth, seizing your destiny, and possibly more depression.
“You should not take Nexus unless your doctor has cleared you to move on with your life,”the voiceover continues to read. “Nexus: because the world doesn’t revolve around you. Or does it?”
What is Nexus?
We can look at Nexus under two different lenses: the Marvel Cinematic Universe lens, and the larger Marvel lens.
In the MCU, we have heard of Nexus before: in Avengers: Age of Ultron. Nexus has been established as the biggest internet exchange point in the world, located in Oslo, Norway. During Ultron’s quest for world destruction, he was seeking the Nuclear codes, but was continually blocked by a “hacker” who was continually changing the codes via Nexus.
As Tony Stark tried to discover who was helping in his fight against Ultron, he learned that the “hacker” was, in fact, the remaining pieces of his own advanced A.I., J.A.R.V.I.S. Eventually, of course, Tony merged the remnants of J.A.R.V.I.S. with the Mind Stone and a vibranium synthetic body; the result was our friend Vision.
In Marvel Comics, though, Nexus takes on a deeper meaning. The Nexus of All Realities, as its sometimes referred, is sort of a gateway or traffic jam between worlds. There are also several characters within the Marvel universe who are considered “Nexus Beings,” who can control those timelines.
One of those rare Nexus Beings in the comics is Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch, who also has the ability to control probability. Other Nexus Beings include Kang the Conqueror, a villain who will be played by Jonathan Majors in the upcoming third Ant-Man film, and Jean Grey, one of the most famous X-Men (played by Famke Janssen and Sophie Turner in the FOX films, with an uncertain MCU future). Could the introduction of Nexus Beings, perhaps in the final two episodes of WandaVision, be setting up the future of not only the third Ant-Man, but also the potential debut of MCU X-Men, whenever that might be?
It’s unclear how the Nexus of this all will figure into the WandaVision story, and, eventually, the overarching MCU story. But it’s clear that Wanda is starting to recognize that maybe things are going a little far, and maybe it’s time to reign things in and move on. It’s possible that the way Episode 7 ended with that nosy neighbor Agnes could accelerate that—Wanda’s finding herself now in quite the pickle, and the only way out might be to manipulate a reality or two.
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