WandaVision Speculation: Who is IMMORTUS?
In the West Coast Avengers arc that takes place in issues #60, #61, and #62, by Roy and Dann Thomas (writers), Paul Ryan (penciller), Danny Bulanadi (inker), Bill Oakley (letterer), and Bob Sharen (colorist), the team faces off against a terrible opponent: Immortus! Some of the tricks used by Immortus in these issues (which you can read now on Marvel Unlimited) look an awful lot like some of the things we’ve seen on WandaVision over the last couple weeks. Could Immortus be behind Wanda’s Westview weirdness?
This article includes spoilers for WandaVision Episode 6, “All-New Halloween Spooktacular!,” which was made available for streaming TODAY, Friday, February 12th – so if you haven’t had a chance to watch it yet, you may want to come back to this page later!
West Coast Avengers #60: Strange Force Field?
Things start to get weird in West Coast Avengers #60. Pietro notices that Wanda is surrounded by a strange force field: when he puts his hands towards her, it vanishes, but when he retracts it, it appears once again. Sounds a bit like the “Hex” bubble around Westview, doesn’t it?
But that’s not the only hex at play in WCA #60: the dome that Immortus peers into to spy on the team is comprised of hexagons!
WCA #61: The Villain Reveals His Plan
In West Coast Avengers #61, Immortus reveals his plan, and the parallels with WandaVision really begin to accumulate.
First, Immortus announces the Legion of the Unliving, his team that is composed of “shades” of those that the Avengers think to be “among the ranks of unliving.” This calls to mind Vision and Pietro, both of which we have already seen die on-screen in the MCU, in Avengers: Age of Ultron and Avenger: Infinity War, respectively.
Plus, in the Spooktacular sixth episode, Agnes (Kathryn Hahn) wonders aloud if she’s dead. Well, we just don’t know, Agnes!
Later in WCA #61, Wanda’s witchy ally, Agatha, confronts Immortus and demands he explain his plan. He says that Wanda is a “nexus being,” who belongs to all possible realities – meaning she is connected to all of them.
Immortus and the Multi-National Security Alliance
Immortus explains that he convinced a “multi-national security alliance” to take Vision apart (similar to how Vision was dismantled by S.W.O.R.D. on WandaVision).
While Vision is rescued, when he is reactivated, he has no memory of his life with (or love for) Wanda…just as Vision doesn’t remember life before the Hex on WandaVision. Plus, when Vision is re-activated in the comics, he lacks all color – sort of like how Vision was in black-and-white in the first two episodes of WandaVision!
On top of this devastation, Immortus then begins “subtly increasing” Wanda’s hex power. This could be similar to the phenomenon on WandaVision observed by FBI Agent Jimmy Woo (Randall Park) last week and by Quicksilver (Evan Peters) this week: that Wanda’s powers seem to have been “amped up” when compared with what we’ve seen in the past.
Once this has been accomplished, Immortus manipulates Wanda further, capitalizing on her emotional pain in order to use her powers to his own ends.
WCA #62: Agatha and Wanda Communicate via Astral Projection
In WCA #62, Agatha uses astral projection to communicate with Wanda. Agetha urges Wanda to give up her newly-found powers, because they are the key to Immortus’s control over her. Although Wanda does not respond to Agatha’s first plea, Agatha persists, saying that while she understands how devastating the loss of a husband and children can be, Wanda has other people in her life who need her – her friends, like the Avengers.
Is it possible an unseen villain – perhaps Immortus himself – is amping up Elizabeth Olsen‘s Wanda’s powers? Here’s one thing to consider: Immortus is actually the same person as Kang the Conquerer, who we know will be the villain of Ant-Man and the Wasp 3: Quantumania! Sus, no?
Let us know who you think the villain might be in the comment section!