For other uses, see Hex (disambiguation)
For other uses, see WandaVision (disambiguation)

"Your children, and Vision, and this whole little life you made? This is Chaos Magic, Wanda, and that makes you the Scarlet Witch."
Agatha Harkness to Wanda Maximoff[src]

The Westview Anomaly, also referred as the Maximoff Anomaly, was a phenomenon that occurred when a grieving Wanda Maximoff repelled a surge of chaos magic that dispersed a massive energy field surrounding the town of Westview, New Jersey. This energy field, dubbed the Hex, isolated the town's inhabitants and leaving it forgotten by anyone related to it outside of its reach. With all the townsfolk under Maximoff's thrall, she inherently controlled them into performing into a broadcasted periodical sitcom dubbed WandaVision.

The authorities soon became aware, with the investigation initially starting as a missing-persons-case sanctioned by FBI agent Jimmy Woo. S.W.O.R.D. later became the primary organization spearheading the investigation, observing the mystery surrounding the energy field. Over the period of time in which the Hex was active, Agatha Harkness began manipulating events from inside the Hex to trick Maximoff as a ruse for Harkness to steal her magic. When S.W.O.R.D. launched an offensive to break into the Hex, Maximoff defeated Harkness in a duel, and took down the Hex, ending the Anomaly.

Background

Disassembly of Vision's Remains

"Stop it! What... What are you doing to him?"
"We're dismantling the most sophisticated, sentient weapon ever made."
"But Vision's not a weapon. You can't do this."
Wanda Maximoff and Tyler Hayward[src]

Following Vision's death at the hands of Thanos, his body was recovered by S.W.O.R.D. and began to be taken apart. In the aftermath of the Battle of Earth, a newly-revived Wanda Maximoff visited the S.W.O.R.D. Headquarters in an attempt to recover Vision's body to give him a proper funeral. She meets Director Tyler Hayward, who leads her to the operating table containing the remains of the synthezoid. As Wanda could only watch in horror as S.W.O.R.D. personnel continue to disassemble the corpse, Hayward explains to her that due to the legalities of the Sokovia Accords, as well as the valuation of the vibranium in Vision's body, Wanda could not claim the remains.

In anger over the revelation that Vision was now S.W.O.R.D. property, Wanda shatters the glass separating her and the corpse. S.W.O.R.D. gunmen draw firearms at Wanda, but Hayward orders them to stand down. Examining the corpse, she attempts to read Vision's feelings, but is heartbroken to find nothing inside. She then proceeds to leave the base without further incident.[1]

Takeover of Westview

"Wanda. Welcome home."
Vision to Wanda Maximoff[src]
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A grief-stricken Wanda drives into the town of Westview, arriving at 2800 Sherwood Drive: a home with ruined foundations. Opening the property certificate, she is reminded of a handwritten note encapsulated in a heart of red ink: "To grow old in. V."

Thinking of what could have been, Wanda falls to the ground and, in a culmination of a life scarred with trauma and grief, releases a cascade of energy out of her, constructing a house on the ruined foundations. Another eruption of energy would transmute Westview into a 1950s suburb patterned in black-and-white, form a hexagon-shaped perimeter around the town, and reconstruct Vision's body from thin air. With the town to herself, the reformed Vision welcomes Wanda back at home.[1]

Missing Persons Case

"So you can't reach anyone inside, and everyone on the outside has some form of selective amnesia?"
"This isn't a missing person's case, Captain Rambeau. It's a missing town. Population 3,892."
"Why haven't you gone inside to investigate?"
"'Cause it doesn't want me to. You can feel it too, can't you? Nobody's supposed to go in."
Monica Rambeau and Jimmy Woo[src]

Westview in the real world

Approximately three weeks after the events of the Blip and the Battle of Earth a man placed in witness protection at Westview, New Jersey, disappeared. Upon further investigation FBI agent Jimmy Woo discovered that not only had the man vanished, his past associates had no recollection that the man had even existed. Going to Westview, Jimmy Woo was further perplexed to find that, similarly to the missing man, no one had any memory of the town or its inhabitants. With the weirdness of the situation clearly outside the FBI's abilities, S.W.O.R.D. was called in to assess the situation and help out in any way.[2]

Investigation

Monica Rambeau's Disappearance

"What is it?"
"Some sort of... energy field."
"Careful, Rambeau. Captain Rambeau! Watch it. Rambeau!"
Jimmy Woo and Monica Rambeau[src]

Monica Rambeau investigates the situation

Monica Rambeau was assigned to the case at the urging of Hayward, traveling to New Jersey as soon as the case was given to her. Upon arriving at Westview, Monica was briefed by Jimmy on the situation as well as a demonstration of the bizarre case of amnesia surrounding Westview by two police officers. Monica decided to fly a S.W.O.R.D. drone into Westview to get a better grasp of things, but the drone disappeared as soon as it entered the town. Monica approached the town and found some sort of energy barrier, which allowed passage through it when she placed her hand on the barrier. Despite Jimmy warning her not to, Monica probed the barrier further and was sucked in.[2]

Setting Up Camp

"There's no reason to suspect the perimeter doesn't extend subterraneously."
"There's no reason to suspect it does."
"We don't know enough about the nature of the threat to send another agent when the first is yet to return."
Jimmy Woo and Tyler Hayward[src]

S.W.O.R.D. monitoring the reality in Westview

With the uncertain fate of one of their leading agents S.W.O.R.D. established a base just outside and called in experts from every field scientific field imaginable, including Darcy Lewis, and Jimmy Woo remained active in the investigation along side the S.W.O.R.D. personnel. Darcy set her equipment up in the command center of the base and immediately found background cosmic radiation, which at that moment, was at a safe level. But her next discovery came in the form of a television transmission sent out by the energy barrier. Using an old television set, Darcy was able to monitor the fictional WandaVision program, which revealed the fact that Avengers Wanda Maximoff and Vision were inhabitants of the so called "Westview Anomaly", a startling revelation as Vision was reportedly dead. Now knowing the identities of at least two people inside the anomaly, headway was made in identifying the other people on the program as having real world counterparts such as "Mrs. Hart" actually being Sharon Davis. WandaVision was monitored for several episodes in the hopes of finding Monica and discovering anything else about this sitcom reality.[2]

First Contact

"These sewers will take you straight into town. Try to find anything you can on Rambeau."
"Copy that."
Tyler Hayward and Franklin[src]

Acting director Hayward decides to order a manned expedition into Westview, selecting Agent Franklin to go through the sewer system and emerge in the town. Meanwhile, after spotting Monica in the role of "Geraldine", Darcy and Jimmy attempt to contact Wanda through a radio transmission into Westview while she is talking with Dottie Jones. The transmission unexpectedly skips ahead to the end of Wanda's meeting, forcing Darcy and Jimmy to conclude that their attempt failed. Franklin emerges on the other side of sewers inside Westview, in the outfit of a beekeeper and in full view of Wanda, only for her to say "no" and rewind time to before Franklin emerges from the sewer, with the added effect of the transmission going to color and transition to a 70's aesthetic. Darcy and Jimmy continue to watch the broadcast, up till the point where Wanda births her twins and Monica references Pietro Maximoff's death at the hands of Ultron.

Monica Rambeau is ejected from Westview

The transmission then skips ahead to the credits, causing Darcy to conclude that someone is censoring the broadcast. Just then, alarms start blaring and something is being detected as emerging from Westview. Monica promptly flies out of barrier, still in 70's clothes, and lands just outside the base. While S.W.O.R.D. personnel surround her, she starts muttering that anomaly is Wanda's doing.[2]

Armed Confrontation

Not long after Rambeau was ejected out of the Westview by Wanda Maximoff, she got back to work. She tried to find a way to reach Maximoff inside the Hex alongside Darcy Lewis and Jimmy Woo. Together they figured out that if they sent something that required no change into the hex they could reach Maximoff. Rambeau alongside Tyler Hayward put this theory to the test when they sent a 1980s Stark Industries drone into Westview. Rambeau attempted to communicate with Maximoff but was unsuccessful. Hayward used the opportunity and tried to take out Maximoff with a missile, which also failed. The drones feed went down and then the alarms went off as the barrier of the Hex had been breached by Maximoff. Maximoff was in her Avengers suit and had the destroyed drone with her. She threw it at Hayward and asked if it was his. All the S.W.O.R.D soldiers had their guns focused on Maximoff. Maximoff told them to leave her alone and she said that if they don't bother her, she wont bother them.

Rambeau stepped in and tried to reason with Maximoff, arguing that she was an all and could help her and give her what she wants. Maximoff replies that she has what she wants and that no one will take it from her. Maximoff used her powers to mind control the soldiers and made them aim their guns at Hayward. Maximoff walked off and fortified the Hex, turning it red, and returned to Westview.[3]

Expanding the Hex

When Vision broke out of the Hex, he slowly began to crumble, with pieces of him being pulled back into the Hex. Darcy Lewis tried to assist him but was reprimanded and handcuffed to a Humvee by Monti. Billy Maximoff alerted his mother about Vision's location. In response, Maximoff stopped time in Westview and used her powers to expand the barrier to save him. The Hex saved Vision's life but it continued to expand, engulfing the S.W.O.R.D Response Base and turning it into a traveling circus. The S.W.O.R.D agents engulfed became clowns and members of the circus, including Darcy Lewis, who became an escape artist. It then continued to expand, consuming the Westview sign and a local car dealership.[4]

Re-entering Westview

After barely escaping the expanded barrier, Monica Rambeau and Jimmy Woo travel to the base of Major Aly Goodner, who provided Monica with the presumed means of re-entering the Hex, via a S.W.O.R.D. Space Rover. However, this proved to be wrong when the rover could not enter. Rambeau, determined to enter, pushed herself through the barrier, rewritting her already rewritten cells, giving her enhanced abilities. [5]

Meanwhile, Hayward used Chaos Magic found on the dismantled S.W.O.R.D. Drone Maximoff returned, to reanimate the original body of Vision.[1]

Battle of Westview

The witch Agatha Harkness confronted Wanda Maximoff at the Westview town centre in an effort to obtain her chaos magic powers. Aiming to manipulate Wanda emotionally, Agatha freed the Westview residents from Wanda's enthrallment, leading them to immediately bombard her with pleas and questions regarding their loved ones. Overwhelmed by guilt, Wanda collapsed in anguish, releasing a wave of energy that began suffocating all of them. She hastily reversed the effect, but finally realized the damage she had inflicted on Westview through her influence, and began to destroy the Anomaly.

Spotting an opening in the barrier, Tyler Hayward ordered armed S.W.O.R.D. units into the town with the intent to eliminate Maximoff. As Wanda was destroying the Anomaly, her Vision and children began disintegrating right in front of her, which caused her to bring the hex back up. The Maximoff family prepared to fight Agatha, Hayward, and the original Vision-- reprogrammed to serve as S.W.O.R.D.'s sentient weapon.

After a brief scuffle, Wanda's Vision was able to peacefully negotiate with the original, and successfully restored the latter's memories. Billy and Tommy used their abilities to neutralize S.W.O.R.D., while Monica Rambeau and Darcy Lewis joined to pin Hayward down. In the skies above Westview, Wanda was able to nullify Agatha's magic by casting protection runes on the walls of the Hex before proceeding to absorb the witch's magical essence, rendering her powerless. The surge of magical energy caused Wanda to morph into the Scarlet Witch as depicted in legend.

With Agatha Harkness neutralized, the Maximoff family came to terms that it was time to move on from Westview. The Hex began to retract, slowly reversing its reality overwrite across town and restoring Westview to normal.[6]

Aftermath

The dissolution of the Anomaly meant that Wanda's chaos magic constructs-- Vision, Tommy, Billy, and their house-- could no longer continue to exist. Maximoff returned to Monica at the town square, where all of her former thralls scowled at her. Monica did not share the resentment however, instead expressing empathy towards her sacrifices, and revealed that if given the power, she would've brought her mother Maria back. Wanda apologized to Monica for her actions and admitted that she remained a novice at understanding her newfound powers but was determined to master them.

As the authorities arrived, Wanda bid farewell to Monica before fleeing Westview for exile in the wilderness, taking the Darkhold with her to better understand the Scarlet Witch. Jimmy Woo emerged and took command of the Westview Investigation, while Tyler Hayward was arrested by the FBI.[6]

References

Wars and Conflicts in Earth History
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