Did He Who Remains see (and fear) Wanda becoming Scarlet Witch?

Elizabeth Olsen as Wanda Maximoff in Marvel Studios’ WandaVision. Photo courtesy of Marvel Studios. ©Marvel Studios 2021 All Rights Reserved.
Elizabeth Olsen as Wanda Maximoff in Marvel Studios’ WandaVision. Photo courtesy of Marvel Studios. ©Marvel Studios 2021 All Rights Reserved. /

This article is filled with spoilers for both WandaVision and Loki, reader discretion is advised.

On July 14th, Loki officially introduced us to He Who Remains, the mastermind behind the Time Variance Authority and the architect of its purpose of keeping the “sacred timeline” intact. His introduction into the mix, while brief, raised a lot of questions – including how he was tied to the rest of the events that have happened throughout the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Namely, how his actions in Loki could be connected to WandaVision and its season finale.

To put it plainly, He Who Remains knew everything that was going to happen up to a particular point in time. While in the show it was implied that once they passed the “threshold,” he wasn’t sure if Loki and Sylvie would accept his offer of taking his place. But what if that included something even more sinister? Like Wanda becoming Scarlet Witch, perhaps?

This theory doesn’t come out of thin air.

On July 17th, Twitter user hugothehugo posted the season finale episode of each show synchronized to the same time – 27 minutes in. Playing them together shows that once Wanda has embraced who she is and physically becomes the Scarlet Witch, there is rumbling at the end of time and He Who Remains is curious (and dare I say excited) at not knowing what was going to happen next.

Loki showrunner Kate Herron has denied the actual timing connection, but she didn’t rule out the possibility of a larger narrative connection between the two.

Did He Who Remains talk about Wanda becoming Scarlet Witch?

What does this mean for He Who Remains, though? Scarlet Witch’s main power, at least in the comics, is chaos magic which gives her the ability to alter realities. For a man keeping a tight grip on reality, that doesn’t bode well for him.

So it would make sense that once she gained her full powers, He wouldn’t know what was going to happen next. She can change anything and everything if she wanted to! He must have known that she would become Scarlet Witch and what that would most likely mean for keeping the multiversal war at bay.

With the multiverse now opened (thanks to Sylvie killing He Who Remains), the Scarlet Witch can become an agent of chaos and wield her powers however she sees fit. No one, not even the TVA will be able to stop her.

Here’s another edit of the same moment:

Those up-to-date on their Marvel news will know that Elizabeth Olsen’s next appearance in the MCU will be in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. Given that she has second billing to star Benedict Cumberbatch, she’ll obviously play a very large role in the film. Maybe even the villain.

Could this all be a complete and total coincidence? Absolutely. Could this also be a glimpse into the future of the MCU where Scarlet Witch is one of the most powerful beings on the planet? Ab-so-freaking-lutely!

Thinking back to her actions in Avengers: Endgame, Wanda came the closest to killing Thanos. She didn’t even have all of her powers yet and didn’t know spells. Imagine the power, you guys. IMAGINE! I’ll stop fangirling, I promise. …for now.

We all know fan theories can be fun and those who pay very close attention can be rewarded with knowing they were correct. So while this doesn’t prove 100% that these two are connected as closely as I’m talking about here, it does show that with reality about the change drastically, Scarlet Witch will be able to thrive.

And I, for one, welcome our new chaotic overlord (overlady? You get the gist!). It’s going to be so fun to watch Wanda kick major ass. WandaVision really sold me on her character and by the end of the series, I wanted more. More Wanda world domination, please and thank you.

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What do you think of the theory? Do you believe He Who Remains was talking about Wanda as well or just talking to the Lokis? Let us know in the comments below!