At the end of Episode Two of WandaVision, which debuted on Disney+ Friday morning, Wanda and Vision hear a strange noise and head outside. It’s coming from a manhole. Which opens up. Turns out it’s, um, a beekeeper, bees flying around the person’s face and whatnot. Wanda doesn’t like what she’s seeing, so she (or whatever’s controlling this meta-sitcom-show) rewinds about five minutes. We see the couple back in their house, admiring Wanda’s sudden pregnancy.
Just know that in WandaVision, you’re probably best off laughing along with the laugh track, not sweating too hard about the show’s broad MCU implications, and roll with the twists along the way. Although, since this seems like our first major clue in this grand mystery, let’s try to figure out why the hell there’s a beekeeper poking around a ’50s-era sitcom.
If you look at the symbol on the back of the beekeeper’s beekeeping suit (?), it appears to be the emblem of S.W.O.R.D—a counterterrorism/intelligence agency from Marvel’s comic books. S.W.O.R.D. is basically S.H.I.E.L.D, if S.H.I.E.L.D dealt with space, aliens, extraterrestrial threats, etc. The logo also appears on the Iron Man-colored toy plane Wanda picks up in the show. So, it looks like S.W.O.R.D. is definitely snooping around Wanda’s sitcom-meta-reality situation. But is the organization trying to save the superhero, or help her out? We know Randall Park’s FBI agent, Jimmy Woo, will show up later in the season. It’s possible that he could have joined up with S.W.O.R.D since Ant-Man, and now, he’s been tasked with saving Wanda from the villain who’s actually tormenting her. Or, S.W.O.R.D. could be HYDRA’s new cover, which would be a whole other situation to unpack.
Regardless, there’s one problem with that theory: it doesn’t really explain the bees hovering around the person’s face. Which leaves us with two more possibilities. One, the figure could be the reincarnation of Nic Cage’s character from The Wicker Man. (NOT THE BEES!!!) Which, as much as I’d like to see that far over any other option, won’t happen. That leaves us with another option, which might just be crazier, but more likely than seeing Nic Cage in the MCU, is the introduction of Swarm. The comic-book villain—who is, essentially, a Nazi scientist who merged his consciousness with a hoard of bees— has been featured most often in the Spider-Man series, but you can’t rule the possibility of a WandaVision appearance out. Do me a favor and check out just the first paragraph of Swarm’s Wiki entry. If only for a laugh today.
Fritz von Meyer was born in Leipzig, Germany and became one of Adolf Hitler’s top scientists specializing in toxicology and melittology. Escaping capture after World War II, he was a beekeeper orapiarist in South America and discovered a colony of mutated bees. Intrigued by their intelligence and passive nature, von Meyer attempted to enslave the queen bee but failed and the bees devoured him, leaving only his skeleton. The bees’ unique qualities caused von Meyer’s consciousness to be absorbed into them, allowing him to manipulate the hive to do his will while his skeletal remains are inside the swarm itself. His consciousness merged with the hive to the extent that they are one being, calling himself/themselves ‘Swarm.’
Having your skeletal remains absorbed by a swarm of bees—not a bad way to go out!
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