WandaVision: Hexagons, Mephisto, and AIM, Oh My!
The hexagon seems to be the shape du jour for WandaVision on Disney+. But the question is why. I spent altogether too many hours burrowing down some deep rabbit holes trying to figure out the exact link between hexagons and WandaVision.
After all, it’s not as though every comic book character has their own geometric shape. And in fact, The Wasp also shares the hexagon as a dominant shape in her imagery.
Hexagons and Science
Is it because hexagons are as close as science gets to magic?
The hexagon is the strongest shape known. In a hexagonal grid, each line is as short as it can possibly be if a large area is to be filled with the fewest number of hexagons. Ponder that one.
Take honeycombs for example. This means that honeycombs require less wax to construct, and they increase in strength under compression.
What uses honeycombs…bees. Bees themselves are encoded with the shape: the hexagon is written into their eyes. Their hives are mysterious constructs and their hexagonal nature is part brilliance, part accident. The hexagon in a honeycomb is likely why the hexagon in the shape of choice when representing The Wasp.
Hexagons are composed of tessellated triangles—regular hexagons can lay next to each other like tiles without any gaps between them—ensuring that there is neither wasted space nor wasted energy
Interestingly enough, it also looks as though the energy field around Westview is in a hexagonal shape.
The Beekeeper and the Hexagon
Beyond The Wasp, we’ve seen the hexagon in the comic before: A.I.M. Last seen in Iron Man 3, the certified M.O.D.O.K. (Mechanized Organism Designed Only for Killing) creators at A.I.M. (Advanced Idea Mechanics) are notorious for using hexagons in their maniacal aspirations.
While we no longer believe the beekeeper to be a direct A.I.M. link, it doesn't mean that A.I.M. is in the clear for zero WandaVision connections as of yet.
A.I.M. runs with that whole “science above all” manifesto and is known for its unscrupulous tactics for achieving its goals. This could play well with the citizens of Westview's, frankly, bizarre and creepy “for the children” mantra.
SWORD Acting Director Tyler Hayward sent Agent Franklin in through the sewer to infiltrate Westview. I don’t fully trust Hayward, even though at the forefront, he appears to be on the good side of things. Franklin is seen wearing the Beekeeper Suit and when he appears in Westview, his suit transitions to a comic-style and is swarming with bees around his head.
Agent Franklin could be a reference to Franklin Benjamin Richards (codename Powerhouse), a mutant often seen in the Fantastic Four and in the Secret Invasion storylines. At one point, his parents needed someone to watch over him in their absence…and he placed under the care of none other than Agatha Harkness. As an adult, he’s saved people from Mephisto and also temporarily destroyed and later defeated on two occasions. Do I need to go on?
Regarding Hayward: What’s in a Name?
Familiar connection? Brian Hayward was a super-soldier created by the Centipede Project, a project whose goal was to create Captain America-like soldiers to be controlled by Hydra. He attacked Phil Coulson and his Agents of SHIELD team, though they ultimately destroyed him. The likelihood of the name having meaning is strong because as we know in Marvel, it's all connected.
In WandaVision Episode 4, when Monica Rambeau and SWORD Acting Director Tyler Hayward are talking on the way to his office at SWORD, he mentions that the focus of SWORD is on robotics, nanotech, and AI, as there are many threats in space. You can see the scientists and technicians crafting vessels and weapons, which Monica appears to give side-eye to as she mentions there are allies in space, as well.
Later in the episode, Director Hayward calls for a man named Hutch at the SWORD Response Base. As I mentioned in my WandaVision Episode 4 Easter Eggs post, Hutch likely refers to “Hutch” in Marvel comics is in Earth-2937, son of an alternate version of Magik, who struck a deal with Mephisto.
Hexagon and Scarlet Witch’s Beginnings
Or is it less complex than above?
Hex is the German term for witchcraft. Wanda had “hex” powers in her early days in the X-Men comics. Is this a nod to her ability to “hex” people do things? Is the hexagon simply a subtle nod to her hex abilities?
Hexagons and the Devil
Hexagons have 6 sides, 6 vertices, and 6 angles. 666 is called the “Number of The Beast” in the Book of Revelations. In modern popular culture, 666 a widely recognized symbol for the Antichrist or devil, and it is purportedly used to invoke Satan. Mephisto (aka Mephistopheles, Satan, Lucifer, the devil) could be being represented by the hexagon shape.
Mephisto has been teased many a time in recent trailers and WandaVision episodes, so it’s just a matter of time until he appears, right?
Another thing that 6 represents? The number of Infinity Stones.
The episodes each fade in and out in hexagons, rather than circles, which was the typical geometric share for that era of television.
“Geraldine” wears hexagon-shaped earrings in “WandaVision” Episode 3 – Now In Color.
We see Westview depicted as a Hexagon when rendered in 3D in the SWORD Response Base in “WandaVision” Episode 4 – We Interrupt This Broadcast.