WandaVision episode 8 made Marvel Cinematic Universe history and improved Captain America: The Winter Soldier‘s post-credits scene in the process. Long before Elizabeth Olsen starred as Wanda Maximoff, aka Scarlet Witch in a Disney+ series, she made her MCU debut in one of the franchise’s famous tag scenes. The post-credits scene in Captain America: The Winter Soldier showed Hydra’s experiments with Loki’s scepter, which brought the revelation of Wanda getting powers from the experiments.
Seven years later and after multiple film appearances, WandaVision is finally giving the MCU an outlet to explore more about Scarlet Witch. Her past became the focus of WandaVision episode 8 and gave viewers a first-hand look at events that had only been alluded to in the past. This included the night a Stark bomb killed her parents and being exposed to the Mind Stone. The latter proved to be quite revealing, as the Infinity Stone awoke Wanda’s powers and showed her a vision of her future as the Scarlet Witch. In doing so, WandaVision cemented a place in MCU history by revisiting a post-credits scene.
The MCU has featured dozens of post-credits scenes over the years, but they are mostly self-contained or a joke – not counting the ones that are simply scenes pulled straight out of an upcoming movie. For years Captain America: The Winter Soldier‘s post-credits scene involving Wanda’s origins would qualify as one of the scenes that were good to see but didn’t provide any major information future movies left out. WandaVision changed this, though, by going back to the same time. The exploration of Scarlet Witch’s past allowed WandaVision to build on the scene and retroactively improve it by showing fans what happened before Wanda is seen breaking boxes in a prison cell.
WandaVision revisiting the past enhances Captain America: The Winter Soldier‘s post-credits scene by giving fans more context for what happened during Scarlet Witch’s origin. Viewers now understand exactly what happened during the Hydra experiments and the experience she had when interacting with the Mind Stone. Instead of her being forced into doing something or going through a painful experience, Wanda getting powers (or them being amplified) puts Captain America: The Winter Soldier‘s post-credits scene in a new light. This will change how fans view the scene in the future but for the better as a full understanding of Wanda’s origin.
With one more episode to go in WandaVision, there’s always the chance that more details about these experiments and the origins of Wanda’s powers will come. The new look at her origin teased Wanda’s transformation into the Scarlet Witch, but there were also hints that Wanda had powers long before the experiments. If the finale reveals she was born with magic powers or even as a mutant, then that will add another wrinkle to her story. So even though WandaVision is likely done expanding upon Captain America: The Winter Soldier‘s post-credits scene, there’s still room for the show to add to Scarlet Witch’s origin.