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Misty Copeland On Ballet, Black Lives Matter, Breitling Ambassador Role

She was Prince’s muse, a former member of President Obama’s Council of Fitness, Sports and Nutrition, inspired a documentary, starred in a Disney film…and so much more. As the first African American female principal dancer at American Ballet Theatre, Misty Copeland is a legend. She broke the ballerina mold and fought for diversity on and off-stage and reached the top of her field. Today, she’s shining worldwide with her virtual ballet Masterclass. It’s no shock that Breitling chose her as one of their spokeswomen for the launch of their first Chronomat Ladies Collection. Below, Copeland opens up about her groundbreaking ballet career, Black Lives Matter, and being a Breitling ambassador.


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How did you start dancing?

I was around four or five. It was just around the house. My mother was a professional cheerleader for the Kansas City Chiefs football team when she was 19 so she grew up with very minimal training in ballet, jazz, and tap. She would dance around the house a lot. Music and dance were a big part of my household and I don’t mean any formal dancing. This was just dancing to pop music, hip-hop, R&B, and soul. There was a lot of chaos. I was one of six children in a single-parent home, and we moved a lot, often didn’t have a home, often were sleeping in other people’s homes or in motels. Music became this escape for me from the reality of my upbringing.

Do you remember the moment when dance became your passion?

One of the most powerful moments for me was around the age of seven. Mariah Carey released her debut album. It was a really empowering moment to see a biracial woman who was extremely talented, and I connected with her in a way that I didn’t fully understand until I was an adult. Seeing yourself represented is so important and impactful. Her music motivated me to choreograph, even though I didn’t know that was what I was doing. I started to make up dances to her music, and that was when I started to really get involved and feel like this is a way of expressing myself.

What were you like as a little girl?

I hated speaking! I was so shy and introverted. Dancing was a way for me to express myself. And that was how I got on track to eventually having ballet in my life, which was when I was 13.

What happened next?

I auditioned for the dance team at my school. I wanted to follow in my mom’s footsteps and when I auditioned the coach told me that I had a lot of talent. She recommended that I take a free ballet class at my community center, the Boys and Girls Club, so the rest was history!

Do you remember your first lesson?

I took my first ballet class on a basketball court in socks, shorts, and a t-shirt. My teacher told me that I was a prodigy. I ended up living with her and training intensely for three years, and then at another school for about a year and a half. I had a very quick training process, and after only four or so years I was at American Ballet Theatre in New York City dancing professionally.

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How did it feel when people started calling you a “prodigy?”

All I knew was that I was happy doing it and it was the first time that there was anything in my life that was just for me. So that word, “prodigy,” went in one ear and out the other. I don’t think that I understood what it even truly meant until I was a professional, when quite the opposite happened. I went from being told “You were born to do this” to “Everything about you is wrong,” “You’re too muscular,” “You’re too short,” “You’re too Brown,” “You don’t have enough training…” And I was like whoa! I didn’t understand how my world could be flipped upside down! But also, it made me really understand the racism in ballet. I knew that there was no way I could go from being perfect in ballet to all of a sudden, “I’m a professional but it’s no longer right.”

Do you find the ballet world to be competitive?

Of course there’s competition, but not like you see in films. I mean, you’re competitive within yourself or aspiring to get certain roles or promotions. I’ve been with ABT for 20 years, so they’re like family. I grew up with a lot of the dancers and my artistic director has known me since I was 16 years old. But for me, the biggest upset or pushback was that there’s no diversity, and so I was the only Black woman at ABT for the first decade of my career, and a lot of the words I was being told, I wasn’t “right,” I wasn’t a “prodigy,” to me through the years were in fact, “You’re too Black,” “You don’t fit in,” “You don’t belong here.” That took a long time for me to understand. Not to accept it, but be able to speak about it openly.

Did you have the moral support of those around you?

I did. The Black ballet community is there, but it’s not big. I had incredible Black women who weren’t necessarily dancers come into my life and were just there to say that it’s OK to be the first. It’s OK to be alone, there’s a community out there that can support you if you’re open to it. And I was.

You have worked very hard to reach this level. Do you ever worry that you missed a part of your childhood or teenage years?

[laughs] I know that a lot of dancers, gymnasts, and athletes feel that way, but I feel because of the way I grew up that this was the best thing that could have happened for me. And again, I started [dancing] later, so I feel like I wasn’t burnt out like a lot of dancers who start when they’re three and by the time they’re 13 they wonder if it’s really what they want to do, and want to just play with their friends. That wasn’t me. I remember my mother making me go to prom because she didn’t want me to miss out on anything. It was one of the worst nights of my life! I don’t regret anything! [smiles]

“There wasn’t a lot in my life that I had control over. And time was one thing I could control.”


What values did you learn through ballet?

It gave me structure, consistency, and discipline. I had none of that, so dancing brought me so much, such richness to my life. And relationships I made in the ballet world are still friendships I have to this day, from when I was a child.

You’ve reached the top in a flash. How has your relationship to time evolved?

There are so many layers to it. It’s definitely evolved throughout my life. Growing up when I was younger, I feel like I held time to such a high standard. I’m a Virgo, and I’m always on top of things and very organized. I had a lot of anxiety just because there wasn’t a lot in my life that I had control over. And time was one thing I could control. As a young person, I remember getting to school an hour before school started to make sure that I was on time and I didn’t miss anything. It was really crazy, I remember my mom saying, “If this is what you want we’ll do it, but it’s a little wacky!” [laughs] It’s something I feel like I’ve always valued, like other people’s time, being a professional, and showing up on time. And working with Prince, as an artist he was someone I talked about time a lot with, and in his eyes it was actually quite the opposite of me. For him, time didn’t really exist. It was just that he wanted to value his time, and not have any restrictions on it or limitations.

You are one of the new Breitling ambassadors, alongside Charlize Theron and Yao Chen, for the Chronomat Ladies Collection. This is the first collection fully dedicated to women, with the first entirely female squad. What does this mean to you?

It makes sense for me to have this first campaign be so celebratory of women in this moment in such a positive light. Alongside two incredible, strong, diverse women, I think it just speaks to everything that I stand for. I would never have something that risked my integrity just to be a part of a brand, just to make money or to be connected with a brand that’s seen worldwide…The collection is very high-end and glamorous but also has a casual masculinity to it. And I feel that’s definitely how I would describe my style.

There are two sizes, a big one and a smaller one. Which one do you wear?

I have really small wrists but I love the big one. I feel like this watch definitely represents that women are more than one thing. It can be styled in many ways. As beautiful and elegant as it is, I see a masculinity in both the small and larger one.

Do you believe that watches are a family heirloom you can pass on to your children?

As an artist, I view art in that way. An incredible, beautiful commodity, something where the worth is timeless, whether it’s collecting art or having beautiful designer items: clothing, fashion, shoes, jewelry. I think that not only for the tradition and history, which means so much to me, I mean clearly being a part of the ballet world, which is so rich in both. It is a powerful thing to be able to pass down something that has a story to the next generation, and that is valuable. Especially as a Black woman and as a Black American, that’s not often something that’s been made available to us, so it makes me so proud to be able to own things that I can pass on to my next of kin.

Do you remember your first watch?

I do. When I was younger, well I still do to this day, I had an obsession with sunflowers and sunflower seeds. I remember my mom buying me this watch that had a big sunflower on the face, and it just meant so much to me. I didn’t have a lot of valuables. I don’t know where it is now! I wish I did! [laughs]

In 2018, you starred in a Disney film. Do you have any upcoming projects or any plans to move into the acting world?

It’s been a long journey. I’ve had a lot of amazing people in the film industry that have come into my life and tried to push me into that, and my ballet career has always been first and foremost to anything, and I’m approaching my 20th season with ABT. I started a production company about five years ago, and so I’m definitely on the other side, creating film and television, documentary-style projects. I am producing a silent short film that I will star in, that’s being worked on right now. As well as something else that’s in the works that I’d also feature in and it would be my first attempt at acting. I think it’s definitely something artistic that I would love to explore, because there are so many things that would help me, push me and challenge me as an artist that I’m up for. But it’s not a priority, I’m not trying to make the next chapter of my career as an actress…We’ll see.

“I feel like this is the next chapter for ballet, right now in this time where we are with BLM.”

You expressed that you feel a responsibility to present a healthy image, and that a ballerina can “look like the world,” not limited to a certain race or body type. What is the next step for the arts industry?

I’ve been really fortunate to have all these opportunities, and especially being in a Disney film. The Nutcracker was such a beautiful, impactful and positive example for the next generations to come. A ballerina isn’t always white with pale skin. A ballerina can be any color, can look like so many things, and that’s forever frozen in the Disney world. I feel like this is the next chapter for ballet, right now in this time where we are with Black Lives Matter. It’s giving us kind of a reset button on many levels and it’s probably one of the best things that could have happened to ballet, not only with BLM but with the pandemic and theaters shutting down. It’s forcing our industry to think of new and inventive ways to present this art form and open it up to a much wider, more diverse audience. It’s been long overdue.

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How can we bring these changes to life?

We need to reassess the structure of the ballet world. We should be holding onto the incredible technique. That’s what has kept it going for hundreds of years, not the racism, not the traditions that aren’t necessary that won’t help us to grow irrelevant to the world of today. This is an opportunity for us to come together as people and to see that artists come in every shape, size and color, and that we’re only missing out if we don’t give everyone an opportunity. As well as redefining what the theater is, and what that space means, and that it doesn’t have to be stuffy with the stereotypical audience of older, wealthy white people, that it could really incorporate all of our communities…that’s how you keep it relevant.

What about reaching different audiences?

If we go into these communities and if we give them the access and the opportunity to feel that they are a part of it, then it will diversify so organically. The moment that you make people feel that they’re included, they’ll want to invest in it.

Last year you launched your ballet technique Masterclass to offer a look behind the curtain and to show the human side of professional dance. Do you feel this outlet has been successful in bringing a new demographic into the space?

Absolutely! I have this experience from the many opportunities that I had, which is why I want to be as open with opportunities as I can because I know that it can reach such different audiences, whether it’s through Breitling or through Masterclass. The types of letters in response that we have gotten from Masterclass have been so incredible, people who you would never think, or maybe themselves would never think they would at all be interested in learning about what seems to be the ballet technique. It’s exposing everyone to it, the same person who goes and looks at Stephen Curry’s basketball Masterclass may stumble upon mine and it may be a window for them to explore and learn about something new. The fact that it just keeps growing, every couple of months there’s another article titled “I Took Misty’s Masterclass” and they write about it and then more people are interested, so it’s amazing to have a platform where it can exist forever and people can continue to explore it throughout the years.

When do you think you will go back on stage?

ABT is planning on doing a virtual fall season, but I decided not to be a part of it. I’m still healing from a back injury. I can dance now but I can’t do what I would do with ABT. So I think they’re just using a few dancers, and I’m not even sure how it’s going to work rehearsal wise, etc. There’s no real timeline for any theaters to be open at this point! We probably need six months or more, to be able to perform in a real studio, to get back to that kind of shape. I don’t think people consider all that it takes to physically maintain the athleticism that we do. So, it’s going to take a lot of time for us!

This article was produced by ELLE International and originally appeared in the December 2020 issue of ELLE Spain.

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Prince Harry Is Reportedly ‘Heartbroken’ Over ‘Painful’ Separation from His Family

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle officially stepped out of their royal life in March 2020, and they’ve started a new life in Montecito, California. Per People, Journalist and author Tom Bradby said on ITV’s Love Your Weekend that Harry is feeling some complex feelings connected to his new life.

“I think they are feeling better, yes…So are they unhappy?,” he said. “No, I think they are content, the things they are doing they are quite excited by. I think he is heartbroken by the situation with his family, you don’t necessarily need to have knowledge to know that, but I think it is true.” Bradby didn’t directly reference the reported tension between Prince William and Harry.

“The situation with the family clearly isn’t ideal and it has been a very difficult year for them all,” he said.”But are they unhappy out there? No, I don’t think that’s right, I think they are pretty happy actually, but I think they wrestle with their position in life, I think they all do. I think William does too; I don’t think he finds it easy.” He added that there are “a lot of hurt feelings on all sides.” He continued: “I think the whole thing has just been incredibly painful; that is obvious to everyone. It is painful all round, painful for everyone, difficult to manage.”

He added: “You have got to remember this isn’t just a family; it’s a firm. They are in the business of public service on a very elevated, exposed platform and to some extent, they are all locked in it together. And that creates lots of tensions that people perhaps do see relatively clearly from the outside, but at the same time they are trying to be a family and I am always acutely conscious of that and how complicated and frankly difficult it is.”

Last year, Meghan revealed on a World Mental Health Day episode of the podcast Teenager Therapy that she has experienced cyber-bullying and trolling on a level that was “almost unsurvivable.”

“In 2019 I was the most trolled person in the entire world—male or female. Now, eight months of that I wasn’t even visible. I was on maternity leave or with a baby but was able to just be manufactured and churned out. It’s almost unsurvivable.”

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See How Kim Kardashian Celebrated Chicago’s Birthday, Complete With New Frog Pets

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Chicago West, Kim Kardashian and Kanye West’s third child, turned 3 years old on Friday, and she celebrated with a lavish party. The toddler’s mom posted photos of her celebration on her story, and truly, the floral decor is on par with some weddings I’ve attended.

Based on the images, Chicago seems to really love two things: the color purple and frogs. There were tables of purple flowers, a stuffed rainbow frog, and…a tank of two frogs apparently named Elsa and Anna.

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“My Chi Chi princess 👑 today you are three!!!,” Kardashian wrote in her birthday tribute for Chicago. “You have the sweetest little high voice that I could listen to all day! You bring so much magic into all of our lives. My heart is so full that you chose me to be your mommy ✨ I can’t wait to celebrate you with slime and LOL Dolls today! Happy Birthday Chicago.”

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In recent weeks and months, Kardashian has kept her Instagram focused on her latest work ventures and posts about her kids. But on January 5, Page Six reported that multiple sources had told them that divorce was “imminent” for the couple and parents of four.

“They are keeping it low-key but they are done,” one source said. “Kim has hired [top celebrity divorce attorney] Laura Wasser and they are in settlement talks.”

A source told People this week that this has been coming for a while and said that “the love story between Kim and Kanye has been over for a long time, more than a year. They adored each other but have too many differences.” Another source told the magazine that “Kim and Kanye’s marriage is beyond repair,” though Kim “isn’t in a rush to file for divorce. But it is on her mind.”

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Ranking the Best Theories About What’s Happening

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By the end of 2020, the Marvel Cinematic Universe had started to feel a bit…stale. Part of what makes the superhero genre so universally captivating is its ability to go places that seem too far for other mediums. But by the end of Avengers: Endgame, the MCU was closing the door on a chapter that, no matter how wildly successful, had followed a series of predictable patterns. While that doesn’t make watching Tony Stark save the world any less satisfying, it does make it less nerdy. And no matter how mainstream superheroes get, there’s always a part of the genre that deserves its place in the realm of the nerd, where fan-fueled calculus thrives.

Now, with the explosion of new MCU series rolling out on Disney+ (at least four by the end of 2021), the superhero empire is reigniting fan theory fervor. When WandaVision dropped on January 15, the sitcom-turned-horror-show experiment heralded a bold new path for comic-book narratives. Turns out, superheroes can make for pretty hilarious sitcoms! But, most importantly, WandaVision—at least initially—seems intent on not spoon-feeding fans a story they’ve seen before. Which means, of course, that the fan theory machine is running hot.

WandaVision takes place after Endgame, and it stars Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany as a delightfully well-matched Wanda Maximoff and Vision, basking in newlywed (?) bliss in the quaint 1950s-era suburb of Westview. They don’t exactly know how they got here, or what they’re doing in the 1950s. But they roll with it: befriending neighbors, hosting talent shows, nearly spoiling dinner with Vision’s boss, and trying not to wither under the critical eye of local Karen, Dotty (Emma Caulfied Ford). But increasingly, Wanda has a feeling something isn’t right. She keeps hearing voices on the radio, and at the end of episode 2, she and Vision watch an ominous beekeeper rise from beneath a manhole cover.

New episodes drop every Friday, and as the puzzle pieces come together, we’re gathering the best fan theories from around the internet. Here, we’ll try to make sense of what’s happening to Wanda—and why it matters for the next phase of Marvel stories.

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Theory #1: WandaVision is a spin on the comics arc House of M.

If you’ve spent any time digging around Marvel fan forums, you’ve probably already stumbled on this theory. In 2005, Marvel Comics released a storyline called House of M, written by comics legend Brian Michael Bendis, in which an insane Scarlet Witch (aka Wanda Maximoff) has a mental breakdown and attempts to recreate the universe. You see, she’s lost her two children—Billy and Tommy—as well as her grip on reality. The other Avengers and X-Men (in the comics, Wanda is a mutant) realize they must consider killing Wanda, because her reality-shaping powers pose an enormous threat to humanity if she cannot recover her sanity. Yikes.

Hearing the news of her pending execution, Wanda creates a new world, an almost-perfect utopia where her children are alive, her superhero teammates are happy, and mutants rule the world. But it’s a dangerous lie, and when Wanda realizes what she’s done, she decides the solution is to rid the world of mutants like her. (You might have seen a comic panel circulating of Wanda whispering, “No more mutants.”) At that point, the majority of the mutant population lose their powers.

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House of M by Brian Michael Bendis

It’s unlikely WandaVision will mirror House of M exactly, because at this point in the MCU, the X-Men and Avengers’ worlds have not yet collided. But it’s certainly possible that Wanda has created an alternate universe out of grief. If you remember the events of Avengers: Infinity War and Endgame, you’ll recall that Wanda is forced to kill Vision while extracting an Infinity Stone from his forehead. He does not return to life in Endgame, and she tells Thanos, “You took everything from me.”

It’s not far-fetched to think Wanda created a new universe after Endgame, one in which she lives a picture-perfect sitcom life with Vision. But perhaps, like in House of M, the real world is not as simple as it seems, and someone is trying to bring her back to her senses.

Theory #2: WandaVision will tie directly into Doctor Strange in The Multiverse of Madness.

This theory is less about if than how. Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige confirmed WandaVision will tie into the film, and Olsen will star alongside Benedict Cumberbatch in March 2022’s The Multiverse of Madness. So, what does that mean? Well, the theory of Wanda creating her own alternate reality within the multiverse is almost definitely true. And if she shows up in the next Doctor Strange, someone must pull her out of the sitcom-verse—and it could be the Master of the Mystical Arts himself.

Theory #3: Agnes is actually Agatha Harkness.

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Here’s one that requires you to know a bit more comic lore. You met Agnes (Kathryn Hahn), Wanda and Vision’s deliciously wry neighbor, in the WandaVision pilot. Sure, she could just be a quippy side-character, but it’s likely she has a more meaningful role in the series.

Several fans think she must be Agatha Harkness; in the comics universe, Harkness is an old (like, was-alive-before-the-sinking-of-Atlantis old) witch who escaped the Salem Witch Trials and went on to master mystical arts, later teaching them to a young Wanda Maximoff. In other points throughout the comics, she serves as Wanda’s antagonist, and she’s also the one who, after Wanda gives birth to twins Billy and Tommy, reveals to Wanda that the children are not, in fact, hers, but were born of more demonic origins. We don’t need to unpack all of that, but the point stands that Agatha has an important role in Wanda’s life—so it makes sense she’d appear in Wanda’s TV show.

Theory #4: The beekeeper is a S.W.O.R.D agent.

You probably noticed a particular symbol that pops up throughout the first two episodes of WandaVision: it appears on the miniature helicopter Wanda discovers in her rosebush, as well as on the suit of the terrifying beekeeper who rises out from the manhole. You could keep waiting for the show to reveal its secret, but most comic fans will recognize that logo immediately: It’s the symbol for S.W.O.R.D, otherwise known as the Sentient World Observation and Response Department. Basically, it’s S.H.I.E.L.D. but for Outer Space.

S.W.O.R.D was created alongside Nick Fury’s S.H.I.E.L.D to deal with extraterrestrial threats, much like the ones that plagued Tony Stark with nightmares after the events of the first Avengers. We know from Captain America: The Winter Soldier that Fury felt the need to up his arsenal after witnessing the many threats hurtling toward our little blue dot, and it’s extremely possible he created S.W.O.R.D sometime around or after Natasha Romanoff released S.H.I.E.L.D’s secrets into the universe.

So, then, who’s the beekeeper? One Reddit fan mentioned it’s likely a S.W.O.R.D agent. Possibly, it’s one wearing a hazmat suit. Once he entered Wanda’s picturesque reality, her mind changed the hazmat suit into a beekeeper’s suit to better fit the quaint suburban surroundings.

Another option? Beekeeper is part of AIM, an organization hell-bent on scientific discovery at all costs. We haven’t seen them since Iron Man 3, but since their goons wear hazmat suits and are sometimes referred to as “beekeeper guys” in the comics, it’s possible.

The other option is that Beekeeper is Swarm, a Marvel villain who fused his consciousness with a bunch of bees. But let’s hope not.

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Theory #5: The series’ big bads are either Mephisto or Nightmare.

Now let’s get deep into the weeds. WandaVision has given us little to no clues as to who its major antagonist will be this season—except for, perhaps, Agatha Harkness. But fans are skeptical Agatha will be the supreme villain. They expect a larger power at work.

The prevailing option seems to be Mephisto. His character has been around since the 1960s, and he’s based on the Mephistopheles of German legend. Basically, he’s a demon-like creature who’s often confused for Satan. He’s evil through and through, and he likes making the Avengers’ lives miserable. One key bit of context: In the comics, he was a servant of Thanos, much like Ronan and other big bads, and he can alter time. So it stands to reason that he’s manipulating Wanda, or that the two of them made some sort of pact—think of it as a deal with the devil. Perhaps, in return for Vision being brought back to life, Wanda agreed to enter Mephisto’s domain, and become trapped in his reality.

Or, we could be on the lookout for Nightmare, one of Doctor Strange’s core villains. He’s a demon and a ruler of the so-called Dream Dimension, where humans are brought during their hours sleeping. He feeds off the human need to dream and can, to some degree, control them through their subconscious. One clever Reddit user developed an entire theory around Nightmare’s inclusion in WandaVision. We’ll summarize it here:

  • Agatha Harkness is alive in the “real” world (aka, Earth-199999), but her child has recently died.
  • Nightmare has lost much of his powers due to the “snap” in Infinity War erasing much of humanity’s population.
  • Agatha promises to help keep Nightmare alive if he helps her get her son back.
  • Agatha meets a grieving Wanda after Endgame and, with the help of Nightmare, sends her into a dream world where she can live with Vision in peace.
  • Even with much of humanity restored, Nightmare isn’t strong enough to keep cracks from showing in his dream world, and that’s why Wanda gets the sense something isn’t right.
  • In the real world, Wanda is producing “energy surges” that spell trouble for the universe, so Nick Fury and S.W.O.R.D attempt to penetrate her mind to pull her out of the dream.
  • When they do pull her out, she’s so grief-stricken and enraged that she tears a hole in the fabric of reality, leading to the events of Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.

    Theory #6: The folks in the WandaVision commercials are Wanda’s parents.

    Let’s tackle those fascinating commercials, shall we? Each promises a different Marvel Easter egg, and already, fans are dissecting screenshots for clues.

    In both “commercials” during episodes 1 and 2, a couple appear and advertise different products: The first is a Stark Industries toaster and the second is a Strücker watch. If you’re an avid MCU fan, you’ll of course know Stark Industries is Tony Stark’s company, and Strücker is the last name of Baron von Strücker, the Hydra leader who recruited Wanda and her brother Pietro before Age of Ultron and gave them their powers.

    Why is this significant? As one fan pointed out, the ads seem to be revisiting Wanda’s trauma: A Stark Industries bomb killed her parents, and Strücker corrupted Wanda and her brother.

    But who are the man and woman in the commercial? One Twitter user suggested they could be Wanda and Pietro’s deceased parents, alive again either in her memory or her dream universe.

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    Theory #7: Wanda and Vision’s children could pave the way for Young Avengers.

    At the end of episode 2, it’s revealed Wanda is pregnant, seemingly as if by magic, and we know from previously released trailers that she gives birth to twins. These are almost definitely her twins from the comics, Billy and Tommy Maximoff, who have superpowers similar to Wanda and Pietro’s—hex abilities and super-speed.

    Billy and Tommy are stupendous characters in their own right, and they eventually become leaders of the Young Avengers, another popular franchise that Marvel might have plans to cinema-tize. But they also have complicated origins: They’re actually created from fragments of a demon’s soul, and that realization is part of what originally drives Wanda insane during House of M.

    So what if some larger power wants Wanda to have children—and for those children to have something evil lurking within them? A Reddit fan mentioned how ominous it was for the denizens of Westview to repeat “for the children” prior to the talent show. Maybe Mephisto or Nightmare have crafted a sort of “incubator” for super-powered mutants. The MCU has done crazier things before.

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    Theory #8: Wanda will create mutant-kind.

    How about we go even bigger and bolder? If we know anything about the MCU, it’s that the creators aren’t afraid of ambitious storylines. Plus, more franchises = more $. And the X-Men franchise is a money-maker.

    Disney owns the rights to X-Men, which is why you’ll see those films on your Disney+ queue. So it’s probably not absurd to assume the Avengers MCU and the X-Men universe will eventually collide on the silver screen, as they do in the comics. WandaVision could be what makes that happen.

    One Reddit fan suggested that, after Wanda escapes from her sitcom reality and realizes Vision and her children aren’t real, she might have the ultimate mental break—one that results in the creation of mutants like her, spawning a bridge between her universe and the world of X-Men. Maybe it’s a stretch. But let’s just say I wouldn’t be surprised.

    This story will be updated each week after new episodes of WandaVision drop.

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