Episode five of WandaVision, aptly titled “On a Very Special Episode,” sees Monica Rambeau undergo a few medical tests after her time in the “Hex” that is Westview. Rather than getting clear answers as to how her body was affected, the results give the agents of S.W.O.R.D. pause and hint at what’s to come for the character. In the comics, Monica has gone through a few code names, including Photon, Pulsar, Spectrum, and the second Captain Marvel. Could the potential revelation of powers on WandaVision be setting up her role in Captain Marvel 2?
After being expelled from Westview on episode four, Monica — played by Teyonah Parris — undergoes a number of tests including X-rays and bloodwork in order to determine how going through the force field has affected her. The X-ray ends up being blank, which could either be a tech mishap or mean that Monica is radiating too much energy for the machine to take a picture. Seeing as they’re in a state-of-the-art facility, we’re leaning toward energy radiation. In the comics, Monica receives her powers after being hit by an experimental weapon, allowing her to transform herself into any form of energy within the electromagnetic spectrum. While not exactly an experimental weapon, the Hex is an energy force field created through Wanda’s grief, and Monica is one of the few to be sucked in and then thrown out. It’s possible Monica absorbed the energy as she exited the Hex and is well on her way to becoming the Monica we know and love from the comics.
In a recent interview with Rotten Tomatoes TV, Parris hinted that she will be a superhero in the upcoming sequel. “I am excited, just as the actress, to join Brie [Larson] and Iman [Vellani] and see what putting these three superheroes together — [the] Carol Danvers Captain Marvel, Ms. Marvel, and Monica Rambeau — [to see] what will become and happen in that film. But the rest we’re just going to have to wait a few weeks before we can really talk about it,” she said. Could she also be hinting at Monica’s evolution on WandaVision? Guess we’ll just have to watch and find out.