WandaVision does not look to be short on mysteries. In addition to an ominous voice on a radio, the second episode ends with a shockingly surreal image of a beekeeper rising up from a sewer grate. It is the kind of imagery you would expect from a nightmare. And in some ways, this entire alternate universe that Wanda and Vision are inhabiting feels very much like some twisted dream.
So, who is the WandaVision beekeeper? We do not have a ton of clues to go on at this point except for a few key ones. First, it seems like Wanda either recognizes this person or at least what he represents. When she sees him emerge from the sewers, and face her and Vision, she very pointedly says, “No,” and proceeds to rewind reality back before he appeared. Whoever he is, Wanda knows what his significance is to her and the threat he poses to this reality.
There are a few other clues we can investigate. The WandaVision beekeeper does appear to have some symbol on his outfit. We have brightened up the picture a bit so you can take a peek at it right here:
We can’t quite make out the exact design on the WandaVision beekeeper’s outfit, but it does seem to have a bee or other insect in it. This actually might give us our best clue as to who is behind the machinations of WandaVision. In the comics, the evil science organization A.I.M. (Advanced Idea Mechanics) often employ numerous henchmen in suits that resemble beekeeper outfits. A.I.M. has made one appearance in the Marvel Cinematic Universe in Iron Man 3 but has not been referenced since. Could this be a hint to their return?
There is also the matter of the commercial we see in this episode that gives us another clue to the WandaVision beekeeper’s identity. There is an advertisement for a Strucker watch. Wolfgang von Strucker was the Hydra scientist that was experimenting on Wanda and her brother Pietro in Avengers: Age of Ultron. In the comics, Strucker was the one who founded A.I.M.. Could this mean that Strucker has returned and is once again experimenting on Wanda? Is he trying to see what the limitations of her reality-bending powers are? And could the beekeeper just be one of his many henchmen?
We do know that the WandaVision beekeeper is not someone we have seen before. Well, sort of. The character is played by Zac Henry, a prolific stunt performer in the world of cinema. He has actually done stunt work for a number of Marvel projects including Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Ant-Man and the Wasp, Avengers: Infinity War, and many others. Though he is not looking to be a key character moving forward, it does look like Henry is there to fulfill a broader role instead of something more specific like a key villain.
With such a bizarre setup, we have to believe that WandaVision will be revealing the identity (or at least the meaning) of the beekeeper before the show is done. These mysteries keep piling up and we can’t wait to see where they take us.