Westview is a town located in New Jersey, United States that exists in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and the central location in the Disney+ series, WandaVision. Following the arrival of Wanda Maximoff and the resurrected Vision, the town is barricaded to the outside world, and the residents become trapped in a sitcom.
After Wanda Maximoff goes to the S.W.O.R.D. Headquarters to see Vision's body, she becomes sadden upon seeing him dismantled by the agents, and learns from Director Hayward that they are breaking Vision down without the intent to bury him. Hayward tries to convince Wanda that she would be able to revive Vision with her powers, but Wanda says that it is not her intent and leaves.
Wanda then drives to Westview. After coming to the town, she reads a note from Vision himself as she stands at the land that he had bought for the two of them build a house and live together, and she starts to mourn his loss. As she is consumed by her grief, her powers start to spiral into Chaos Magic, and this magic quarantines the whole town inside an energy field that surrounds the area, taking the form of a hexagon. This energy field, later named the "Hex" because of its shape, changes reality, so that the town and its residents are subject to an American sitcom, unaware of their true identities, and assigned characters to play. When anything manages to enter the town, the subject is altered to fit with the production design of the new reality inside the Hex. During the conception of this reality, her powers somehow give life to Vision, with him coming out from Wanda herself.
She and Vision become the protagonists of the sitcom inside this reality, and the two of them are the only ones to keep their true identities. However, because he was re-created from nothing while his real body continues in possession of S.W.O.R.D, Vision has no memory of his life before Westview. No children are seen in Westview until Wanda gives birth to a pair of twins, though Dottie's fundraiser was set up for the children of Westview Elementary. Outsiders of the town, including the local police force, that were once aware of Westview, had their minds erased, and instead believe themselves to be from Eastview. Relatives and acquaintances of the residents of the town also had their minds erased and don't remember of the existence of the Westview inhabitants. This draws attention from an intelligence agency known as S.W.O.R.D., and they set up a base outside the town to investigate what they later name as the "Westview anomaly" or the "Maximoff anomaly".
When Wanda and Vision first arrive, Westview and its residents are transformed into a 1950s setting, set solely in black and white. At some point during this time, Monica Rambeau was absorbed into the town, after making contact with the barrier, and assigned a new identity, with new memories. Whenever someone questions Wanda's reality, with the outside world, the era changes. During the 1960s era, Agent Franklin of S.W.O.R.D. entered Westview subterraneously, through the sewage system, so Wanda rewound time in the town to before he entered. The town moves into a 1970s era, and color is brought in. When Wanda referenced her life pre-Westview to Monica, her memories were triggered, and Wanda proceeded to expel her from the town.
Almost everything that is altered inside the Hex seems to keep its new format after leaving Westview, as Wanda's magic seems to be not just creating an illusion, but it is indeed rewriting reality. This is exemplified by the rope that was tied to one of the S.W.O.R.D agents and became a jumper when he tried to inflitrate Weastview from inside the sewers and also by Monica's clothes from the 70's. In both cases, these objects kept their new appearance after leaving the town. In addition to this, it is later revealed that the Hex also affects the human cells on a molecular level, as shown by Monica's blood test results. Despite this, it unknown if these changes are permanent or not. When the town moves into a 1980s, Director Hayward directs a missile to Wanda, fashioned from a drone, which fits the technological era, as to prevent it from getting transformed upon entrance.
When Westview was celebrating Halloween, Vision went to investigate the edge of the town. He noticed that the people close to the edge were frozen or almost unmoving. He then tried to cross through the energy field to leave the town. However, instead of mantaining his shape as everything else that left the town so far, his attempt to leave only brought him extreme pain as he started to disintegrate outside Westview, with pieces of his body being pulled and flying back to inside the Hex. When Wanda heard from their son, Billy, whom sensed that Vision was dying, she used her powers to greatly expand the energy field around the town and bring her husband back into the Westview reality. The expansion of the field managed to bring Vision into the Hex again, which made his body become whole as it was before. But as a consequence of this, even more people were captured by the energy field, including S.W.O.R.D agents and Darcy Lewis.
Sometime after this, Westview moved into the mid-2000s. Wanda eventually noticed that, for some reason she could not explain, she was losing control of the reality inside Westview as things began to glitch and she was not able to fix them with her powers. Meanwhile, Monica managed to get an appropriated vehicle to attempt to cross through the energy field safely without being affected by the Hex. However, the vehicle failed to enter the town when the barrier started to match its density and transform it. Then Monica, who already had her body cells rewritten twice, decided get through the energy field for the third time, despite not having the vehicle. Upon managing to cross it with much effort, Monica's eyes glowed blue as she acquired superpower abilities because of the effect of the Hex on her cells.
Shortly after, Wanda found out that the real identity of her neighbor, Agnes, is the witch Agatha Harkness and that she was the one manipulating Wanda the whole time. It was also revealed that Agatha controlled many of the events inside Westview from behind the scenes with the intention to find out how Wanda created the Hex. When Wanda is facing her, Aghata frees the people of Westview from Wanda's magic, so the residents of the town turn against Wanda claiming to be suffering as the can feel her pain and have her nightmares while under her spell. Horrified with her own actions, Wanda starts to remove the Hex to allow the people of the town to leave, but she soon stops as she sees that Vision and the twins will disappear if the Hex is gone.
After defeating Agatha using her newfound Scarlet Witch powers, Wanda makes the decision to set everything right for the residents of the town and remove the Hex. She warns Vision about her decision, and they go home with their children, as the energy shield starts to be removed from Westview and everything reverts back to its original form. Wanda and Vision then put Billy and Tommy to sleep, knowing that the Hex will soon be removed from their home and they won't be able to see their children again. Vision and Wanda talk to each other one last time and promise to meet again someday, before the magic is completely removed from the house, making Vision disappear along with all the rest of the sitcom reality.
Upon finding herself alone again in the empty land where it was supposed to be house of her family, Wanda starts to walk away and soon realizes she is being watched by the residents of the town, as they resent her for what she did. Monica then meets Wanda and tries to comfort her for the loss by telling her that the people of Westview will never know how she sacrificed her own family for them, but Wanda replies that this would not change how they think about her now. Wanda apologizes to Monica for all the pain she caused to the residents of the town and tells her that she will try to understand her powers to be able to control them. They say good-bye to each other before Wanda leaves the town flying, dressed in her new Scarlet Witch outfit.
Westview is mentioned in the film, by Doctor Strange, when he approaches Wanda for help, and she mistakenly believes he is there, to confront her, over her involvement in the events that transpired, while she lived there.
Places of Interest
- Vision Residence: The home of Wanda Maximoff and Vision. They live next door to Herb on the left, and Agnes on the right. This is the main Westview setting in the series.
- Computational Services Inc.: A local Westview workplace. Vision and Norm are employed there, under their boss, Mr. Hart. Phil Jones also used to work there, before he got fired.
- Westview Public Library: The local town library, is where Westview's Neighborhood Watch meetings take place. Vision, Herb, Norm and Phil Jones are amongst the members who attend.
New Character Identities
- Agnes: The new persona of the witch Agatha Harkness. She acts as the next-door neighbor of Wanda and Vision. She is not only fully aware that the town and its residents are trapped in an altered reality but is manipulating Wanda behind the scenes. She was the only resident with a self-imposed, new identity, but after her battle with Wanda, an actual fake persona for her was put into place.
- The Beekeeper: The new persona of the S.W.O.R.D agent, Franklin. He came to Westview through the sewage system, and upon his arrival, had his uniform transformed, to that of a Beekeeper, with bees also surrounding him. When Wanda rewound time, it is unknown what became of him.
- Beverly: The new persona of Isabel Matsueida. She is a part of Dottie's Planning Committee.
- Dennis the Delivery Man (formerly Mailman): Dennis was formerly a Pizza Delivery Man, working in Westview.
- Doctor Nielson: The local Westview doctor, who helped Wanda through her pregnancy. He is married to Mrs. Nielson.
- Dottie Jones: The new persona of Sarah Proctor. The wife of "Phil Jones", and the neighbor of Wanda and Vision. She is the head of the neighborhood's planning committee.
- Geraldine: The new persona of Monica Rambeau. She was a resident of Westview, who worked for someone named Mr. Haddox. After her true personality was unearthed, she was expelled from Westview, by Wanda. However, she later was able to cross through the energy field and re-enter the town while maintaining her real persona.
- Herb: The new persona of John Collins. The next door neighbor of Wanda and Vision. He is also part of Westview's Neighborhood Watch, and appears to have some awareness of being trapped.
- Mr. Hart: The new persona of Todd Davis. He is the husband of "Mrs. Hart", and the boss of Vision and Norm at Computational Services Inc..
- Mrs. Hart: The new persona of Sharon Davis. She is the wife of "Mr. Hart". During a dinner with Wanda and Vision, her perception of the sitcom reality began malfunctioning.
- Norm: The new persona of Abilash Tandon. He works with Vision at Computational Services Inc., and is also part of the his Neighborhood Watch. Vision briefly unearths his true identity, and proceeds to revert him back to "Norm", shortly after.
- Phil Jones: The new persona of Harold Proctor. He is the neighbor of Wanda and Vision, and also part of the Westview's Neighborhood Watch.
- The Strongman: The new persona of the S.W.O.R.D agent, Monti. He works in a Circus, along with other agents and the Escape Artist, after Wanda expanded the energy field around the town, bringing all of them inside the Hex.
- The Escape Artist: The new persona of Darcy Lewis. She briefly works in a Circus after Wanda expanded the energy field around the town, bringing her inside the Hex. However, she meets Vision shortly after, and he makes her revert to her original persona, so Darcy can give him answers about what is happening with Westview.
- The town's local newspaper is called Westview Herald.
- Westview shares some similarities with Once Upon a Time's Storybrooke. Both feature an isolated and barricaded town, in which no one can escape, all the residents have false identities, and both are home to magic-wielding protagonists.