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Warning: There are spoilers ahead for Marvel's "WandaVision."
The mid-credits scene of episode eight showed Hayward creating a weaponized version of Vision.
The launch of this synthezoid was hinted in a previous episode.
Friday's episode of "WandaVision" concluded with a mid-credits scene that set the stage for a major showdown.
At the end of the latest installment, Agatha Harkness (Kathryn Hahn) told Wanda Maximoff (Elizabeth Olsen) that her ability to take over the town of Westview and create an alternate, happier reality for herself is the result of chaos magic.
Then the villain called Wanda the name Scarlet Witch, the comic book moniker that fans had been waiting to hear since she joined the Marvel Cinematic Universe in 2015's "Avengers: Age of Ultron."
The mid-credits scene showed S.W.O.R.D. director Tyler Hayward and his team finally launching Project Cataract
Director Tyler Hayward (Josh Stamberg) entered the S.W.O.R.D. tent and said that many attempts were made to bring Project Cataract to life.
"We took this thing apart and put it back together a million times. Tried every type of power supply under the sun, when all we needed was a little energy directly from the source," Hayward said while in a tent located just outside of Wanda's hex.
The camera then cut to the drone that was sent through the hex during episode five in order to communicate with Wanda and try to get through to her.
The armed drone ultimately ended up being dragged out of the hex by Wanda herself after Hayward ordered his agents to shoot her with the weapon.
Saving the tech proved to be useful because it still contained Wanda's energy on it.
The team harnessed Wanda's power to launch their mysterious project, which was finally revealed to be a synthezoid modeled after Vision (Paul Bettany) that's white instead of colored.
This major reveal was unexpected, but not entirely surprising
Since Hayward's debut on "WandaVision," he's been suspicious and seemingly making decisions based on his own biases and self-interests.
During a S.W.O.R.D briefing, Hayward said that based on intel gathered from Monica Rambeau (Teyonah Parris) inside the bubble, he arrived at the conclusion that Wanda was the "principal victimizer" and a "terrorist."
Hayward continued arguing with Monica over whether or not Wanda was the villain in this situation. To prove his point, he even shared "highly sensitive" surveillance footage taken at S.W.O.R.D. headquarters that he claimed he was authorized to finally share.
The videos showed Wanda breaking into a room at the headquarters and arriving at the lab that was secretly housing Vision's severed corpse, last seen in 2018's "Avengers: Infinity War."
"Nine days ago, Maximoff stormed our facility and stole the Vision's body and resurrected him," Hayward said with Jimmy Woo adding that such an action was a direct violation of the Sokovia Accords.
"And the Vision's own living will," Hayward said, further painting Wanda as the villain for reviving Vision against his wishes.
Hayward continued aggressively taking action against Wanda.
Then Darcy Lewis (Kat Dennings) hacked Hayward's firewall on his computer and learned that he was tracking Vision inside the hex and had a file labeled Project Cataract.
Jimmy and Monica realized then that Hayward was trying to bring Vision back online and turn him into a sentient weapon.
The latest episode confirmed that Hayward's secret agenda all along was to weaponize Vision
Although this revelation wasn't shocking, fans also learned that Hayward lied about Wanda's visit to S.W.O.R.D. headquarters.
An earlier moment in the episode recounted Wanda's trip there, as she asked a man at the front desk to let her enter so she could give Vision a funeral at the very least.
Hayward himself met with Wanda then showed her Vision's body in the lab. He said that they were "dismantling the most sophisticated sentient weapon ever made."
Hayward told Wanda that he couldn't allow her to take the body, but she could say goodbye to him.
Angry, Wanda broke the glass and entered the lab to get a closer look, but she didn't actually steal the body as Hayward said. Instead, she touched his head and realized she could no longer feel him.
Then she calmly walked out of the building, got into her car, and headed to Westview to visit the property that was under her and Vision's name. She created her alternate sitcom reality there that set "WandaVision" in motion.
And the version of Vision inside the hex was shown to be created entirely by Wanda, who gained additional special abilities years prior when she volunteered for Hydra and was exposed to the Mind Stone.
The introduction of a new synthezoid during the mid-credits scene sets up an interesting dynamic as the season comes to an end soon
Although Agatha is the primary villain currently at odds with Wanda, Hayward's decision to forge a synthezoid that resembles Vision is likely to anger the Avenger.
It's possible that Hayward will use the weapon to try and put an end to Wanda's hex. The white synthezoid could also face off with Wanda's version of Vision.
Vision actor Bettany has also teased a major guest appearance on the show in various interviews.
"There's a huge reveal with an actor that I've always wanted to work with and I have some real explosive scenes with him," he told E! News.
Bettany made a similar comment during an interview for Lights, Camera, Barstool podcast, saying: "I work with this actor that I've always wanted to work with and we have fireworks together. The scenes are great and I think people are going to be really excited."
New episodes of "WandaVision" are released on Fridays at midnight PT on Disney Plus.
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