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WandaVision's Hidden Avenger Theory (And How Powerful He Is)

The WandaVision finale's mid-credits scene may have subtly introduced a powerful new Avenger, according to a popular theory. The first Disney+ TV series of MCU Phase 4, WandaVision laid the groundwork for a new generation of Avengers by establishing fresh superheroes, such as Monica Rambeau (otherwise known as Spectrum), and the super-powered Maximoff siblings, Billy (Julian Hilliard) and Tommy (Jett Klyne). Due to a vague namedrop, however, one more superhero may have been subtly introduced - the Marvel comics Avenger, Miguel Santos.

During the first of 2 credit scenes in WandaVision's final episode, Randall Park's Jimmy Woo establishes a response team from the FBI colleagues he called for backup after Director Haywood revealed his true, villainous intentions for Wanda. As Woo directs the other FBI agents to provide medical aid to the residents of Westview and begin the process of collecting evidence, Woo addresses a colleague by the name Miguel. Since the character wasn’t formally introduced onscreen, the name may not seem significant to the average viewer; however, a fascinating fan theory suggests the namedrop was intentional and actually alludes to Miguel Santos, a.k.a. Living Lightning. Miguel has a complicated history with the Avengers in Marvel comic mythology, and certain details about this mystery agent mysteriously align with Miguel Santos’ story in the comics.

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Introduced in 1990's Avengers West Coast #63 by Roy & Dann Thomas, Miguel Santos becomes a superhero in response to his father’s criminal activity. A member of the extremist group Legion of Living Lightning, Miguel’s father dies when the Legion very foolishly tries controlling Bruce Banner's Hulk. While investigating the Legion after his father's demise, Miguel accidentally transforms into Living Lightning by activating a strange machine at the group's headquarters. Miguel begins his Marvel career fighting against the West Coast Avengers, but he’s eventually recruited by Wasp to join the team after helping defeat the villainous Doctor Demonicus. After serving as a West Coast Avenger, attending school, and joining the Rangers, Miguel is eventually instated as an FBI agent. Since WandaVision's "Miguel" is one of Woo’s FBI colleagues, theories that the character could be Miguel Santos demand serious consideration.

While it's unclear whether WandaVision's agent is indeed Miguel Santos, Living Lightning's abilities would make him an ideal addition to Phase 4 of the MCU. As he name implies, Miguel is essentially sentient electricity with the ability to fly, manipulate energy, resist physical attacks, and survive the void of space. In the Marvel comics, these powers make Miguel invaluable during the Avengers' various space missions, such as working at their Deep Space Monitoring Station, and assisting in the war between the Kree and the Shi’ar Empire. MCU Phase 4 isn't lacking for space-based shenanigans, with WandaVision's Monica Rambeau and SWORD both deeply involved in Secret Invasion and Captain Marvel 2. Other galactic-flavored releases include EternalsGuardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3Thor: Love & Thunder and, potentially, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. Rumors even suggest the Wakanda space program might feature in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. With space enjoying such a heavy presence in the MCU's future, a character who can move freely through the vacuum could prove invaluable - especially one who's FBI pals with Jimmy Woo.

Miguel Santos could also bring something to Phase 4 that has been sorely lacking throughout the MCU thus far - genuine LGBTQ representation. In Great Lakes Avengers #2, Miguel Santos comes out as gay while turning down an offer to join the GLA, which he mistakes for meaning "Gay/Lesbian Alliance" instead of "Great Lakes Avengers." While Marvel's movie inclusivity improved in Phase 3 (with Avengers: Endgame featuring the MCU’s first openly gay character, played by co-director Joe Russo), LGBTQ superheroes are still drastically under-represented in the MCU.

If the Miguel Santos theory is correct and the agent named in WandaVision's mid-credits scene is actually Living Lightning, Marvel fans may need to wait a while for confirmation. The Woo and Rambeau mid-credits scene is designed as a lead-in for Captain Marvel 2 and Secret Invasion. It’s possible, therefore, that "Miguel" won't be identified until then, if at all.

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