Each Friday, Darren from @darrenmoviereviews will be recapping the most recent episode(s) of WandaVision and the show’s overall connection to the larger Marvel Cinematic Universe. Recaps will be released in mid-afternoon to avoid early spoilers.
WandaVision enters the wonderful world of color and the 70s this week, providing more sitcom fun while further hinting at something more sinister at work…
As with the first two episodes, WandaVision continues to be a delight to watch. Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany continue to shine as Wanda and Vision in this comedic world, delivering some wonderful laughs throughout the episode. The two of them are so playful during the episode’s theme song montage and it’s a joy to watch them live their blissful, married life, set to a new and enjoyable theme song from Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez which hints at the mysterious occurrences in the show. The production design perfectly captures the 70s sitcom world, with its impressive sets and colorful costume design, emulating classic sitcoms like The Brady Bunch. If I had one complaint about this episode, it is I wanted more of Kathryn Hahn’s Agnes because we only got one small scene with her at the end and I was missing her scene stealing moments throughout the episode. But to make up for the lack of Hahn, the story of the episode continues to build the mystery of the miniseries while dropping some big clues as to where the MCU could be heading.
And spoiler warning time! If you have not seen this week’s episode of WandaVision, stop reading as we are about to head into spoiler territory…
At the end of last week’s episode, we discovered Wanda was pregnant. And that is exactly where we pick up this week. Wanda and Vision are adjusting to the fact that they are expecting, and the doctor confirms that Wanda is currently four months pregnant. So, we know this baby is coming fast, which is further confirmed by Vision with his calculations. Minutes later, Wanda feels the baby’s kick and begins to have Braxton Hicks contractions, indicating that Wanda is beyond the six month milepost in her pregnancy. As this is all in the first half of the episode, we know that baby is coming this week. With her contractions, Wanda causes the fire sprinklers to set off and power to go out across Westview. Combined with her increased rate of pregnancy, we know that Wanda’s powers are growing at an alarming rate, indicating that she might be one of the most powerful characters currently in the MCU. As Vision begins to note the weirdness in their neighborhood, the show suddenly rewinds again. Wanda is clearly not wanting Vision to know something about this reality, as the rewinds have only occurred when Vision notes something that Wanda does not want him to see.
As Vision goes out to get the doctor to help Wanda deliver the baby, Geraldine stops by and we have my favourite part of the episode as Wanda tries to hide her pregnancy from Gerladine, which includes a hilarious moment with a stork, But Geraldine eventually discovers Wanda’s pregnancy and helps Wanda deliver the baby. And just as they deliver the first baby boy that Vision names Tommy, Wanda has a second baby boy named Billy. Yes, Wanda and Vision had twin boys, matching the names of the children they have in the comics which provides a hint as to where the MCU is heading (more on that later).
Vision takes the doctor outside and sees him off, where he runs into Agnes and Herb. Herb, still trimming the hedges and the cement wall, is whispering to Agnes as Vision sees them. They immediately cease their conversation and ask Vision if Geraldine is inside with Wanda. They begin to make some strange comments about Geraldine as she is new to town and has no home. They continue to say that Geraldine has come because “they are all…”, before Agnes stops the conversation immediately. Inside the house, Wanda shares a moment with her boys as she sings them a Sokovian lullaby. As she does, Wanda tells Geraldine that she was a twin. Geraldine, breaking the sitcom world character, acknowledges Wanda’s brother and states that Pietro (played by Aaron Taylor-Johnon in Avengers: Age of Ultron) was killed by Ultron, but she denies saying this when asked by Wanda. Wanda further notices Geraldine’s necklace is a sword, the same sword as the logo of S.W.O.R.D., and Geraldine denies knowing what it means when Wanda asks her. Geraldine is clearly nervous to answer Wanda’s questions and Wanda asks Geraldine to leave. The scene immediately cuts to finish Vision and Agnes’s scene outside, and when Vision comes back inside, Geraldine is gone and Wanda says that Geraldine had to leave as she stands over the twins’ cribs with a strange look on her face, creating the most disturbing moment of the series so far.
The final scene shows a run down version of Westview at night as the aspect ratio changes from the square shot we had in the first three episodes to a widescreen shot, as Geraldine is launched out of the reality (presumably by Wanda). She is immediately surrounded by an unknown group, presumably S.W.O.R.D., and the episode ends. The entire scene is set to “Daydream Believer” by The Monkees, which creates a haunting feel to the scene as we wonder whether Wanda is creating this alternate reality or if she is trapped there.
So what did we learn this week? Well, Geraldine/Monica Rambeau is almost certainly an agent of S.W.O.R.D., but her mission is still unclear. Was Monica in this alternate reality to help Wanda escape, or for another purpose? While the name “Simser” on the paint can in the babies’ room may seem like a hidden Marvel reference, it is actually a nod to Jeremy Simser, a storyboard artist who worked on the show and on Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness and the She-Hulk series. Not everything in a MCU project is a hidden reference, but every name you see on screen has a purpose. This week’s commercial is for a Hydra Soak Luxury Bath Soap, again a reference to H.Y.D.R.A. Also to note, we have the same two lead actors in the commercial. Does this mean something? Is H.Y.D.R.A. returning to the MCU having been absent since Captain America: Civil War (not including their appearance during the time heist sequences in Avengers: Endgame), or is this just Wanda’s subconscious memories speaking to her past with H.Y.D.R.A.?
More importantly is the birth of Wanda and Vision’s twins and Agnes’ costume in this episode. The twins share the same name as the twins in the comic books, indicating that we may have two new superheroes debuting soon. Agnes is wearing a necklace, which is similar to one worn by Agatha Harkness in the comic books, which confirms the speculation that Hahn is in fact Harkness after the image of her dressed as a witch appeared in the film’s marketing. Harkness was a witch in the comics who helped Wanda get through a traumatic event that befell her children. But what does this all mean? Agatha Harkness and Wanda and Vision’s children in the comics are both related to the villain known as Mephisto, who is a notable villain for both Wanda and Doctor Strange in the comics. Is this a sign that Mephisto is about to make his MCU debut? It seems so, most likely being developed in WandaVision before becoming the central villain in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. Mephisto in the comics is a demon who looks like the devil. Which pulls into question Agnes comments last week. After one of the women made a comment about the devil being in the details, Agnes said “that’s not all he’s in”” So is Mephisto hiding in Westview, possibly confirming my theory from last week that there is a bigger villain in play than Hahn’s character potentially? As much as I have enjoyed the running gag about Agnes’ husband Ralph, who we have yet to see on screen, I’m guessing that Mephisto is Ralph, which builds into my prediction from last week that there is a larger villain behind Agnes.
And that ends my coverage of this week’s episode of WandaVision. While it was only thirty minutes, there were a lot of fun moments and hidden clues as to where we could be going next. Check back in next Friday afternoon to see what we learn in the fourth episode.