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.
This week on WandaVision, our regular scheduled programming was interrupted to provide viewers who are not entirely sure what is happening in Westview with some answers in the aptly named episode “We Interrupt This Program”.
For the first three episodes of WandaVision, Marvel has treated fans to the most eccentric entries so far in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, in the beautifully designed episodes inspired by sitcoms from the 50s, 60s and 70s starring Wanda and Vision. But this week’s episode finally provided viewers with answers as to what is happening outside the television world of the show. While I have thoroughly enjoyed the first three episodes of the show, more casual MCU fans have been confused as to what is going on and the direction of the show, so this is an episode those viewers will appreciate as it provides some much needed context that avid comic book readers have been able to guess based on subtle clues dropped in the episodes.
And into spoiler territory we go. If you have not seen this week’s episode of WandaVision, stop reading now. If you have, keep on reading to find out what answers we were provided with this week…
The episode opens with Monica Rambeau. We learn that Monica disappeared after Thanos snapped his fingers in Avengers: Infinity War (which is being referred to as “The Blip”, as it was in Spider-Man: Far From Home). We see Monica reappearing in a hospital, in a frantic scene as individuals re-appear and begin searching for loved ones in a storm of chaos. This is how Monica learns that her mother Maria Rambeau, played by Lashana Lynch in Captain Marvel, has passed away from cancer three years prior. It’s a very emotional scene, much different from the comedic Blip moment we got in Spider-Man: Far From Home, in which we saw a marching band come back to existence in the middle of a basketball game. The show then jumps three weeks ahead in time, with Monica returning back to S.W.O.R.D. headquarters, confirming the theory that Monica is one of their agents. After meeting the new director of S.W.O.R.D., Tyler Hayward, we learn that Maria Rambeau started S.W.O.R.D. and was its acting director until her death. In Monica’s conversation we learn that the astronaut training program is no longer the focus of S.W.O.R.D., instead S.W.O.R.D. is now focusing on technology and weapons. Monica agrees to aid the FBI on a missing persons case, but Director Hayward assures Monica that this is no normal missing persons case.
Enter Randall Park’s FBI Agent Jimmy Woo. We last saw him in Ant-Man and the Wasp making sure that Scott Lang was following his house arrest conditions, and now he is in charge of a missing persons case. Well actually… it’s a missing town: Westview, New Jersey. The entire town has disappeared from people’s minds and no one other than Agent Woo and Monica seem to realize this. Woo has lost a witness that was setup in Westview, but we get no name. Presumably, it’s a male character as Agent Woo refers to the individual as “he”. Monica dispatches a S.W.O.R.D. drone, one very similar to the one we saw in the series’s second episode, and sends it into Westview before it disappears into the invisible dome surrounding the town. Monica begins to investigate the dome, but is suddenly sucked into the dome, leaving Agent Woo all alone.
And that is when S.W.O.R.D. comes to Westview. Along with all of their agents, S.W.O.R.D. also brings in scientists to investigate the mysterious dome, including Kat Dennings’s Darcy Lewis. For those who recognize Darcy but can’t place when we last saw her in the MCU, it was all the way back in 2013’s Thor: The Dark World when she was just an intern. Darcy is now Dr. Lewis, and she has been brought in to investigate what is happening in Westview. She is no longer an intern, but I was upset to see that her intern Ian, played by Jonathan Howard, is not present. Maybe he will make a surprise appearance later on in the series.
Darcy discovers a large amount of cosmic microwave background radiation in Westview, at safe levels for now, but she also discovers longer wavelengths superimposed overtop of them. And these wavelengths are the television broadcast signals, broadcasting WandaVision episodes that we have been watching for the past two weeks. Darcy recognizes Wanda and Vision, noting that Vision is dead, and begins to become invested in the television show like we all have the past two weeks. The S.W.O.R.D. agents begin to identify others inside our sitcom world, including the Harts, but they have yet to identify Agnes, Ralph and Dottie is not even on their board of individuals. Coincidence… absolutely not! This is a Marvel show, there is a reason these three characters have not been identified yet. In the meantime, S.W.O.R.D. sends another agent into Westview through the sewers, who becomes the beekeeper that Wanda and Vision saw in the second episode.
Darcy begins watching the television series and making observations. She spots one of the drones that S.W.O.R.D. sent into Westview, and notes the design change and that it has kept its color in the black and white world. She also aids Agent Woo to communicate with Wanda through a radio broadcast, the message Wanda heard in the second episode, but Darcy notes something strange with Wanda’s reaction. While watching the third episode, Darcy notices a strange jump in footage of the scene with Wanda and Monica, noting that footage is missing because someone is censoring it. We then are transported back to that scene, and discover how Monica left Westview. Yes, as predicted last week, Wanda sent Monica flying out of Westview with her powers because Monica is “a stranger and a outsider”. The scene then continues with Vision re-entering the house as we saw last week, but this time we see that Wanda saw dead Vision with the Mind Stone ripped from his head and is distraught by this for a brief moment. Vision tells Wanda that they don’t have to stay in Westview and that they can go wherever they want, but Wanda says they cannot and that this is their home and she has everything under control. This statement clearly catches Vision off guard and he is visually worried, but continues to sit down on the couch with Wanda and the twins to watch some television.
Back outside Westview, we see Monica being ejected by Wanda again. As Darcy ang Agent Woo race towards Monica, we hear Monica’s final line of the episode: “it’s all Wanda”.
So, what does this all mean? As I have been predicting since the beginning of the series, we now know that Wanda is in full control of Westview. Knowing that this is all happening three weeks after the events of Avengers: Endgame, we know that Wanda is still reeling from the death of Vision. Clearly, Wanda is taking Vision’s death and her past losses very hard, and it seems that what is happening in Westview is her way of coping with it. But what about the television broadcast waves? Are these a subconscious cry for help from Wanda as we know there is something more sinister happening in Westview, or is someone else trying to help save Wanda?
While this episode may on a first watch may seem to be light on hidden clues, do not be fooled, there were some. The new director of S.W.O.R.D., Tyler Hayward, shares the last name of Brian Hayward who appeared on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., who was part of Hydra’s Centipede project. Is Director Hayward related, and if so, does this indicate that he could be a secret Hydra agent who has infiltrated S.W.O.R.D.? It seems unlikely as the MCU has not acknowledged Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. before, even when they provided the aircraft carriers to Nick Fury that helped save the Avengers and the citizens Sokovia during Avengers: Age of Ultron, but it’s a possibility. If so, maybe Ming-Na Wen’s Melinda May will finally make her way into a Marvel film!
The other big clue is the recurring hexagon shape. The shape of the mysterious dome around the town and the shapes at the end of the television broadcast have been hexagons. Agent Woo even indicates the hexagons on his investigation whiteboard, so clearly they are important. A simple guess is that hexa meaning 6, could be a nod to 666…meaning the devil, indicating the Mephisto is most likely coming. While it may seem like a stretch, the fact that Agent Woo notes the hexagons means they are important so it’s a good theory to keep at the back of your mind. But Agent Woo does also note the Skrulls as a possible enemy in Westview, but this seems unlikely as we know the Skrulls have been aiding Nick Fury from the post-credit scene in Spider-Man: Far From Home. So maybe Agent Woo is completely missing the mark, but this is further fuel to my theory (and many others) that Mephisto is coming. And with Ralph missing from the investigation board, it could easily be him. But Dottie’s absence also throws her in the running, as Agnes’s devil comment was made in the presence of Dottie back in the second episode.
Interesting to note is the new direction of S.W.O.R.D., moving away from their astronaut program. Why is this? Is this because they have succeeded with their program, which would explain Nick Fury’s appearance on a spaceship in the post credit scene in Spider-Man: Far From Home? Or is there a more dangerous threat on S.W.O.R.D.’s radar that they are preparing to battle? I’m leaning towards their success, but this is likely to become important in the future of the MCU.
Also, who did Agent Woo have in hiding in Westview? Is this an important character in the MCU that we have yet to meet, or was this just a happy plot point to bring back Agent Woo? Time will tell, but I bet this unnamed character may have a larger role to play because everything has a purpose in the MCU.
So there we go everyone, we have some answers as to what is happening to Wanda and Vision. We may have more questions now, but we have some knowledge as we head into the back half of the series. Check back next Friday to see what new reveals we get on WandaVision next week.