WandaVision episode 4 changes things up completely and seems to finally bring viewers into the Marvel Universe yet again.
Since I got the first three episodes of WandaVision as screeners, I ultimately had to wait three weeks for a new episode. That is a long time, especially when you are pretty sure that things about to change. Well, that is exactly what they do. WandaVision episode 4 is completely mind-blowing for so many reasons. Yes, have been back in the MCU for a couple weeks now, but this episode makes us feel like we are REALLY back.
Below is my recap and review of WandaVision episode 4. Be warned, there will be spoilers as I will touch on all major plot points of this episode. If you have not yet watching this episode, and want to go in completely blind, skip this article (but please do come back later for my review).
WARNING: Spoilers for Marvel’s WandaVision Episode 4
This episode gives us a look at what was going on in the real world during episodes 1-3 of WandaVision and also some pretty big reveals. It starts off with everyone returning from the blip — specifically Monica. I absolutely love the way they did this by putting together the dust – it was the literal reverse of what happened at Thanos’ snap.
Of course, there is all sorts of chaos, but we learn that Monica’s mother, Maria, has passed away from cancer, three years earlier — two years after snap. She built S.W.O.R.D. from the ground up, where Monica now works. While at headquarters, she learns that her mother put a regulation in place that if people return from the blip, they would be grounded until proven stable. This means Monica is grounded, and her boss sends her off to Westview to help the FBI with a missing person’s case.
When Monica arrives she meets Jimmy Woo there outside of Westview — he uses the card trick Scott Lang taught him to hand her his card and it is EVERYTHING! The police officers there seem to know nothing about Westview, and say it does not exist. When Monica sends a drone in, it disappears. She touches the bubble, for lack of a better word, and is sucked in.
Cut to Darcy arriving along with some other professionals, showing that S.W.O.R.D. has no clue what they have discovered here. Pretty quickly on Darcy discovers a huge amount of Cosmic Microwave Background Radiation. She asks for an old TV and when she plugs it in, she witnesses the television sitcoms that we have already seen.
Darcy is a great representation of what I think we all were like during the first three episodes. She has printouts, questions written down, and she is full on theorizing what exactly is happening. S.W.O.R.D. identifies most of the “cast” of the shows, with the exception of Agnes and Dottie.
She comes up with the idea that Jimmy will try to reach Wanda over the radio, which we see in episode 2. They also realize that Wanda has discovered one of the drones they sent in, however it is not only color, it has completely changed appearances to fit the time that the sitcom is set in.
When a S.W.O.R.D operative is sent in through the sewers, his outfit changes into the beekeeper and his tether to the outside world becomes a jump rope, leaving him possibly stranded.
As Jimmy and Darcy watch the third episode they notice a glitch when Monica disappears. They rewind but no luck. Just then the alarms go off that there has been a perimeter breach. When they leave the screen we get to see what happened to Monica. Wanda confronts her and says she is not a neighbor, or a friend, she is trespassing. Wanda then shoots her out of the wall and out of the bubble, fixing it up before Vision comes in.
She looks up at Vision only to see him in the state he was left in after Thanos pulled out the Infinity Stone. This sent chills down my spine, and also completely broke my heart for Wanda. She shakes it off and he returns to “normal”. He tells her they can leave, and she replies with no we can’t.
Cut to Monica outside the bubble and S.W.O.R.D. attending to her and she says “It’s Wanda. It’s all Wanda.”
I knew that episode 4 of WandaVision was going to be powerful. I expected a move Marvel feel, but I still thought we would get some heavy sitcom stuff. So a lot of this came as a surprise to me, and I am totally here for it. Almost every one of my theories has gone out the window now.
I have said that Wanda could totally be in control and I do think that is the case. 100%. But honestly, I am not even sure if Agatha Harkness and Mephisto are playing a role in this show or not. If they are, I still think this is Wanda’s doing. That girl is powerful.
This episode broke my heart for Wanda. All she wants is a happy life for her and Vision, so why can’t S.W.O.R.D. leave her alone? I suppose because of that missing person – could it be Ralph? – and the fact that she has a whole town under her control. I just keep thinking poor Wanda.
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Starring Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany, “WandaVision” marks the first series from Marvel Studios streaming exclusively on Disney+. The series is a blend of classic television and the Marvel Cinematic Universe in which Wanda Maximoff and Vision – two super-powered beings living idealized suburban lives – begin to suspect that everything is not as it seems. Key art and new images are also available now.