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Wandavision episode 9

The last one! I had a lot of fun watching that but I feel it was a little too MCU-by-the-numbers for me. You know… “hero cleverly defeats villain/touching goodbye/sequel hook” bit. Not that the goodbye wasn’t touching, of course. I’m so glad they kept Vision dead (well, more or less) otherwise it negates the whole point of the show, which is that you have to move on past your grief and you can’t bring back the dead.

I’ll miss him though. I loved his weird brand of superhero-mythology philosophising.

There’s a part of me that almost feels like Agatha didn’t need to be in this show. I’m very glad she was (heh, I loved the Wizard of Oz reference, man Katherine Hahn is a shoo-in for the Wicked Witch if they really are remaking that movie isn’t she) but… I dunno, towards the end she felt a bit suplus to requirements, like Marvel realised audiences were expecting a big-budget flying battle and threw a couple of them in. I do like that Wanda did something pretty much… geniunely terrible to defeat her though. That has implications that are really interesting for the character going forward. As does the loss or maybe “loss” of the twins. Losing her children was what triggered the original comics version of House of M if I remember rightly?

God I LOVE Wanda’s Scarlet Witch costume. It was just really, really well done. And not sexualised! Look:

As a big fan of superhero costume design WandaVision might have been worth it for that alone?

Moving on… the Pietro reveal was, uh… disappointing. So no X-Men universe after all, unless something’s going to happen in Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness. Which this last episode really felt more like a prequel to, not that that’s neccessarily a bad thing. It’s just… Weird. That was a weird choice. I’ve seen people online expressing A LOT of disappointment about that and I can’t really blame them.

Oooh I have other questions which I guess might be answered in future stories too – Was Monica’s Skrull friend the friend she made in Captain Marvel, all grown up now? And she was the aerospace engineer, right? I’m not quite sure. Is it Nick Fury who wants to see her?

Also WHAT HAPPENED TO THE BEEKEEPER?! We never found out. Justice for the beekeeper.

I might write a few more things later in other posts, but there’s a part of me that thinks, even accepting a few bits of this finale were quite disappointing… I’ve had SO MUCH FUN watching it. Not just the actual watching part either, the bit where everyone goes online afterwards and screams theories at each other and just gets excited like we’re all leaving a movie theater. Seeing as how, you know, no movie theatres and precious little human interaction right now that’s really been quite a big deal to me. So thank you, WandaVision makers.

Wandavision episode 6

Well I think we’re hurtling towards the end! Still no surefire answers though. Poor Vision, I’ve come out of this show really liking him. I can’t see him making it out alive though.

This new Pietro is fascinating because WHAT IS HE? He’s not exactly the X-Men Quicksilver and he’s definitely not the MCU one. And he knows stuff neither version should know, like that Vision is supposed to be dead. Who is he? What is he? Did Wanda rip him out of his own universe and just fill his head with the bare minimum she thought he should know?

Rest of the thoughts are in bullet-points cos I’m lazy:

  • There was a reference to Kick-Ass in there!! In case you don’t know, both Quicksilver actors (Evan Peters and Aaron Taylor-Johnson) were in that movie.
  • Heh this episode is riffing off Malcolm in the Middle which I just started watching during lockdown! Same font for the title and everything. Billy and Tommy are much less obnoxious than the kids in that show though.
  • And now Darcy is in the sitcom world so I suspect the next episode will be a riff on 2 Broke Girls, the sitcom Kat Dennings was actually in!
  • So many hell and demon references in this episode, plenty of them from Pietro’s mouth, hmmm.
  • The 90s Claymation ad was so unsettling but I wonder what it’s referencing, maybe Wanda’s subconscious realising this whole magic thing isn’t going to work?
  • Wanda to Pietro: “I’ll turn you into a pickled herring.” Or… a red herring?
  • When Vision is dying his only thought is to save the innocent people inside the Hex, no wonder he could lift Thor’s hammer.
  • It was weirdly touching seeing that brief flashback of original Quicksilver.
  • I noticed the movie theater was playing, “The Parent Trap” and “The Incredibles”… Hm, like a sign that maybe someone is trying to trap Wanda into producing incredible children…
  • Who is the person Monica is calling in?! They’ve built that up too much now for it not to be someone big.
  • Wanda to Hayward and his soldiers: “You are not a clown. You are the entire circus.”

Wandavision episode 5

Ah, TFW that Disney+ show no-one thought would have too much of an impact ends up uh REWRITING THE ENTIRE MCU? This is the biggest thing Marvel’s done in ages. Massive MASSIVE spoilers from this point on:

The X-Men are now officially a Disney property and Evan Peters’ Quicksilver is here! The universes have officially merged! I feel slightly taken in, but in a good way. I was expecting the MCU Quicksilver right up til the last moment.

I remember during the last or second-last round of Marvel news Kevin Feige or whoever said they’re not making a X-Men movie for a while, but I guess the key word there was movie because hey! Now we have a whole X-Men TV show that they snuck in under our noses, damn.

This raises so many questions, is Magneto “canonically” Wanda’s father now? Man does that open up a can of worms.

But I noticed they actually mentioned and named “our” Wanda and Pietro’s parents for the first time ever in this episode. They gave the father’s name as Oleg, and the mother’s as Irina. Neither name is associated with Wanda’s (now apparently very convoluted) family in the comics I think? “Irina” means “peace” and “Oleg” means “holy” which I think is interesting…

…Might just add to the idea that something outright demonic is going on I guess? It’s a very popular theory that Mephisto might show up. Maybe the dickish SWORD director is really him? Or he has some important role to play at least. You know what, I’m gonna bet his first name is “Ralph.”

Non-multiverse-related stuff I noticed in this episode:

I love the trio of Woo-Darcy-Monica, I hope they become friends. I bet Monica starts manifesting superpowers before too long. Also she sounds mad at Captain Marvel I can’t help but notice. Did she promise to be there for Monica after Maria’s death and then never show up?

Monica also mentions contacting “an aerospace engineer” in this, folks seem to think it might be Reed Richards? If they cast him already and kept it quiet I’ll be dead impressed.

Wanda’s accent is back! My gosh she ran the credits to get out of an argument, ahahah. The scene between her and Vision was legit quite frightening for all the implications it has. She claims to love him but she might well have taken away all his agency and consent just to get the family she dreamed of. Man, Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany are absolutely killing it in this, I love how they can effortlessly switch from comedic scenes to horrifying ones at the drop of a hat.

Back to the multiverse: Please don’t mess this up, Disney. Don’t start rewriting the stuff that didn’t happen under your jurisdiction just cos now you have the rights to it okay? I trust you for now but only for now, I mean… you’re Disney. If frickin’ Tobey Maguire shows up next episode god only knows what I’ll do.

Wandavision episode 3

I guess it’s only single episodes from here on? Ah well. I was totally spoiled for one thing because this morning “Pietro” was trending on Twitter, but it turned out to be a mention of him rather than his return! Well that’s good too. This is the first time he’s been mentioned since like… Age of Ultron, which is pretty daft really considering how important he was to Wanda.

Anyway this episode was packed with clues as to what’s really going on. Vision’s “All the world’s a stage and all the men and women merely players” is 100% accurate, they’re all players in Wanda’s imaginary world. Herb’s cutting through the concrete wall is played for laughs but I took that as the part of him that’s aware of what’s going on trying frantically to get out. (Brrr.) Geraldine was an intruder so she has to go. I really expected Wanda was going to straight-up kill her so it was somewhat of a relief that she didn’t.

The advert this time was “Hydra Soak: Release the Goddess Within” which manages to have even more chilling implications than it would have done anyway, because if Wanda can rewrite reality and even create new life (the twins) who’s to say she’s not a literal goddess?

I see speculation ramping up that this mysterious unseen “Ralph” might be Mephisto and that the stork was also him, because otherwise why was there a random stork walking around unaffected by Wanda’s powers? I wonder.

I’m REALLY enjoying all this as you can probably tell. Also shout out to the outfits! Geraldine’s blue outfit with the fish and the blue waistcoat was a DELIGHT, did everyone dress like this in the 70s? Why did they stop?!

Wandavision episodes 1 and 2

I had no idea what to expect with this show and I’m glad I didn’t! Really, really good so far. Just the right balance of creepy-funny and funny-creepy.

Most of all I’m enjoying trading theories with people about what the hell is going on! It seems Vision has very little agency in this world (see: that incredibly unsettling choking scene) so I’m willing to bet that the “real” Vision is still dead and Wanda has just created an illusion of him. The other people in Westview I’m not sure about. I suspect Wanda might well have trapped some innocent people in her illusion and they have no choice but to play along. Apart from Agnes! There is obviously something more to her and I’ve heard two theories both of which I like, one is that she’s Agatha Harkness from the comics (whom I am not familiar with but she looks interesting) and the other that she’s Mephisto aka Comics Satan. We’ll see I guess! I haveta admit I can’t see Marvel introducing like THE DEVIL as a television character because, whole can of potentially problematic and/or offensive worms there, but hey I’ve been wrong before.

Many people have pointed out that the “commercials” we’re seeing on the show are actually representations of Wanda’s traumas. The “Stark” brand toaster which beeps alarmingly = the Stark bomb which nearly killed Wanda and her brother. And the “Strucker” watches = Baron Von Strucker and HYDRA experimenting on the twins. Oooh that was a clever way of doing things.

I think I’ve enjoyed this more than any other ongoing superhero property from the past six months.

DR STRANGE: And now, the six saddened superheroes of Infinity War in their rendition of “The Cell Block Thanos.”

[Drumbeat]

THOR: Axe-

TONY: Blood-

OKOYE: Splat-

GROOT: I am Groot!

GAMORA: Guardians-

WANDA: Vision-

ALL: He has it coming! He has it coming! He only has himself to blame! And since you’ve been there, and since you’ve seen it, I bet that you wanna do the same!

THOR: You know how people have these little habits that get you down? Like Loki. Loki liked to fake his own death. Seriously? Dude. So we’re escaping the ruins of Asgard, and Thanos kills half our people and I’m really freaking out, and then Loki does the noble thing for once in his life. Not faking! Dying! So I say to Thanos, “I’ll kill you for what you’ve done.” And I get my axe from Nidavellir and I make one warning blow… into his heart.

ALL: He has it coming! He has it coming! He only has himself to blame! 

TONY: I met Peter Parker about two years ago and he was a superhero and we hit it off right away. Kid tags along on the spaceship even though I told him not to, pulls some great moves, saves some people. And then I saw him die at Thanos’s hand. “I don’t want to go” he told me. He’s going, my ass! Once the Time Stone business is sorted, I’m gonna beat Thanos into the ground even harder than before. You know, some guys just can’t hold their blood in.

ALL: He has it coming! He has it coming! He took a franchise in its
prime! He got the Gauntlet! He overwrought it! It’ll be murder but not a
crime!

OKOYE: Now, I’m standing in Wakanda following the commands of my King, minding my own business, when in storms a hundred aliens in a murderous rage. “You’re all gonna die!” they say. They were crazy. And they kept screaming “You’re all gonna die!” And then they ran into my spear. They ran into my spear ten times.

ALL:
And since you’ve been there, and since you’ve seen it, I bet that you wanna do the same!

GROOT: I am Groot? I am Groot. I am Groot I am Groot I am Groot. I am Grooooooot.

THOR: Yeah, but are you all dead permanently?

GROOT: We…are…Groot.

ALL: [slower] He has it coming….

GAMORA: My sister Nebula and I grew up together as Thanos’s daughters. But I ran away and joined the Guardians of the Galaxy. There’s six of us, me, Peter, Drax, Rocket, Groot, Mantis, maybe Nebula’s the seventh, who knows. But I was determined to stop Thanos finding the Infinity Stones, by any means necessary. I go with him to Vormir and I burst out laughing when it turns out he has to kill someone he loves to get the Soul Stone. I was in such a state of shock I completely blacked out, I can’t remember a thing. It wasn’t until later, when I noticed the blood on the ground, I even knew I was dead.

ALL: He has it coming! He has it coming! He’s had it coming all along! That purple dickhead! He soon will be dead! How could you tell us that we were wrong?

WANDA: I loved my Vision more than I can possibly say. He had the Mind Stone in his head. Sensitive. A robot. But Thanos was trying to find him, he was constantly trying to find him and along the way he found the Space, Soul, Reality, Power, and Time stones. In the end I lost my love on the battlefield of Wakanda. I saw him as alive… and Thanos saw him dead!

ALL: We’re feeling glum, glum, glum, glum…

….He has it coming! He has it coming! He took a franchise in its
prime! He got the Gauntlet! He overwrought it! It’ll be murder but not a
crime! He has it coming! He has it coming! He’s had it coming all along! Cos if he used us!? And he abused us?! How could you tell us that we were wrong?!

[Fade out]