Over the past week or two I’ve been working on this!
It’s based on the 2015 “no strings” teaser trailer for Age of Ultron, as you can probably tell. I love that version of the song and how creepy it is, so it just seemed perfect to put together with footage from Wandavision.
I screencapped it over the last week or so and I discovered lots of fun things I missed while watching it first time round.
The Stark toaster light is the only splash of colour in the whole of episode one (until the stinger anyway) but it’s subtle enough that I didn’t actually notice it at first. Red for Scarlet Witch, red for Iron Man, and of course red for danger.
Hayward is almost certainly perving on this woman I think, which is 100% in character for him.
Norm’s real name, Abilash Tandon, is given in one of the blink-and-you’ll-miss-it research scenes. And his driver’s licence is dated 2026, the year I’m pretty sure the MCU is at now taking the lost five years into account.
I love how both Wanda and Vision are looking at the camera at the end of episode four, especially since that’s the episode it’s revealed people in-universe are watching them.
Vision’s newspaper says, “More dramatic details about the lights in the sky.” That would’ve been the drones SHIELD were flying in, I think.
Wanda’s bedsheets are, of course, all hexagons…
I’ve pointed this one out before but I love this split-second message in the opening credits of episode 7. It’s a message from Agatha, perhaps, or from Wanda’s own subconcious.
The news screens at SWORD read “celebration for the returned” and “families reunited” i.e. the exact two things Wanda isn’t getting to do.
Vision’s body is being kept in room 101, appropriate seeing as his death and dissection was Wanda’s worst fear. (I put this one on Reddit, we’ll see how that works out.)
[EDIT: Not well. Despite how often it comes up in political discourse, turns out far fewer people than I thought have read 1984.]
I might have mentioned this before as well, but I love the little Wizard of Oz reference here.
“The power of mother earth” seems to sum up Agatha’s witchiness nicely. (Or what little we learned of it, I’m still not exactly sure how her magic works.)
Mr Hart’s choking foreshadows what’s to come, Wanda accidentally choking all the townspeople. Maybe she accidentally did it to Mr Hart too.
An interesting juxaposition here since essentially a “big red” thing “kidnapped” everyone in the town. And another Wizard of Oz reference… which doubles as a meta reference since Sam Raimi directed Oz the Great and Powerful and he’ll be directing the next movie Scarlet Witch appears in!
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.
Ah we’ve now lost the sitcom format (I miss it already) but are straight into Wandavision: The Movie. Everything you’d come to expect from an MCU is in there now: sad backstories, Tony Stark’s stuff ruining everything, top secret organizations being unbelievably dumb. (Why would you not let Wanda in right away, you know who she is, WHY would you show her her boyfriend’s mangled corpse when she could probably kill everyone in the building just waving her hands.)
This episode was at its best when doing the quiet moments. “What is grief if not love persevering” is a really beautiful line. And seeing the actual scene where Wanda’s parents die was very moving and sad. I guess Magneto really isn’t gonna be showing up here after all, eh I’ll let the comics deal with that.
Still no answers about Pietro, I’ll be really disappointed if he turns out to be nothing important after all. Also no Monica, I hope she’s okay.
Weirdly one of the things I’m most curious about in this episode is why Wanda can drive a car. Not because she can also fly, but because wouldn’t the five-year gap where she was dead have ensured she had no driving license anymore? (Am I the only one dying for a sitcom about the people dealing with all the insane bureaucracy that would’ve had to happen after the Blip?)
There is one thing that really bugs me about this episode though, and that’s the fact that HYDRA are involved and yet… it’s not mentioned whether or not Wanda and Pietro knew they were Nazis when they volunteered. And that’s kind of an important thing to need to know, since Wanda and Pietro are Jewish. Like… REALLY kind of an important thing to know, for obvious reasons. Obviously they were led into a trap but how did they end up there? That’s what I want to know. Let’s not forget the real origins of the X-Men.
AAAH here it is, the big reveal! I think most people called it but I was NOT expecting the way they did it. Loved that, totally loved it, that song is gonna be stuck in my head for days now. You probably know the spoiler already if you’re reading this right? She’s Agatha Harkness, a character I know very little about but am immediately interested in! (One thing I do know about her, fact fans, Jack Harkness from Doctor Who was named after her.) Kathryn Hahn is AMAZING at playing chaotic evil, incidentally, I hope Agatha sticks around in the MCU and just like, occasionally shows up in other movies/shows just to be a troll.
Man the way they’ve added a new element with every new era of sitcom as we go through the show has been wonderful. This is one of the most inventive uses of the breaking-the-fourth-wall trope I’ve ever seen so far. (Modern Family was another sitcom I watched during lockdown.)
Monica now officially has superpowers! I bet she’ll be the person who fixes all this. I’ve noticed, her color is blue, Wanda’s is red obviously, and Agatha’s is purple ie a combination of the two. That probably means nothing but I figured it was worth pointing out since we’re all throwing theories around.
Today’s commercial was for “Nexus,” perhaps the Nexus of reality?
This episode provided no answers to the questions surrounding Pietro but I hope we’ll get them soon. I also really hope his being Evan Peters wasn’t a misdirect y’know? If you imply you’re colliding two fictional universes due to gaining a monopoly over the entertainment industry then goddammit, you’d better follow through on colliding two fictional universes due to gaining a monopoly over the entertainment industry.
Did anyone else spot this creepy little split-second in the Vision-less opening credits?
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.”
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.
AAAAAAAAAAAAh that was a wild ride. I wish they’d found a way to keep every episode in the sitcom format but I can accept that would be kinda difficult I guess.
Hey it’s Darcy! I knew she was on the cast list but I had no idea how/when/why she’d show up. I’m amused that she seems to kept the same wooly hat for ten years.
But seeing the aftermath of the un-Blipping was probably the highlight of me this episode. I’ve wondered about that for years, I think every MCU fan has, and now we finally get to see the impact it had on normal non-superpowered people. It’s so great to see Monica as an adult but with it comes the relevation that Maria is dead, and not only that but she died believing her daughter was probably dead too. That’s really quite saddening. Great fanfic fodder of course but man, Maria deserved better. Carol would have been alive so was she with her at the end? (Also, I know Brie Larson is probably busy but I kinda feel like SWORD ought to have contacted Carol about all this. Or called Hulk or any of the surviving Avengers. How about Hawkeye? He already knows and has a strong connection with Wanda.)
Lots more questions posed this episode. Why doesn’t Agnes have a real-life counterpart? Neither does Dottie either I think. Why did Wanda see Vision as a corpse? I think we know the answer to that admittedly but is her reality finally starting to break down? What happens when it does?
I noticed that right at the end of the episode Vision is sitting next to Wanda but staring right at the camera, like he’s pleading with us to get him out of there.
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?!