TL;DR – This week, everything changes again as we take a right turn into “did that just happen!”
Disclosure – I paid for the Disney+ subscription that viewed this series.
WandaVision Review –
There are days when you sit down to watch a TV show where you kind of know what you will get before you click play. Well, WandaVision is not one of those shows. We have already seen in change on a dime, and this week we get another example as the show starts to dark fast.
So to set the scene, in last week’s We Interrupt This Program, we left The Hex and found out what had been happening in the world around. We see the road that Monica Rambeau (Teyonah Parris) took to being a player in the weird TV show that Wanda (Elizabeth Olsen) is creating in Westview. This week we dive into the 1980s, but things are not the same as Vision (Paul Bettany) has started to see something is not right with this world. Now from here, we will be looking at the episode as a whole, so there will be some MAJOR [SPOILERS] ahead.
Last week, I watched a lot of people complain that maybe WandaVision had revealed its hand too early going outside the town in only the 4th episode. This week, we get to see that not only have they not showed everything that is going on, but we have also barely scratched the surface. We have Wanda leaving The Hex freely and almost assassinating Director Hayward (Josh Stamberg) without lifting a finger. That is not even in the top 5 of most bonkers things that happens in this episode.
This week we sort of got a half-in-half episode, with half inside Westview and the other half outside, well that is until the two halves come crashing together. However, if there was one thing that linked both sides is was the growing feeling of menace. On the outside, Hayward clearly feels that Wanda is a threat outside of The Hex, though nothing points to that, inside she is the principle victimiser which might be more on-target. To the point where he tried to take the most powerful Avenger out with a missile, idiot. But we also finally got to see that cut scene from Endgame when Wanda stole Vision’s body.
Inside it is clear that Wanda is in charge, which Vision gets to see first-hand when he takes the block off Norm (Asif Ali), and we see the sheer terror he is under. However, it is not that easy. For example, Both Billy (Julian Hilliard) and Tommy (Jett Klyne) both seem to have independent control over the universe for better or worse. But more than that, Agnes (Kathryn Hahn) clearly appears to be in on the bit when she asks if Wanda wants to take it again from the top. All of this continues to raise the question of whether this is actually all Wanda’s doing or if something more is at play here.
All of this leads us to that ending that had me verbally yelling out in shock. A few times in this series, Pietro Maximoff has been mentioned, indeed, bringing up that Ultron killed him was what got Monica booted from The Hex back in Now in Color. So when that grey hair appeared I knew who it was going to be … or so I thought. Because it was not Pietro Maximoff that we saw in Age of Ultron, but the Pietro Maximoff (Evan Peters) from the X-Men franchise that we last saw getting his legs broken in twain in Dark Phoenix. It has been a while since a show has had me explain out loud, but that did it. But Evan Peters turning up raises even more questions about her powers, and if she is really in control.
In the end, do we recommend Episode 5? Absolutely. To be honest, this might be some of Marvel’s best or at the very least most experimental storytelling to date, and well I can’t wait to see where they go next.
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Credits – All images were created by the cast, crew, and production companies of WandaVision
Directed by – Matt Shakman
Written by – Peter Cameron and Mackenzie Dohr
Created by – Jac Schaeffer
Based on – Characters created by Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, Roy Thomas & John Buscema
Production/Distribution Companies – Marvel Studios & Disney+
Starring – Wanda Maximoff, Vision, Tommy & Billy (Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Bettany, Teyonah Parris, Evan Peters, Randall Park, Kat Dennings & Kathryn Hahn with Julian Hilliard, Jett Klyne, Baylen Bielitz, Gavin Borders, Josh Stamberg & Asif Ali