WandaVision episode 4 recap: The Marvel show gives us the answers we want

At least I haven’t got to sort “Geraldine” any extra.


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WandaVision‘s first three episodes jumped from decade to decade as Wanda (Elizabeth Olsen) and Vision (Paul Bettany) lived a beautiful sitcom life collectively in the idyllic (and weird) city of Westview. The fourth episode landed on Disney Plus Friday, and gave us a dose of Marvel Cinematic Universe “reality.”

Last week’s episode left us with our greatest trace but about Westview’s true nature when Wanda kicked “Geraldine” (Teyonah Parris) out of the beautiful sitcom city for mentioning her twin brother Pietro and his killer Ultron (which, to be honest to Wanda, was a bit impolite of Geraldine). The show hasn’t revealed Geraldine’s id, however Marvel Studios hasn’t precisely saved it a secret

Let’s soar into an idyllic city of SPOILERS.

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Full disclosure: I used to be anticipating this episode to push Wanda and Vision’s story into the ’80s and had an enormous spiel about how a lot I like the popular culture of that decade prepared. Alas, issues did not get as neon as I hoped, so we’ll have to attend till subsequent week to placed on our leg heaters.

Instead, we get a satisfying data dump about what the heck has been happening.  

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Monica Rambeau and Jimmy Woo strive to determine what is going on on with Westview.


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The actual Geraldine

We lastly get on-screen affirmation that Geraldine is definitely Monica Rambeau (also called Lieutenant Trouble), beforehand seen as a toddler in the ’90s-set Captain Marvel. This episode gives us a flashback revealing that Monica vanished in Avengers: Infinity War’s Snap simply after her mother Maria had (seemingly profitable) surgical procedure to take away most cancers.

In the 5 years Monica was gone, Maria’s most cancers got here again and he or she died. It’s the first time we’ve seen the chaos brought on by everybody blipping again in Avengers: EndgameSpider-Man: Far From Home took a jokey strategy — and it’s brutal. She woke as much as discover everybody panicking and found her mother had died. Jeepers.

Unsheathe your SWORD

After teasing us with the emblem to date, SWORD is revealed this episode. The Sentient Weapon Observation and Response Division is a US intelligence company arrange by Maria to watch threats and potential allies from area — besides it shifted focus throughout Monica’s absence to “robotics, nanotech, AI and sentient weapons.” It’s additionally shifted to sentient weapon creation — what may probably go flawed?

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Jimmy Woo asks all the similar questions we have. Note the Skrulls reference on the left facet of the board.


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Darcy and Jimmy

The actual stars of the episode are astrophysicist Darcy Lewis (Kat Dennings) and FBI agent Jimmy Woo (Randall Park), final seen in Thor: The Dark World and Ant-Man and the Wasp respectively. This pair are mainly the viewers surrogates, since they struggle to determine what is going on on as they watch Wanda and Vision’s sitcom existence on a classic TV.

Wanda has taken over the city of Westview, New Jersey, and locals have been compelled to change into “actors” in the show. The city has additionally been erased from the recollections of these in the space  (even the individuals of Eastview, which is presumably the Shelbyville to Westview’s Springfield).

Darcy and Jimmy are completely into the show too, however the place we noticed interruptions like the radio broadcast and “beekeeper” in episode 2, the show simply skipped a scene for them. It cuts away when Wanda reacts to any interruptions from the MCU actuality, censoring no matter she does not like.

Fitting in

It’s confirmed that the beekeeper-lookin’ man — Agent Franklin — in episode 2 was a SWORD agent despatched to infiltrate the city, however he entered the sewers in a radiation swimsuit that shifted right into a beekeeper outfit as he handed the barrier.

Where did the bees come from? It appears doubtless that the radiation swimsuit mechanically shifted into one thing that’d match Wanda’s synthetic actuality — that is in all probability how Monica received appropriate garments too. She doubtless then went with the show’s narrative to infiltrate it and work out what was happening.

The SWORD drone shifted coloration “to go with the production design,” based on Jimmy, but it surely turned crimson somewhat than going monochrome — the similar coloration as Wanda’s chaos power and the Reality Stone (one among the destroyed Infinity Stones).

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Hello there, nightmare gasoline Vision.


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The strolling useless

After Wanda flings Monica out for attempting to present her a dose of actuality, she briefly sees Vision as a grey strolling corpse, with an enormous gap in his head from the place Thanos ripped out the Mind Stone in the climax of Infinity War. It’s horrifying, and doubtless hints at how fragile Wanda’s actuality is. It additionally appears doubtless that Vision remains to be useless, particularly after Vision suggests they need to go away Westview.

“No, we can’t. This is our home,” Wanda responds with tears in her eyes, suggesting the Westview actuality is the solely place she will be able to hold Vision alive.

Monica’s interruption additionally modifications the side ratio from the retro 4:3 to a extra appropriate widescreen, however 4:3 asserts itself with Wanda’s phantasm.

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Don’t attempt to mess with Wanda’s actuality.


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Wanda’s world

“It’s Wanda. It’s all Wanda,” says a shaken Monica after she’s forged out of Westview.

Is it although? Wanda is seemingly getting what she desires, however may she be underneath another person’s affect? Most of the townspeople’s identities are accounted for on Darcy and Jimmy’s board exterior, however Agnes (Kathryn Hahn) and Dottie Jones (Emma Caulfield) are conspicuously absent. We’ve additionally by no means seen Agnes’ husband, however she’s talked about him a number of instances.

It’s doable that one among these individuals is the puppet grasp controlling Wanda, and needs her kids (who’d presumably be tremendous highly effective). In the mainline comedian universe, Wanda’s sons Billy and Tommy grew as much as be part of the Young Avengers as Wiccan and Speed.

Voodoo Child

The track for this episode is absolute ripper: 1968’s Voodoo Child (Slight Return) by Jimi Hendrix, which incorporates the iconic lyric “Well I stand up next to a mountain, and I chop it down with the edge of my hand.”

However, the subsequent traces really feel much more related to Wanda’s obvious deeds: “Well I pick up all the pieces and make an island, might even raise just a little sand.” She’s picked up the items of the life Thanos shattered and created an “island” in Westview.

The title “Voodoo Child” additionally matches the magical nature of Wanda’s twin boys.

Observations and WTF questions

  • Monica studies to SWORD headquarters three weeks after blipping again, putting this show proper after Endgame.
  • When he meets Monica, Jimmy flicks out his card like a magician — a trick he realized from Scott Lang and the Online Close-Up Magic University in Ant-Man and the Wasp. Whether or not you suppose this transfer is superior or dorky could also be a type of Rorschach check (I’m firmly in the former  class, however am kinda pleased with my dorkiness).
  • Why was Monica sucked by way of the barrier whereas Jimmy was unable to enter? Could or not it’s as a result of she was dusted by the Snap? We do not know if he was, but it surely appears doubtless he survived.
  • Monica’s SWORD jacket is nice, and I might put on it.
  • What occurred to Agent Franklin after Wanda noped him out of there?
  • Darcy detects Cosmic Microwave Background Radiation round the city, which appearing SWORD director Tyler Hayward notes is “relic radiation dating back to the Big Bang.” Since the Infinity Stones have been fashioned round this time, it is one other suggestion that the Reality Stone (or not less than its power) is concerned.
  • Who is Jimmy’s lacking individual? They’re in the witness safety program, and presumably he hasn’t seen him in the show — he’d be on the board in any other case. It’s additionally doable he is not mentioning it to Darcy, since she’s not a regulation enforcement agent. Agnes’ mysterious husband looks like a serious chance.
  • Jimmy addresses this on the whiteboard of questions, however Westview is in a hexagonal form. It’s unclear what the significance of this form is, but it surely’s the image of ethically questionable scientific suppose tank Advanced Idea Mechanics in the comics and sport universe. In the MCU, they have been the baddies in Iron Man 3.

Come again for extra Easter eggs and observations subsequent Friday, when episode 5 of WandaVision hits Disney Plus.

CNET’s Caitlin Petrakovitz contributed to this recap.