WandaVision: “On a Very Special Episode…”

After spending an entire episode revealing the truth outside Wanda’s “bubble”, WandaVision returns to Westview for another sitcom episode, this time set in the 1980’s.

However, the façade is starting to fall apart as Vision grows more suspicious, and we the audience are treated to more revelations, one of which is bound to have massive ripple effects on the MCU itself!

(Spoilers Ahead – You’ve Been Warned)

Inside Westview
The episode begins with Wanda and Vision desperately trying to get baby Tommy and Billy to go to sleep.  Agnes barges in, dressed in full 80’s attire to assist.  Following another “time jump”, the boys are now nearly a decade older, and getting into their own sitcom storylines, like finding a dog.

Children really do grow up too fast, although usually not this fast.

Vision becomes increasingly aware of Wanda using her powers in front of Agnes, as well as the odd changes in time.  He also notices Agnes asking if she can “do a take again”, which seems incredibly odd to him.

While at work, he even receives an email (on a 1980’s computer) from Darcy Lewis.  For a brief moment, he’s able to pull his coworker Norm out of Wanda’s “spell” and the moment is eerily reminiscent of one in Jordan Peele’s Get Out.  Norm reveals that he’s in great pain, he’s terrified, and he wants to contact his family.

It’s a genuinely chilling scene in an otherwise “funny” show, because we see just how much pain and fear Norm is in.

Back at home, he confronts Wanda, who vehemently denies everything.  It’s the most angry we’ve ever seen Vision, even more so than in Age of Ultron or Civil War, and understandably so.  Vision was always a person (or synthezoid) who believed in doing the right thing about all else.

This is a character who was willing to put himself in check with the Sokovia Accords because he calculated the risk involved in superheroes existing.  And he was willing to sacrifice himself for the good of the universe in Infinity War.  So the notion that people are being trapped and kept in agony for his or Wanda’s sakes (especially by Wanda) is absolutely horrifying to him.

How superhero couples have arguments…

Deep down, Wanda knows that what she’s doing is wrong, because she even tells her sons after the tragic death of their dog that you can’t bring things back, no matter how much you want to.  She would do well to take her own advice.

Outside Westview
Upon being jettisoned from Westview, Monica Rambeau awakens in the medical tent of the S.W.O.R.D. basecamp.  She meets with Jimmy and Darcy and tells them of her experience.  Monica believes that while Wanda is certainly the cause of the anomaly, she’s not truly evil, and may be a victim herself in some way.

They also discover that what’s happening in Westview is far more than just an illusion, that Wanda is changing matter itself, which falls in line with the theory that she’s always been the most powerful being in the MCU by far.

However, her theory about Wanda being benign is thrown out when she exits the bubble for a brief moment (now in her usual clothes and with her accent back).  They had sent a drone inside, and she brought it out, telling them, “This is your only warning.  You don’t bother me, I don’t bother you.”

Let’s not forget Wanda started out as a villain. And given her power, she could be a force far more terrifying than Thanos ever was!

It’s also revealed that she previously broke into S.W.O.R.D. headquarters and stole Vision’s corpse, which we’re not entirely sure if she actually brought him back to life, or if she’s just animating his dead body.

However, given the discovery of her ability to change matter itself, it’s quite possible that Vision is in fact alive now, and that Billy and Tommy are in fact real children who could easily exist outside Westview.  It’s still possible that Wanda could get her happy ending in the “real” world, but it does seem like she’s being built up to be a villain.

That Cameo (Major Spoilers – This will be your only warning!!!)
There’s no way to discuss this episode without addressing those final 30 seconds, and the cameo that has massive implications for the future of this universe.  Just as Wanda and Vision are having their confrontation, bordering on a superhero fight, there’s a knock at the door and in walks Wanda’s brother Pietro, now played by Evan Peters!

Before we get too excited, we have to reference a line from Darcy (who’s watching the broadcast).  She says that Wanda has “recast” Pietro, so this could just be fun meta reference.  Or it could very well mean that WandaVision is bridging the gap between the MCU and the X-Men universe.

Either way, it’s going to be a lot of fun to see Evan Peters playing a role that he killed at in the X-Men franchise.

At this point, it’s too early to say anything for certain.  One thing we can be sure of is that there is more anticipation for the next episode than there’s ever been.  And while that’s been true of every episode thus far, it’s just a testament of how awesome this series has been!

What did you think of “On a Very Special Episode…”?  What do you hope to see next week on WandaVision?  Let us know in the comments!

WandaVision is streaming exclusively on Disney+

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