The Falcon and the Winter Soldier Episode 6

SPOILERS FOR THE FINALE OF THE FALCON AND WINTER SOLDIER, EPISODE 6

This show was initially expected to be back to the Marvel formula of action. You have two buff stars and everybody absolutely knew that this was going to be nothing but a big Marvel action fest.

Oh, we did not know what we were going to get.

While the show had plenty of great action, The Falcon and the White Soldier brought so much more to the six episode series. The show dealt with issues of identity, racial disparity and entitlement and did them all extremely well. The show built Sam Wilson up into a position where it was clearly his right to take the mantel of Captain America.

The new Wakandan uniform is exceptional and appeared very comic book accurate. There was a slight concern on my part that they might remove the wings, but I was extremely pleased to see Sam rocketing across the sky at the beginning of the show.

The sixth episode starts with a ton of action, including some amazing aerial fights involving helicopters. The scenes are brilliantly shot and fill the anxiety of the viewers.

During the action scenes, we get confirmed that Sharon Carter was indeed the Power Broker. We did not get much info on why she is now the Power Broker (though they hinted at how the US ignored her), but I fully expect that the character of Sharon Carter has more to do in the MCU and that we will learn more about her as the years movie along.

She did end up killing Karli to “save” Sam’s life. She did save Sam as Karli was preparing to shoot him, but she was also doing it to keep the secret that she was the Power Broker silent. Sam brought the body of Karli to the authorities in a gorgeously shot scene.

John Walker has a bit of redemption in the action scenes too as he showed up with his newly minted shield. It may not have lasted long in the battle, but Walker made a solid choice to try and help save a group of people in a truck that were about to fall to their deaths. Wyatt Russell brought a really complex character in the series and, thankfully, he survived the show and, thanks to Julia Louis-Dreyfus, he is able to take his place as USAgent. Looking forward to more from him.

The monologue Sam gives to the Senator and the other members of the GRC is the final step for Sam to become Captain America in the eyes of the world. There are so many great lines included in the monologue that showed the world, including Isaiah, that he had the strength of character to be Cap. Bucky called him Cap. Tears came to my eyes when a bystander yelled “Yes, Black Falcon!” and another one said to him, “No, that’s Captain America.” Beautiful.

Speaking of beautiful, the scene at the end with Sam and Isaiah at the Smithsonian was such a wonderful tag to the side story of Isaiah.

TFATWS Ending Features a Touching Tribute to Isaiah Bradley

More details:

  • Batroc dies. Shot by Sharon.
  • Amazing scene where Sam flies through the helicopter, snatching away the pilot.
  • With Eli Bradley following with his grandfather, how long before we get The Patriot. The Smithsonian scene probably helped open Isaiah’s mind for the future of the Young Avenger.
  • Zemo gets the last laugh. His butler blows up the remaining Super Soldiers.
  • Sharon melted one of the super soldiers with poison gas. That was brutal.
  • Who does Sharon call in the mid credit scene? She got her pardon, her job back and an in to the secrets and weapons of the US government.
  • Hey Bucky… don’t take a cell phone from a mysterious person. You could die from that.
  • When Sam lands on the bridge, wraps his wings around the shield and allows the helicopter to bounce off him… I mean… WOW!
  • Two Redwings!
  • Walker quoting Lincoln. “Mercy bears richer fruit than strict justice.” Don’t quote Lincoln John.
  • Bucky gets invited to the cookout!

The Falcon and the Winter Soldier delivered great action and unexpected depth of character and emotion. This was the second huge hit for Marvel Studios on Disney +.

And now you can call it Captain America and the Winter Soldier!

Loki is next in June.

The Falcon and the Winter Soldier Episode 5

SPOILERS FOR THE FALCON AND WINTER SOLDIER EPISODE 5

Episode 5 of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier dropped on Disney + this morning and it brought another fantastic episode hot off the end of episode four’s shocking twist with the murderous John Walker and his bloody shield. Walker finds himself retreating from the area where he had murdered the Flagsmasher and into a nearby warehouse.

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Bucky and Falcon arrive and approach John with the intention to give him to give up the shield. Let’s just say that John was not too excited about complying. Then, the three of them engage in an epic battle. Sam gets his wings ripped off. John gets his arm broken as they tear the shield away from him.

This was going to be our sole action beat of the episode as the remainder of the episode was full of amazing character driven moments and deep scenes of development.

Then, we see John Walker at a military trial and being removed from his rank and his commission. However, after the trial, John is approached by a mysterious woman who calls herself the Contessa Valentina Allegra de la Fontaine. I had to look twice when she walked up because I could not believe who I was seeing.

Julia Louis-Dreyfus.

Amazing. She is playing a character with a lot of background in the Marvel Comics, but who knows who she is going to be here. Rumor has it that she is going to appear in the Black Widow movie coming up in June. However, no matter how epic I thought this was, all I could think was…

How did they keep this secret? I had no idea she was going to be here. And she is a huge star. We knew there was a big cameo in the episode, but I would not have guessed Julia Louis-Dreyfus if you gave me a month to guess. It also feels as if she is going to be a major factor moving forward in the MCU.

Baron Zemo arrives at the Sovokia Memorial and Bucky walked up to him. He makes it look like he is going to shoot Zemo in the head, but he reveals that he had removed the bullets. The Dora Milaje escorted Zemo to the Raft.

Zemo was fantastic in this entire show and Daniel Brühl stole every scene he was in. I love the fact that he is off to a super prison, ready to be brought back whenever we need him. In WandaVision, Agatha Harkness winds up in a prison (sort of) too so maybe Marvel has learned their lesson about killing off their awesome villain characters.

Sam started off by heading to Baltimore to carry on a conversation with Isaiah Bradley. This scene is short with Sam and Isaiah, but it was one of the more powerful scenes that you could get. This was a master class of acting between Carl Lumbley and Anthony Mackie. Finding this scene of racial injustice in a Marvel TV show is mind boggling. I hope somewhere down the road, we get more of Isaiah Bradley.

After this, Sam went back to his sister’s home to deal with the boat. They begin to fix it up and Sam gets the people of the community to pitch in. Bucky shows up with a suitcase from Wakanda. Then we get the first of out montage scenes as Sam and Bucky work on fixing the boat and it is one of the best things we see. It is such a heart warming moment that shows the relationship between them.

There is a second montage scene in the show this week as Sam is training with the shield. It was another fantastic scene that developed this friendship even more. Bucky looked at Sam and said, “When Steve told me what he was planning, I don’t think either of us really understood what it felt like for a black man to be handed the shield. How could we. I owe you an apology. I’m sorry.” One line and we see that Bucky finally understands the reasoning behind Sam’s choices for originally giving the shield back to the government. Sam then dove into his old ways of talking to soldiers with PTSD and he told Bucky how he can move on. It was a tight and brilliantly scripted moment that gave us the relationship that we have been waiting for. So many epic conversations in this episode that had so little action. Despite that, you do not miss the action one bit. This was a wonderful episode.

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  • The scene where Sam’s nephews wake up Bucky as they are playing with the shield and the second one where one of them traces the star on the shield are simply inspirational and transcendent. It is a beautiful pair of scenes that give hope that even the little black boys can have hope in America.
  • Um… Sharon Carter… is she legit the Power Broker? She sent Batroc the Leaper to Karli and he is wanting to kill Sam. WTF
  • Unless Julia Louis-Dreyfus is the Power Broker and Sharon is working with her or working undercover.
  • Bucky flirting with Sam’s sister.. perfect.
  • The scene with John Walker talking to Lamar’s parents was all kinds of tragic. It gave us even more layers into the character of John Walker while giving us a taste of Lamar.
  • Isaiah Bradley’s tragic story needs to be told in some extended series somewhere.
  • Show blatantly leaves us dangling with the reveal of the new suit for Falcon from Wakanda. Can’t wait to see.
  • In the first mid-credit scene of the series, John Walker is making his own shield.
  • Batroc is here!
  • The show is setting up a huge final battle with our heroes and the Flagsmashers at the GRC for next week.
  • Christ…it was Julia Louis-Dreyfus!

The Falcon and the Winter Soldier Episode 4

SPOILERS FOR EPISODE FOUR OF THE FALCON AND THE WINTER SOLDIER

Some people found episode three of the Disney + series to be a bit of a step down (not me though) from the rest of the series. However, I don’t think anyone is saying that about episode four, an amazing thrill ride.

There are two images/moments that are right near the top of the best moments not only of this series, but also the MCU (that may be hyperbolic, but…). One of those were at the very beginning of the show and one as the ending image at the very end of the show.

The episode started off in a flashback from six years ago in Wakanda. Bucky and Ayo are at fireside and she is saying the trigger words that activate the Winter Soldier program that was in Bucky’s head. Shuri had been working to remove the programming and this was an attempt to see what would happen. Sebastian Stan was absolutely brilliant in these few minutes. He worked through such pain and anguish as the words were being said. He had flashbacks to some of his past atrocities as the Winter Soldier and he struggled to maintain his control. Then, when the words were complete and Ayo said that he was free, Bucky’s tears of relief rolled from his eyes. The scene ended with a slight smile from Bucky. Such a powerhouse moment for the character of James Barnes.

The second image that brought tears to my eyes was the very end of the show. John Walker, the new Captain America, who had taken the final vial of Super Soldier Serum that Karli had (Zemo had destroyed the rest and took a shield to the head for his trouble), flipped out and chased the Flagsmashers away. He flipped out after Karli kicked Battlestar into a pillar and he dies (we think). He caught up with one of the Flagsmashers and he brutally killed him with the shield. The show gave a final shot of Walker standing, holding the shield with blood covering the bottom of the shield. It was a gutshot to me. It was so disturbing and painful for me to see the shield tarnished with the blood of the Flagsmasher. It shook me.

By the way, as John Walker is driving his shield into this helpless man, there are tons of people with their cell phones out and recording. It is very much like the current world when police officers are over stepping their boundaries and using excessive force. I certainly think the scene with John Walker plays as an analogy to those real life moments.

Now, the rest of the episode was awesome too. It was just bookended with some amazing awesomeness.

In particular, the Dora Milaje was here. We saw Ayo show up at the end of the third episode to confront Bucky. This week she told him that he had eight hours and then they were coming for Zemo. Then they came for him and wound up in an epic battle with Walker, Battlestar, Bucky and Sam in a hotel room. The expertness of their fighting skills were on full display as they showed why the Dora Milaje is considered the elite fighting force in the world. And, Ayo delivered one of the defining lines for the characters of the Dora Milaje when she said, in response to Walker saying that they did not have jurisdiction, that “The Dora Milaje have jurisdiction wherever the Dora Milaje find themselves to be.”

We continue to develop the character of Karli. Last episode, it looked as if she had taken the turn to full fledged villain, but her motivations are walked back a bit this week. There are still some ways to redeem her because they have truly made her shades of grey. She had a philosophy that you could, conceivably, get behind. Her interactions with Sam during this show were so well written that you could see how the two of them could be connected. It is still unclear who might be the “big villain” of this show because there are so many shades here.

Of course, Daniel Brühl is just the best. After Disney released the extra scene of Zemo dancing (looped for an hour), it is obvious that Baron Zemo is a star in this show. He continued here being one of the best characters on the show. He is both hilarious and sinister at the same time. He is the smartest person in the room and he is fully committed to his agenda. As he smashed the super soldier serum, Zemo showed that he could not be corrupted by the power. You could almost respect it if he was not taking things in another different path,

The Falcon and the Winter Soldier' Recap: Blood on the Shield - The Ringer

Other highlights:

  • “Looking strong, John!” – Bucky
  • Bucky has his metal arm removed in battle
  • John Walker’s story is great. Plus, he is shown as being uncertain about what to do with the super soldier serum he had found. It is a great character moment as we watch him slip into his head.
  • Bucky shows his knife fighting skills once again.
  • The extra drop of Battlestar’s head is dramatic when he is “killed.” I put it in quotation marks because I am assuming that he is dead, but you can never be sure.
  • Was there a relationship between Bucky and Ayo? There was a look of betrayal from Bucky when she took off his arm. This has easily been Sebastian Stan’s greatest MCU performance so far.
  • Karli is still iffy in my mind. She made a threat against Sarah and her children.
  • Is Sharon Carter the Power Broker? Could be.
  • It is amazing that Zemo’s head is still on his shoulders after taking the shield to his face.
  • Zemo in the bathrobe is just a perfect character trait. Zemo has been such a fantastic character here.
  • Sam stood out here too. It seems clear that Steve Rogers was right when he picked Sam to carry the shield.
  • It was sad how the man Walker murdered with the Shield was the same man who had told Karli that he was a Captain America fan as a child.

The brutality of the final scene is something that we have not seen a lot of in the MCU and it caught me off guard. It served to taint the symbol of Captain America and it was a serious gut punch. I did not know that it meant as much to me as it did until I saw the shot of the shield with the blood on it. The show has two more weeks left and it has stepped up into a new stratosphere with this week’s offering.

The Falcon and The Winter Soldier Episode 3

SPOILERS FOR THE FALCON AND THE WINTER SOLDIER EPISODE 3

Baron Zemo is here.

Daniel Brühl reprised his role from Captain America: Civil War starting big time in this week’s episode of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier and he dominated the screen.

Bucky helps break out Zemo from his prison cell in Berlin (unbeknownst to Sam) and the scene where Bucky is telling Sam the “hypothetical” situation is awesome. Sam’s reaction, especially the line “I don’t like how casual you are being about this, it’s unnatural” which I absolutely laughed.

Anthony Mackie was great here with his quips throughout the episode.

Back to Daniel Brühl. I lost my mind when he walked onto screen with that jacket. It was perfect costume for Zemo, and that was before he put the purple mask on. We discover that Zemo is wealthy and has a ton of resources, including his own evil Alfred butler, played by Nicholas Pryor, who used to be Kevin Collins’ father on General Hospital/Port Charles. Brühl works as this character amazingly well.

Agent 13, Sharon Carter (Emily VanCamp) made her return as well, helping Sam, Bucky and Zemo in their search for the new super solider serum. We find out that there had been a limited amount of new serum created, and, when Zemo killed the scientist, the limit may have a shelf life. Sharon Carter showed off her super spy fighting skills as she beat the crap out of a bunch of henchmen.

Speculation: I really have a theory that Sharon Carter is going to be revealed as the Power Broker. When Sharon got into the car with her driver and she said that they were going to have two troubles, I got a feeling she had some nefarious actions in her future.

We got a huge setting for the first time, right out of the X-Men comic books. Madripoor is one of the iconic places in the Marvel Universe and, with the rights now under the Marvel Studio banner, it gets to make its debut in the MCU. The phrase “hive of scum and villainy” springs to mind when thinking about Madripoor (as does Patch, but that will be for another time). This is a setting that we will see again in the MCU without a doubt.

A view of Madripoor from Marvel Studios’ THE FALCON AND THE WINTER SOLDIER exclusively on Disney+. Photo courtesy of Marvel Studios. ©Marvel Studios 2021. All Rights Reserved.

Then, the episode came to a close bringing up yet another tie in from Civil War, this time being Ayo (Florence Kasumba), apparently the second in charge of the Dora Milaje from Wakanda. Her arrival made a lot of sense since she was the Dora Milaje that was protecting King T’Chaka, who was killed in an explosion set by Baron Zemo. She might not be to fond of the idea that Bucky, a person they brought into Wakanda, helped “fix” him and dubbed him the White Wolf, helped the Wakandan king’s killer to escape.

Other points:

  • John Walker starting to show some cracks
  • Sam’s sister makes a return with an ill timed phone call
  • The whole snake shot thing was horrible.
  • Sam’s lines were epic: the reference to looking like a pimp and then not being able to run in heels…LOL
  • Flagsmasher Karli Morgenthau continues to be an enigma, showing both sides of her character.
  • I guess Sharon is also an art thief.

Three more episodes to go.

Invincible episodes 1-3 (Amazon Prime)

SPOILERS FOR INVINCIBLE

Robert Kirkman has had a lot of success in comic books. The Walking Dead is one of the best and most successful comic series to come along outside of the Big Two companies. He is currently working on another Image comic called Firepower.

However, one of the most beloved series from Kirkman was known as Invincible and became one of the premier titles in the independent circuit.

Now, Amazon Prime has taken the IP of Invincible and turned it into an animated series aimed at the adult fans of the comic, releasing the first three episodes this week.

I had never read any of the Invincible comics, but the character was always an interesting one. Son of the world’s greatest hero, Omni-man, Invincible has joined his father’s war to help save the earth from evil and dangers. Along with a cavalcade of super heroes, Invincible does a good job of telling its story.

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Invincible is Mark Grayson (voiced by Steven Yeun) the son of Omni-Man (J.K. Simmons), an alien from the planet of Viltrum, a planet filled with beings with super powers. Mark gets his powers around his 17th birthday and begins training with his father.

Sandra Oh voices Mark’s mother Debbie, who has had a happy marriage to Omni-Man (aka Nolan).

Earth’s heroes, The Guardians of the Globe, are here as well, though their fates are not positive ones for the team. At the end of the first episode, Omni-Man arrives at Guardians HQ and slaughters the entire team, before slipping into a coma himself. That was an unexpected twist to the show and really set up the series as one with stakes and surprises.

After three episodes, we have no idea why Omni-Man did what he did, but I have to say that I am fascinated to find where this is taking us. It was as if Superman turned on the Justice League.

We also meet the Teen Team, featuring a group of heroes closer to Invincible’s age. Among them, Mark connects with Atom Eve (Gillian Jacobs), who helps Mark through some of the beats of being a super hero.

Invincible' Arrives on Amazon Prime With a Young Hero for Mature Audiences  - The New York Times

There is a huge voice cast here as well including such notable performers such as Mark Hamill, Zazie Beetz, Zachary Quinto, Walton Goggins, Michael Cudlitz, Khary Payton, Seth Rogen, Michael Dorn, Mahershala Ali, Ezra Miller, Jason Mantzoukas, Lauren Cohen, Kevin Michael Richardson and Clancy Brown.

Invincible is notable as well because of the adult manner in which the show is presented. It is certainly rated R, with plenty of swear words and blood splatter. In fact, the first couple of episodes were extremely filled with blood in the violence. I am not sure that I thought it was necessary to show all the animated blood. It felt more distracting than realistic. It might have been effective in a live action setting, but this animated show feels nothing more than exploited using the blood.

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Mark is a fantastic protagonist and you find yourself rooting for him easily, though I can say that I worry about when he discovers the truth about his father and his crime.

Invincible is scheduled for a total of 8 episodes, releasing from now on, one a week, on Fridays on Amazon Prime. There is enough here for me to continue to watch, adding it to my weekly viewing of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier and Superman and Lois.

The Falcon and the Winter Soldier Episode 2

SPOILERS FOR THE FALCON AND THE WINTERSOLDIER EPISODE TWO

The second episode of the new Disney +/Marvel Studios limited series, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, debuted on the steaming service in the wee hours of the night. After the slow burn of last week’s episode, some people were anxiously hoping this episode would be paced quicker. I am not in the same boat. I loved the slower burn character development that was all over last week’s show. However, this week’s show brought both and elevated itself above last week.

This week’s episode, entitled “The Star Spangled Man,” did not waste time in bringing Sam and Bucky back together and we see the real key to the show. Yes, there is great character development that makes us care for these people more, but the real standout of the show is the relationship of James “Bucky” Buchanan and Sam Wilson. Their chemistry is off the charts and the bromance is amazing. The banter between Bucky and Sam was great and the show gives us plenty of examples of it.

Even before we see Sam and Bucky meet up, we get some background for the new Captain America, John Walker. While he is set up to be hatred by the fans last week, we see some info on Walker that humanizes him. Some have claimed that he is the “evil” Captain America, but I think that is way too surface for this show. Walker is not a villain. He may be a character being set up for a fall, but his motivations are understandable and relatable. However, he is certainly not the most likable person in the show.

The scene with Walker arriving at his old high school to a band playing the song “Star Spangled Man” from the movie Captain America: The First Avenger was fire.

My favorite scenes in the episode were the scenes where Bucky took Sam to meet a certain person that Bucky had known in the 1950s. Carl Lumbly, a veteran movie/TV actor, had been rumored to be playing the Marvel character Isaiah Bradley, who was a black Captain America back after Steve Rogers had gone into the ice. Apparently, Isaiah had previously had a battle with The Winter Solder in the 1950s. Lumbly brought the tragic character to life with a few powerful moments that showed that he was still a dangerous super soldier. This is a character I want much more from movie forward.

Then, directly after this scene with Isaiah, Bucky and Sam encountered some local police officers who stopped because they saw Bucky and Sam arguing in the middle of the road and we see that the lives of a black man are not any different because he is an Avenger. There was some subtle racial connotations last week with the bank loan stuff, but this week the police, who only see Sam as an angry black man, is anything but subtle. It is real though. Seeing the race issues in the MCU is both interesting and painful. Watching the police backtrack when Bucky said to them, “Do you know who this is?” was, once again, too real. This theme is layered throughout this show and I am here for it.

We got another scene of therapy, this time with Sam joining in. This scene truly highlighted the connection between Buck and Sam. Bucky kept going back to the issue of why Sam gave back the shield, and it revealed why it was such a blow to him. Bucky said it was Steve’s decision to give Sam the shield and if he was wrong about Sam being able to handle it, he would be wrong about giving Bucky another chance. Depth of character once again.

We got a great fight with the Flagsmashers and Falcon, Bucky, Walker and his sidekick Battlestar atop of two semi trucks driving down the road.

The end shot showed us the next step… Bucky heading to see the still imprisoned Helmut Zemo. Daniel Brühl appeared at the very end, bringing yet one more great piece to the chess board. This episode was tremendous and always feels like it ends too soon.

This has been awesome so far.

The Falcon and the Winter Soldier Episode 1

SPOILERS FOR THE FALCON AND THE WINTER SOLDIER EPISODE 1

Fresh off the success of WandaVision, Disney + revealed the premiere of their second MCU series, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, featuring Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan.

You could not find two properties more different than WandaVision and The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, and that is a great thing. It was expected that F&WS would be more of an action/adventure based series, but, to be honest, Marvel Studios still kind of surprised us. The show started with a great action scene, but then the remainder of the show was a real slow burn that focused on character growth and character development.

Sam Wilson, the Falcon, who had been given the Captain America shield by Steve Rogers himself at the end of Avengers: Endgame, but the series kicked off with Sam giving the shield to a museum, claiming that he did not deserve it, that the shield was not the symbol… the man who holds it was.

We also see Bucky still struggling to get through his life. With a pardon in his hands, he had to attend sessions with a therapist. Bucky continued to have nightmares about the horrible things that he has done in his life. He had made a list of people that he had to make amends with, in one way or another.

We see so much character development in this first 50 minutes than they had received in all of the movies that they have appeared in. We meet Sam’s sister and her children. We discover about their life and their struggles. The show is hinting at a theme of racial troubles. When the government announced the arrival of the new Captain America, a white man, you can see where this show is heading. This is a fascinating look at racism in the MCU.

The episode also introduced the new group of terrorists called the Flagsmashers. While we did not see any signs of Baron Zemo yet, the Flagsmashers are a cool new threat.

There is a great deal of fallout from The Blip in this series, which feels as if it will be another theme of this series.

We saw some great work from Mackie and Stan and they have not even met up yet. The first episode was a slow burn and I loved it. I am excited to where this show is heading.

Assembled

Disney + has dropped a new documentary to help with the withdrawal pains from having no WandaVision this Friday.

I have to say that this week has been nowhere near as electric as the last eight weeks because I did not constantly think about the week as sections that brought me closer to seeing WandaVision. So having this new show, called Assembled, arrived on Disney + as a bridge from the epicness of WandaVision to next week’s debut of Falcon and the Winter Soldier.

Assembled went behind the scenes of the making of WandaVision and had interviews from many key cast members including Elizabeth Olson, Paul Bettany, Kathryn Hahn, Teyonah Parris, Kat Dennings and Randall Park. But we also had a chance to hear from the director of the entire series, Matt Shakman, who also appeared last week on Kevin Smith and Marc Bernardan’s show Fatman Beyond. We heard from the creators of the theme songs for the different decades, Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, who were Oscar winners for their work on Frozen and Coco.

The show talked about the use of a live studio audience for the recording of the early sitcom episodes and how that energy both helped and frightened the cast. They spoke with Debra Jo Rupp about her character and she said how excited she was to be able to do some of the work associated with Marvel movies.

It would have been nice to have heard from Kevin Feige about the show, which had been described as his “baby” but we did hear from the creator/showrunner of WandaVision, Jac Schaeffer, Schaeffer was also the head writer of the show.

This doc was just a fun look at a set with a group of people who clearly loved what they were doing. The passion from everyone was obvious and there is no wonder why this show became such a cultural icon over the last couple of months. Assembled filled that void nicely, giving me something to satisfy that itch until the MCU returns next Friday to Disney +.

WandaVision Episode 9

SPOILERS FOR WANDAVISION EPISODE 9

Let me start with the rant.

When the director of the show has to come out the week before the finale and say to the fans of the show that they may be disappointed in the finale because of all the theories and fan speculation that is going on online, there is something wrong. Simple fact is this… speculation is fun, but because the show does not go the way you have imagined that it should inside your heads or on your reaction videos, that does not make it a failure or a “piece of garbage.” You can dislike what they do, but you cannot be angry because there is no Mephisto in the show. I saw a video entitled “WandaVision Better Bring Us Mutants or We RIOT!” Now, I did not watch the video, so maybe that is just a clickbait type headline to get a view, but, if not, how pretentious. After I saw that video headline, I was ecstatic that mutants did not show up. Have fun rioting, kiddos.

This is the biggest issue on the internet among the reactors and the commentators. You can’t speculate what they are doing, pick out specific details in the background and believe that meant something. If you judged what the show gave you and you did not enjoy it, then fine. You have a right to your opinion. But if you are crying about what you thought was going to happen and didn’t, then you should reexamine your priorities.

Enough of the rant. The finale was entitled “Series Finale” and it kicked off where we left off, with Agatha holding Wanda’s kids captive and Wanda confronting her on the street outside their home. Best moment… When she realized that Agatha was absorbing her magic when she used it, Wanda hit Agatha with a car. That was a funny moment and a great homage to the Wizard of Oz.

Let me talk about the biggest issue most people have with the episode. That is the Evan Peters Pietro/Ralph Bohner reveal. I was not a huge fan of it either, but I was not offended by it. As much as I would have liked this to have been FOX X-Men Quicksilver, that is not what they wanted to do. Now, admittedly, the use of the actor Evan Peters was simply a crappy thing for Marvel to do. It was just trolling the audience as they must have known how the fan base would have reacted. It is obvious that Marvel wanted the debate to rage online and that the bit of casting Evan Peters was stunt casting.

After that, I loved just about everything else that happened. The battle between Wanda and Agatha was tense. I will admit that the CGI battle between the witches felt kind of DCish because of the reddish background. Still, as Wanda wound her way to becoming the Scarlet Witch and gaining the comic accurate costume. I was invested in the battle. This was the benefit of having Elizabeth Olson and Kathryn Hahn as the actresses. They have been knocking their performances out of the park all year long.

There have been some people wondering whether or not SWORD Acting Director Tyler Hayward was a villain. That was pretty clear here as Hayward showed his hand. Heck, he got out of his car after his armed forces breached the barrier and he tried to shoot Billy and Tommy. I mean… what a jerk. Thankfully, Monica was able to prevent the bullets from hurting anyone. And Darcy stopped Hayward from trying to run the kids down with his vehicle. As Darcy said “Have fun in prison” Hayward.

The Vision vs. Vision battle was great, but I especially loved how it ended up in a theoretical discussion about what makes Vision a Vision. White Vision did take off pretty quickly after Wanda’s Vision reignited his memories. One has to wonder what is next for the white android.

The scenes with Wanda and Vision back at their house as the Hex was closing up was devastating. The writing in that scene was tremendous. The absolute best parts of WandaVision has been the quiet moments between Wanda and Vision. This attempt to say their goodbyes was punctuated with yet another great quote from Vision, “I have been a voice with no body. A body, but not human. And now a memory made real. Who knows what I might be next? We have said goodbye before, so it stands to reason-
Wanda: We’ll say hello again.

The two post credit scenes set up these characters for future Marvel Studio projects. We know that Monica is heading to Captain Marvel 2 and the appearance of the Skrull with a message from a “friend of her (Monica) mother” shows where our newest hero is headed. Monica Rambeau was a huge success in this series and I have more of a connection to this character than I ever had for the character in the comics. Marvel did a fantastic job of creating Monica Rambeau and give me a reason to root for her.

The other post credit scene sets up what will be happening with Wanda, as we see her isolated in a cabin in the wilderness while her astral form reads the Darkhold. What was even more compelling was how we heard the cries of Tommy and Billy, who had apparently been wiped away with the Hex in Westview. What does that mean moving forward? I don’t know, but I cannot wait to find out.

Other things:

  • Jimmy Woo and his “flourish” quote was epic as he picked the handcuffs that Hayward had him in.
  • I would have loved to have more with Darcy, but her final line was pure sass.
  • Before people complain… I do not need to know what happened to the Beekeeper.
  • Agatha surviving is great and I love the “prison” that Wanda found for her.
  • It was cool to see the whole family (Vision, Wanda, Billy, Tommy) in an Avengers/Incredibles pose and fighting together.
  • The scene where white Vision was going to crush Wanda’s head was intense.
  • Two super hero landings in one episode!
  • Jimmy Woo and his bluff!
  • Sorcerer Supreme name drop
  • The townspeople turning on Wanda when they were awake was painful.
  • The Scarlet Witch “crown”… whoa

Now that WandaVision is over, I am not sure what I am going to do. I totally loved this series and I literally planned my week until I was able to see the next episode of WandaVision. I have been a huge MCU fan, but this show took it to new heights. Elizabeth Olson, Paul Bettany and Kathryn Hahn deserve so much credit and all of the awards for their pitch perfect performances. The new Scarlet Witch outfit is beautifully designed. The show gripped my emotions and made me feel for these characters more than I had ever done before. This has been an epic eight week adventure that I am so grateful that I got a chance to see.

Okay Disney +… bring on The Falcon and Winter Soldier.

WandaVision Episode 8

SPOILERS FOR WANDAVISION EPISODE 8

“What is grief if not love persevering”” -Vision.

*SOB*

WandaVision episode 8, titled “Previously On”, breaks from the sitcom style to provide a flashback episode, looking at the past of Wanda Maximoff and all of her tragic events of her life. This included the quote above, which was stated by Vision in one of my absolutely favorite scenes of the series. It was a quiet moment between two characters and it showed how great they are together.

Speaking of that scene, it took place at Avengers Compound in Wanda’s room, probably sometime around Civil War. Wanda was alone and watching The Brady Bunch when Vision came in to speak with her. Their dialogue within the scene was beautiful, intimate and dealt with loss and grief. We got to see Wanda grieving for the loss of Pietro, which is something that we had not gotten to see before. The quote about grief above nearly broke me. It is such a deep and lovely thought and it showed how human the character of Vision truly was.

This scene was one of the flashback scenes that Agatha Harkness was forcing Wanda to relive in an attempt to get her to provide Agatha with the answers of how Wanda has been doing what she has with the Hex.

With this flashback episode, WandaVision hits some of the best emotional beats of the series. Another major emotional moment was when we see Wanda head to SWORD HQ to get Vision’s body. She wanted a funeral, but Hayward was not going to give the body away. $3 billion dollars worth of vibranium, he said. So, of course, this is where Wanda steals Vision’s body as he said she did several episodes ago, right?

Nope. She leaves after touching his head and saying that she “…can’t feel him.” We find out that Hayward lied about Wanda stealing Vision’s body. He still had it and he’s been trying to manipulate this situation. And in the mid-credit scene, we see the white Vision from West Coast Avengers, all because of Hayward and his machinations.

Of course, last episode revealed that it was “Agatha All Along” and we are confirmed that Kathryn Hahn is truly playing Agatha Harkness. This episode begins with a flashback to 1693 in Salem, Massachusetts where Agatha Harkness is being led to a stake by a group of women. We all believed that this was the Salem Witch Trials, but the show swerved us by making this Agatha’s coven. Her coven was ready to destroy her because she had done some dark magic, but Agatha drained the magic and the lifeforce from them (including her own mother) instead… much like a certain shark that was feeding on Yo Magic.

Back to Wanda, another flashback finds Wanda’s first exposure to the Mind Stone where we thought she got her powers… or did she? We got another flashback to the Stark Missile scene originally told by Pietro in Avengers: Age of Ultron, but the show hints at little Wanda using a probability hex to stop the bomb from exploding instead of it being a dud. So when the Mind Stone is in contact with Wanda, it amplifies her magic instead of giving it to her. Oh.. and by the way… we see a female form in the Mind Stone that sure looks like someone in a comic version of the Scarlet Witch costume.

At the episode’s end we get Agatha stating that Wanda is using chaos magic. She also claims that Wanda is a creature that was supposed to be a myth, but who had powers of creation, and she called her The Scarlet Witch. It was a jaw-dropping moment and absolutely sets the stage for where Wanda is heading in the MCU. It sounded as if The Scarlet Witch was a title given to a being of immense power within the chaos magic and Agatha was really jealous of Wanda’s capabilities.

I feel as if I have jumped all around this episode, but it is also how I felt when I was done watching the show. And, I swear, the episode was 40+ minutes, but it felt like 15. When it was over, I screamed out thinking that there was no way it was over yet. However, it was actually the longest of the series so far. WandaVision has done an amazing job of leaving us in a situation every week that makes us want more. It flies by and those end credits are like a punch to the gut. I sat on my couch this morning wondering how I was going to be able to wait until next Friday for the finale. Marvel has done a fantastic job at keeping us on the hook and getting us talking about WandaVision.

It seems that I say this every week, but Elizabeth Olson, Paul Bettany and Kathryn Hahn all deserve Emmy Awards for their work in this series. No excuses, Academy. Don’t pull that “it’s a super hero show” crap. This is next level work and they deserve everything.

What else did I miss?

  • Hayward is a dick. I mentioned it earlier, but I am not sure I made enough of a comment.
  • “Fietro?” : Fake Pietro… Agatha made a comment about him.
  • And where is Fietro and Monica? After their appearance in the mid credit scene last week, we do not see them this week. They’ll be back next week.
  • Agatha has a bird-eating rabbit.
  • Oh, and that bird? It was the cicada from last week transmutated into a bird by Agatha. Was that meant to squash the “Mephisto first appeared as a fly” bit?
  • The show confirmed that Wanda has been a life long fan of sitcoms, watching them back in Sokovia not only for entertainment and escapism, but to learn English.
  • The deed that seemed to appear in Wanda’s car seat was another heartbreaker. The deed appeared to be from Vision and was the plot of land in Westview where they could “grow old in” and signed by V.
  • Not sure when this deed came into play but it was what triggered Wanda to create the Hex. And she did it on her own.
  • We see the pre-Hex people of Westview, and they do not look happy. Maybe Wanda helped them after all?
  • They do not mention the magical book in Agatha’s basement this week.
  • The bomb that killed Wanda’s parents was shown and it was a horrible moment of shock for me. Did not expect it.
  • Agatha’s mother has a certain magical crown…hm.

This is the end of the penultimate episode of WandaVision. I am not sure how they can wrap it all up in one more episode. I am not sure how I am expected to do anything this next week until the finale arrives next week.

WandaVision Episode 7

SPOILERS for WandaVision Episode 7

This week’s WandaVision had two major disappointments, one that was built up by the fans and one that was a misunderstanding. The first disappointment was the fact that this was not an hour long. There were comments online that the last three episodes of WandaVision were going to be an hour in length. That was an amazing announcement so when it ended after about 30 + minutes, I was shocked. I should have known not to trust the internet.

The second disappointment was the reveal of the aeronautic engineer. Online speculation ranged from Reed Richards of the Fantastic Four to Hank McCoy of the X-Men to Blue Marvel. When it turned out to be Mayor Goodner, I couldn’t help but be disappointed. That is my own fault. I allowed the speculation to become out of hand. I never believed that it would be Reed, but the no name major was surprising. My belief is that she will be revealed as Skrull Talos’ daughter from Captain Marvel all grown up. That may not be as sexy of a pick as Reed and Sue, but it makes a lot of sense.

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Starting the episode off, it was clear that episode 7 was going to be the homage to Modern Family, The Office and Parks & Recs. The episode was entitled “Breaking the 4th Wall” and it featured these characters talking to the camera in the documentary style. Wanda seems to be feeling down and depressed. The use of the talking head style works really well here with Wanda, Agnes, Vision talking directly to the camera.

Monica has a big week this week. She is such an awesome character and WandaVision has done a magnificent job of creating her and giving us a strong woman to follow. Her dedication to find her way into Westview to help save Wanda was the height of a hero. Watching her force her way through the Hex field and gaining her new powers was dramatic and epic. The character of Monica, whether she winds up being Spectrum or Photon, has a bright (no pun intended) future ahead for her.

And how about that super hero landing? No practice needed!

The other major reveal this week was the fact that it was “Agatha All Along.” Agnes was shown to be who we all thought she would be…Agatha Harkness, and that she was behind everything that had happened, from the arrival of Pietro to the death (now murder) of Sparky. The show gave us a fun and catchy theme song at the very end of the episode to show us how she has been manipulating Wanda and all of us. Last week when it looked like she was scared of Wanda and trying to escape in the car, we know now that it was all an act to mess with Vision. We see her basement, which is decked out as a frightening witch’s lair, including a book that sure made me think about the Darkhold, last seen in Agents of Shield (or was it the Runaways?). Agatha has done something with the twins, Billy and Tommy as well- some of the online speculation being massively traumatic (ate them?). We knew she was Agnes was Agatha, but the reveal was so well done that it still felt like a gigantic shock.

Now will we find out that Agatha is working for someone else? *Cough* Mephisto *Cough*

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The commercial this week was huge. It was for a depression medication called Nexus. In Marvel Comics, The Nexus of All Realities is a cross-dimensional gateway which provides a pathway to any and all possible realities. In the comics Man-Thing is the guardian of the Nexus. I don’t think we’ll get Man-Thing (I think…) This is huge! My immediate thought was that it was possible (I have learned that any sort of theory about this show could be wrong) that Pietro was actually the Quicksilver from the FOX universe after all. I was convinced he was not, but now..

And, after the appearance of the first ever mid-credit scene in WandaVision, and the return of Pietro to speak to Monica… “Snoopers gonna snoop.”

Although the purple eyes on Monica at this point may indicate that Pietro is actually involved in the magic, which could mean he is Mephisto or Nightmare or whomever.

Other Moments

  • The twins have trouble with their game.
  • Vision frees Darcy from the Hex’s spell and they team up. These two are great together.
  • Paul Bettany and Elizabeth Olson are brilliant.
  • Dottie made a return appearance for a second. Why? Is she important? The mailman too seems to have more of a role than what it seems.
  • #JusticeforSparky
  • Director Hayward preparing to make an assault. We find out his motive is to get his hands on a weaponized Vision.
  • The cicada on the window of Agatha’s house… Mephisto first appeared in the comics as a fly. Coincidence or is Marvel just messing with us?
  • Wanda’s power seems to be glitching more. Is the Hex too big?
  • Funnel Cakes!!!!!
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WandaVision episode 6

WandaVision has become what I look forward to the whole week. When I get home from work on Thursday, I know that the next thing I am going to be able to do is watch WandaVision.

Spoilers for WandaVision Episode 6

Where to start?

There are so many places that I could start. Maybe we start with the big cliffhanger from last week that seemed to break the Internet… the arrival of Pietro, Wanda’s brother, but played not by Aaron Taylor-Johnson as it was in the Age of Ultron, but Evan Peters, who played Quicksilver in the Fox X-Men movies. Theories abounded about what this meant for the MCU, for mutants, for Evan Peters himself. We still do not know what exactly this guy’s deal was, but he absolutely rocked the comic accurate costume with the unbelievable hair.

We see Pietro using his powers all throughout episode six, but is he truly Pietro? The show addresses the fact that he looked different, explicitly from Wanda herself and Pietro says he does not know. He does seem to know a lot about what his sister has done here, going as far as saying he was impressed with what she did. There were times that he felt like he was the MCU Pietro (like the time that he referred to their childhood or when he talked about getting gunned down in the street), but there were also a bunch of times where he felt as if he were pumping Wanda for info and doing things intended to gain a reaction from her.

Either way, Evan Peters was absolutely fantastic here and played the part of the fun-uncle in the 1990s/early 2000 sitcom perfectly. There were several times when Pietro himself commented on the tropes of the fun uncle within the dialogue of the show as if he knew what was happening. It is a brilliant piece of writing that continues to tie the show into the world of sitcoms.

Which, by the way, this week’s episode is honoring Malcolm in the Middle, from the theme song through to the changes in the camera work that was brought into by that show. We also had the twins, Billy and Tommy, both turning to the camera and talking about what was happening, just like Malcolm (Frankie Muniz) would on Malcolm in the Middle.

Speaking of the twins, Billy & Tommy gain their powers this episode as comic fans know will lead to them being Wiccan (Billy) and Speed (Tommy) in the Young Avengers. I’m not saying that these kids will be in those plans, but there is certainly a possibilities. Both of the young boys do an amazing job of acting in this episode. Julian Hilliard played Billy and Jett Klyne played Tommy and they have a couple of tough scenes and they bring the goods, which is important since Elizabeth Olson and Paul Bettany are consistently exceptional in WandaVision.

That brings us to one of the darkest moments in MCU history. An animated commercial for Yo-Magic yogurt. Yes, the commercial this week takes a bit of a turn and features a young boy stranded on a deserted island. The boy says he is hungry, and things look bad for him. However, a shark swims up to the island and offers the boy some Yo-Magic in a container. The boy tries to open it, but he cannot get his fingers to open the foil on the top of the container. We see a progression of time as the boy continues to try to get to the Yo-Magic, until he dies of starvation and is left behind as a skeleton, still grasping the yogurt container.

It was shocking watching the commercial. There a a ton of theories about what this commercial represents. As the previous commercials all pointed to trauma and bad experiences in Wanda’s life, this could represent the people of Westview, or Vision or Wanda herself. The magic can not be reached and the kid dies slowly because of it. Could this be a reference to the “big bad” that helped give Wanda the power to take over Westview, a power level that she had never displayed before? Is the shark a specific metaphor for something else in the story (I would say for sure)? No matter what, the commercial is quite sinister and devastating.

This week is the first week that I believed that SWORD Director Hayward had some ulterior motives in the story. I still do not believe that he is any sort of a maestro of what has happened to Wanda, but he is definitely looking to track Vision. I have seen a cool theory about Hayward being the person to create Sentinels in the MCU and that he was using the technology of Vision to do it. Hayward clearly had a grudge against super powered people, which he let slip in an argument with Monica Rambeau. There is something hidden behind his final firewall that Marcy had not breached yet. What is Project Cataract?

More points of interest this week:

  • What is going on with Agnes? Is she more than what we think or not? The meeting with Vision in her car seems to have thrown the theories of her being connected to the big bad into chaos.
  • Monica’s cells are being re-written? Is this how mutants are coming?
  • Vision being ripped apart by the Hex was horrifying
  • So was the image of zombie Pietro with bullet holes.
  • Jimmy Woo is good for more than just getting coffee!
  • Darcy gets swallowed by the Hex. What will happen to her?
  • Monica’s “guy” is still coming. Who is this aero engineer? Blue Marvel? Reed Richards? Her skrull friend? etc.
  • The Hex turned SWORD agents into clowns. Ha Ha Ha. Wanda throwing shade.
  • There are kids everywhere now. Where did they come from? Did Wanda have them “tucked in their beds until she needed them”?
  • The single tear of the woman frozen in place was heart wrenching.
  • As Vision is getting torn apart, he thinks of the people trapped in Westview.
  • People on the outskirts of town seem to be nearly frozen. Could it be that the farther you are away from Wanda, the less you are able to do?
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I can not wait until episode 7!

WandaVision episode 5

This week…on a very special episode of WandaVision….

[EDIT: Here is something wild. I wrote this before I was aware that the title of the episode was actually “On A Very Special Episode.” When I saw that, it blew my mind. Obviously, they did a great job of working in that trope about special episodes of sitcoms because that is exactly where my head went.]

SPOILERS FOR WANDAVISION EPISODE 5

At least, that is the way it felt. As we moved into the 1980s style comedy heavily influenced by Family Ties, things are starting to crack in Westview. And we get a massive “recast.”

Vision is beginning to see things the way they are. It started with a strange encounter with Agnes and their crying babies (who…by the way… appear to be immune to Wanda’s magic). The moment where Agnes asks Wanda if they should “take it from the top” continued to plant the seeds of confusion in Vision that started last episode.

He discovers even more as he “freed” Norm for a moment while at work, revealing his true personality away from Wanda’s control. Paul Bettany is masterful as he portrays the confusion and the feeling of betrayal while still having deep feelings for his family.

His family, which includes the twins, Tommy and Billy. The twins age twice in the episode, once to stop crying constantly and once to keep the dog that they found outside. Sparky is named after the dog from the Tom King Vision series, though that one was a synthezoid as well. Tommy and Billy end up as ten-year old children.

This is the basis behind the “very special episode” comment I made earlier. When Sparky winds up dead (in Agnes’s arms…hm), Tommy and Billy have to deal with the death of a loved one, and they, quite rightly, think their mom could fix it. Back in the 80s, many of these sitcoms handled these deep subjects in, what would be referred to as, a “very special episode.” That was the feel given off here. Sparky’s entire presence here felt outside of Wanda’s control and she appeared to be uncertain about what happened. She does prevent the twins from “aging up” again, saying that people cannot run from their grief. Ironic.

This episode also contained two major confrontations. The first was with Wanda and SWORD outside of the Hex (thanks Darcy). Wanda let it be known that any further interference from Director hayward would not be tolerated. This scene gave us a bunch of tidbits, including the idea that Wanda brought Monica into Westview (as we saw last episode) as a way to get help.

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There was a high level of stress with this standoff. Understandably, Wanda was ticked off. Hayward had sent a 80s style drone into the Hex to take out Wanda. It failed, of course, but it directly led to Wanda coming outside of Westview to warn him. The way she redirected the agents who had their guns set on her to direct the guns on Hayward instead was frightening. I really thought she was going to finish him off right there.

Then the second confrontation was between Wanda and Vision as he told her about Norm and how he knew she was behind this. Vision had said that Wanda could not control him and she implied that she could. This tense war of words were interrupted by the doorbell and the arrival of Evan Peters as Pietro. Darcy, watching on the screen, was surprised and said “she recast Pietro” confirming that Peters was not the MCU Pietro. We know he appeared as Pietro in the FOX movies, but there had been a ton of speculation about what his role would be here in WandaVision. Wanda seemed as surprised as anyone leading one to think that there might be more to this than we think.

This was a fantastic episode with so many things happening Things I did not include in the write up”

  • Monica’s weird reaction to the comment about Captain Marvel
  • Wanda’s use of magic in front of Agnes
  • The credits rolling when Wanda wanted the show over to avoid the argument with Vision
  • New commercial connecting to Lagos. Paper Towels- for cleaning up the mess you didn’t mean to make
  • Confirmation that there has been no “Scarlet Witch” name in the MCU as of this moment
  • Vision’s ability to break Norm out of Wanda’s control (although Norm never says Wanda by name. She only says “she”. Could it be Agnes?)
  • Wanda’s line to the crying babies “Why won’t you do what I want?”
  • Bulletproof vests
  • No children in Westview
  • Wanda doesn’t “know how this all started”
  • Wanda steals Vision’s corpse.

This was a tremendous episode. I felt myself tearing up a bit when Sparky died. You know they have got me.

WandaVision Episode 4

SPOILERS FOR WANDAVISION EPISODE 4

We Interrupt This Program

WandaVision took a turn this week and it was glorious.

This week, the show’s point of view flipped a couple of times. There is no sitcom this week (and I honestly missed it a bit) and the show focuses on Monica Rambeau, Jimmy Woo and Darcy Lewis. It shows you the strength of the MCU when you can bring in a group of characters like this and feature them in the middle of your superhero show.

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This episode reminded me of LOST more than any other episode so far. When we first meet Desmond Hume in “Man of Science, Man of Faith,” we flashback over everything that had happened before, but from his point of view. We get the same concept in episode 4 of WandaVision.

The first point of view is with Monica and this cold open was just amazing. We see Monica coming back from being snapped and the chaos that ensued with the people appearing from nowhere after the blip. That truly emphasized how wild and traumatic that situation could be. Spider-Man: Far From Home showed the blip in a comedic manner but this feels how that situation, people being dead for 5 years suddenly being there, would play out.

Plus, the show gave us a painful reveal as we find out that Monica’s mother, Maria, who we met in Captain Marvel, died of cancer during the time when her daughter was snapped away.

WandaVision 1x04 - Monica finds out that her mother died - YouTube

We also are told that Maria founded SWORD. Monica is a captain in SWORD as well.

The arrival of Jimmy Woo and Darcy Lewis (that is Dr. Lewis, by the way) was awesome. This was actually my favorite use of both of these characters. I enjoyed Darcy in Thor, but was never a fan of Jimmy Woo. They worked so well together and brought some wonderful interactions. Darcy was the one who figured out what was going on with this Westview Abnormality and she did it with humor and showed how competent she was. It’s been a long time since she could not pronounce Mjolnir.

As they went through the episode, we see a great deal of what happened in the mysterious first three episodes. We find out for sure about the scene of the TV sets at the end of episode 1, the voice of the person asking “Who’s doing this to you Wanda,” the truth about Westview and several of the citizens, the beekeeper, the toy helicopter, and how much Wanda is in control.

WandaVision' Episode 4: It's All Wanda? and More Burning Questions - Variety

Technically, that last one may still have some questions about it. Monica came out of the dome saying that it was all Wanda. However, I still believe that there may be someone whispering in Wanda’s ear, helping direct what is happening. Could it be Mephisto? That is still my belief, but it might be too much to introduce to the general public.

We still did not get any revelation of Agnes. Is she Agatha Harkness? I think so, but it could be a swerve.

Oh, by the way, the image of Vision that we get at the end of the episode is frightening and gives us a hint that Vision may not truly be alive.

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This episode was tremendous and is going to send this series into the next act.

My theories on WandaVision Mysteries

SPOILERS (of course) for WandaVision!

After seeing the first three episodes of Marvel’s first Disney + show, WandaVision, I, as a comic book geek, feel that I am at a point where I believe I can make a few inferences on what is happening on the show.

Understand, I could be completely wrong. That is one of the wonders of this show. It clearly has a plan in place for where they are headed, but it could be any number of places. However, I feel as I am ready to make some educated guesses on the core mysteries of the show.

#1. What is going on?

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I believe that after the events of Avengers: Endgame, Wanda was feeling lost and alone. She had seen the death of her brother Pietro and her great love in Vision. It is at this point where she either is approached by or approaches a certain being for help. My guess is that Mephisto, Marvel’s “devil”, is the character involved here. It makes sense considering how important the character of Mephisto was in the comic storyline upon which this series is loosely based. Mephisto convinced Wanda that he could help her reunite with Vision and give her everything she ever wanted.

#2. What is the motive?

Who Are Billy And Tommy on 'WandaVision'? Wanda Maximoff's Kids, Explained

Why is Mephisto doing this? I do believe, as in episode 2, the reason is “for the children.” Much like the comic series, Mephisto wants Tommy and Billy as a way to steal Wanda’s reality warping powers for himself.

#3. Who is in control?

WandaVision's sword symbol connects to past and future Marvel movies -  Polygon

Wanda’s powers are what has created the sitcom world that she lives in with Vision. She has created this world and maintains it. I do not think she is consciously doing it, or, at least, realizes that she is doing it. I do not think that it is a coincidence that all the times when the outside world sneaks into the situation, Wanda has had some emotional moment. When Mr. Hart is choking, he had been pressing Wanda for answers about her past, which she did not know. I believe she subconsciously caused him to choke, and it wasn’t until her inner hero came out that she had Vision help him. Another example was from episode 2 with the arrival of the Beekeeper, mere moments after she discovered that she was pregnant. In episode three, the comment by Geraldine (aka Monica Rambeau) about Pietro being killed by Ultron came after Wanda was reminiscing about her brother while watching her twins sons. Elizabeth Olson has been brilliant in these scenes portraying Wanda’s confusion over these contradictory moments.

#4. What about SWORD?

WandaVision: What Is SWORD?

In the MCU, SWORD stands for Sentient Weapon Observation and Response Division. In the comics, the W actually stands for “world.” In the comics, SWORD is based mainly as a space observation unit, but the MCU version feels as if it is more than that. I do believe that Wanda could be considered a “Sentient Weapon” and that SWORD has been watching her. They are not sure what has happened, so that is why they were trying to get Wanda to tell them “Who is doing this to you?”

#5. What about the town?

Agnes and Herb - WandaVision Season 1 Episode 3 - TV Fanatic

I am convinced that the town of Westview is a real town that existed in the MCU and was taken over by Wanda in an attempt to recreate her fantasy world. The people of the town are enslaved by Wanda’s powers but they do have some flashes of understanding of what is happening to them. I do think Agnes is more than what she seems (and maybe Herb too). I think it is clear that the people of Westview are not happy (and rightfully frightened) that they are being forced into living out this happy fantasy by Wanda.

#6. Why a sitcom (and ads)?

Every WandaVision Commercial, Explained - Easter Eggs in Wandavision Ads

I would assume that Wanda, growing up a young girl in Sokovia, watched a lot of sitcoms as a youth and this embellished her understanding of a happy life in America. The ads are references to the most emotional/tragic moments of Wanda’s life. Thus, the connection to Strucker, the beeping bomb from Stark that tormented her and her brother as children, and Hydra. Plus, the Hydra Soaks soap does look considerably like the Tesseract. Another online theory that I live is that the two “actors” in the ads, who are the same in all of them, is actually Wanda and Pietro’s parents. That would make these ads all the more relevant inside Wanda’s potentially fractured mind.

#7. What is Vision?

Why Marvel Fans Should Notice WandaVision's Butterflies

I truly believe that this series is heading toward ripping our hearts out at the end because I do not believe that Vision is real/alive. He is a construct of Wanda’s mind and we are being set up to grieve his loss once more. I sure hope I am wrong about that. There are some hints in episode three that Wanda is able to subconsciously bring inanimate objects to life with her. We see Wanda’s magic give life to the butterflies over the crib and the stork from the painting on the wall. In fact, after the butterflies come to life, Wanda says “Oh, did I do that, I didn’t mean to.” I think that is an important piece of dialogue that I have not heard anyone talking about. So maybe she really did reanimate the dead body of Vision and he is truly back. Her power is based on the same energy from the mind stone that gave Vision life in the first place.

These are just some of my thought on the show. I have really loved WandaVision so far. As a huge fan of the classic sitcoms, I am enjoying seeing them play with the tropes and adapting them into this story that is way deeper than what it appears to be.