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‘WandaVision:’ Marvel’s Exploration of Grief

By the first episode, it’s quite easy to tell WandaVision is in a lane of its own. (Or, if you’re a MCU fanatic like me, you’ve noticed that since the trailer.) The obvious reasons are quite clear, Disney Plus’ latest hit show is an ultimate mind trip. With the breathing room that accompanies a television show, fans are able to get to the new Wanda and Vision better; while being greeted with elements of comedic relief plus dark moments.

While I devoured the first two episodes last Friday, truthfully the scenes that left me with goosebumps and my mouth agape wasn’t some crazy action sequence. In fact quite the opposite; they were the chillingly eerie, and simple enough that had I blinked I would’ve missed it. Allow me to explain- and to convince you- that I’m not under (Wanda’s) mind control. Spoilers ahead!

 

 

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Aside from Infinity War, and along with Endgame, pick any superhero movie from the last decade and a reoccurring feature will be an epic battle that will be won by the end of the movie. No matter how high stakes, how tough the villain or how many people lost along the way, by the sequel our heroes are back to their normal selves. While that makes for a great pace for these huge franchises, it doesn’t allow these characters (plus their fans) to sit with the grief and trauma inflicted upon them.

That’s what make WandaVision superb. The biggest battle in this show isn’t against some alien or intelligent robot but, instead, we watch Wanda fight to hold onto the perfect world she has created and, ultimately, fight back the waves of grief and sadness awaiting her in reality.

 

 

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Perhaps my favorite and most chilling moment is the end of episode two. A mysterious man in a beekeeper suit crawls out of the sewer and glares intensely at Wanda; she doesn’t raise her hands in her signature style. Instead she quietly says “No” dismissing the threat; the scene rewinds to the moments before she and Vision went outside. Wanda’s refusal to let go of the world she’s created with Vision showcases not only the scope of her powers, but her reluctance to return to a world without Vision. Each episode jumps forward a decade letting the couple parody iconic sitcoms from that era. White picket fence, big house with a lawn and yes a laugh track; it’s so delightfully meta.

When red flags pop up (and they do that often) whether it’s a red helicopter or a mysterious voice calling her name, Wanda pushes onward because the show must go on. Wanda’s need for security prohibits her from acknowledging something is amiss. As the episodes progress she’s able to check off milestones she never gotten to act out with Vision in the movies… magically creating wedding rings, getting pregnant and eventually childbirth.

 

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So far, the villain in WandaVision is Wanda’s suffocating grief. It would’ve been much safer for the MCU to utilize Wanda as an agent as vengeance in another action blockbuster (very similar to Age of Ultron); but Marvel went out on a limb to explore the psyche of a woman attempting to cope with loss. Honestly, I’m so glad they did.

One of my favorite moments is when a mysterious voice from the radio asks Wanda “Who’s doing this to you, Wanda?” in episode two. Shock splashed across her face, as if she’s been caught red handed. To see this duo struggle with normalcy, control, and frankly their sanity is utter perfection. To see Wanda smile through the flamboyant jokes, and yes the laugh track, it hurts even more knowing the pain behind her smile. This world is her shield.

Ignoring painful memories and seeing only what she wants to see isn’t a trait only founded in heroes. Compartmentalizing and mourning missed opportunities is what makes us human. It’s what makes this relatable. 

Yes, this isn’t a traditional superhero story. WandaVision is a beautiful and dark tale showcasing Wanda’s plight with her emotional health. Marvel’s decision to highlight Wanda’s ongoing battle against her grief is a revolutionary step correcting one of the MCU’s biggest flaws.

 

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‘WandaVision’ Episode 1 and 2 Explained

The first two episodes of ‘WandaVision’ just hit Disney + and we’ve got some things to unpack! SPOILERS abound! You’ve been warned, so let’s get into it!

 

 

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Episode 1: Episode 1

Girl, where you been?!

We are re-introduced to Wanda and Vision who are just happily married and have moved to a new town. Just like the promos showed it’s black and white and the couple appear to be in the fifties on a “I Love Lucy”, ‘Bewitched”-esque show, with a laugh track to boot. It’s quite silly and sweet as they settle in and we meet their neighbor named Agnes.

 

 

It turns out that today is a special day but neither of them remember why. Wanda thinks its their anniversary while at work for some company that does something, Vision realizes the boss and his wife are supposed to come over dinner. A misunderstanding ensues like all great sitcoms and dinner is a mess. As both pairs finally sit down to dinner, the boss’ wife, Mrs. Hart, ask the couple normal questions any “regular” couple should know. Where did they move from? When did they get married? Why don’t they have children?  Neither of them can answer anything.

Then Vision’s boss being to choke and no one does anything and just watches him choke and all his wife can do is to tell him to stop it, like she thinks he is joking around. It got real awkward then.

 

 

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Vision eventually saves him by phasing his hand into him and getting the piece of food that was stuck in his throat. The couple then perks up and leaves. Wanda and Vision end the episode in front of the television, they pick out a song, Wanda makes them wedding rings, they smile and kiss, then roll credits.

So let’s discuss big reveals.

 

 

#1 Stark Industries is alive and well, honey!

In the middle of the episode while Vision is at his office, we see a short commercial for a Stark industries toaster. It’s quite fancy and will help your wife not burn your toast. (the commercials words, not mine). This tells us two things, again Stark industries is giving the home appliance sector a run for their money and it was clear that this commercial was supposed to mimic a commercial break while the show is on but these “commercials” seem a lot more important they let on but we’ll get to that in the next episode.

 

#2 Wanda and Vision are being watched and not just by us!

At the end of the episode, while the camera holds on Wanda and Vision in a loving a embrace, the camera pulls back out of a television screen into an office of some sort. Someone closes a notebook as if they had just finished writing. This tells us a lot! It doesn’t tell us where the two are exactly, but they are being monitored. By who? No idea. Maybe Sheild, Hydra or it could be the Time Variance Authority (TVA) who we learned about when discussing the ‘Loki’ Disney + show. The organization surveys the entire multiverse so it wouldn’t surprise me that they have a hand in keeping watch over Wanda and Vision in this predicament that they have found themselves in. And if the TVA are involved it will help make a connection between the shows and can even run a thread through the other Disney + exclusives.

 

 

Episode 2: Episode 2

For the Children

Episode two starts with a cartoon ‘Bewitched’ style opening title sequence. While in bed the couple here a clattering at the window and they are worried about what it could be, maybe some unsavory characters who had moved in but it turned out to be the tree outside of their bedroom window.  The main conflict of the show is that Wanda and Vision are going to be participating in the town’s talent show benefit for the local elementary school. For the children! They are doing, shocker, a magic act. While at home Wanda hears a noise outside and goes to check it out, in her hedges is a child’s toy, a red airplane. The problem with that, is that plane is red while everything is in black and white! Something is clearly wrong here!

Instead of dealing with that, she and Agnes have to go and meet the organizer of the event and the town’s resident PTA mother of the year, Dottie. While at her meeting, Wanda meets Geraldine, the grown up Monica Rambeau from ‘Captain Marvel’ and they hit it off.

 

 

Vision meets with some men from the neighborhood at the library for a neighborhood watch meeting. There he takes a chance to fit in and eats gum, he swallows it which then gums up in internal mechanics. Back with Wanda, she tries to make amends with Dottie but the music on the radio disrupts because someone is calling to Wanda through it. The seemingly male voice calls to her and asks who’s doing this to her. The radio blows up and the glass that Dottie was holding breaks, causing her to bleed. Again we see the color red.

 

 

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So, Wanda is understandably freaked out, but they have to perform. With Vision going haywire, hijinks ensue as they finish their performance and actual win the comedy award. Back home they wrap up the episode on the couch like the first but Wanda stands up and suddenly she is pregnant?! The two are happy but they hear something outside. They go to see what’s up, and a person crawls out of the man hole on the street, in a bee keepers uniform. Wanda literally nopes the f*** out and the scene rewinds itself back to when they found out that they were expecting. They are happy again and suddenly everything gains color. Roll credits!

Let’s discuss the BIGGEST reveals!

 

 

#1 Wanda causally rewound time; No big deal!

Ummm…. what?! Wanda has some serious explaining to do! This tells us a lot! First, Wanda has control over this world, realm, reality, wherever they are! She’s extremely strong and one of the most powerful things we’ve seen her do before this was destroying the mind stone in ‘Avengers: Infinity War’. All that said, her powers are still mostly a mystery where the movies are concerned and now she can rewind time?! If she can rewind and manipulate things, this proves that she has to be involved in creating this reality they are in, knowingly or unknowingly.

 

#2 Hydra has a watch company?!

We got another commercial this episode with the same male and female actors from the first one but this time they are promoting a watch. A Strucker watch to be precise, that has the Hydra symbol on the face of it. For those who forgot, Strucker was the evil scientist who had a major hand in developing Wanda’s abilities. If we are going with the theory that Wanda created this place for herself and Vision, then maybe these commercials are mad up as well? Since she knows Stark and Hydra they could just be fun and interesting easter eggs but something tells me they might not be.

 

 

#3 Is Vision really a man?

Wanda is pregnant. But can Vision, from a biological stand point, give Wanda children? He was once Jarvis, Tony’s AI in most of the movies and then in ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’, Tony created a body for him using the mind stone. So he’s not exactly human right? But again if we are going with this theory that this is all Wanda’s creation maybe her being pregnant is something she had always wanted with Vision whom she loves very much. Which also explains the marriage, the idyllic little suburb, trying to fit in. She wanted a place where she and Vision can be together without the threat of the world ending but that was shattered because of Thanos who destroyed Vision.

 

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That’s the first two episodes of ‘WandaVision’ down. My theory as you can tell is that a lot of this is in Wanda’s head. She used her powers to escape in a way. We have no idea how she coped after the last big battle with Thanos and Tony’s funeral. But we’ll see how the season unfolds.

Make sure to tell me what you thought. And share your theories!

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