WandaVision episode 4 — out January 29 on Disney+ and Disney+ Hotstar — lastly takes us backstage. After spending three episodes contained in the American traditional sitcom world (set within the ‘50s, ‘60s, and ‘70s), Marvel has determined we have had sufficient — and that some solutions are wanted. The present’s title characters — Wanda Maximoff (Elizabeth Olsen) and Imaginative and prescient (Paul Bettany) — are barely current within the new episode, as MCU’s first Disney+ collection fully modifications perspective to retell the story from the standpoint of the (literal) outsiders. Alongside the way in which, it additionally solutions a central query to the center of the collection: is Imaginative and prescient lifeless or alive? In case you’ve been following the clues, WandaVision episode 4 could be a bit predictable.
The brand new 28-minute WandaVision episode — directed by Matt Shakman, and written by Bobak Esfarjani and Megan McDonnell — opens within the fast moments after Hulk reversed Thanos’ snap. It not solely confirms that WandaVision is ready within the aftermath of Avengers: Endgame, however reveals that Monica Rambeau (Teyonah Parris) — the grown-up model of the 11-year-old lady we noticed in Captain Marvel, who selected the signature red-and-blue colors of Captain Marvel’s costume — had disappeared within the Blip too (together with billions of others). Naturally, she’s disoriented as she comes again, and is hit with a a lot greater blow after she discovers that her mom, the pilot Maria Rambeau (Captain Marvel’s greatest good friend), died of most cancers whereas Monica was gone.
Three weeks later, Captain Monica Rambeau returns to work at S.W.O.R.D. — WandaVision episode 4 confirms its modified full type as Sentient Weapon Statement and Response Division — the place we’re instructed that her mom Maria was one of many founding members. Within the comics, S.W.O.R.D. is basically like S.H.I.E.L.D. however for area, and WandaVision episode 4 roughly reiterates that description. Monica is keen to get again to work, extra so in a post-Endgame world the place S.W.O.R.D. is much more important given the popularity of extra-terrestrial threats throughout area and time. Sadly, her boss, S.W.O.R.D. performing director Tyler Hayward (Josh Stamberg) is grounding her, as a result of Maria’s insurance policies surrounding the return of those that had been caught in Thanos’ snap.
As an alternative, Monica is tasked with an on-ground mission that entails chaperoning a drone to Westview, New Jersey. Lastly, a connection to the occasions of the primary three WandaVision episodes. The thriller deepens as native New Jersey law enforcement officials consider the city of Westview does not exist. Monica meets FBI agent Jimmy Woo (Randall Park) — bear in mind him from Ant-Man and the Wasp? — on the scene, who notes that this is not a case of lacking individuals, as Monica’s boss had instructed her, however relatively one in all a lacking city. Monica pulls up the drone from her automotive and flies it towards Westview, solely to see it disappear into skinny air. She walks in the direction of city and detects an power subject, and regardless of Woo’s protestations to be cautious, she places her hand in and is sucked in.
Twenty-four hours later, S.W.O.R.D. calls in on scientific consultants (along with the navy armada that it has assembled outdoors the city of Westview, New Jersey). Mentioned group contains one Dr. Darcy Lewis (Kat Dennings), one other MCU returning character, beforehand seen in Thor and Thor: The Dark World as Jane Foster’s (Natalie Portman) assistant. Darcy detects that Westview is crammed with large quantities of CMBR — cosmic microwave background radiation, i.e. relic radiation left over from the early days of the universe’s creation — after which later asks for an previous TV, having discovered that there is a broadcast wave hidden contained in the radiation.
In the meantime, S.W.O.R.D. is sending in an Agent Franklin (Zac Henry) into the sewers to infiltrate Westview — who you may recall was seen in the direction of the top of WandaVision episode 2
, rising from a manhole — and assist rescue Monica.
Later, when Hayward calls for solutions from his crew, Darcy reveals the TV present she’s been watching — which naturally catches everybody off guard. Agent Woo sums it up: “So that you’re saying the universe created a sitcom starring two Avengers?” That is a pleasant shot at your self you are permitting there, Marvel.
Darcy then tries to speak with Wanda, which results in one other second from WandaVision episode 2: the voice on the radio that stated “Who’s doing this to you, Wanda?” That was Agent Woo’s voice in any case, as some followers had guessed. For Darcy, it is the primary signal that the printed will be disrupted by the skin actuality — nevertheless it additionally presents an extra problem after Wanda skips over the sign and resets her actuality, like we have seen her do within the first three WandaVision episodes. Darcy additionally learns that Monica has been made part of the TV broadcast, although she does not appear to be performing like herself.
Quick ahead to the occasions of WandaVision episode 3 — the being pregnant and the supply of the twins, aided by “Geraldine” who’s really Monica — which we now observe from the standpoint of Darcy and Agent Woo. The shift to all color and the ‘70s prompts Darcy to comment: “50s, 60s, and now 70s. Why does it maintain switching time intervals? It will possibly’t be purely for my enjoyment, can it?” It is one other intelligent remark from WandaVision episode 4’s writing duo, which additionally works as meta commentary on what is going on on. In any case, Disney and Marvel Studios created WandaVision as a sitcom (for the primary three episodes, and presumably extra) for our enjoyment.
WandaVision episode 4 has been totally not like something we have gotten to date, rather more like the traditional Marvel mysteries and intrigue we’re supplied. The one sitcom-y bits listed here are the recurring joke involving Darcy and low — and her seemingly incapacity to seek out somebody to assist her with a caffeine increase. There is not any time for a pretend industrial both. WandaVision episode 4 is much more on the dramatic and critical aspect, from the sombre opening moments (Monica shedding her mother whereas she was away, one other signal of how Thanos’ snap will need to have deeply affected numerous lives) to Wanda’s fury and anger in the direction of the top (as she realises that “Geraldine” is an outsider and flings her by furnishings and partitions to the world outdoors).
And naturally, the massive one: the affirmation that Imaginative and prescient is actually lifeless. WandaVision episode 4 reveals Imaginative and prescient from Wanda’s eyes for the briefest second, which present him simply as he sorted Thanos pulled the Thoughts Stone out of his cranium in Avengers: Infinity War. It is a ghastly second — Wanda cannot bear to take a look at him both — and a blow to any hopes and teases of Imaginative and prescient’s return that WandaVision had hinted at beforehand. Wanda is simply making it appear like he is alive, simply as she’s constructed this zany sitcom world the place real-world individuals are taking part in characters, not out of their very own volition. Or as Monica says, as she regains her senses after being thrown out: “It is all Wanda.”