by Sam Acosta
Episode five of “WandaVision” brings the show to the next level, setting itself apart from previous episodes with its sheer number of dramatic twists and suspenseful confrontations. It’s clear that Wanda is in full control and that she’ll do almost anything to keep it that way. While we do get answers to some of our questions, other answers continue to elude us.
We start off with Wanda and Vision trying to parent their crying babies. Their neighbor Agnes comes in and offers to help. When Vision turns down her offer, she looks to Wanda confused and asks if she should “take it from the top.” The moment passes quickly, but it leaves Vision unsettled.
The kids, Billy and Tommy, start exhibiting powers of their own, as they rapidly age themselves up at will. As Wanda deals with her rambunctious new children, Vision starts to question the world he is in. He soon discovers that Wanda is controlling everyone in the town to create the sitcom world they inhabit. When he confronts her about this, they get into a dramatic argument.
Out of nowhere, the episode ends with a huge twist: the return of Quicksilver, aka Wanda’s brother Pietro. However, it is not the same Pietro we met in “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” but rather the Quicksilver from the more recent “X-Men” movies.
Let’s start with Wanda and her grip on the world. In the last episode, we got a clearer picture of how aware Wanda is of the outside world. This episode builds on that, demonstrating just how far her control reaches. We get to see these powers on full display in a heated confrontation between Wanda and S.W.O.R.D. after they manage to effectively infiltrate her force field.
Wanda gives them one last warning before mind-controlling all the soldiers to aim their weapons at the director of S.W.O.R.D. and storming back into her world. Her tone is one of bristling, ruthless anger. She is not the more compassionate Wanda from the more recent Marvel movies but is rather very reminiscent of her character in “Age of Ultron.”
Another big insight we get from this episode regards Vision. We have been able to only speculate about how Wanda brought him back in her sitcom world. Some fans have wondered if he is even real, while others have theorized that she actually resurrected him. Here, we find out that Wanda, before taking over Westview, broke into S.W.O.R.D. headquarters and stole Vision’s body.
What this exactly means is unsure. What it seems to mean is that Vision truly has been resurrected in some capacity. This is further hinted at later on when Billy and Tommy ask Wanda to bring their dog back to life, asserting that she has the ability to do that. This means that either Wanda is way more powerful than we have ever imagined or Vision is resurrected in some limited capacity. Either way, it’s definitely creepy… and I can’t wait to see how it all unfolds!
The other big reveal we get is the return of Quicksilver, but this time it is the “X-Men” version of the character. I had no idea how to react to this! Not only does the return of Quicksilver mean a lot for the Avengers in general, but the fact that it’s the “X-Men” version makes this even more significant.
It means that Marvel is starting to get serious about introducing a multiverse in the MCU. We saw traces of this idea in “Spider-man: Far From Home,” but, in that film, it ended up being a part of Mysterio’s made-up backstory. Now, with this and the upcoming “Dr. Strange in the Multiverse of Madness” film, we might be seeing the multiverse come into its true form.
This is also one of the first signs of a merger between the MCU and what was previously Fox’s Marvel Universe. With the “X-Men” and “Fantastic Four” now on the table for Disney to use (with an MCU “Fantastic Four” film confirmed to be in the works), we are almost certainly going to see these universes slowly meld together. This seems to be the first tangible proof of that.
There is much more coming just over the horizon. The next episode will, in my opinion, show us our first true glimpse of not only the rest of this show but the future of the MCU. I hate that we can’t just sit down and binge the rest of the series now. We will just have to wait and see what chaos awaits us when we return to the world of “WandaVision.”
Episode five of “WandaVision” is now available to stream on Disney+.
Sam Acosta is a sophomore Theatre Comprehensive Major and an A&E writer for Cedars. He likes spending his time watching movies, drinking Dr. Pepper, and writing plays.