Listen i know WandaVisionThe fifth chapter, “In a very special episode …”, is full of twists that shake the universe and have dramatic implications for the future of comic book movies as we know them, but first we must address the elephant in the room. : This program made a Full housethemed episode without a single overt reference to the Olsen twins. That level of restraint from the writers room is truly amazing. I guess I can cross Wanda making a blood pact with Mephisto saying “You got it, buddy” off my list of theories. Also amazing? The fact that Evan Peters‘Quicksilver just moved from 20th Century Studios’ (formerly 20th Century Fox) X Men universe and directly to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. No one could have predicted that the multiverse would not come with a bang, not a calamitous crash, but a resounding “Who’s the paddle?”
I certainly have questions. You certainly have questions. Let’s delve into WandaVision Episode 5, “In a very special episode …”
In case you haven’t noticed that all people appear in one Spiderman movie being released Tom hollandthird MCU Spiderman movie, the Multiverse seems to be on the brink of total turmoil. Do not cross out the phrase “CRAZY“into something that is super laid back right now. But until we have a complete clash of the timelines, we start off with Evan Peters appearing on an MCU show as Pietro Maximoff AKA the sprinter Quicksilver, a version of the separate character. from Aaron Taylor-Johnsonit is Ultron age take and exclusive to 20th Century Studios’ X Men movies until that studio was sucked into the Disney umbrella, as we all must be one day. But is this Really a different Pietro? The way I see it, there are two options:
Evan Peters is actually playing the MCU’s Pietro in a little casting meta. WandaVision He has been insisting on the fact, over and over and over again, that once something crosses the Westview anomaly, it is changed, physically, transformed into its most age-appropriate elegance. If you got that old Steve Rogers ass out from the end of Endgame through the “hex” it would probably come out the other side like the Cap from the 1940s and immediately turn a helicopter around. Logic dictates that the “vintage” version of Taylor-Johnson’s modern Quicksilver would be Evan Peters’ Quicksilver, whom we only met in the ’70s and’ 80s.
(* Important warning for this option: Pietro from MCU is super, super dead. Simply owned by bullets. But hey, did pushing Vision’s corpse into the anomaly seem to work?)
Evan Peters is playing the same Quicksilver he played in Days of future past, ApocalypseY Dark fenix, which spills an unprecedented can of beans. Explaining how a full decade of Marvel stories has passed without anyone knowing that mutants existed or that Earth’s coolest son of a bitch was hunting vampires would be impossible … unless you could suddenly import these characters from another universe. Peters’ sudden appearance opens the door for the X-Men, the Fantastic Four, and even the hungriest boy in the galaxy, Galactus. (The last of which you can remember from Fantastic Four: The Rise of the Silver Surfer, represented as the tornado from the soda bottle you made in your fourth grade science class).
But seriously, what’s the deal with Agnes?
“In a very special episode …” he established two things about the residents of Westview. First, that most of them have no control over what is happening to them. More than that, the effort to enact the tricks and tropes of past comedies is a real agony for them. “She’s in my head. None of that is mine,” Norm (Asif ali) tells Vision after the synth takes him out of the spell momentarily and continues, “It hurts. It hurts a lot. Just make it stop.”
(Vision immediately returns Norm to his hellish, grotesque puppet state, which is a hilariously unpleasant thing for an Avenger.)
Second, however: Agnes (Kathryn hahn) is working absolutely on another level than his fellow Westview-ers. Wanda and Vision’s nosy neighbor has been suspicious since day one (look last week where we theorized if she’s a witch or the literal devil) but in this episode, she’s actively breaking with Wanda’s world. After a brief moment of discomfort from holding the twins, Agnes, visibly scared, asks “should we take it from above?” before returning to character.
Literally the only thing that’s been clear WandaVision since the first episode is the fact that Agnes is not what she seems. But with every half hour that passes, it feels more and more like a part of what turned a New Jersey town into Family ties. I don’t think it’s single Wanda acting completely alone, and since we are all working with the same paucity of information, all I have to follow is the pronouns. While there have been mystery stories, there have been mystery writers who have sustained suspense by never using the proper pronouns. Let’s go back to that exchange between Vision and Norm.
Rule: You have to stop her.Vision: Arrest who?Rule: She is in my head …
WandaVision is a show that loves television of all kinds and embraces those tropes. I’ve watched more than enough television to know that if the story needed Norm to say “Wanda” at the time, he would have said “Wanda.” But it didn’t, which means there is room for interpretation here.
Who is the “aerospace engineer”?
After being catapulted through several suburban gardens last week, Monica Rambeau (Teyonah Parris) is looking to build “a 10,000-pound rain shelter made of lead for photons, cadmium for neutrons, tantalum for seismic explosions, on wheels.” The previews have revealed that this basically translates to “a huge tank that looks like Rhino in Amazing Spider-Man 2. “But who the hell is going to build something like that?
“I know an aerospace engineer who would be up to this challenge,” he says.
Then Monica deploys a devastating combination of no-follow statement and cryptic text messages to make sure the audience understands that a familiar face is on the way. WandaVision has already attracted Jimmy Woo (Randall Park) and Darcy Lewis (Kat dennings) from their respective movie series, so why not another big name? The MCU is strangely packed with engineers. Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) was the world’s foremost engineer until he became the first person to break his own burn so hard that he died. But there is still Shuri (Letitia wright), although it is unclear how Monica would get to know someone living in Wakanda. Or heck, get Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) there for the Woo connection.
Or, equally likely, Aerospace Engineer is a name we know, but someone who has yet to make their introduction to the MCU. Which is a good time like any other to finally talk about how WandaVision have Fantastic four vibrations everywhere. The barrier around Westview is made of cosmic radiation, the same force that gave Reed Richards, Sue Storm, Ben Grimm, and Johnny Storm their powers. SWORD sent “Agent Franklin” to the anomaly, which turns out to be the name of Reed and Sue’s son, who once counted Agatha Harkness as a babysitter. (And, hey, what happened to that guy after Wanda rewound reality, anyway?) For over ten years, an MCU without the first Marvel family has felt a bit like going to see Queen. with Adam Lambert. Like, okay, we’re all rocking “Bohemian Rhapsody”, but there is a notable hole where the soul is. With WandaVision officially entering the universe of the twentieth century, a Peyton reed-managed Fantastic four movie already confirmed, and Monica Rambeau needs some geniuses, it might be time … possibly even the clobberin ‘variety.
I mean, someone I eventually have to tell Monica that it’s great to take the name “Captain Marvel”.
“All I wanted to do is make sure I keep the essence of Darcy, but also let it grow a bit.”
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