WandaVision’s 3rd episode premiered on Friday and boy did it have a lot to offer. This is the first episode to really show its true colours, and nod towards the direction of the show with lots of easter eggs which we’ll run through. The episode begins as the first in-colour episode, after the previous black and white escapades, hinting at a “That 70’s Show” aesthetic with popping colours, disco sounds and questionable hairstyles.
*Last warning, don’t read ahead if you don’t want spoilers*
Cut to a pregnant Wanda (Elizabeth Olsen) whose rapidly evolving pregnancy is startling to Paul Bettany’s Vision but seemingly not to their doctor – bizarre? Whilst they trade baby names and plan for the baby’s arrival, Vision starts to become suspicious of his surroundings, becoming self-aware of what’s really going on within Westview. Before things go too far, Wanda warps reality back to a moment earlier sending Vision on a different tangent of thought, preventing him from realising what’s actually happening. This is just a hint at what Wanda’s really capable of with her new-found powers.
Vision’s skepticism isn’t random though. There are signs of the ‘world’ breaking shown by the neighbour cutting through the wall with a hedge trimmer, the background appearing fake and the Doctor not questioning anything when Vision displays some of his abilities. Kathryn Hahn’s Agnes also begins to let down her guard, dropping hints at the fact her husband could be the nefarious Mephisto, with quotes saying her husband “looks better in the dark”, along with some further hints in the previous episodes you’ll have to watch back and look out for – “the devil is in the details”.
Then there’s the mystery of Geraldine/ Monica Rambeau (Teyonah Parris), who is very clearly a S.W.O.R.D. agent but her intentions are unclear. She helped Wanda through the birth of her children (I’ll get onto that bit later) and has always acted as a friend to Wanda, is S.W.O.R.D.’s involvement a friendly one or is there something larger at play here? Does Monica even know she’s involved? The last we saw of her she was spat out of Westview and surrounded by agents, seemingly confused.
Finally, the kids. That’s right, Wanda has the twins! After the back and forth of debating between names ‘Tommy’ and ‘Billy’, they ended up having both. For those of you that don’t know, William/Billy is the name of a Young Avenger, Wiccan, and Tommy another Young Avenger, Speed. These two characters offer up the potential to tie in the story with Mephisto. In the comics, Wanda is so desperate to have children with Vision that she creates a fake pregnancy, then uses her magic to conjure her two twins into existence. (This is highlighted by the speed at which her pregnancy takes place over the episode, fitting 9 months of pregnancy into a few hours). What she doesn’t learn until later is that she pulled Billy and Tommy’s souls from shards of Mephisto’s soul. When Mephisto comes to reclaim those soul shards, the twins disappear, effectively “dying” and sending Wanda spiralling into grief. If something similar to this storyline is set to happen over this series, it opens up a world of opportunities to link to Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness, in which Wanda is set to appear.
Words by Ross Carley.