It’s official as of Wandavision episode 4 on Disney+: Wanda Maximoff (Elizabeth Olsen) has created a pocket actuality to dwell out her stolen life with Imaginative and prescient (Paul Bettany).
This episode did not do greater than verify what we have suspected since Scarlet Witch confirmed up in a ’50s sitcom along with her useless robotic boyfriend, nevertheless it scratch the floor of a large iceberg: the psychological repercussions of Infinity War and Endgame.
“We Interrupt This Program” is the primary episode to take us again into our world, offering the primary traditional MCU footage in a 12 months and a half and targeted completely on Monica Rambeau (Teyonah Parris), who we final noticed as a baby in Captain Marvel. As an alternative of selecting up after episode 3 confirmed her yeeted out of Westview, we decide up earlier than that, with Monica being un-blipped together with half the world’s inhabitants on the finish of Endgame.
The hospital scene depicts the form of chaos that Endgame did not dare discover (and already pushing its three-hour runtime, shouldn’t have); docs and sufferers run throughout whereas individuals materialize out of skinny air to precisely the place they had been standing 5 years earlier than. That is occurring all around the world. Lifeless spouses are returning to their remarried companions and college kids will reunite with associates who’ve aged 5 years (good day, Spider-Man: Far From Home). A frenzied physician tells Monica one painfully resonant sentence: “We do not have the capability.”
Infinity Conflict and Endgame had been about defeating Thanos, and what follows is about reckoning with the results of his violence. We would get a slew of recent superhero films that comply with the outdated formulation, however Wandavision proved with this episode that there are infinite tales to be mined from what The Snap and the Un-Snap did to Earth and its inhabitants.
Monica shouldn’t be the primary Dusted we have frolicked with, however Far From Residence performed their return to extra comedic impact and targeted on the lack of Tony Stark fairly than the not possible trauma of billions of individuals disappearing after which coming again. Sadly, we skip nearly all of Monica’s early restoration, however we’re there when she learns the painful reality of her mom’s dying (we’re nonetheless on January nevertheless it’s an early contender for Chilly Open Of The Yr). Inside a couple of weeks Monica is again at work — at an workplace that clearly doesn’t have the IT and HR assist to welcome its returned staff — and investigating the thriller of Westview.
Once more, the Westview stuff on this episode largely solidifies present theories, however witnessing it from this aspect does reunite us with Jimmy (Randall Park) and Darcy (Kat Dennings), now a pleasant detective comedy duo. As Marvel’s tv presence grows, there’s wealthy alternative to discover its pleasant supporting gamers in starring roles and combos like this.
What nonetheless stays to be seen is how a lot management Wanda has over the Westview universe. She appears shocked when she makes use of her powers to yeet poor Monica via a number of partitions, however consciously makes use of her powers in loads of different scenes. Primarily based on the harrowing flash of useless Imaginative and prescient, she hasn’t processed his dying, not to mention the Dusting and un-Dusting which have little question thrown the skin world into chaos (what in regards to the meals provide? The financial system? The taxes??). Westview residents are trapped within the anomaly in opposition to their will on prime of all that. The devil might be involved. These aren’t points that may be resolved in a half-hour sitcom or perhaps a 10-episode season — the truth is, they might require a full Cinematic Section to richly discover.
We’ll keep tuned.
Wandavision is streaming on Disney+ with new episodes each Friday.