The premiere of WandaVision displayed the potential Disney has to further expand and explore the world of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Paul Bettany (Geoffrey Chaucer, A Knights Tale) and Elizabeth Olsen (Taylor Sloane, Ingrid Goes West) slide back into their old roles of Vision and Scarlett Witch as if they had never left. The 1950s sitcom style mixed with the laugh track and jovial expressions make for a nostalgic ride for both older and younger audience. From the meat of the plot points to the bone of the dialogue, this show was crafted for all ages with more drama and flare surging in every episode.
While most of episode one was focused heavily on the comedic aspects of the show, there were still some dramatic moments. The premise of the first episode centered on the newlyweds both forgetting why a heart was drawn on their calendar marking the date August 23 with an important event. The catch is that neither Wanda or Vision admit to their ignorance of the occasion. The episode leads to Wanda almost breaking character from her 1950s self and demanding Vision to use his powers to save his boss from choking. Inquisitive fans should keep their eyes peeled for more signs of the deconstruction of Wanda’s 1950s reality.
Another peculiar topic for viewers to consider is that Wanda and Vision seem to have no recollection of their past, all the information they are privy to is that she is a sorceress, he is a robot, and they recently married and moved to the suburbs. This begs the question as to what is really happening inside of this separate reality Wanda is in.
Fans haven’t seen Wanda or Vision for quite some time, not since their appearance in the final Avengers movies. The last time fans saw Vision was his death scene in Avengers: Infinity War when he and Thanos (Josh Brolin, Sicario) faced off in 2018. Wanda was forced to destroy the Mind Stone to prevent Thanos from aquiring it. This Infinity Stone essentially embodied Vision giving him life, however Thanos was a step ahead and used the Time Stone to revive Vision and rip the stone from his forehead, killing him again.
Wanda’s last appearance was in Avengers: Endgame which premiered in 2019. In Endgame she appears at the final battle with a personal debt to settle with Visions murderer. She battles Thanos to save the world from utter destruction and in the name of her fallen love. Fans have theorized that Wanda has conjured a subconscious projection of Vision to cope with her loss, which explains his sudden revival. Wanda is able to experience happiness again but somehow, she feels displaced. WandaVision succeeded in making Wanda feel like she doesn’t belong in this realm and episode two presents evidence that she might be waking up from this dream-like reality.
Episode two of WandaVision implemented more drama by using color as an indicator. Wanda is the only one who notices when colors dramatically change and that may be yet another clue for viewers that her grip on this false reality is breaking. Not to mention the episode’s vague ending which has a beekeeper climbing out of a manhole and Wanda rewinding the moment she got spontaneously pregnant. Fans have theorized that the Beekeeper is alluding to the organization AIM. In Marvel comics and the MCU A.I.M stands for Advanced Idea Mechanics and is a group of people willing to break the boundaries of morality and ethics in the name of science. MCU fans will recollect seeing them in 2013 in Iron Man 3 led by Aldrich Killian (Guy Pearce, The Road.)
A possible theory is that the world she’s living in could be a subconscious construction that she’s made to give herself her dream life, happy husband, friendly community, children, etc. Wanda has the ability to manipulate reality and it would make sense that she would want to see Vision again after his untimely death. However, there’s solid evidence to prove this reality could also be AIM’s doing, like the voice at the end echoing “Wanda who’s doing this to you?” Fans will have to keep watching to uncover the secrets behind this reality and what dangers lie ahead.
WandaVision marks the return of the multi-billion-dollar Marvel Cinematic Universe and its phase four plan to release original series and films set for a new age of superheroes. The last MCU film to release was Spider-Man Far from Home which premiered in 2019. Fans have much more content in store with 14 series in total coming to Disney+, WandaVision is just the start of an entire wave of MCU shows. Some of which are starring fan favorites like Tom Hiddleston’s (Thomas Sharpe, Crimson Peak) Loki series, the Hawkeye series featuring Hailee Steinfield (Charlie, Bumblebee) as Kate Bishop and The Falcon and Winter Soldier series starring Anthony Mackie (Steve, Synchronic) and Sebastian Stan (Mickey, Monday). In totality Disney is capitalizing on the new age of at home streaming services and making moves to create more content for fans all over the world.