WandaVision Episode 1 is the perfect start to MCU Phase 4. Both Wanda and Vision treat us to a great watch, part intriguing part creepy.
Spoilers ahead!! The Episode 1 of WandaVision certainly shows both Wanda (Elizabeth Olsen) and Vision (Paul Bettany) to be living a life straight out of the small-screen i.e. an old sit-com. With apt dialogues, expressions, and actions, WandaVision truly takes us on a stroll down memory lane to the black&white dramas. However, a lot more is happening here than just a sitcom.
The First Glimpse of MCU Multiverse
Although the trailers and clips did give us a glimpse into the kind of appearance the show will have, we have to admit that we still don’t know where all the stuff is taking place. In Episode 1 of WandaVision, Wanda and Vision move into their new house and try to make it their home. Vision has a desk job while Wanda is the lovely home-maker. All of it seems just like any other regular couple. Except, we know that they are not.
While the show gives equal importance to both Wanda and Vision, we must remember that Vision is no more alive. He was killed by Thanos at the end of Infinity War. However, one of the reasons for Vision’s presence being so strong might be that all of the stuff is happening inside Wanda’s mind. Or, in a reality created by Wanda herself. This has been the most prevalent theory for the time being. And this theory proves worthy because from what we see, the lives of WandaVision do not begin from Episode 1 but seem to resume from it. So, it can be said that this whole reality is but a sort of escape route for Wanda immediately after the events of Avengers: Endgame.
The show makes use of comedy to hide its underlying grave reality. Or should we say that Wanda herself is making sure that everyone around has some sort of comic attached? In Episode 1 of WandaVision, we have Wanda and her neighbour Agnes (Kathryn Hahn), on the other, we have Vision and his friends from work, like Norm, Jones, and others, and their boss Mr. Hart.
The Clues of Wanda’s Pocket Reality
There is something very intriguing going on. There is a scene in Episode 1 of WandaVision where Norm tells Vision that he is “like a walking computer,” to which Vision quickly replies in denial and says that he is a “regular carbon-based employee made entirely of organic matter” just like others. Now, we know that Vision is dead. Which means that whatever Vision is saying to protect his identity is coming out of Wanda’s mind. This in turn might suggest that Wanda is observing all that is happening in here, even when she is not in the scene. This is totally in sync with the Wanda-reality theory that we mentioned earlier.
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There is also proof that the show is a part of the larger MCU and not just Wanda’s reality. A TV commercial towards the middle of Episode 1 of WandaVision that showcases a new toaster, the ToastMate 2000 that has been developed by…wait for it…Stark Industries!! And the tagline stands, “Forget the past, this is your future.” The line might have been used strategically keeping in mind that Wanda is going to the past (a Black&White sit-com) in order to have a better future for herself.
Wanda’s Reality Vs Main MCU Timeline
Towards the end of the Episode 1 of WandaVision, Mr. Hart questions Wanda and Vision about where they are from and what their story is. At this point, he chokes on a piece of food. And the camera focuses time and again on Wanda as Mr. Hart struggles to breathe. This does seem to be a fight that takes place in Wanda’s mind between reality and Wanda’s reality. And since she cannot take the real reality (what Mr. Hart symbolizes apparently), she is desperately trying to “kill” the real reality amidst her reality (Read twice and you will understand). We admit it might be tough to grasp at once but this is what actually seems to be happening. But finally, she tells Vision to use his power to pull out the piece of food from inside Mr. Hart. Just after this, Mr. and Mrs. Hart (both of them had come over for dinner) seem to remember nothing about it and decide to leave. This shows Wanda’s reality taking over again.
At the very end of the Episode 1, we see a woman watching the “sit-com” on television. The surrounding certainly looks like some kind of work station. We see her taking notes on a notepad that has the logo with a “SWORD”. Yes, you heard it right. This is proof that SWORD will be playing a major role in WandaVision.
There’s a lot more to come on WandaVision. So, let us wait and watch as “reality” unravels itself.