WandaVision Episode 2 nails the magical characters of both Wanda and Vision. It gives us a lot to wait for until the next episodes arrive.
If you are still avoiding spoilers, go watch WandaVision as soon as you can. Or if you want to know about it, read on. Episode 2 of WandaVision shows the titular characters taking part in a magic show. And they are the perfect couple to take part in this “magic”.
Throughout the whole of episode 2 of WandaVision, we see both the characters trying to appear as normal as they can, in their own ways. In the beginning, we see them practicing for a magic show that is about to take place. “This is our home now. I want us to fit in,” says Wanda as they practice. This has a clear inner meaning. We all know that Wanda and Vision are, in ways, magical beings. And for them to take part in the magic show is to do “fake magic.” And that is the only way they can “fit” in, in Westview. There are also other ways in which we see both Wanda (Elizabeth Olsen) and Vision (Paul Bettany) trying to “fit” in. While Wanda is going for the planning committee meeting for the magic show, Vision is going to a gathering at the public library.
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SWORD and Wanda
Then something interesting happens in this episode 2. A toy helicopter/drone (seems like it) crashes in front of her house among the bushes. Now what makes it so interesting is that while the whole world is in Black&White, the helicopter is in color. And what’s more, it has the logo of SWORD on it. This seems to tell us that Wanda or her reality is being monitored by SWORD in some way and she knows it. Yet, she deliberately tries to disregard it.
We see SWORD taking over her reality again when she is talking to Dotty after their meeting. Someone (certainly from SWORD) is trying to contact her via the radio and keeps on asking who is doing this to her. And again Wanda’s reality takes over and everything seems normal. This repeated interference by SWORD means that SWORD is more than just monitoring the happenings of WandaVision and wants to get hold of her in some way.
Hydra Exists in Wanda’s Reality
There is also a clear reference to Hydra in episode 2 of WandaVision in the form of a commercial. This is exactly as it was in episode 1 where we saw the commercial of a toaster manufactured by Stark Industries. This commercial is of a wristwatch and its name is Strucker and it is manufactured by Hydra. And of course we all know who Strucker was, from Avengers: Age of Ultron. He was the one who experimented on Wanda and her brother Quicksilver
Real is Fake in WandaVision
What follows in WandaVision episode 2 is the magic show and in it happens all sorts of things. Vision devours bubblegum by chance and goes drunk. What follows is a drunk Vision trying to show off his real powers, of flying, superhuman strength, and his ability to pass things through him (or vice-versa). However, Wanda does her best to make sure that no one figures out their powers and fakes it all by using hers. Here, we should remember what she said when they were practicing. She said that in a real magic show, everything is fake. But here, we see them trying to cover their real magic by faking it using real magic. Truly magical! However, no one is able to make out and their performance turns out to be a huge success.
SWORD is Gaining Up on WandaVision
At the end of WandaVision episode 2 comes what seems to be a new turning point in the show. A noise outside brings both Wanda and Vision outside where they see a guy wearing a yellow beekeeper suit come out of the manhole. Bees are seen flying around him. We know he is from SWORD as he has the logo on his back. And no sooner does he turn back to see them does Wanda says “No” and time rolls back to where they were before they heard the noise. And fianlly, the “magic” unveils as everyhting around turns from Balck&White to color. While we are unsure as to why this happens, it may be a sign that Wanda’s subconscious is slowly losing the hold of her reality or is in some way trying to cope with her insecurities. She wants to find out more about what’s happening.
Ultimately, we can say that SWORD is getting better to reach into Wanda’s reality and get hold of her as seen in episode 2 of WandaVision. Whether it is for good or bad is something we have to wait to see. SWORD might be trying to reach out to her to help her keeping in mind her powers to bring about the wrath of huge proportions. And Wanda, who has seen her share of sorrows and horrors, is doing all she can to be in this reality of hers. What remains is to see how farther Wanda will go for this endeavor.
P.S- When Agnes funnily asks Dennis, the mailman, to “stick’em up”, he replies, “Don’t shoot. I’m just a messenger.” And as Thanos said, “We don’t shoot the messenger.”