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Recasting Was All the Rage – WandaVision (Episode Five) – Season’s Writings

Marvel have really left us on a tantalising cliffhanger this week on WandaVision. Despite the longer episode run time, I was left begging for more, with the episode ending in shocking fashion with the appearance of a certain character who, you could say, you may not have seen coming.

This week’s episode expands upon the series’ formula thus far, after last week’s break from the sitcom style to give us a look at the world outside of Westview. This week, we get pretty much an even split as the sitcom world continues in a 1980s style—reminiscent of Family Ties or Rosanne—alongside the ongoing events outside of the anomaly, as both begin to truly intersect.

The events in the sitcom world largely revolve around Wanda and Vision now having to be parents to young Tommy and Billy. However, unlike previous episodes where things were slightly off-kilter, the wheels are well and truly off the wagon now. Agnes in an odd moment asks Wanda if she would like her to “take it from the top” and redo her lines, Wanda and the kids are just using magic in front of Agnes without any regard for keeping their secret, and Vision comes to realise the dire situation everyone in the town is truly in.

Outside of Westview, we see Monica coming to her senses and admitting she was under some kind of mind control from Wanda while inside the “Hex”—as they have come to call it. She describes being under Wanda’s control as painful and a violation of sorts. From here we learn from Commander Haywood that they have just learned that Wanda had infiltrated a secret S.W.O.R.D. base nine days prior and had “stolen” Vision’s body from the facility, before presumably taking it to Westview and somehow reanimating him.

The S.W.O.R.D. agents come up with a plan to send in a 1980s style drone to try to communicate with Wanda, in order to trick the system which reimages things to the style of that era. However, Commander Haywood had other plans and had armed the drone, which does not go well with Wanda when he decides to fire on her. She immediately walks through the barrier of the Hex and—with thick Sokovian accent fully returned—tells them to leave her alone or else, before mind controlling all of the armed soldiers to aim at Haywood. Wanda has never been more frightening a character.

Everything comes to an ugly head when Vision returns home from work after accidentally discovering that all the residents are under Wanda’s mind control from his colleague Norm. He asks Wanda why there are no children in Westview. He asks her why she keeps changing their world around them. He painfully exclaims that he can’t remember his life before Westview, and that scares him. Both look like they are about to come to physical blows when Wanda admits that although she has control she has no recollection of how this all started. But before they can converse any further down that line of thought, the door bell rings.

Wanda opens the door and it is none other than her long dead brother Pietro Maximoff, except he isn’t the Pietro we know from the MCU; instead it is the Quicksilver from the X-Men films, as portrayed by Evan Peters. The episode ends with Darcy Lewis, who is watching from outside, exclaiming, “She recast Pietro!” Which hilariously reflects the common practice of recasting characters in sitcoms. Roseanne, for example, had two Beckys.

It was a crazy cliffhanger to leave us on and raises a lot of questions about what exactly is going on here. Is that just some random town member who has been cast as Pietro or is it the Quicksilver from the X-Men films’ universe who has been plucked and placed in this reality? We will have to wait until next week to find out, but I have a sneaking suspicion that this Pietro isn’t all he’s cracked up to be. Could he really be Mephisto playing one of his sick jokes at Wanda’s expense? Curiouser and curiouser.

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