It seems that the villain of WandaVision has been hiding in plain sight all along. Who’d have thunk it? Certainly not this humble viewer. However, episode four of WandaVision goes to great lengths to confirm what we had hoped wouldn’t be true: Wanda is seemingly the one behind this strange new reality and has potentially enslaved an entire town of people to play a part in her elaborate sitcom fantasy.
Episode four begins in a truly intense fashion as we flashback to the events of Avengers: Endgame, when The Hulk had used the Infinity Gauntlet to bring back everyone who was snapped out of existence during “The Blip”. We see Monica Rambeau materialise in a hospital, as dozens begin materialising all around her. She learns that she has been missing for five years and, during that time, her mother and best mate of Captain Marvel, Maria “Photon” Rambeau, has lost her battle with cancer.
We see the world slowly begin to adjust to half the universe’s population returning and see that a new organization has replaced the defunct S.H.I.E.L.D. As was first revealed in Spider-Man: Far From Home, the S.W.O.R.D. organization is now taking over the duties that S.H.I.E.L.D. once performed, but they are no longer on the defence—S.W.O.R.D. is on the offence.
Monica wants to return to work at S.W.O.R.D. and is, unfortunately, informed that she is grounded,—meaning she cannot partake in any space missions. But, this instead leads her to take on a task of investigating a strange anomaly in New Jersey. Here we see Monica meet FBI agent Jimmy Choo, who had previously appeared in Ant Man and the Wasp. They soon discover that the entire town of Westview has become encapsulated in some kind of reality-warping force field. Monica, at first, sends a helicopter drone in to investigate, but it loses signal fast. She then begins to touch the force field and finds herself then sucked into the world of Westview.
We then come to see the events of the first few episodes of WandaVision from the outsiders’ perspective. The person watching the WandaVision show in the end of the first episode was none other than Darcy Lewis, who we last saw in Thor: The Dark World. Darcy is back and manages to crack the signal sequence the force field is putting out, which is bizarrely transmitting the events inside of Westview as a sitcom.
The episode goes on to explain that the voice heard of the radio in episode two was an attempt by Jimmy Choo to ask Wanda who was doing this to her, and the Beekeeper that came out of the sewer was one of S.W.O.R.D.’s agents who tried to infiltrate the town.
Things all come together in an epic climax where we see the full encounter between Monica and Wanda. After being sent flying out of the town of Westview and having the damage magically repaired by Wanda, Vision walks in to check on her; however, in a shocking moment, we see Vision’s true form: a reanimated corpse. It was a truly disturbing vision, no pun intended.
Outside of Westview, the S.W.O.R.D. agents descend upon Monica who tells them, “It’s Wanda,” revealing that Wanda is the one behind the anomaly. Why she has done this is still a mystery; but, judging by next week’s trailer, it seems the reality in which she lives is about to come crumbling down.
I thought last week’s episode was the best of the series so far, but I think this series just keeps on topping itself. I thought it was amazing seeing the events of the series so far from an outside perspective, and seeing more of the moments during which everyone returned was just awesome stuff to see. I also was delighted by the chemistry between Jimmy and Darcy. I could watch those two banter back and forth for a full episode any day.