WandaVision

Episodes 1-5 recap

Lyla Kahrimanovic, Staff Writer

The first Marvel production since Spiderman Far from Home (released in 2019), WandaVision has shaken Marvel fans to their core. This series has more Easter eggs and the most complicated interconnected storyline than any Marvel production in the history of the MCU. And there have only been 5 episodes released so far.

The premise of the show is fairly simple, set in a small town in Westview N.J highlighting its newest residents. Wanda (Elizabeth Olsen) and Vision (Paul Bettany) have just settled into this new town. The first episode is set in the 1950’s and they must keep their abilities a secret. But throughout the episode, Wanda struggles to do so. She sends lobsters flying out windows and plates into Visions head.

 During each episode there are some fake commercials’ that link back to Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) and the evil organization Hydra, who Wanda was originally working for before she made a switch to become an Avenger.

Marvel is amazing at slipping in important details in movies that link to ones made several years in the future. But WandaVision may have information that’s tied to the Marvel comic book series made 20-25 years ago. Marvel even produced a video of Elizabeth Olisen explaining the X-Men comics and House of M. Which didn’t make sense till episode five which was released Friday, February 5th.

Episode 4 introduces the question of if Vision is dead or alive. But the biggest shocker was Pietro at the end of episode 5. Wanda’s dead twin brother returned, except he didn’t. It was a different Quicksilver this one played by Evan Peters when the MCU’s original Quicksilver was played by Aaron Taylor-Johnson. The reason this was such a shock was because it could mean so many things. Is this the X-Men’s Quicksilver, who is also played by Even Peters, meaning Wanda has opened the Multiverse? Or is this just a casting choice meant to mess with the viewers? 

There are many different opinions and no one knows what’s accurate and what’s just a wild guess. But what we do know is that Wanda is more powerful than ever, and that nothing is what it seems.

 Every episode the decade changes. It started in the 50’s and is already in the 80’s but all of it is set in the town of Westview, New Jersey, where no one can get out, and no one should go in. All who try have been dealt with by Wanda, who doesn’t want anyone to enter her new home. 

We see Monica Rambeau (Teyonah Parris), the daughter of Captain Marvel’s best friend, wake up from the blip (where every one who turned to dust came back) and investigate Westview. Monica works for S.W.O.R.D founded by Monica’s mother, a counter organization of the corrupt S.H.I.E.L.D. She is the first to enter the mystery town, and the only outsider. When Wanda realises Monica doesn’t belong, she shoots her with a blast. This rocket launches Monica across the town and out the radioactive border. Since Wanda used her powers from the reality stone to control Westview, Monica was under heavy radiation. Many people say this may have given Monica powers, some argue she has always had them, because in the comic books she is a superhero named Photon. And since the comic books appear to be in line so far, what’s stopping this from happening?

All and all WandaVision is a phenomenal show that keeps getting more and more insane by the minute. This show has an interconnected nexus between anything Marvel has ever produced and holds a unctuous nature. If you are a Marvel fan I seriously suggest you give it a watch. And if you do, don’t be afraid to question everything you see or don’t see.