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WandaVision Is Upbeat, Mysterious, and Exactly What We Needed

WandaVision is exactly what we needed when we needed it.

It’s hard to believe that the last new Marvel Studios project was 2019’s Spider-Man: Far From Home. As the phrase goes, absence makes the heart grow fonder. Not having a Marvel Comics project all year made a lot of fans realize how spoiled we were. It also put the idea of superhero fatigue to rest. After a year and some change, we have WandaVision. The first Marvel Cinematic Universe project in over a year. The preview was met with both excitement and skepticism. Are these two characters enough to restart the excitement for the MCU? In a word, absolutely. 

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WandaVision immediately starts with a very wholesome and 1950’s comedy style. For someone like me, it hits right in your childhood. It sends you back to the days of staying home from school in the 1980’s and 1990s and watching Bewitched reruns. It wasn’t just the magic (although that helped), it was the miscommunication between Wanda and Vision while Vision’s boss was in their home. The magic show was almost ruined by a piece of chewing gum. And the random quotes like, “This is gonna be a GAS!” Things like this filled the episode with lots of happiness. However, in that cheerfulness and glee were some dark, foreboding moments.

Who’s behind really the WandaVision show?

Vision should be dead. Thanos ripped the Mind Stone from his head in Avengers: Infinity War. Now, he’s back. Not only has Vision returned, he’s not like himself. Vision mentions not forgetting things, but he’s constantly absent-minded. He’s making silly mistakes that he normally wouldn’t. When his boss was choking, Wanda had to tell him to do something. Moments like this should leave the viewer apprehensive. Something bad has happened to Vision and Wanda is likely behind it. 

Comic book fans know that Wanda Maximoff isn’t the most stable person in the world. She once created an entire universe and later destroyed it and most of the mutant gene (House of M). Who’s to say that this isn’t happening here? Wanda’s ability to manipulate reality hasn’t been fully shown in the MCU. We could be getting a small taste of this. There’s one more thing to think about. Maybe this isn’t entirely Wanda’s fault at all.

Let’s not forget what happened in Captain America: Civil War. Wanda Maximoff broke the law and was arrested. She may have helped save the world (Avengers: Endgame), but we know that it isn’t enough to redeem her in the eyes of the law. During episode two, we heard a voice asking Wanda what was going on. This could mean that Wanda is being kept against her will. No one would put it past the American Government to use Wanda’s powers as a way to imprison her. Who knows if the people in the WandaVision show aren’t prisoners as well. Or, and this may be scarier, what if they don’t exist at all?

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What’s actually real?

Adding Agatha was a nice touch. For people who don’t know, Agatha is a witch Wanda went to when things were getting bad for her. She helped Wanda maintain her balance. The question is if Agatha is real or if Wanda created her. Agatha did seem to be exactly where Wanda needed her. It’s possible that she’s someone from Wanda’s past that was also killed during the attack from a Stark missile. A person she had a genuine connection to. In the picture above, we see her dressed as a witch in a scene from one of the later episodes. Does this mean that she’s actually a witch or is this just an Easter egg for the fans?

In two episodes, these aren’t the only questions that fans have. Is the mysterious beekeeper an A.I.M. scientist that Wanda sent away before they ruined Wanda’s happiness? It would make sense that they’d show up and look like this. What’s up with Monica Rambeau (or Geraldine as she’s going by in WandaVision’s weird reality)? Does she know what’s going on and playing the fool for S.W.O.R.D. (which is the Sentient World Observation and Response Department in the MCU)? Is this a crossover between Pleasant Hill and House of M? And what’s with the Hydra watch and Stark toaster commercials? Is there a connection to the show or just something funny for fans? We’ll have to wait and see. However, come back next week for more answers, theories, and probably more questions.

What do you think? What are some questions you want answered? Let us know in the comments below.

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