This episode should shut up the people who are complaining that the series is slow, that nothing is happening, that it doesn’t connect to anything. The show breaks from the format of the first three episodes and we see the events from outside the WandaVision reality. Questions are answered and ironical the questions that the cast of characters are asking are the same as the audience.
It starts with Monica Rambeau (Teyonah Parris), that character who we know as Geraldine in the sitcom reality and was the young girl in ‘Captain Marvel’, re-emerging from Thanos’ snap. Up until this point we have only seen this event played for laughs, in ‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’, but here we see the true horror and chaos of the event. When Monica was dusted she was at her mother’s bedside in hospital so that where she is five years later. Others are reforming all around her, people are crying and screaming, and no-one knows what is going on. Monica finds her mother’s doctor who explains she died three years ago, two years after she disappeared.
We now get our first proper introduction to S.W.O.R.D. (Sentient Weapon Observation and Response Division), a government agency that was run by Monica’s mother. It is a cross between S.H.I.E.L.D. and the space program and Monica is an agent for them. It is stated that she has returned to work three weeks after her reappearance so we know exactly where in the MCU timeline this is set. She wants to carry on with space missions but the higher-ups are unsure about everyone that has returned so she is loaned out to the F.B.I. for a local missing persons investigation in the town of Westview.
This investigation is being run by Jimmy Woo (Randall Park reprisinghis role from ‘Ant-Man And The Wasp’) and he has final mastered close up magic. Westview is the setting for the sitcom WandaVision but no-one in reallife can remember it and it has an ominous aura around it to prevent people approaching. When Monica approaches the town she is sucked through a forcefield and disappears.
Darcy Lewis (Kat Dennings), the scientist from the Thor films, is soon on the scene and quickly works out how to see what’s going on and picks up WandaVision on an old television. Everyone starts watch the sitcom and we see all the events from the previous episodes play out from a different perspective.
Inside the WandaVision reality Wanda is aware that she is losing control. She is struggling to maintain this idyllic life she has created to the point she is seeing glimpses of Vision as his dead self. It is becoming apparent that maybe there isn’t a villain behind all of this.
The only way this episode could feel more MCU is if the Avengers suddenly turned up on the scene. Aside from Wanda and Vision we have characters from three different Marvel franchises appear. There is no way you could produce an episode of the quality of this without the three proceeding episodes. They did the heavy lifting, without a lot of people being aware and just thinking of them as light weight filler, to bring us to this point. What felt like a small story now has weight to it and you feel it will only get bigger from here.
The Marvel team prove to the doubters that they clearly know what the are doing. As they like to say, it’s all connected.