Another week, another sitcom era. Wanda and Vision find themselves in the 1970s this time around, and Geraldine is back, too.
Seriously. Spoilers galore are coming. You’ve been warned.
Another week, another jump in decade. This week we open with a very 1970s credit sequence that shows the couple preparing for parenthood and being friends with various characters from the show.
The story opens with a doctor confirming that Wanda is indeed pregnant. Vision asks how this even happened so quickly, practically overnight, but his questions are brushed aside. Wanda looks happy, and Vision asks the doctor to keep things quiet. Outside Vision sees his neighbour Herb, who is trimming his hedge and cutting into their shared brick wall, something he seems almost entirely unphased by.
Vision comes back inside, and Wanda is visibly more pregnant. They set about setting up the nursery and figure out that Wanda has gone from about 4 months pregnant a few minutes ago to 6 months pregnant now. As the baby kicks, Wanda says that it feels fluttery, and the butterfly mobile above the crib comes to life, seemingly by accident. They also speak about the name of the baby; Vision thinks Billy and Wanda thinks Tommy.
Back in the kitchen, Wanda starts having a false contraction, and the stress of it causes a power outage. Wanda wonders aloud if the neighbours know that she caused the power outage and that people seem to be on the verge of finding them out. Vision agrees, and gets quiet and contemplative and recalls events of the past few episodes and confesses that he thinks something is wrong. They both look concerned and then suddenly the scene jumps back to the start of his little monologue, but this time he reassures her that everything is fine.
Wanda has another contraction –a real one this time– which confuses them both because they predicted they had three whole days before the birth. Once they can calm down, it starts raining inside the house, and Wanda says that she believes her water has broken.
Cut to a commercial, this time for Hydra Soak Bath Powder.
Cut back to the house, our heroes under the table, and Vision quipping about the advantages of water births. Wanda conjures up wind to dry the place out, and Vision runs at super-speed to find the doctor. The doctor is leaving before vacation you see because the baby is nine months early.
Wanda hears a noise in the nursery but before she can investigate Geraldine is at the door asking to borrow a bucket because her house is flooding. Wanda throws on a coat to hide the pregnancy, and as she looks for the bucket she continues to have contractions, and each one causes her coat to shift to a rain slicker and then a fur coat.
Also, as Geraldine starts telling a story about her job, a stork manifests in the background. Everything feels very 1970s to this point until Geraldine hears the stork and stands up, visibly startled and changes her entire character out of 1970s sitcom mode and into, presumably, Monica Rambeau. Wanda says that it’s just her new ice maker, and things go back to normal. Geraldine finds the nursery, and Wanda immediately goes into labour.
Geraldine prepares to help deliver the baby, and as Wanda has contractions paintings start spinning on the walls, a light fixture falls, and the vacuum starts working all on its own. Geraldine delivers a baby boy just as Vision shows up with the doctor. Geraldine then takes the doctor in the kitchen to give the new parents a moment with their newborn. Vision switches to his natural red face and says hello to Tommy, and just as they share a nice moment over his agreeing to her choice, another baby comes.
The doctor gives everyone a clean bill of health, and Vision walks him out. He thanks the doctor and wishes him a good vacation, to which the doctor replies that he doesn’t think they’ll getaway. “Small towns, you know. So hard to… escape.” Vision then greets Herb and Agnes who are speaking in hushed tones. They seem tense, and Vision can tell something is off. Agnes asks if Geraldine is inside with Wanda.
Inside, Wanda confesses to Geraldine that she was a twin and her brother’s name was Pietro. As she starts to sing a lullaby, Geraldine mentions that Pietro was killed by Ultron, which seems to jog Wanda’s memory. Outside, Agnes mentions that Geraldine is new to town, and has no home or family. Wanda asks Geraldine what she said, but Geraldine tries to backtrack. Wanda’s body language changes and she notices the sword amulet on Geraldine’s necklace. Wanda asks what the S.W.O.R.D. symbol means, and who Geraldine really is.
Back outside Herb is trying to tell Vision something, that Geraldine came to Westview for a reason, but can’t get that reason out. “She came here because she’s…. we came here because we’re all….” but before he can finish Agnes cuts him off and they both depart.
Vision comes back inside, and Wanda tells him that Geraldine had to leave, had to rush home. The next scene shows Geraldine crashing through some kind of energy barrier into the middle of a field. Agents and trucks and helicopters immediately surround her, and we can see an entire base set up just outside whatever that barrier is.
Episode three clarifies that whatever is going on, everyone is aware of it to some extent. I don’t have any good theories about what’s going on yet, but when Geraldine / Monica Rambeau is thrown out of the world of 1970s Westview, we get our first look a the real world. There’s a base full of people and equipment, and lights illuminate the energy barrier containing the reality that Wanda and Vision are contained in. What is causing it? Who knows! Could be witchcraft, could be technology, or could be the leftover effects of one of the infinity stones.
I’m intrigued by Herb trying to tell vision why they are all there, I wonder if he’s trying to say that they’re all dead? Trapped together? Being punished? There are so many possibilities.
Wanda and Vison’s children, Billy and Tommy, are comic book characters as well. Billy is Wiccan, a magic-user like his mother, and Tommy is a speedster, like his uncle Pietro. They are relatively new but have had several key adventures and are members of the Young Avengers. The Young Avengers also feature Kamala Khan (Ms Marvel, who is about to get her own series and appearance in Captain Marvel 2), Riri Wiliams (Ironheart, also about to get her own series). We also know that Florence Pugh is in the upcoming Black Widow movie as another woman trained at the same place as Black Widow and that the Hawkeye series will feature Clint Barton training the young Kate Bishop, and I have to wonder if one of the things that Marvel is currently building toward is going to be a Young Avengers series or film.
That would honestly make a ton of sense, because why have one Avengers team (I assume there will still be an ‘adult’ team) when you can have two?
Back to this series though, and once again the aesthetic of the era is recreated impeccably. The costuming in particular is spectacular, and the tone and body language of all everyone is fantastic. I am presuming the next episode will be the 1980s set one, and I can’t wait to see what they do with that.
- I really can’t say enough how well each era of the sitcom has been recreated in this thing so far.
- The series is nine episodes long, and this was number three, so I am assuming we will at least start to get some more answers in starting in episode four. I hope they continue the slow drip they have started rather than jumping into too much exposition, or rushing through things too quickly.
- I don’t believe I have mentioned before how much I like the end credits sequence of this show, with imagery from around the series remade in red, green, and blue pixels rendered into 3D shapes.
- I was slightly disappointed that Vision didn’t say “I don’t eat food” in this episode.
- Review of episodes 1-3: ‘WandaVision’ is delightfully weird and intriguing
- Recap: Episode One: “Filmed Before a Live Studio Audience”
- Recap: Episode Two: “Don’t Touch That Dial”
- Recap: Episode Three: “Now in Color”
- Recap: Episode Four: “We Interrupt This Program”
- Recap: Episode Five: “On A Very Special Episode…”
- Recap: Episode Six: “All-New Halloween Spooktacular!”
- Recap: Episode Seven: “Breaking the Fourth Wall”
- Recap: Episode Eight: “Previously On”