Episode 5 of WandaVision was released today on Disney+, following on from the exciting ending to episode 4 last week. You can read my thoughts on the previous episodes here or continue reading for my thoughts on episode 5. Be warned – spoilers below!
WandaVision reverts back to the sitcom style of episodes in episode 5, this time in a 1980s setting. We start off by seeing Wanda and Vision struggling to stop twins Tommy and Billy from crying, who are at this point still babies. Wanda attempts to use her powers on the twins, however they appear to be immune to them which begs the question as to why her powers are ineffective, as later in the episode it is eluded to that the twins are Wanda’s own creations and not actors like the rest of the residents in Westview. We’re yet to see the twins use any magic yet, unless you count their drastic aging, so I’m interested to see how they develop these as they age further.
The commercials capturing moments of Wanda’s past trauma make a reappearance from the early episodes, with the commercial in episode 5 advertising ‘Lagos’ brand paper towels which have the tagline “For when you make a mess you didn’t mean to”. This is one of the more obvious easter eggs, eluding to the civilians Wanda accidentally killed in Lagos, Nigeria at the beginning of Captain America: Civil War. I’ve really enjoyed these cheesy commercials and how they encapsulate Wanda’s trauma – I’m looking forward to seeing how the ‘snap’ is reimagined.
As well as this sitcom style insight into the town of Westview which we learnt last week was all essentially created by Wanda for her own escape, we also see in real time how SWORD are attempting to take control of the situation. The tension we see between Jimmy Woo/Monica Rambeau and director of SWORD Tyler Hayward is palpable and there are strong arguments to each side of the coin. We’ve come to love Wanda as part of the Avengers over the years, but as Hayward said, she’s holding thousands of people hostage – who knows how far she will go for her own radical fantasy?
We get a glimpse how ruthless Wanda can be mid-way through the episode when she leaves the ‘hex’ and confronts Hayward and SWORD. She uses her powers to turn the SWORD soldiers against Hayward for a brief moment, using effectively just a slither of her powers. The tension at this point is really building and for now, Wanda is definitely billed as the villain of the series but I still think Mephisto will be the ultimate bad guy. Speaking of Mephisto, I was very suspicious when Agnes ‘found’ Sparky dead and whilst I thought previously that her absent husband Ralph may be Mephisto, I’m questioning whether it could potentially be Agnes.
Surely by this point SWORD know that if it comes to brute force, there is only going to be one winner and this makes me wonder whether another hero may make an appearance later in the series to confront Wanda? Jimmy Woo mentions Captain Marvel coming close to Wanda in terms of power to match Thanos – could she make an appearance later in the series? Or perhaps Doctor Strange will confront Wanda, which could set up Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness up nicely and tie into the comics? As an alternative, maybe SWORD could opt for a less combative approach and send Hawkeye in, whom we know Wanda trusts?
I actually felt sorry for Vision in this episode, we learn that Wanda broke into the SWORD facility and stole Vision’s corpse (against his own living will) and resurrected him and he is still yet to know the truth. As the series has gone on, Vision has become more aware that everything is not as it seems and in episode 5, Vision learns that Wanda is controlling the town. The confrontation between Wanda and Vision at the end of the episode was intense, particularly when Wanda started rolling the credits over Vision when he was attempting to speak. The fact Wanda isn’t rewinding situations to suit her narrative like she was in earlier episodes gives the impression that to some degree she is losing control.
The episode ended on a major cliff hanger with Wanda’s seemingly dead brother Pietro (Quicksilver) appearing at her front door. Darcy is watching the broadcast and notes that Pietro has been “recast” which is actually hilarious as this Quicksilver is played by Evan Peters, who plays Quicksilver in the X-Men series of films, replacing Aaron Taylor-Johnson who played Pietro in Avengers: Age of Ultron – I didn’t see that coming (if you understood that reference I salute you)!
I can’t wait to find out why Pietro has appeared as this poses so many questions! Darcy says Wanda has recast Pietro, but Wanda tells Vision that she didn’t formulate the ring of the doorbell when they were arguing. Could this really be Pietro, or maybe someone somehow disguised as Pietro? Surely if he’d just managed to walk straight into the hex this would have been flagged to SWORD? If this Pietro is in fact the Quicksilver from the X-Men and this can somehow combine the FOX X-Men universe with the MCU, this is going to create so many possibilities!