WandaVision S1E4 review
Here’s my WandaVision S1E4 review which stars Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Bettany, Teyona Parris, Kat Dennings and Raymond Park.
Before we proceed, SPOILER ALERT
This episode shifts the focus away from Wanda Maximoff and her husband Vision while framing certain scenes from the past three episodes. The show’s quarter provides more exposition via Teyonah Parris’ scenes as Monica Rambeau. This involves her return from “The Blip” aka The Snap which happened in Avengers: Infinity War and undone in Avengers: Endgame.
We get to see more about SWORD and what they actually do which is monitor alien threats. My question now is how Nick Fury’s current whereabouts figure into what SWORD is doing.
Episode 4 also brings in familiar faces from the past Marvel Studios movies like Raymond Park’s Jimmy Woo from Ant-Man and the Wasp to Kat Dennings’ Darcy Lewis from Thor and Thor: The Dark World. Both of them really had strong moments in the episode with Darcy actually showing just how brilliant and capable she is on her own. And she’s a goddamn doctor. Do not mess with this lady.
It’s also nice to know that in the years since we last saw Park’s Woo character, he actually managed to perfect his card trick as seen when he first meets Rambeau in the outskirts of Westview, New Jersey. Long time Marvel Studios fans know that he was trying to do that back when he was the guy in charge of Scott Lang’s house arrest back in Ant-Man and the Wasp. And now he’s doing it nonchalantly.
The whole re-emergence of Monica from the unknown also reminded me of one of the covers for House of M…
During Monica’s reformation, we also get to hear snippets from Captain Marvel when she was still a little girl and interacting with Brie Larson’s Carol Danvers aka Captain Marvel. This part of Episode 4 also paints a different picture for The Blip, one of confusion and terror. With people who vanished in a hospital five years ago suddenly returning out of thin air and either suffering from their ailments or just plain spooked. Spider-Man: Far From Home played “The Blip” for laughs but for this one, its played for seriousness and scary and a sense of dread.
We don’t get to see much of Wanda and Vision here in this episode but when they do appear, its also intimidating and scary. We, as viewers, get that missing piece from episode 3 with Rambeau’s “Geraldine” pissing off Wanda so much that she’s forcibly ejected from Westview using Wanda’s powers. Vision’s appearance here mirrors his last scene in Infinity War, dead and discolored. His head is missing the Mind Stone which was plucked away by Thanos.
This shocks Wanda who AGAIN uses her powers to handwavium everything back to normal. I’d really like to see this series recut from a chronological order with all the scenes from episode 4 moved into the first part to paint a clearer picture. It would really work like a long Marvel Studios film too. Still, the product that’s out on Disney+ still looks good albeit dragging but I’m optimistic that we have a really great payoff at the end which could affect other Marvel properties and projects including Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness starring Benedict Cumberbatch.
Still no sign of villains though. Still good though because we still have five episodes to go for WandaVision.
For this WandaVision S1E4 review, I thought it was wonderful. Things are really picking up and Marvel has partially paid whatever the hell they dangled from episodes 1 to 3 with this one. We got well rounded casts in the outside world that kind of fills in the gaps. I also loved how they are now dangling a bigger carrot for fans who followed the series which should be the really juicy parts including whose behind Wanda going batshit crazy in this series.
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