Magic Through The Decades

Marvel’s ‘WandaVision’ Sends Us Through Time With Engaging Plot

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WandaVsion Show Poster/ Marvel Studios/ Disney+

Patrick Deliz, A&E Editor

Since the release of ‘Avengers: Endgame’, Marvel has teamed up with Disney+ and created miniseries (such as ‘WandaVision’) in order to fill in the gaps of the stories, which are rumored to lead up to an upcoming film. 

STORYLINE 

Newlywed couple Wanda (played by Elizabeth Olsen) and Vision (played by Paul Bettany) move into the town of Westview in a black-and-white 1950s setting. They attempt to blend in despite Vision being an android and Wanda having telekinesis and reality-warping abilities. One day they notice a heart drawn on their calendar, but neither can remember what the occasion is. While Vision goes to his job at Computational Services Inc., Wanda decides that the heart represents their anniversary. Their neighbor Agnes (played by Kathryn Hahn) introduces herself to Wanda and helps her prepare to celebrate that night. Vision amazes his co-workers with his speed but is unsure what his company actually does. He is reminded that the heart represents plans for him and Wanda to host his boss, Mr. Hart (played by Fred Melamed), and his wife for dinner. Wanda and Vision struggle to hide their abilities while making a last-minute dinner for the Harts. While interrogating Wanda and Vision, Mr. Hart chokes on his food, and Vision uses his abilities to save him. All of this takes place in the fictional sitcom WandaVision which someone is watching on a television. 

In a 1960s setting, Wanda and Vision hear strange noises outside their house. They prepare their magic act for a neighborhood talent show. Wanda and Agnes spend the day with the show’s planning committee, led by Dottie (played by Emma Caulfield Ford), and Vision attends a neighborhood watch meeting, where he accidentally swallows some chewing gum. Wanda befriends another neighbor, Geraldine (played by Teyonah Parris), and notices more strange things: a yellow and red toy helicopter in their black-and-white world; a voice on the radio that seems to be speaking to her; and a red bloodstain. Thanks to the gum caught in his internal mechanisms, Vision appears to be intoxicated at the talent show and publicly reveals his abilities. Wanda uses her own abilities to make this look like simple magic tricks and fixes Vision by removing the gum. They return home, and Wanda becomes visibly pregnant. When they see a strange beekeeper emerging from a manhole on their street, Wanda resets their reality to before the figure appears. The setting changes to full color as it moves to the 1970s. 

In a 1970s setting, Dr. Nielson (played by Randy Oglesby) says Wanda is four months pregnant and everything is fine before leaving for an intended holiday with his wife. While Vision sees Nielson out, he sees his neighbor Herb (played by David Payton) unknowingly cut through their wall. Wanda and Vision paint a nursery while debating what to name their child before Wanda’s pregnancy elevates to six months. When she begins contractions, her abilities begin to move things in the house and eventually shut down the entire town’s power. Geraldine arrives and helps Wanda deliver twins Billy and Tommy. Vision catches Agnes and Herb gossiping outside. They talk about Geraldine, who has just arrived in town and does not have a home or family. Inside, Wanda interrogates Geraldine after the latter reveals that she knows Ultron killed Wanda’s twin brother Pietro. Wanda notices that Geraldine is wearing a pendant with a sword emblem on it. When Vision returns, Geraldine is gone. Outside of Westview, Geraldine is cast out from a wall of static and is surrounded by S.W.O.R.D. agents. 

Captain Monica Rambeau, an agent of S.W.O.R.D., returns to life following the Blip to find her mother Maria has died of cancer. Three weeks later, Monica returns to work and is sent by Acting Director Tyler Hayward (played by Josh Stambergto help FBI agent Jimmy Woo (played by Randall Park) with a missing persons case in Westview, New Jersey. They discover a hexagonal static CMBR field surrounding the town, which Monica is pulled into. Within 24 hours, S.W.O.R.D. establishes a base around the town and sends drones and an agent in to investigate. Dr. Darcy Lewis (played by Kat Denningsstudies the phenomena and discovers broadcast signals for the sitcom WandaVision. They use these to observe events inside the town, learning that real residents have been “cast” in the sitcom and seeing Monica appear as “Geraldine”. Darcy and Jimmy unsuccessfully attempt to use the radio to contact Wanda. When Monica mentions Ultron, Wanda casts her out of the town. Wanda then temporarily sees Vision appear as he did when he died, before settling back into her sitcom life with him. 

In a 1980s/early 1990s setting, Wanda and Vision struggle to stop Billy and Tommy from crying. Agnes offers to help look after the boys, but Vision questions her behavior. He and Wanda are interrupted when Billy and Tommy suddenly age-up to 5 years old. When a dog appears at their house, the boys ask to keep it and Agnes suggests the name Sparky. Wanda almost reveals her abilities to Agnes, concerning Vision, while the boys age-up again to 10 years old. At work, Vision reads an email from S.W.O.R.D. that reveals the situation in Westview. He breaks through to a real Westview resident and learns that Wanda is controlling the town. S.W.O.R.D. sends a drone from the 1980s into Westview which causes Sparky to run off. Hayward orders the drone be used to kill Wanda, but she emerges from the barrier with it and warns Hayward to leave her alone. Agnes finds Sparky dead. Vision confronts Wanda about her actions, but they are interrupted when “Pietro” (played by Evan Peters) arrives. Watching the broadcast, Darcy notes that Pietro has been “recast”. 

Elizabeth Olsen as the Scarlet Witch/ Credit to Marvel Studios/ Disney+

In a late 1990s/early 2000s setting, Wanda wants to spend Tommy and Billy’s first Halloween together as a family, but Vision tells her that he is going to patrol the streets with the neighborhood watch. “Pietro” offers to step in as a father figure and takes the boys trick-or-treating, causing mischief with his super speed, which Tommy is revealed to have inherited. Meanwhile, Vision explores further away from their house and finds residents of Westview standing frozen in their positions, including Agnes. Vision speaks to Agnes’ real self and she tells him that he is dead. Outside Westview, Hayward orders Monica, Darcy, and Jimmy to leave the base for disagreeing with his decision to attack Wanda, but they sneak inside. They hack into his computer and discover that he has been tracking Vision’s vibranium signature. Vision tries to push through the static wall, but he begins to disintegrate. Billy senses this and tells Wanda, who expands the hexagonal static wall. Vision, Darcy, and several S.W.O.R.D. agents are enveloped by the new boundary. 

In a mid-to-late 2000s setting, Wanda decides to have a day to herself and Agnes agrees to babysit Tommy and Billy. Wanda sees various parts of her house constantly changing and is unable to control them. Vision wakes up to find the S.W.O.R.D. agents inside the boundary are now members of a circus. He releases Darcy from the spell, and she tells Vision about his death and the events that led to the current situation. Outside of Westview, Monica and Jimmy meet with loyal S.W.O.R.D. personnel and obtain a vehicle designed to cross the barrier. When the tactic proves unsuccessful, Monica decides to enter herself; she passes through the static wall and emerges with seemingly heightened vision. Monica confronts Wanda, but Agnes tells Monica to leave and takes Wanda to her house. Wanda looks for the boys in the basement and discovers a strange lair. Agnes introduces herself as a witch named Agatha Harkness and reveals that she has been disrupting Wanda’s life, including sending an imposter as “Pietro” and killing Sparky. 

In Salem in 1693, a coven of witches led by Agatha Harkness’s mother Evanora attempt to kill her for practicing dark magic, but she drains their life forces. In the present, Agatha demands to know how Wanda is controlling Westview and forces her to relive key moments of her life. Agatha learns that Wanda has had magical abilities since she was a child which were later amplified by the Mind Stone, and that she has always enjoyed watching various sitcoms. After the Blip, Wanda visited S.W.O.R.D. to recover Vision’s body, but Hayward refused to let her bury him. Unable to feel any life in Vision, she drove to a lot in Westview that he had bought for her before his death so they could live there together. In a fit of grief, she manifested a house on the lot and a new version of Vision and extended the Hex across the entire town. Agatha concludes that Wanda possesses a legendary form of magic called chaos magic and dubs her the “Scarlet Witch”. In a mid-credit’ scene, Hayward reactivates “The Vision”, the now all-white, reassembled original body. 

Agatha attempts to take Wanda’s chaos magic but is interrupted by The Vision, who tries to kill Wanda before her “conditional” Vision intervenes. The two Visions fight throughout Westview while Agatha frees the residents of Westview from Wanda’s control; pleading with Wanda, they convince her to open the barrier. She stops when Vision and the twins begin to disintegrate, but not before Hayward and S.W.O.R.D. enter. Monica frees “Pietro”, who is actually actor Ralph Bohner, from Agatha’s control, and then helps the twins stop S.W.O.R.D. Vision restores The Vision’s memories. Wanda places magical runes around the barrier that prevent Agatha from using her magic, and Wanda traps her as “Agnes”. Wanda says goodbye to Vision and the twins before collapsing the Hex, and then goes into hiding. In a mid-credit’ scene, Hayward is arrested while Monica is informed by a Skrull that a friend of her mother’s wants to meet. In a post-credits scene, Wanda is studying the Darkhold in her astral form when she hears the twins cry for her help. 

FUTURE 

In January 2021, Schaeffer said she was unable to talk about any potential plans for a second season but said the series would feel “very complete”. Feige did not rule out a second season being made but said one was not planned and pointed to Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness instead as the continuation of the story set up in WandaVision. Shakman said there were no plans “at all” for a second season and one would only be made if a specific story came about that would warrant it. 

OVERALL THOUGHTS 

Most of the time when we see shows getting a lot of hype from fans, it tends to be overdramatized and the shows tend to not live up to said hype. However, ‘WandaVision’ exceeds my expectations and is certainly worth the hype. The plot thickens within a span of nine episodes and is constantly in line and makes sense. We see Wanda evolve from what we have seen in the movies to her character development and the relationships she builds. 

Also, the flawless transition of sitcoms through the decades that were filmed was just incredible. I believe nowadays not many people appreciate or even understand sitcoms or even consider them as real television, and ‘WandaVision’ just brings back nostalgia.