Marvel: ‘WandaVision’ Episode 5 Review

Screenshot of Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany from episode 5 of ‘WandaVision’. Copyright goes to Marvel Studios and Walt Disney Studios.

Hey! Hallie here!

Episode 5 of ‘WandaVision’ is out and there’s so much to talk about. This was probably the best episode so far. As I haven’t found any major problems with the last few episodes, I’m going to change the categories from ‘Good’ and ‘Bad’ to ‘What I Like’ and ‘What I Have Questions About’. If I start having problems with the plot I might bring my original categories back, but as of now I’m loving the show and I have more questions than objections. With that out of the way, I can’t really say anything I want to about this episode without spoiling it, so I’m just going to jump right into this. SPOILERS ahead.

What I Like:

Wanda: Wanda is constantly growing as a character as the episodes progress and I love seeing more layers get peeled back. In this episode we explored even more of her grief, and a bit of guilt over creating her alternate reality. As her sons were aging up completely out of her control, especially to avoid difficult issues, she had to attempt to explain to them why life should be lived naturally instead of using supernatural powers to change what they dislike. This was especially potent when they were attempting to convince Wanda to bring their dog back to life. Wanda was forced into a position where she had to convince her sons that bringing their dog back to life was wrong while wrestling with her own guilt over bringing Vision back to life. On top of that, we got to see Wanda leave Westview and turn back into the Scarlet Witch, accent and all. She threatened SWORD, but also expressed that she would leave them alone if they did the same to her. She simply wants to live her fantasy and deny her harsh reality. She’s absolutely solidified herself as a villainous presence, but they did it right. Instead of showing her as crazy, like some of the SWORD operatives believe, Monica Rambeau’s understanding of Wanda invites the audience to sympathize with her.

Vision: We now have full confirmation that Vision isn’t being controlled by Wanda. He was brought back to life by her, but his slow suspicions about the reality he’s living in aren’t something Wanda can just erase. In fact, at one point Wanda sends Vision off to work on a Saturday to attempt to make him forget a few mishaps that occurred with Agnes. However, Vision discovers a message from SWORD at his job and immediately disconnects one of his colleagues from Wanda’s powers. He is very apparently disturbed by the man’s cries for help. This all comes together in a giant argument at the end of the episode where Vision becomes so angry at Wanda for keeping hostages that he begins to use his abilities. Wanda claims he isn’t acting like himself but Vision counters that he doesn’t remember who he is. Vision is clearly against everything Wanda’s doing and I’m excited to see what he’ll do to stand up to Wanda. It’s possible Vision could be one of the people fighting Wanda at the end of all this.

Agnes: Agnes specifically had a few interesting moments in this episode. Whereas before Agnes was more hesitant to say anything revealing in front of Vision, in this episode Agnes fully stops to ask Wanda if she wants Agnes to redo a scene because of an awkward pause. Afterwards Agnes doesn’t bat an eye at Wanda using her powers or the boys aging in seconds despite Vision’s sudden alarm. The only point where Agnes seems thrown off is when Billy and Tommy ask Wanda to bring their dog back to life. She seems completely surprised that Wanda has this kind of ability. Considering Agnes is not what she seems, this could mean that Agnes is making a notable observation about Wanda’s abilities. Specifically that bringing people back from the dead isn’t something Wanda’s capable of.

SWORD: Monica Rambeau was the star of the SWORD storyline once again. With the director of SWORD so obviously ready to kill Wanda and wash his hands of the entire situation, Monica is the refreshing voice of reason. This episode Darcy and Jimmy took a backseat to Monica’s discovery of how Wanda is creating an alternate reality from pre-existing things. Still, the two were fun to see helping out in the background. And considering there’s a level of, possibly inadvertent, trust between Monica and Wanda, she will definitely play a large role in the episodes coming up.

Quicksilver: This is the thing everyone’s talking about. Evan Peters is back at Pietro (not Peter) Maximoff! As for why he’s there or what role he’ll play, we aren’t sure. But his design doesn’t imply that he’s simply taking over the role Aaron Taylor-Johnson played. His design is straight out of the X-Men movies, with an 80’s twist for the episode, of course. Evan Peters is definitely the best version of Quicksilver and I’m so happy he’s back.

What I Have Questions About:

What really happened when Wanda retrieved Vision’s body?: The footage of Wanda stealing the body from SWORD was very short and didn’t show much. Plus, the audience already assumed that Wanda must have stolen Vision’s body from somewhere. This footage, especially shown so late in the game, feels like it means something. It feels like it’s a possible way to bridge the gap between the funeral in ‘Endgame’, where Wanda seems mostly fine, and the events of ‘WandaVision’.

What’s With Quicksilver?: Is this the Quicksilver from X-Men? Is this just Pietro now played by Evan Peters? Is this the first time the MCU is acknowledging the Multiverse? I’m so interested in seeing what they’re actually going to do with Evan Peters version of the character.

Is Wanda the Only Villain?: As I referenced before, Wanda, and the people around her, don’t seem completely aware of how Wanda has the ability to raise someone from the dead. This could mean that she isn’t completely responsible for raising Vision, and somebody else could be influencing Wanda’s actions. I know that Wanda is likely the main villain here, but there could be someone else behind the scenes as well.

Those are all my thoughts on this week’s episode of ‘WandaVision’! I was initially against Wanda as the villain, but they’re navigating the exploration of her psyche very well. Now I’m interested to see who is going to be powerful enough to stop Wanda. With a Doctor Strange movie coming up in her future, she won’t be permanently gone by the end of this. I also hope Evan Peter’s reappearance isn’t short lived. I would love more content with his version of Quicksilver.

Don’t do anything fun until I get back!

Hallie

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