Contains major spoilers for WandaVision
The Disney+ original series WandaVision is off to a solid start so far. The first two installments of the latest Marvel Studios project have wowed fans and critics alike, adding yet another win to the Marvel Cinematic Universe‘s track record. The program’s streaming debut saw "the Scarlet Witch" Wanda Maximoff (Elizabeth Olsen) and Vision (Paul Bettany) living a comfortable yet odd 1950s lifestyle, and the follow-up episode took their unconventional love to a strange take on the 1960s. All the while, more and more questions are popping up about their new life and the nature of their sitcom-inspired reality, making every week’s addition a must-see television event.
That statement holds true for WandaVision‘s third episode, taking pair to the 1970s (in full color, no less). The bulk of the story focuses on Wanda’s rapidly accelerating pregnancy as well as Vision’s confusion over the entire ordeal, considering their offspring has gone through months worth of growth in only a few hours. Nevertheless, he helps her prepare for their child’s arrival, all the while becoming increasingly more concerned about what is really going on. Suffice to say, he has good reason to raise a mechanical eyebrow, and the final scenes of the episode makes that abundantly clear. Here’s what went down.
Expecting the unexpected
As mentioned previously, the arrival of Wanda and Vision’s child — or children, as they come to find out — is a central plot point of this episode. Despite only realizing her pregnancy at the end of WandaVision‘s second episode, the Scarlet Witch’s pregnancy begins moving at a breakneck pace. In mere moments, she goes from being four months along, only to jump ahead to six before having to give birth on her living room floor shortly thereafter. It was there, behind their tacky vintage couch, that she and Vision met their twins, Billy and Tommy, for the first time.
This moment should come as no surprise to fans of Wanda and Vision from the pages of Marvel Comics. Additionally, their birth could potentially point to one of their greatest foes coming to live-action very soon. On the page, the couple have twins of the same names, who later grow up to become the heroes Speed (Billy) and Wiccan (Tommy), but not before disappearing from existence entirely. To create their kids with intact souls, Wanda accidentally stole some of the demon Mephisto’s life essence. The villain eventually took it back, resulting in him wiping the twins from the face of the Earth.
Whether or not this is the direction Marvel Studios will take these future Young Avengers members remains to be seen. Surely, subsequent WandaVision installments will elaborate on their role in this story.
The HYDRA connection
In the same vein as the Stark Industries toaster and the Strücker watch from the first two WandaVision installments, episode 3 delivers on yet another cheeky reference to the MCU via a classic commercial. This time around, viewers are greeted by an advertisement for Hydra Soak, a fictional bath powder that will help users "Find the Goddess Within." Also, the cutaway mentions that the product is great for those who want to get away without actually going anywhere. Sure, it may sound like just a cheesy tagline, but it could have some sinister implications.
When looking at the MCU in its entirety, the Nazi offshoot organization HYDRA is a persistent evil. They were at the height of their power during the World War II-based Captain America: The First Avenger, and remained a background threat into the modern day until Avengers: Age of Ultron. The Avengers were working on mopping up the remaining cells of the faction in the 2015 film. In the process, they also uncovered a set of twins who had been tested on and, thanks to the Mind Stone, granted superhuman abilities: Wanda and Pietro Maximoff.
What exactly these commercial breaks mean in each WandaVision episode remains a mystery — in-universe or otherwise. Even still, their ties to the canon itself cannot be understated, especially regarding Wanda. She blamed Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) and his weapons company — Stark Industries — for the death of her parents. Later, Baron Wolfgang von Strucker’s (Thomas Kretschmann) experiments led to her and Pietro gaining their powers, and HYDRA was the organization that made it happen.
This begs an important question: Could HYDRA be the ones helping Wanda get away to wherever she is — without really going anywhere? Or is the mention of HYDRA merely a nod to her origins? We’ll just have to wait and see.
Geraldine’s ulterior motives
Much like its predecessors, this WandaVision episode centers primarily on the titular couple. However, a few other characters make the odd appearance throughout. Chief among them is Wanda’s friend Geraldine (Teyonah Parris), who helps her through the difficult birth of her first child. She may seem innocent and kind-hearted on the outside, but it appears as though there’s more to her story than meets the eye.
The first example that something isn’t quite right comes from Wanda and Vision’s neighbors’ speculation about her. Both Agnes (Kathryn Hahn) and Herb (David Payton) note that Geraldine recently popped up in their town without a family, connections, or even a home to speak of. Moments later, the Scarlet Witch tells Geraldine about her late twin brother Pietro (aka Quicksilver, portrayed by Aaron Taylor-Johnson). In response, Geraldine mentions his demise the hands of Ultron (James Spader), leading Wanda to lose her cool and interrogate her supposed friend about who she is and how she knows so much. Her suspicions only increase as she notices the mysterious pendant around her neck that bears resemblance to the S.W.O.R.D. emblem we saw in the first two episodes. Ultimately, Wanda uses her powers to kick Geraldine out of her world, giving the audience the clearest glimpse of the world outside of Westview yet.
Meanwhile, according to previous casting announcements, Teyonah Parris didn’t sign onto WandaVision to portray an inquisitive neighbor named Geraldine. Rather, she’s actually on the cast list as Monica Rambeau, who debuted in 2019’s Captain Marvel as the child of Maria Rambeau (Lashana Lynch). It appears she’s an agent of S.W.O.R.D. and has some vested interest in bringing Wanda out of her TV-esque new life. If this episode was any indication, her role in WandaVision can only expand from here, as the cracks in this false reality continue to spread.
The truth behind Westview
Just before the credits begin to roll, the show’s third episode offers up a bit of insight as to where Wanda and Vision really are. After blowing her cover, Monica "Geraldine" Rambeau is launched out of Wanda’s reality, landing in what appears to be an empty, grassy field. In no time at all, military vehicles, helicopters, and armored personnel arrive on the scene. As the camera pans away, we see a few structures that resemble barracks and a line of lights similar to those found in a sports arena across some kind of forcefield.
Though this still leaves more questions than answers, it’s finally coming out that Wanda and Vision’s lovely home in Westview isn’t what they claim it is. Not only is it not a physical town, but it also appears to be either a projection or some kind of bubble with the presentation of a typical suburb inside of it. As far as its occupants go, one has to wonder if they’re aware of the town’s unreality, or if they’re even real, living people in the first place. After all, Agnes and Herb’s admissions about their suspicions of Geraldine shows there’s more to them than they’re letting on.
The matter of who’s creating this pocket dimension and why, as well as the status of those within it, is certainly a point to ponder in the coming weeks as WandaVision‘s mysteries start getting revealed.