The sitcom format returns in this scintillating 5th episode of WandaVision. A MASSIVE reveal with major implications goes down while Vision comes to a startling realization. What were the best moments? How does the episode grade out?
WARNING!!! This WandaVision episode 5 review contains HEAVY SPOILERS AND THEORIES about the direction of the series and the next phase of the MCU. Click below for past episode reviews of WandaVision.
“You didn’t see that coming?!”
The biggest moment of episode 5 easily comes from the reveal that Wanda’s brother Pietro has been recast. Played originally by Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Wanda’s twin AKA Quicksilver, was written off during Avengers: Age of Ultron. A major theme of this week’s episode was resurrection and bringing family back to life. “Some things are forever,” says Wanda as she attempts to explain the rules of life to her children following the death of the family dog.
A signifiant portion of this week’s sitcom format revolved around Vision coming to the realization that Wanda is in far too deep to change what needs to be done. We learn that she’s controlling thousands of people inside the town of Westview, holding them against their will. As Vision confronts Wanda, a standoff ensues with Vision demanding Wanda to stand down. In one of my favorite moments of the series, Wanda avoids the conversation by starting the credits and outro music in the sitcom. The doorbell rings mid-argument, with Vision suspecting further foul play from Wanda.
And then it happens. Wanda’s startled response to seeing Evan Peters’ Pietro return was everything. While the last two episodes wanted you to think Wanda was in full control, this was our first confirmation that there is something else in play pulling the strings. Peters’ Quicksilver, who played a different iteration of the character named Peter, was last seen in 2019’s X-Men: Dark Phoenix. That’s right folks! This was our first tie in with 20th Century Fox’s X-Men franchise in the MCU.
Since the merger in 2019, Marvel fans have wondered for years how Kevin Feige would finally introduce mutants into the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
On surface value, this reveal has so many implications. Not only is he the first official mutant in the MCU, but it’s our first taste of the multiverse that will take center stage for the foreseeable future. This reveal opens the door (pun intended) for so many possibilities for the films (Spider-Man 3, Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness) and Marvel TV series on Disney Plus down the road. It’s an avenue for characters like Deadpool, Storm and hopefully Cyclops to quickly make their presence felt in the films moving forward.
As much as I want this to be true, I feel like something more sinister is happening here. I believe Wanda has realized that she has lost control, but what if she isn’t the only one who can alter appearances and control others against their will? As much as I want Peters to be the first official mutant in the MCU, I can’t help but think something more supernatural is behind curtains. Pietro’s return, as Wanda’s reality was literally crumbling all around her, was a little too timely for it’s own good. We’ll see what happens with Peters’ character next week, but I’m not 100% sure that Pietro is who we think he is.
Hexes take center stage
As I wrote in my previous reviews, the symbol of hexes has been heavily prevalent in the first several episodes. In episode 5, Darcy Lewis’ character knocked this one out of the park. Darcy names Wanda’s reality bubble “The Hex.” It’s no coincidence that our first episode revealing the concept of hexes also heavily features Kathryn Hahn’s Agnes in several scenes.
What does the hex represent? There are several theories. I believe it’s a clear message that dark magic is being utilized across the town of Westview. Could Wanda be under the hex of Agnes’ character, whom I suspect is another powerful witch? To add further confusion to what is going on, Agnes was clearly confused when Wanda shared her power of resurrection. Therefore, Agnes might not be as in control as I thought she was. There is a reason that SWORD didn’t have Agnes’ picture on their wall in the previous episode. I’ve got my eye on you Agnes. I expect Ages’ role in the coming episodes to be HEX-tra special moving forward.
One of my other favorite scenes of the series came when we see Wanda leaving “The Hex” and confronting SWORD. It was incredibly intense. To be honest, Wanda’s character was downright scary. “Stay out of my home,” says Wanda who tells SWORD and the surrounding agents to stand down. Monica compassionately approaches Wanda to help her, but Wanda quickly shuts her down. “I have what I want. And no one will ever take it from me again.” Her performance was excellent and felt completely threatening.
And this is when WandaVision truly soars. As I have said multiple times in my reviews, Elizabeth Olsen’s acting has been sensational in this series. This show is at its best when we see Wanda confronting her demons (pun intended) and all the trauma that has happened in her life. These are best represented from the commercials that we’ve seen. In this week’s episode, it’s a commercial for Lagos-brand paper towels. We see a multiple spills take place in the form of blood along with the tagline, “When you make a mess, but you didn’t mean to.” This was a clear sign that Wanda’s intentions for “The Hex” began inside her subconscious, but she was clearly not aware of their ramifications.
The sitcom format just got a whole lot more interesting
The nods to Family Ties was entertaining and I enjoyed how the episode transformed from a comedy to a soap opera in mere moments. However, I also really enjoyed how Vision finally broke out of the illusion. Similar to the cameo at the end, I feel like this opens the door to so many more interesting possibilities moving forward. Watching Vision and Wanda confront each other brought back similar vibes to Captain America: Civil War. These two are clearly not on the same page, which will allow that amazing dynamic between Olsen and Bettany to shine moving forward.
Some more questions remaining from episode 5:
- Why did Monica show resentment towards Captain Marvel? Did they have a falling out?
- Who was the aerospace engineer Monica knew to bring in for the project?
- Vision mentions how there are no children in Westview. However, we’ve seen children several times in the commercials. What does that mean?
- Will fans get another amazing slow motion scene from Evan Peters in the climax?
New SHIELD, same ol’ scumbags. Count me out on SWORD Director Tyler Heyward. This is a guy who started out as a true friend of Monica Rambeau at the beginning of the series. However, it didn’t take long for Heyward to go full Secretary of State Thaddeus Ross in this episode. From calling Wanda a terrorist (kudos to Jimmy Woo for standing up for Wanda by the way) to completely betraying Monica with his own plan to kill Wanda with a drone, Heyward is a rotten human being. Is he part of HYDRA? Or perhaps AIM? We shall see.
Final Thoughts & Grade
Another truly amazing episode. WandaVision is only getting better and better (and darker and darker). The cameo was truly exciting. If Quicksilver truly is from the X-Men multiverse, then what a time to be alive as a comic book fan. What if Vision awakens Quicksilver and he drops an X-Men line next week? There are a lot of reasons to be psyched Marvel fans! The more we see from WandaVision, the weirder the show is getting. With 4 episodes left in the series, I have to think we’re in for one incredible journey that will continue to plant seeds for the rest of the MCU.