WandaVision Episode 3 Spoiler Review – Sit Back And Enjoy The Ride
Well, folks, it’s hard to believe that it’s already been a week. When news broke that WandaVision would be releasing weekly episodes, fans everywhere were eager to see how the franchise would navigate such a release schedule. While it was an odd adjustment at first, we’ve spent the last seven days trying to figure out just what the heck is going on in Wanda’s world. We didn’t think that we’d get the answers we’re looking for in the next episode, and we were right. Here is our review of WandaVision episode 3, where we’ll be talking about what went down in the new episode and how it might relate to something greater.
Spoilers beware – we aren’t holding back on talking about all the juicy plot details. Revisit our WandaVision spoiler review of the first two episodes if you need to catch up!
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WandaVision Episode 3 Review – Oh, Baby(x2)!
We last left Wanda and Vision as they entered the next natural stage of their relationship: getting ready to welcome a child. While most of us have heard a pregnant woman claim that they wish pregnancy didn’t last so long, we’re pretty sure they don’t want everything to go down in a single day. This episode, Now in Color, written by Megan McDonnell and directed by Matt Shakman, tells us what would happen if it could. Wanda’s pregnancy progresses faster than her late brother could run.
The happy couple is surprised at the speed that her pregnancy is traveling, but they aren’t too alarmed. After all, she’s mega-powerful and he’s an android. So, weird things aren’t too abnormal for these two. Fortunately, they recognize that this might look a little suspicious to the rest of the world, and try their best to hide Wanda’s state. This proves to be a challenge when Vision races after Dr. Nielson in preparation for her labor, as Wanda is left alone with Geraldine.
Wanda must hide everything from moving household appliances to a wandering stork as Geraldine seems oblivious to the entire event. Finally, the pains of labor become too intense to bear, and Wanda is sent into active labor, leaving only Geraldine to help deliver the child. Immediately after their first son’s birth, Vision arrives with Dr. Nielson in tow, ready to meet his child. Except, wait! There’s more! Twins, Tommy and Billy, both arrive, much to their surprise.
Everything seems pretty sitcom-ey up until this point. Funny pregnancy shenanigans and a surprise baby (Monica and Chandler have already been there, after all.) Yet, in the true WandaVision fashion that we’ve come to expect after two whole episodes, the world starts to break down in no time.
Vision confronts neighbors Herb and Agnes as they gossip about Geraldine outside. As it turns out, there may just be something “off” about her. Notably, she seems to have appeared out of thin air. Meanwhile, Wanda is catching on to some oddities in Geraldine’s behavior.
In a tearful moment of recollection, Wanda tells Geraldine that she, too, was a twin. Remember her brother, Pietro Maximoff? This speedy sibling was killed by Ultron in Avengers: Age of Ultron. We know this. Wanda might know this. And, as it turns out, Geraldine definitely does. She questions Wanda’s memory of the event, which seems to snap Wanda out of her baby-caused trance.
Before Vision can return to the home, Wanda has seemingly kicked Geraldine out of her home so hard that she’s gone flying outside of what appears to be an energy force surrounding Westview. S.W.O.R.D. agents immediately approach the shocked Geraldine, and the episode ends.
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Episode 3 of WandaVision Tickles Our Fancy
With 20-something odd MCU films, many of us have come to develop some expectations about how plots progress. They’re often fast-paced, well explained, and filled with surprising turns. Going into WandaVision, we may have expected something similar. As the episodes go on, it has become clear that this series is taking its time in explaining itself, letting us see Wanda’s fantasies run wild. This might be a change for many fans. And if you keep waiting for things to happen as they do in films, you’re going to be disappointed. Instead, we must learn to sit back, relax, and enjoy the ride.
What episode 3 of WandaVision hammers home is that we’re being set up for some massive tsunami of emotions. Wanda remains mostly mild-mannered, in control of her emotions, and stable. Her pregnancy, however, is proof that she isn’t entirely in control of her powers. The pains allow her abilities to stretch throughout the entire town, causing burst pipes and power loss. These incidents are a reminder of just how powerful Wanda is, and how easy it may be for this to cause chaos.
The wall of static that surrounds Westview is clearly heavily guarded. The events of the first three episodes have us believing that the wall is there to protect the outside world, rather than Wanda herself. Has she been placed in some sort of trance where she can live out her fantasies and cope with her emotions in a safe environment or has she gone off the deep end and is using this fantasy world to pretend like everything is fine? No matter who put Wanda here, whether it is herself or S.W.O.R.D., we know that all Hell will break loose if she comes out before she’s ready.
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The Key May Lie With Geraldine
Geraldine (played by Teyonah Parris) seems like just your everyday friendly neighbor to Wanda. In reality, she’s actually Monica Rambeau, the daughter of Maia Rambeau (Captain Marvel). Rambeau is an agent of S.W.O.R.D., as proven by her necklace of its logo.
This character is the first clear example of somebody who doesn’t quite belong. Has she been planted there by S.W.O.R.D. as a way of helping Wanda stay safe inside of her own fantasies? Or is she there to collect information and report back? Her dangerous line of questioning regarding Wanda’s brother makes it seem like S.W.O.R.D. is trying to get Wanda to snap out of some haze that she is in, and we’re pretty sure that Wanda is aware that people are trying to pull her out.
While Geraldine may be getting all of the spotlight, plenty of fans have been quick to point out that Kathryn Hahn’s Agnes is getting the opposite. Some may think that she’s being wasted, as her initial appearance led us to believe that she would become a focal point. Could her delay to main character status mean that they’re using her for something far greater down the road? We think so, and believe that her importance will be discovered in a later episode.
Is WandaVision Living Up To Expectations?
WandaVision is easily one (if not the) most anticipated series of 2021. It is the first Disney+ series to come from Marvel and is a way for the franchise to dip its toes into an entirely new format ahead of their next releases, including The Falcon and the Winter Soldier and Loki later this year. We have been paying close attention to fan reactions to see if it is living up to the hype.
From the looks of things, Elizabeth Olsen has done such a phenomenal job at getting the world to fall in love with our heartbroken heroine, Wanda. Her command of the show proves that there is no better character to focus on for such a debut series, and we’re pretty proud of her.
— Kenny Williams (@Ohheykenny) January 23, 2021
Some arguments made by those who don’t love the way that the series is progressing say that since we know Wanda’s television world isn’t real, that the stakes are not there. That we should not care about the character progression going on because it is all fabricated. And while that may mean that we need not be invested in the personal lives of some of the side characters, that hardly means the world isn’t real. After all, it’s Wanda’s show, and what is going on is real to her. What we are seeing is the navigation of trauma. Sure, she’s not a real housewife. But that doesn’t mean her trying to experience that lifestyle isn’t a very real part of her healing.
We’re Already Ready for More
WandaVision may not let us indulge in our binge-watching desires. Yet it gives us fantastic watercooler conversations at work and enough to think about for the days leading up to the next episode drop. We’re pretty positive that this series is going to take up most of our thoughts until the finale drops, and there’s no certainty that it’ll stop then, either!
You can watch WandaVison episode 3 on Disney+ right now before the fourth episode drops next week.
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Meghan Hale is the kind of movie lover that has a "must watch" that is a mile long... and growing. When she isn't talking about the latest film and television news she is writing one of her many in-process novels, screaming film trivia at anybody who will listen, and working as a mental health care professional. Follow her on Twitter @meghanrhale for some fun theories and live reactions to all things entertainment.