Contains Spoilers. Seriously, don’t read this unless you’ve watched the episode, it’s a doozy.
A big thing happened down in Westview today. Marvel’s first Disney+ show has already done a great deal to offer something that feels very different to anything else in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. But as we move deeper and deeper into the series, it is becoming very apparent that WandaVision is going to have massive shockwaves for the very fabric of the MCU and its characters altogether. Episode Five ends with a truly WTF moment that is bound to leave fans’ heads spinning wondering just what it all means going forward, not just for the show, but for the entire franchise.
The episode kicks off with Wanda attempting to return to her fantasy of living out a happy life with Vision in the now 70’s/80’s sitcom environment of Westview. But the facade is starting to fall away. Their new twin boys are rapidly aging, residents of Westview are acting stranger, and Vision is starting to realise that Wanda is pulling the strings on, quite literally, everything. On the outside of Westview, Monica Rambeau joins in on the investigation after being thrown out of Westview by Wanda, as she starts to realise that the Director of SWORD is more keen on eliminating Wanda than he is helping her.
The two storylines playing alongside each other, outside and inside ‘The Hex’ as Kat Dennings’ Darcy is now starting to call it, flow incredibly well in tandem as Monica, Darcy and Jimmy continue to try and find a means of communicating with Wanda. It is revealed that only just nine days prior to these events, Wanda broke into a SWORD facility where Vision’s body was being kept, before then heading out to make a sanctuary for themselves in the town of Westview, manipulating the minds of the towns people at the same time. While Monica and Agent Jimmy Woo very much land on the side of helping Wanda deal with what they believe to be a reaction to grief, those behind SWORD see her more as a threat that needs eliminating, leading to simmering tensions within the operation.
Full review over at THN, originally published February 5th 2020.