WandaVision welcomes a brand new line of Earth’s first protection within the MCU
WandaVision, the primary authentic tv collection produced by Marvel Studios, isn’t fairly like something Marvel has launched earlier than.
It’s absurdist and pays genuine tribute to among the greatest American sitcoms produced within the Fifties, ‘60s, ‘70s, and ‘80s, together with Bewitched and The Dick Van Dyke Present. WandaVision continues to be a Marvel Studios present, nonetheless, and meaning it ties into the higher Marvel Cinematic Universe. The primary two episodes, now streaming on Disney Plus, arrange a key group that ties WandaVision into the present Marvel Cinematic Universe’s second, whereas additionally organising the engaging “cosmic universe” period it’s about to enter.
[This is your mandatory spoiler warning. Stop reading here if you don’t want to know anything that happens in the first two episodes.]
The primary episode finds Wanda Maximoff (Elizabeth Olsen) and Imaginative and prescient (Paul Bettany) residing an enthralling suburban life in a fictional city. Though the present takes place after Avengers: Endgame, there’s no reference to something that occurred — no clarification for a way Imaginative and prescient is abruptly alive, why they’re residing in an alternate, dreamlike world, or why they’ll’t bear in mind something that got here earlier than transferring into their new home.
All through the primary episode, there are a couple of hints that each one is just not what it seems for Wanda and Imaginative and prescient. Imaginative and prescient reiterates that Wanda got here from Sokovia, and through a dinner scene, Wanda is transfixed by one particular query: “Why did you come right here?” It’s not till the top of the episode, nonetheless, that WandaVision finds its most attention-grabbing reveal: the presence of S.W.O.R.D.
S.W.O.R.D., or Sentient World Commentary and Response Division, is a cosmic model of S.H.I.E.L.D. Most MCU followers know S.H.I.E.L.D. It’s the group that Howard Stark and Peggy Carter began and Nick Fury oversees, designed to make use of superbeings as Earth’s mightiest defenders from supernatural threats — Loki’s assault on New York Metropolis or Ultron’s assault on Sokovia. S.H.I.E.L.D. was famously infiltrated by Hydra, as seen in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and that’s key as WandaVision features a reference to Wolfgang von Strucker. Within the MCU, von Strucker was a Hydra sleeper agent inside S.H.I.E.L.D. who’s seen holding custody of Wanda and her twin brother Pietro in a Winter Soldier post-credits scene and Age of Ultron’s opening battle. It’s these little moments that tie Wanda and Imaginative and prescient again to the MCU-at-large.
High quality, that’s S.H.I.E.L.D.; what about S.W.O.R.D? The group first appeared in Astonishing X-Males #3, which was written by Joss Whedon again in 2004. (Enjoyable reality: the primary look of something S.W.O.R.D. associated within the MCU is a tiny Easter egg in Age of Ultron, which Whedon additionally directed.) The group was initially created to defend the complete universe from extraterrestrial threats. Run by Abigail Model, a lady who’s mainly a space-based, mutant model of Nick Fury, the entire thought was to behave as an intelligence company based mostly outdoors of Earth.
Probably the most memorable nod to S.W.O.R.D. arrived within the type of a Spider-Man: Far From House post-credits scene. Fury, seemingly on trip, walks out onto the deck of a spaceship whereas a bunch of Skrull (these inexperienced aliens from Captain Marvel) are strolling round. It’s clear that Marvel Studios is organising S.W.O.R.D. to look and presumably join the fourth and fifth phases of the MCU, however what does it imply for WandaVision?
All of it ties collectively
Apparently sufficient, S.W.O.R.D’s title in WandaVision is modified barely to Sentient Weapon Commentary Response Division. This might simply be a title change (the definition of S.H.I.E.L.D within the MCU is barely totally different from the comics), nevertheless it might additionally level to Wanda being imprisoned in a fictional world the place S.W.O.R.D. is watching her. Monica Rambeau, who initially appeared in Captain Marvel as Maria Rambeau’s (Carol Danvers’ greatest buddy) daughter, is now an grownup and an agent of S.W.O.R.D., based mostly on official Topps enjoying playing cards launched forward of WandaVision’s launch.
Small, visible glitches that seem within the sky insinuate Wanda and Imaginative and prescient are trapped in a man-made world, and the ultimate scene of the primary episode confirms that S.W.O.R.D. brokers are watching their each transfer. Within the second episode, much more clues seem. A voice coming via a radio (it feels like Ant-Man’s Agent Jimmy Woo) asks Wanda, “Who’s doing this to you?” Afterward within the episode, Wanda abruptly turns into pregnant. She asks Imaginative and prescient if “that is actually occurring,” and after he first displays that one thing appears off, time abruptly rewinds and he modifies his reply to a easy, “Sure, that is actually occurring.”
An important second occurs when Wanda and Imaginative and prescient are standing in the midst of the road after listening to a noise. A beekeeper emerges from a manhole, the S.W.O.R.D. brand on his again. Wanda, fear-stricken, utters a easy “no,” and every part goes again to regular — effectively, her model of regular. If the title change does imply Wanda is being watched as a doable sentient weapon (we nonetheless don’t know what occurred to Imaginative and prescient’s precise physique), it will play barely into her arc within the Home of M comics, the place Wanda creates a fictional actuality to deal with a devastating loss.
Right here’s the place some enjoyable predictions are available in. Marvel Studios must unite its new group of superheroes, lots of that are tied into different planets. Bear in mind when Captain Marvel instructed the makeshift council of Avengers in Endgame that when Thanos snapped his fingers, it devastated a bunch of different planets, too? The best way they’ll do that’s via S.W.O.R.D. We already know that WandaVision connects to Physician Unusual within the Multiverse of Insanity. Within the Home of M comedian collection, Professor X reveals that he introduced in Physician Unusual to attempt to break Wanda’s fictional actuality. It doesn’t work, nevertheless it’s doable that Physician Unusual might work with S.W.O.R.D. in WandaVision to attempt one thing comparable.
It additionally appears probably that Monica Rambeau may even seem in Captain Marvel 2. The character was within the first Captain Marvel, and, contemplating that Fury appeared like he was working with S.W.O.R.D. on the finish of Far From House, it’s not an excessive amount of of a stretch to imagine that Carol Danvers, Nick Fury, and Monica Rambeau all know and proceed to work with one another.
Bear in mind: WandaVision wasn’t initially imagined to air till the top of this 12 months, nearer to Physician Unusual within the Multiverse of Insanity and Captain Marvel 2’s launch date, and after The Eternals. To not point out that with X-Males and the Implausible 4 below Feige’s belt — and a brand new Implausible 4 film within the works — utilizing S.W.O.R.D. to attach every part the way in which S.H.I.E.L.D. did for Iron Man, Captain America: First Avenger, Thor, and The Avengers, is an efficient strategy to do it.
It looks as if WandaVision will spend its first season figuring out whether or not S.W.O.R.D. is an ally or an enemy. Extra importantly for the MCU, having followers dive into S.W.O.R.D. earlier than The Eternals, Captain Marvel 2, and different cosmic films is an efficient place to get folks acquainted with the company.
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