As we saw at the end of episode two of WandaVision’s two-part premiere on Disney+, last Friday’s episode brightens things up with a wash of colour. Episode 3 of WandaVision brings the audience forward in time by a whole decade, with an episode inspired by The Brady Bunch, Three’s Company and the Partridge Family.
If you enjoyed Marvel Studios’ comedic take on old-fashioned sitcoms from the 50s and 60s in episodes 1 and 2 of WandaVision, you are in for a treat in episode 3. The dialogue and 70s style in this week’s episode is once again done respectfully, whilst at the same time mocking some of the antiquated sexist views of days gone by. Titled “Now in Color”, episode 3 also brings more outstanding humour, whilst also revealing more elements of the overall plot that help us remember that, somehow, this crazy series fits into the MCU.
Following the surprising turn of events at the end of last week, episode 3 begins with Westview’s resident physician, Dr. Neilson (Randy Oglesby), coming over to check on the pregnant Wanda (Elizabeth Olsen). Despite only realising they were expecting a child the previous day, Wanda’s pregnancy is progressing at an alarming rate. At the end of the check-up, the doctor concludes that the baby is fine, and Wanda is four months pregnant.
As the doctor leaves, more glitches in the matrix appear that remind us that there’s something sinister behind this humorous family sitcom. First, Vision (Paul Bettany) encounters his neighbour Herb (David Payton) trimming some hedges that separate the two properties. However, Vision notices that he isn’t actually tidying the hedges anymore and is instead cutting through a wall, yet Herb seems almost oblivious and powerless to stop.
As he returns to the house, Wanda’s pregnancy has now jumped forward by two months and she is suffering with Braxton-Hicks contractions. It’s at this point that we witness some of the power that Wanda has of her surroundings. As another contraction arrives, the power in the whole street goes out. When Vision begins to mention to Wanda that something isn’t quite right, Wanda somehow rewinds the scene and resets the conversation to a version that she prefers.
Not long after, Wanda is now full term and as her waters break, it begins to downpour inside their home. As Vision rushes off to the find the doctor to help deliver his child, Geraldine/Monica Rambeau (Teyonah Parris) arrives to visit. At first, Wanda tries to hide her heavily pregnant figure, as Parris has a look around the house and gets comfortable for a good old-fashioned chat. The next few minutes are laugh out loud funny, with each passing contraction causing havoc around the house, with more power cuts, earthquakes, fires, spinning furniture and a stork that Wanda frantically tries to hide from her visitor.
Eventually, Monica helps Wanda to deliver her baby, just as Vision arrives home and disappointingly realises that he has missed the big moment. Or has he? Shortly after baby number two arrives and fans are treated to the first outing of twins Billy and Tommy in the MCU. Comic readers will know this significance of this development more than newer audiences!
It’s at this point that WandaVision truly starts to reveal some of the details that fans have been waiting for, whilst still keeping the main details hidden away for future episodes. As Vision once again says goodbye to the doctor, he witnesses Herb and Agnes (Kathryn Hahn) whispering together at the wall. When Vision asks what they are talking about, they ask where Geraldine is. The pair explain how she is new in town, with Agnes adding that she has no family, no husband – no home! As Vision pushes what they are getting at, Herb says “she came here because we’re all…” but is stopped short by Agnes. Her normal cheerful smile is now visibly shaken with a worried expression that suggests there is a major reason to not give away Wastview’s hidden secret.
Meanwhile, inside the house, Wanda and Geraldine are stood admiring the new-born babies, when Wanda mentions that she once had a twin brother named Pietro. Geraldine nonchalantly replies, “Your brother was killed by Ultron, wasn’t he?” With that, Wanda suddenly goes on the defensive and questions the S.W.O.R.D. symbol hanging from Geraldine’s neck. Unable to answer, Wanda banishes Geraldine from her reality, through a strange energy field that surrounds the town, and out into the real world where she is quickly found by other members of S.W.O.R.D.
It is no surprise that members of the press were only shown up to this point for their advance screening of the series. As the episode ends, it feels like we’ve discovered a lot, whilst still knowing very little of what and/or who is creating this strange world.
Things are starting to ramp up in pace, and it seems almost certain that episode four will see a change in pace from the slower first act. You can watch episode four of WandaVision on Disney+ this coming Friday, 29th January.