WandaVision Episode 4: Filmnetic Review

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Spoiler warning for WandaVision Episode 4

The MCU we know and love is back and better than ever. After three episodes that took a journey through decades of classic sitcoms, Marvel fans finally return to the reality that they know and love. But does this episode solve problems or just create more?

In this flashback episode, we see what was going on in the outskirts of Westview during the events of the first three episodes. Although it focuses on Teyonah Parris’s Monica Rambeau (formally known as Geraldine in the sitcom alternate reality), this episode reintroduces old MCU friends Agent Jimmy Woo (Randall Park) and Dr. Darcy Lewis (Kat Dennings) as they come together to study the mysterious alternate reality that popped up in a random town in New Jersey.

For fans who have been speculating what is going on in this show since the first trailer, this episode has very little to add to the mystery. Almost every reveal in this episode coincided with what the fandom has been speculating for weeks. Still, there are shocking reveals that manage to distract from some of the apparent predictability of the show.

Before diving into those shocking reveals, let discuss the nuances of the difference between predictability and good writing. This show is incredibly well written, but Marvel Studios may have miscalculated their release strategy with this show. The hyperactive fandom and well placed Easter eggs and teases make it so that the next episode is fully predicted with pseudo-spoilers, which for mega fans like me, restricts from the full experience that was intended.

Obviously, casual fans who don’t have their finger to the pulse of the fandom may have a different experience. Still, just for my personal experience, I think the show would be more enjoyable to bingewatch all at once instead of piece buy piece every week, because the incredible writing makes the show a bit predictable for hardcore fan theorists.

That being said, this episode did have some pretty potent shockers. The reveal that Wanda is animating Vision’s dead corpse will stand out as one of the defining moments of the show. Wanda’s apparent full turn to the dark side was well executed, but once again was not very shocking to those who have micro-analyzed the show since the beginning.

Overall, this episode was nearly perfect from a storytelling perspective, but the show as a whole would benefit from a binge model instead of the weekly release model. Of course, that’s my own personal opinion. If you feel differently, please make sure to share that with us down below or on Twitter or Facebook!

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