Spoiler Alert for WandaVision Episode 5
After last weeks game-changing episode, WandaVision is now going full speed ahead and shows no signs of slowing down. What started as a mysterious journey into classic sitcoms has now transformed into a full MCU adventure after five episodes. The result is a perfect balance between the MCU and the alternate TV reality within the show that fans have waited for since the beginning.
This episode jumps between Wanda’s televised reality and S.W.O.R.D.’s investigation of it. The mystery is now developing at full speed as the audience discovers the rules of this reality at the same time as the heroes (and villains) on screen. This episode is a turning point for the series as it uncovers a deeper mystery than initially expected.
The cast stands out particularly well in this episode. A spectacular new trio has formed made up of Captain Monica Rambeau (Teyonah Parris), Agent Jimmy Woo (Randall Park), and Dr. Darcy Lewis (Kat Dennings). This trio shines because of their unexpected chemistry and their collective experience that spawns from different corners of the MCU.
The stars of the show continue to top themselves week after week. Wanda Maxmoff’s (Elizabeth Olsen) full turn to the dark side managed to provide the shock and awe that were sorely missing from the first few episodes. Vision’s (Paul Bettany) development as a Yin to Wanda’s Yang came in perfect timing as the show seemed to focus far more on Wanda’s development until this episode.
Additionally, this episode finally validates Disney / Marvel’s decision to release this show weekly instead of all at once. The first few episodes were short on shock and awe, which a weekly released show desperately needs in every episode. With this episode, however, Marvel finally justifies the decision for a weekly release because the show is finally giving the essential plot developments and cliff hangers that a weekly release desperately needs.
Speaking of cliff hangers, the ultimate show stopping moment from this weeks episode is Evan Peters (seemingly) returning as Quicksilver, Wanda’s twin brother played by Aaron Taylor Johnson in the proper MCU. Peters previously portrayed the character in Fox’s X-Men universe, which is the first official tease of the multiverse in the MCU.
Is this the same version of Quicksilver that was previously seen in the Fox universe? Probably not, because the characterizations are already so different from one another. Still, the meta-ness of casting Evan Peters as a fake version of Pietro Maximoff is brilliant on Marvel’s part, and it is a brilliant misdirect for when Evan Peter’s true character is revealed.
Overall, this episode is an important turning point for the show. It strikes the perfect balance amoung every good quality of the show, and teases an exciting second-half arc for the show moving forward.
Filmnetic Grade: A+
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