We've been on the edge of our seats for weeks now waiting for WandaVision Episode 4 and Marvel did not disappoint. If you haven't watched yet, here's your SPOILER WARNING.
WandaVision Episode 4 Summary
“WandaVision Episode 4: We Interrupt this Program” was more of a 10,000-foot view, showing us what's been happening outside of the strange town of Westview. We kind of expected this based on the end of Episode 3. We got to see some of our favorites from the MCU this episode. Agent Jimmy Woo (Randall Park) makes a visual appearance finally and Dr. Darcy Lewis (Kat Denning) finally joins us, assisting S.W.O.R.D. to figure out just what the heck is happening in/to Westview. We also see Monica Rambeau as herself and not as “Geraldine” in the sitcom world Wanda has created.
However, par for the course, “WandaVision Episode 4” brought as many new questions as it gave answers.
We're sharing with you all the “WandaVision Episode 4” Easter Eggs and Callbacks you may have missed, getting you ready for “WandaVision Episode 5.”
WandaVision Episode 4 Easter Eggs and Callbacks
What a way to start an episode! WandaVision is the first MCU property to explicitly address the moment the Blip happened—the moment when half the universe reappeared after Thanos implemented The Snap. And in one of the most chaotic scenarios possible—a hospital. Can you even imagine?? Monica Rambeau “wakes up” from a nap only to find that her mother died 3 years ago when she believes she survived a cancer surgery.
Yes, I know Far From Home addressed it, though in a slightly different way and it's a SONY Pictures film, not 100% MCU.
Lieutenant Trouble and Captain Marvel
As Monica “awakens” from her nap and is materializing back to the real world, she hears memories in her head and voices of loved ones. One of those is a memory of her grandmother, another is of Captain Marvel referring to her by her childhood name: Lieutenant Trouble.
We finally get a look at S.W.O.R.D., Sentient Weapon Observation Response Division. In the comics, W stands for World. This also plays to the theory that Wanda is being observed by SWORD because she's the cause of Westview's anomalies. She and Vision both definitely constitute sentient weapons.
Maria “Photon” Rambeau's legacy
As Monica follows S.W.O.R.D.'s Acting Director Tyler Hayward to his office, we get a glimpse of Monica “Photon” Rambeau's plaque on the wall, and a tug at the heartstrings for Monica and us.
Hayward reminds Monica that Maria played an integral role in building S.W.O.R.D., which could imply/confirm that S.W.O.R.D. has been working concurrently with S.H.I.E.L.D. since the 1990s after Maria was alerted to the existence of aliens and superheroes during the events of Captain Marvel. Maria was S.W.O.R.D. director until she died from cancer 2 years earlier, when Hayward became acting director.
“You were the obvious choice.” -Monica
“I was the only choice.” -Hayward
“I wasn’t gonna say it.” -Monica
Side note, I'm not 100% sold on Hayward's goodness yet. You can read about that here in my article about WandaVision – Hexagons, Mephisto, and AIM.
Westview is Real
If we weren't convinced before, “WandaVision Episode 4: We Interrupt This Broadcast” confirms that Westview is a real town. The fact that no one (the Sherrif) seems to remember it seems more likely to be Wanda's doing than anything else, but more about that later.
Agent Woo confirms he had someone in the FBI's witness protection program housed in Westview, but no one seems to be able to remember him or locate him.
Agent Jimmy Woo
Speaking of Agent Woo…I'm so pumped to see him back. If you haven't watched all the MCU movies (shame on you), Agent Woo is Scott Lang's (Ant-Man) parole officer. FBI Agent Jimmy Woo is assigned to Lang and they sort of become friends, but he's comic relief for sure. In WandaVision, Agent Woo is assigned to work with S.W.O.R.D. on this missing person's case (i.e., this person who was in witness protection whom they cannot locate).
The Helicopter Toy
In WandaVison Episode 2, we saw a mysterious red and yellow toy helicopter with the S.W.O.R.D. logo on it and now we know for sure what it is: a S.W.O.R.D. drone altered (presumable) by the energy field surrounding Westview into a “useless model,” according to Dr. Darcy Lewis. We still don't know have answers as to why it was colorized, though.
Dr. Darcy Lewis
Oh, and speaking of Darcy…SHE IS MY FAVORITE. Dr. Darcy Lewis, makes her return in no subtle way and we are here for it. She's the astrophysicist from Thor and Thor: The Dark Realm and she's not just my favorite. She's a fan favorite, for sure. Comedic relief, snarky, smart as all get out, and known for often being the smartest person in the room.
In WandaVision Episode 1, she was seen watching the show and taking notes in her S.W.O.R.D. notebook. She discovered the signal for the broadcast, though she still only has theories at this point and to why and how that broadcast is happening.
We are introduced to a new name by Director Hayward. He asks one of the agents to check in on Hutch and make sure he's ready to get the drones up in the air. The only reference to “Hutch” in Marvel comics is in Earth-2937.
Hutch is the son of an alternate version of Magik. However, since Hutch was born between dimensions, they all “claim” the child because he never had a true body. As any desperate mother would, she struck a deal with the devil…or in this case, Mephisto. Mephisto promised Magik that her son, Hutch, would get a body, but the cost would be the death of mutants in all dimensions, and they would all be drawn to the dimension that Hutch was in
While Hutch was happy to have a body and see his mother, once he learned at what cost it was, he sacrificed himself and returned to being non-corporeal.
I don't believe we can ignore the Hutch reference here given the connection it has to Mephisto.
WandaVision is so META: The Show Within a Show
I'm okay with weird, and if you've watched this far, you are too. The S.W.O.R.D. team learns, that while still unclear as to why, someone (Wanda?) is broadcasting a TV sitcom-style show of the events of Westview.
As Woo described it, “the universe created a sitcom starring two Avengers.”
But Isn't Vision Dead?
Darcy is just as perplexed as we are. “I know it’s been a crazy few years on this planet, but he’s dead right? Not blipped, dead.” But we sure all see him on the screen in Westview. Soooooooo…
Later in the episode, Wanda “sees” Vision with his burned, stoneless head ala Avengers: Infinity War, after she ejects Monica from Westview. It's disturbing to Wanda and a little unsettling as the audience. It also shows that the “reality” may in fact just be one that Wanda has created and Vision is, in fact, still dead.
The Beekeeper from Episode 2 (and the trailer) we've all been wondering if he's a big bad or something else. Turns out, he may not be a big bad after all. The ominous intruder is called Agent Franklin by S.W.O.R.D.'s Agent Hayward, who sent him through the sewers (ew) to try to infiltrate Westview and collect intel on Monica Rambeau after she got sucked through the energy field.
Monica tells Hayward there are threats and allies in space when she is in his office. When Woo is writing on his board, he mentions Skrulls as possibly being behind this. But Monica knows they would be allies.
Why the Hexagon?
Ah, excellent question, Agent Woo. The Hexagon seems to indicate Wanda. It's in her sitcom credits, it's on the display with all of her information from Westview in the S.W.O.R.D. operations base.
But let's dig deeper into the hexagon symbolism.
The hexagon is the strongest shape known. In a hexagonal grid, each line is as short as it can possibly be if a large area is to be filled with the fewest number of hexagons.
Or is it somehow a reference to AIM (last seen in Iron Man 3)? The certified M.O.D.O.K. creators at AIM (Advanced Idea Mechanics) are notorious for using hexagons in their maniacal aspirations. While we no longer believe the beekeeper to be a direct AIM link, it doesn't mean that AIM is in the clear for zero WandaVision connection as of yet.
AIM runs with that whole “science above all” manifesto and is known for its unscrupulous tactics for achieving its goals. This could play well with the citizens of Westview's, frankly, bizarre and creepy “for the children” mantra.
Only time will tell.
I dig deeper into this in my article about WandaVision and Hexagons here.
When Hayward comes into the station to get an update, we see a table with a bunch of graphics including a giant hexagon, and at the top of that hexagon is the text “A185.” A185 is a reference to Avengers (1963) #185. The description, pretty relevant:
After the Scarlet Witch is plagued by dream visions from her past, she and twin brother Pietro return to Wundagore for answers. What strange creatures from the twins' past will aid them in their future quests? And will the Avengers actually pay for the damages incurred in their battle with the Absorbing Man?
Todd and Sharon Davis
S.W.O.R.D. agents are working to identify the missing persons in the missing town. One set of the neighbors they identify are The Harts from Episode 1: Todd and Sharon Davis. These are not comic references. Sharon Davis is a supervising art director for the show.
The other neighbors are all “cast” as well.
Neighbor Herb is a man named Josh Collins. Collins is an art director on WandaVision.
Vision's co-worker Norm is actually Abhilash Tandon.
Phil Jones, Dottie's husband, is a man named Harold Copter.
Wanda's friend Beverly is played by Isabel Matsueida.
It's possible one of these three is the person in witness protection. Searching in IMDB hasn't found me a WandaVision production connection for these last three as it has for some, but there are quite a few of the cast and crew listed simply as “WandaVision.”
What about Agnes and Dottie?
Dottie is conspicuously missing from the board of missing persons and has no dossier at all, while Agnes has. a dossier but no driver's license or info about who she is. Neither has been identified as a “cast member” for the broadcast and it seems they haven't identified Dottie at all.
Westview will turn you into a sitcom
Okay, not entirely. But, kind of. Everyone inside the barrier has been “cast” as TV show sitcom characters, all of Wanda's and Visions's neighbors. When the drone was sucked in, it changed to a toy helicopter, in color and style. Monica's whole style changed with each decade and she kept the 70s outfit when she was ejected. When the Beekeeper/Agent Franklin was crawling in, his wire got ‘cut” and turned into a colorful jumprope.
Woo on the Radio
If you didn't already know, Episode 4 confirms that the voice Wanda hears on the radio at the pool club in Episode 2 is indeed Agent Woo.
It's all Wanda
After Wanda ejects Monica through the barrier, Monica mumbles only one sentence when she is able to start talking as people come to her aid at the S.W.O.R.D. Response Base: “It's all Wanda.”
Did we miss any Easter Eggs in WandaVision Episode 4? Let us know below!
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