Naima Criss, Editor

Disney+ recently just released a new tv series called WandaVision, staring Wanda Maxoff (Elizabeth Ozman) and Vision (Paul Bettany). The tv show portrays the former Avenger starring in sitcoms, living average suburban lives after moving to a small town called Westview. Each episode displays a different decade of television within the theme song and actions of the character. First, the 1960s, then the 70s, then 80s, ect. But, while Wanda and Vision are fake living their perfect life, strange circumstances and odd periods keep occurring, creating doubt in the reality of their existence. On January 29th, the fourth episode of the season aired on the app and critics are already spiraling with it’s prospect. 

Spoiler Alert:

At the end of the third episode, we see Geraldine, a friend of Wanda Maxoff, get kicked out of the Westview Anomaly and become surrounded by government officials monitoring  the town. The audience still remains unaware of how, exactly, she was able to exit Westview when Wanda only informed Vision that Geraldine had to rush home unexpectedly. Vision also has a peculiar conversation with other friendly neighbors, attempting to tell him how Geraldine had to leave town because they were all…. That was it. The thought was never finished. We also discover that Geraldine is, in fact, a part of a mysterious government organization causing all the odd disturbances in town and ruining Wanda’s and Vision’s false happiness ever after. The intentions of this government are completely unbeknownst to the audience. 

In this episode, we look into the past of Geraldine. Her real name is Monica Rambeu, daughter of the late Maria Rambeu who was the best friend of Captain Marvel. When Thanos snapped his fingers and decimated half of the universal population, Monica disappeared. During her five years of absence, her mother caught cancer and died three years later. After that, Monica decided to continue her mother’s legacy as a pilot working for Genis-Vell, the government that is investigating the Westview Anomaly. She investigates Westview after she’s called in for a missing town case. No one has any recollection of Westview. They don’t even know of it or anyone inside of it exists. Her investigation causes her to be sucked into the vortex, forcing the organization to call in scientists to discover the WandaVision sitcom. With their efforts, they manage to contact the inhabitants inside causing the odd disturbances. When viewing the previous episode, after Wanda gives birth to twin boys and Geraldine mentions her twin’s death, it’s revealed how Monica got kicked out of the town. It was Wanda! Wanda knows the reality she lives in is fake and she’s been controlling the television show the entire time! The episode cuts off, forcing the audience to wait an entire week before the plot continues. 

Critics are raving constantly about the new series. The show remains classically funny and remarkably cheesy as all old-timely sitcoms are but the added element of suspense of mystery radiates it’s Marvel origins. The actors are so immersed in their characters it’s simple for audiences to sink into the story line, letting it blur lines between fictional and reality. The story line is uncannily addictive. The mind splits it’s appraisal between the hope and joy at seeing such extraordinary characters living such ordinary lives and the en rooted mystery of trying to solve the puzzle before the finale climax. 

One thing that’s most relatable about this show is the desire to watch it. Wanda and Vision don’t question the life they live in within the television series, not because they can’t get out of it, but because they don’t want to. In reality, Vision was killed by Thanos when he stole the time crystal from his skull, leaving a grieving Wanda alone before decimating along with half of the population. When the blip ended, there was nothing left for Wanda. As viewers, we want more for her than what she’s able to have. This show gives that. It gives voice and hope to that little voice and side wondering how perfect life is for fictional characters from lighthearted television shows. The reality of their existence balances it out, reminding us all that the fictional world is fake for a reason. 

Overall, I am completely obsessed with this show and cannot wait for the text episode. I recommend it for all ages at or above 10 years old.