WandaVision is a serious turning level for the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and never simply because it is the primary sequence to debut on Disney+. WandaVision’s narrative twists and turns are what actually make it really feel so game-changing for the MCU, which is sensible since you’ll be able to solely match so many twists right into a 2-hour film.
There’s one plot twist in WandaVision that feels significantly necessary, one that provides the chance to additional discover an occasion within the MCU extra deeply than Marvel Studios has ever achieved earlier than — although not for lack of attempting.
We’re, in fact, speaking about the Blip.
WandaVision and Avengers: Endgame
Previous to WandaVision’s premiere, it wasn’t clear how a lot — if in any respect — the Disney+ sequence could be coping with the Blip (a.ok.a. the 5 years between when Thanos snapped 50% of the inhabitants out of existence and when the Avengers introduced all of them again). However the opening of WandaVision Episode 4 made it clear that the sequence wouldn’t be ignoring the occasion, with the revelation that Teyonah Parris’ Monica Rambeau was — like Wanda — one of many unlucky souls snapped away by Thanos. (Even worse: throughout the Blip, her mother Maria died after her most cancers got here out of remission.)
The Blip is referenced once more in WandaVision Episode 6 throughout an argument between Monica and Appearing S.W.O.R.D. Director, Tyler Hayward (Josh Stamberg) over S.W.O.R.D.’s methods for coping with the “Westview Anomaly.” The second in query comes after Monica defends Wanda, with Hayward cruelly replying, “You understand, you individuals who left, nonetheless have the luxurious of optimism. You don’t have any concept what it was like, what it took to maintain the lights on.”
In case it wasn’t already, Hayward’s speech makes it clear that WandaVision received’t simply be acknowledging The Blip, however can even be actively investigating and exploring the continued ramifications (and lingering trauma) that these 5 years will proceed to have on the MCU’s inhabitants.
WandaVision vs. Brokers of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Not solely is WandaVision’s dealing with of the Blip thrilling from a story perspective, however it additionally has large implications for the MCU going ahead. It appears to sign that Marvel Studios could lastly be attaining the cohesion between movie and TV titles that it beforehand didn’t.
In fact, this is not the primary time Disney has tried to tie a serious occasion from one of many Marvel movies right into a TV present. Again in 2014, Marvel’s Brokers of S.H.I.E.L.D. famously tried to deal with the fallout of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s dismantling that occurred throughout Captain America: The Winter Soldier.
That try on the a part of the Brokers of S.H.I.E.L.D. artistic workforce, whereas admirable, was in the end for naught. The ABC sequence actually didn’t examine or discover the revelation that S.H.I.E.L.D. had been infiltrated by HYDRA any extra deeply than Winter Soldier did. Worse, the post-Winter Soldier occasions within the present had little-to-no affect on the MCU movies that adopted.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. isn’t the only TV series set in the MCU that the Marvel movies principally ignored both. The Netflix Defenders shows had been additionally brushed apart by the MCU movies regardless of being set in a New York Metropolis scarred by the occasions of 2021’s The Avengers. Not one of the Defenders ever made it into an MCU film, although rumors nonetheless persist that Charlie Cox’s Daredevil may make the bounce from Netflix to Marvel Studios.
What’s subsequent for WandaVision and the MCU?
WandaVision’s capability and willingness to so overtly handle and cope with the occasions of the MCU movies is a breath of contemporary for Marvel followers. It appears to sign a long-awaited finish to the big disconnect between the studio’s TV exhibits and movies. Extra importantly, it additionally implies that Marvel could have the chance to spend extra time exploring explicit occasions and moments from the MCU exterior of simply the movies, which can solely deepen and increase each future Marvel motion pictures and exhibits alike.
In spite of everything, Brokers of S.H.I.E.L.D. could have been incapable of actually coping with the occasions of the MCU movies, however not one of the different Marvel motion pictures actually dealt all that a lot with the occasions of Winter Soldier both. However because of exhibits like WandaVision, we all know that the subsequent time there’s an MCU-shattering film second, we’ll possible get a subsequent Disney+ sequence to discover the complete ramifications.
WandaVision is streaming now on Disney+.