Marvel’s first two Disney Plus shows couldn’t have been any more different. WandaVision was a delightfully anarchic sendup of classic sitcoms that spawned endless speculation and hare-brained fan theories. Falcon and The Winter Soldier , meanwhile, reflected on race, legacy, and power amid a backdrop of political intrigue and more straight-laced MCU action. The two shows, though, despite their bountiful strengths and strong critical and fan reactions, are united by a common weakness: flat finales. Marvel has seemingly mandated that the final episodes of its TV shows are something familiar: CGI-laden third acts that see several actors hanging from wires or otherwise trapped in green screen limbo. On the big screen, that’s a blast. You only have to look at the excesses of Avengers: Endgame and its euphoric audience reaction to show that, when that sort of popcorn flick frenzy is whipped up, it hits like nothing else in the industry. A means to an end But this is … [Read more...] about Marvel’s Disney Plus series need to learn how to stick the superhero landing
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In WandaVision Episode 7, we learned a shocking (or not-so-shocking, depending on how deeply embroiled in fan theories you've been since the show's premiere) truth about Kathryn Hahn's Agnes. Surprise! She's actually been Agatha Harkness all along, and she even gets her very own theme song to prove it. But, like many things in WandaVision, this reveal only served to raise more questions than it answered--namely: Who the hell is Agatha Harkness and why does she matter in Wanda's story? And naturally, while this is still very much a mystery for the MCU, we can look to Agatha's bizarre comic book history for clues. Agatha Harkness was first introduced in Fantastic Four #94 back in 1970, but before you break out the red string and start connecting dots on your MCU F4 conspiracy walls just yet, know that her role with the first family of Marvel was a little odd. Rather than existing as a villain for anyone in the Richards family, Agatha was a governess--a fancy nanny--to Reed and Sue's … [Read more...] about WandaVision: So Who Is Kathryn Hahn Actually Playing?
Warning: this article contains spoilers. If you haven't seen WandaVision episode 7 yet, turn away now! WandaVision, the reality-twisting, head-spinning, sitcom-inspired series on Disney Plus , could be concealing a secret message in its commercials breaks. The in-universe advert breaks all fit with the time period each episode is spoofing, and so far have been showcasing a watch, some bath powder, a paper towel brand, a yoghurt, and some antidepressants. A weird mix, and even stranger when you peek under the surface. Each commercial links to Wanda, telling her life story, starting with her introduction in the MCU and taking us right up to the cusp of the present. Each advert links to a significant and traumatic moment from her past, giving us a deeper insight into what she's thinking and feeling as the series progresses. We explain all below... Stark Industries The commercial seen in WandaVision episode 1 is for the Toast Mate 2000, with the slogan: "Forget the … [Read more...] about The secret message behind WandaVision’s commercials explained
Ever since Evan Peters’ Pietro sped into Westview halfway through WandaVision , we’ve been wondering what the big secret is behind his appearance. After all, he’s not Wanda’s Pietro – and is best known to fans as Quicksilver in Fox’s series of X-Men movies. Now, we have an answer of sorts. Spoilers for WandaVision episode 8 follow , so you’ve got one last chance to look away now, unless you want part of the mystery to be ruined. So, who is WandaVision’s Pietro ? Part of the reveal was actually in a throwaway line that you might have missed among all the exposition. He’s partly a creation of Agatha Harkness. As Kathryn Hahn’s Sparky-killing witch explains in the opening minutes of her showdown with Wanda, "Fake Pietro" was her "eyes and ears" thanks to something called a "crystalline possession." What that actually means is open for more debate but one thing is clear – this isn’t the MCU Pietro because his body is elsewhere ("necromancy was out of the question," … [Read more...] about Multiverse? Recasting? WandaVision seemingly confirms the truth behind Pietro’s real identity