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‘All-New Halloween Spooktacular!” WandaVision Episode 6 Recap and Review

The episode opens with a Malcom in the Middle inspired theme before we take a full dive into a classic sitcom trope: Halloween. The episode starts with Billy (Julian Hilliard) and Tommy (Jett Klyne) talking directly into the camera style, something that many sitcoms have done over the years.

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We get to see Evan Peters in action. His Uncle Pietro reminds me of a combination of Uncle Jesse and Joey from Full House. One minute he’s giving off too cool for school vibes, and goofy and obnoxious the next. It’s entertaining to watch, and it’s hard to accept that he could be a villain in disguise like everyone is speculating.

It was a blast seeing everyone in comic accurate costumes!

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Lizzie is stunning in her Classic Scarlet Witch costume!

The story starts with Wanda’s (Elizabeth Olsen) plans for her family’s first Halloween together falls apart. Vision (Paul Bettany) tells her he’ll be on patrol for the Neighborhood Watch. actually went off on his own to Pietro (Evan Peters) volunteers to go in his place.

Back in the real world, Acting Director Hayward (Josh Stamberg) plans to kill Wanda in order to end the Wanda WestvpView Anomaly. Monica (Teyonab Parris) is emphatically against this, saying they have no idea what will happen on either side of the Hex if Wanda dies. Hayward tells her that she, Jimmy (Randall Park), and Darcy (Kat Dennings) are getting in the way of his mission and has them removed off-base. We’re not told what Hayward’s mission is, but it seems obvious that he’s up to no good.

Back in Westview, Pietro tells the twins to “unleash hell, Demon spawn!” This further fuels rumors that Pietro is actually Mephisto. They wreak havoc all over the neighborhood creating a problem for the Neighborhood Watch in the process. All throughout the episode, Wanda ask Pietro if he remembers certain things from their childhood. She’s testing him, she’s not sure it really is him. And the audience isn’t too sure either.

Wanda runs into Herb (David Payton) who’s on patrol and feeling overwhelmed with all the reports he’s been getting. She tells him that maybe Vision can help, but Herb tells her Vision isn’t on patrol that night. She‘s visibly upset and Herb asks if she’d like anything changed similar to how Agnes (Katheryn Hahn) asked if she should take it from the top in episode five.

In his quest to find out about what lies beyond WestView, Vision wanders beyond the town square. The further he gets from the center of town, the weirder people act. Like zombies instead of living people. They’re either barely moving or standing completely still as if they’ve wandered too far from their energy source.

Back in the town square, Wanda and her Pietro finally have a moment alone. She tells him he’s a bad influence on the twins. This is where we get my favorite quote of the episode:

“Who beefed in your borscht? I’m just trying to do my part. Okay? Come to town unexpectedly. Create tension with the brother-in-law. Stir up trouble with the rugrats, and ultimately give you grief. I mean, that’s what you wanted, isn’t it?” He also tells her how he came to visit. Well, what he can remember. “Details are fuzzy, man. I got shot like a chump on the street for no reason at all, and the next thing I know, I heard you calling me. I knew you needed me.” Aw, It’s moments like this that make it hard to believe he’s evil.

The twins return from returning the candy they stole earlier, and Tommy has developed super speed powers, taking after his uncle. They ask if they can go trick or treating further from the town square. She reminds them not to go past Ellis Avenue.

We switch back to the real world where Marvel’s version of the Scooby gang are trying to hack into Director Hayward’s system. Darcy is successful, and they find out that he’s tracking Vision, but they don’t know why.

Back inside the Hex, Vision continues his walk further outside of town. He notices a single car driving down the road. It’s Agnes, she’s lost and acting lethargic instead of her usual bubbly self. He  uses his power to snap Agnes back to normal and she recognizes him as an Avenger and asks if he’s there to help. He says yes, but he has no memory of who the Avengers are, or that he was one.

They have this interesting conversation:

Agnes:Am I dead?

Vision: No. Why’d you think that?

Agnes: Because you are.

She tells him, “No one leaves. “Wanda won’t even let us think about it.” 

Then she starts laughing maniacally like the witch she’s dressed up as. He returns her back to her mind controlled state. She drives in a circle and heads back into Westview. Vision walks past Ellis Avenue.

Back in reality, Monica is determined to go back inside the Hex to help Wanda. Darcy warns her not to because the hex is rewriting her cells every time she goes back in. Could this be the reason she develops superpowers? The team splits up. Wanda and Jimmy leave, and Darcy stays behind to hack past Hayward’s last firewall.

They talk about various things including how much their parents would’ve loved WestView. Pietro asks her how she did everything from bringing the children into WestView to how Wanda’s perfect world was created in the first place. Wanda asks, “You don’t think it’s wrong?” He responds, “What, are you kidding? I’m impressed! Seriously. It’s a pretty big leap from giving people nightmares, and shooting red wiggly-woos out of your hands.” He knows this isn’t real but why?

She tells him she doesn’t remember how it got started. All she remembers is how she felt, completely alone. Empty. Just endless nothingness.” Much like Vision in episode 4, Wanda sees Pietro as he actually is, dead.

Vision sees the force field just beyond Ellis Avenue and goes to investigate. He tries to push his way through it. The Hex is resistant and refuses to let him through. He manages to break through to other side, but the force of the Hex pulls him apart.

Darcy hears shouting from and runs outside to see what’s going on. She sees Vision struggling and screams for anyone to help him. No one does. We have to watch Vision die… Again.

This is when Billy discovers he has powers. He has empath and telekinetic powers. He feels that his dad’s in trouble. He makes use of his brother’s powers and rushes back to Wanda. Outside of WestView, Hayward has caught Darcy and handcuffed her making it impossible for her to help to Vision.

Back in WestView, Wanda tells Billy to focus his powers. He tells Wanda that Vision is dying. Wanda freaks out, and Pietro chimes in with this badly timed and suspicious statement:

“Hey, don’t sweat it sis. It’s not like your dead can husband can die twice!” (How does Pietro know Vision’s dead?) Wanda uses her “red wiggly-woos” to send Pietro flying backwards. Wanda freezes the town and makes the hex move trapping everything and everyone in its path. And it. It just ends.

I can’t wait to see what will next on WandaVision.

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WandaVision: Live And In Color! – Episode 3 Review and Recap

The mystery intensifies on WandaVision episode three! But I’m getting ahead of myself! The episode starts off with a catchy, 70s inspired theme tune courtesy of Kristen Andersen -Lopez (Frozen).

At the end of the last episode, we find out that Wanda (Elizabeth Olsen) is pregnant. Episode three picks up where episode two left off with the doctor making a house call. We’re told that she is four months pregnant. This is hard news for Vision (Paul Bettany) to digest since it’s only been twelve hours since finding out about the pregnancy.

After seeing the doctor out and greeting his neighbor Herb (who’s trimming his boarder wall with hedge clippers!?), Vision heads back inside to find Wanda bigger than she was before.

I’m digging the 70s look!

Vision tries his best to calculate when the baby is due, but even his computer brain is no match for Wanda’s accelerated pregnancy.

Wanda’s pregnancy is a great source for comedy in the episode. It interferes with her powers and creates unpredictable chaos. This chaos not only affects the Visions but also the entire neighborhood in the form of a power outage and burst pipes. (But once again I find myself Speeding along).

During the power outage, Wanda worries that Westview will discover their secret. Meanwhile, Vision begins putting together the strange events of the first three episodes so far, and Wanda puts a stop to his questions and by blinking and rewinding time like she did in the last episode.

My favorite scene is when they’re preparing the nursery, and they argue over what the baby’s name will be with Billy and Tommy being the two options. (It’s a fun name drop for comic fans!)

Another favorite scene was when Vision was timing how fast he could change a diaper using a doll to practice on.

Wanda goes into labor days before Vision predicted. Bringing her pregnancy to a grand total of twenty-four hours! Vision makes a quick dash for the doctor, and Geraldine (Teyonah Parris) pops in for a surprise visit.

The mysterious side of WandaVision really amps up once Geraldine arrives. Wanda’a labor continues and her magic is out of control. Geraldine helps deliver the baby. (Excellent acting by Elizabeth by the way! Her screaming and facial expressions were perfect!)

Vision returns and is disappointed to have missed everything, but he shouldn’t have worried! Wanda goes into labor a second time, and we get to see two future Young Avengers on screen for the first time!!!!!

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Wanda tells Geraldine that she’s a twin named Pietro. This is the first time he’s mentioned since Age of Ultron. Geraldine shocks Wanda by asking if Pietro was killed by Ultron. This upsets Wanda so much that her mood visibly and drastically changes. She wonders, and we wonder as well, how Geraldine could possibly know anything about Wanda’s past!

While this is going on, Vision is outside with questions of his own. He spots the neighbor whispering and moves closer to listen in. They seem nervous and anxious about something. Agnes (Katheryn Hahn) asks if Geraldine is with Wanda. It’s revealed that this mystery woman has no family, home, and doesn’t really belong anywhere.

Cut back to inside where Wanda spots Geraldine’s necklace and demands to know who she is. Geraldine can’t answer. Either because she genuinely doesn’t know, or because she does know but is sworn to secrecy. Maybe both?

We keep switching back and forth from Wanda’s situation and Vision’s. The feeling that something’s not right continues to grow. The neighbors and Geraldine are increasingly nervous. It’s like everyone is walking on eggshells. They either can’t ask questions or share information about what’s going on. We just don’t know why.

Wanda gets downright scary, and sends Geraldine away by magically expelling her from the sitcom reality bubble. Geraldine finds herself in the real world surrounded by vans and helicopters. Leaving us to wonder exactly what is going on?!

This episode left me with more questions than answers. Hopefully, there will be more answers next episode. Hopefully, I’ll be able to get my next review out in a more timely manner!

News

Hollywood Reopens!

Marvel News

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Murphy’s Multiverse reported that Marvel is starting the casting search for a “deaf female, Native American, First Nations, Indigenous or Latinx, 18 or older, to play the role of “Malia” in an upcoming Disney Plus series set to shoot this Fall.” This casting description could be describing Maria Lopez AKA Echo. Marvel’s casting director, Sarah Finn is looking for an actress who is “independent, athletic and bright.” There’s no word on what project Echo could show up in, though it’s being speculated that she could appear in Hawkeye. Another important thing to note is that Maria Lopez is one of the main deaf characters in Marvel Comics. Having her in the MCU would be a huge win for the Deaf community and disability representation in general!

For a more in-depth description of Echos’ comic book history, you can go here:

Marvel Studios May Be Casting Their Echo

Falcon and Winter Soldier is rumored to still be streaming in 2020, thanks to an Instagram post from Anthony Mackies’ make up artist, Latoya Henderson (filmartist_toya).

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Filming could restart in the Czech Republic in late July/earlyAugust!

Salma Hyek shared on Instagram that reshoots for Eternals will begin soon, and Sophia Di Martino shared on Instagram a picture of a Zoom meeting with her stunt double. This has sparked rumors that Loki could resume filming as well.

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Marvel is still searching for their Ms. Marvel,   and hope to begin filming the Ms. Marvel Disney+ series later this summer.

Kevin Smith from Yahoo Sports has reported that returning NBA players (who stay at Walt Disney World during the season) could be getting the chance to see unreleased Disney films potentially including Black Widow in the mix. So, anyone interested in being a pro basketball player? 😂

MCU Cosmic has reported several things this week:

1. Pop in the Box has announced an exclusive Wanda Funko Pop just in time for the original WandaVision release month, December. It’s possible that we could still see see WandaVision this year! It hasn’t been con firmed so just in case, don’t get your hopes up to high.

2. Marvel Studios has approached Mandalorian director Deborah Chow about several Marvel projects. It’s unknown about what projects she could take on. Jeremy Conrad speculates that it could be Captain Marvel 2 or a Disney Plus series like the rumored Secret Invasion series.

3. Daniel Richtman reported that Firestar, Mutant and member of the New Warriors, could be making her debut in the MCU soon. This could mean that Marvel is starting to build a cinematic New Warriors team as well.

4. Marvel is planning on Lucia Von Bardas, in the comics she Dr. Doom’s successor, but Jeremy speculates that Lucia could be how they eventually introduce Doctor Doom in the MCU. For more speculation, you can go here:

Marvel is Beginning to Lay the Groundwork For Their Greatest Villain in the MCU

 

Non Marvel Related News

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Yahoo News reported that Benedict Cumberbatch will be receiving a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame next year. Don Cheadle and Josh Brolin will be receiving stars as well!

That’s all for this week! Thanks for reading.

Over and out,

Captain Stark

 

 

 

 

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Pandemic Bits and Pieces

MCU News

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Murphy’s Multiverse revealed that the working title for the Hawkeye series is Anchor Point.

They also shared that one of the widows in Black Widow is listed as a stunt performer on Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings.  It’s not known if Jade Xu is playing a character in the film or is just doing stunts. But it’s interesting to speculate if Black Widow and Shang-Chi is connected in some way.

 MCU Cosmic reported that Marvel still has plans for Starfox being introduced in the MCU in the future.

 

 

Actor Interviews

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Karen Gillian recently spoke at an online Galaxy Con panel about the future of Nebula in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. She said that we will see Nebula “rebuild her life” after the death of her father Thanos. For more of that interview, You can check this article out from MCU Direct:

https://thedirect.com/article/guardians-of-the-galaxy-vol-3-karen-gillan-teases-nebulas-post-thanos-rebuilding-plans

In an interview with Screenrant, Marissa Tomei shared her hopes for Aunt May going into Spider-Man 3:

”Well, I’ve had her – [director] Jon Watts and I always talked about her being a community organizer. And hopefully that track will expand and be part of this one, as well.”

During a recent interview with Jimmy Fallon, Anthony Mackie had this assurance for fans patiently, or not so patiently, awaiting the release of Falcon and the Winter Soldier:

“Well, I’m happy to Say, we are not Cancelled, We are on hold. So we’re going back hopefully sometime  soon and finish it up. We have very little stuff  to do.  I’m very happy with it.We havev a little bit more we can go back and do but  eveybody rest assured, It will come out. We are not cancelled.”

You can check out this article from Murphy’s Multiverse from Liz Hill for a detailed analysis of what Anthony’s quote means, and production concerns centered around the ongoing Covid-19 by clicking here:

https://www.murphysmultiverse.com/what-anthony-mackies-falcon-the-winter-soldier-update-means/

MCU Speculation Articles

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Charles Murphy has written two articles speculating about what comics could be influencing WandaVision and Hawkeye. Both pieces are fascinating reads and you can find them by clicking the links below:

WandaVision: https://www.murphysmultiverse.com/wandavision-house-of-m-xmen-comic/

Hawkeye: https://www.murphysmultiverse.com/jeff-lemires-hawkeye-may-be-a-big-influence-on-upcoming-series/

Non-MCU Related Projects

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Deadline reported that Jake Gyllenhaal is set to star in an adaptation of Ollie Master’s graphic novel Snow Blind.

That’s it for this week. As always thanks for reading!

Over and out,

Captain Stark

 

 

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Finally! News!

Because of Covid-19 and Hollywood’s shutdown, there hasn’t been much in the way of news. But there’s some this week so let’s get to it!

Marvel News

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According to The Wrap, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings may experience further filming delays due to Covid-19. Hopefully, Marvel can figure out how to handle the many safety restrictions in order to begin filming sooner rather than later.

According to TheCinemaSpot, Hercules will be making his MCU debut in the near future. The project he will appear in is currently unknown.

Murphy’s Multiverse reported that Evan Peters (Quicksilver in the X-Men films) has joined the cast of WandaVision in an unknown role.

Tampa Bay Comic Con announced that Paul Bettany had to cancel his appearance because WandaVision will resume filming in July.

 

 

Rumors

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According to @MsLizzieHill, Falcon and the Winter Soldier and Loki will also resume filming.

There’s a possibility of a Falcon and the Winter Soldier season 2. If so, it would have a different title. Here’s what Charles Murphy had to say about it on the Murphy’s Multiverse podcast:

“Coming out of season one, [Bucky Barnes and Sam Wilson] are going to have gone through something traumatic and be different.

 There was definitely at one point a plan for a second season. If they did have season two, it wouldn’t be called The Falcon and the Winter Soldier Season 2, it would be a thematically related thing with a different name.”

It would be so awesome if this turns out to be true!

That’s it for this week. Thanks for reading!

Over and out,

Captain Stark