WandaVision – Episode 7 Breaking the Fourth Wall
WandaVision enters the modern era of sitcoms with Breaking the Fourth Wall, a quietly paced episode that ushers in the final part of the season. It doesn’t have the impact of previous weeks – inevitably due to the change in status quo – but it makes up for it with laughs and full mockery of modern TV standards and an inventive use of Wanda’s power.
Wanda feels the pressure of solitude with the twins after she discovers that the vision is a gimmick and her artificial world begins to crumble. Vision seeks an unlikely ally to help him find Wanda and save the people trapped in Westview. Monica tries to go back to Hex to speak to Wanda.
Breaking the Fourth Wall made me laugh from the start with a shot of Wanda dressed in a bathrobe beating up a modern housewife with a television while talking directly to the camera, sitting in her living room. As we probably all expect, WandaVision is now focusing on single-camera shows like The Office or Modern Family, in which characters talk periodically to a camera crew filming their daily lives at work or home. Since WandaVision (i.e. Wanda in WandaVision) takes place almost entirely in the Maximoff house, it’s a more modern family, with Wanda playing Claire Dunphy, the tired mother who is slowly going insane, though she doesn’t seem to be much.
This setup works because from the beginning of Breaking the Fourth Wall, Wanda’s life is derailed. She has lost her eyesight, is raising her two children alone and uses the interview to vent her frustrations. The vision, on the other hand, is found in SWORD’s Wanda Circus. He is now halfway between waking and delusion; he largely knows what is going on and remembers his actions from the previous episode, but he is also bound by the conventions of the fantasy world. His personality is still goofy and loud, unlike the analytical robot he once was. Now he has to find a way to get back to his family by making a sitcom – in his case, something more ridiculous, like Arrested Development.
Elsewhere, in Broken Fourth Wall, Monica – who last week escaped with Jimmy Wu from the increasing Hex settings I didn’t know existed – wants to return, still convinced that Wanda isn’t evil and that she’s the key to breaking the spell. She must also deal with Director Hayward, who is planning a new operation to kill Wanda. An attempt to cross the magical boundary with a NASA-like rover fails, but Monica crosses it anyway, with her return to Hex apparently causing some sort of physical change. I love Monica’s character development, which shows us how willing she is to adapt when the danger to herself increases. That’s how you build a character, and I really like what they plan to do with Monica after this series.
And it turns out Monica was right, because the breaking of the fourth wall reveals that the real bad guy was Agnes all along ! The ubiquitous geeky neighbor is actually Agatha Harkness – who I had to look up, card on table – the witch who taught Wanda in the comics to use her magical powers. This opens up interesting possibilities. Did Wanda build the TV world herself, and did Agatha take advantage of the situation, or did she always control Wanda? If it was just her, did Agatha manipulate Wanda into creating Hex to demonstrate her potential? What is their ultimate goal? And where is the Nexus mentioned in this week’s ad? Is Agnes manipulating the multiverse or trying to open it? Is Wanda the key to this? I’m glad Katherine Hahn has a little more substance in the remaining episodes; I loved her role as Agnes, but she can play so much more than a villain.
Speaking of bad guys: Jimmy Woo discovered what really interested SWORD in Wanda. They tried to bring back the vision itself, intending to use it as a weapon. It’s sort of a meeting scenario between the new boss and the old boss. Like S.H.I.E.L.D. before it, SWORD is a power-hungry government group that wants to control superheroes and use them for its own purposes. This has always been the real purpose of the Sokovia Agreement; under the guise of protecting society, the government wants to deprive the people of their rights and usurp more power, using tragedy as a pretext. (Think General Ross calling the Hulk and Thor misguided nuclear devices.) SWORD is little more than the latest incarnation of this power grab. I love the subject matter, and while I think the Socovia Chords story should have ended in the movies, I’m glad they’re keeping this thread alive.
But, revelations and satire aside, the most enjoyable part of Breaking the Fourth Wall is the union between Vision and Darcy. As he walks around the circus, Vision sees Darcy as a short-lived performer in the group and remembers her as someone who wanted to help him. He frees her from an intoxicating spell, and the two fly off, bouncing on each other in an attempt to save Westview. Darcy’s humor is the perfect counterpoint to Vision’s single-minded determination, but he’s too kind and understanding to get angry like most people do. On his way to the suburbs (in a stolen circus wagon), he becomes a textbook MCU legend, from his creation in Age of Ultron to his death, resurrection and new death in Infinity War. Like Wanda, Vision occasionally talks to the camera, and his eventual realization that he’s still going through the motions of a sitcom is hysterical, especially when he bumps into a microphone during his escape. But I liked his subtle look in front of the camera even more, a bewildered Jim – or Tim, if like me you like the British version of The Office – of the superhero world.
Conclusion: Great location
While not as stunning as the other episodes, Breaking the Fourth Wall reveals some of WandaVision’s longstanding secrets and cleverly builds story elements into the sitcom setting. The imbalance of modern single-camera shows is stopped, and there are some hilarious moments before the turnaround begins.
frequently asked questions
Who is at the end of episode 7 of WandaVision?
And now, with the bomb at the end of episode 7, we finally have an answer. All this time, it was Agatha. Well, sort of. Agnes (Katherine Hahn) reveals at the end of the episode that her real name is Agatha Harkness and that she has her own magical powers.
What happens in episode 7 of WandaVision?
WandaVision took a modern turn Friday when the seventh installment of the Marvel Cinematic Universe series debuted on Disney Plus. In this episode, titled Breaking the Fourth Wall, Wanda Maximoff (Elizabeth Olsen) pushes the boundaries of Westview to save Vision (Paul Bettany) from certain death after he disappears from the sitcom town.
What series is the fourth WandaVision series based on?
We interrupt this broadcast, the fourth episode of the American television miniseries WandaVision, based on the Marvel Comics characters Wanda Maximoff / Scarlet Witch and Vision.
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