WandaVision spoilers follow – including episode 4.
That WandaVision would reference Avengers: Infinity War and the events of Endgame is hardly a surprise to anyone, given that we've known from the off that the series – fronted by Elizabeth Olsen's Wanda and Paul Bettany's Vision – would be set after those fateful events.
But episode four (which released January 29) took it in a much more personal direction, with its opening scene references to what has since become known as "The Blip."
You probably don't need us to give you an MCU history lesson, but in the interest of clarity let's just reverse time for a short moment. Infinity War saw Thanos snatch the Mind Stone fresh out of Vision's head which, of course, killed him (are you also wondering how he's currently walking, talking and fathering children in a cutesy suburban household?).
As well as being a pretty devastating blow for Wanda and the other Avengers, this also allowed for Thanos' Snap to obliterate half of all living things.
Endgame introduced some timey-wimey nonsense which, in addition to creating all sorts of messy timelines, also allowed for Bruce Banner to do that neat Infinity Gauntlet reversal thing. It brought back everyone who was lost in The Snap, so we guess time-travel isn't all bad...
WandaVision has now revealed that Monica Rambeau (introduced to us in earlier episodes as Geraldine) was one of those people to be blipped away. Giving a little more back story to the character that's been reintroduced into the MCU, audiences watched her reappear in the visitors' chair of a hospital room.
We know that the missing were returned to the same place they were when The Snap happened (but don't worry about the potential dangers of that, because we've been assured that Brainy Hulk would have also checked that everyone's return was a safe one).
Monica had been waiting for her mother, Maria Rambeau, after surgery. Pre-Snap, she'd been told by doctors that the operation had been a success. So when she reappeared back in that room, feeling a little groggy and disorientated, she assumed that she had fallen asleep.
Trawling the chaotic hospital corridors (don't forget, half of the hospital's former residents were also returned at the same time), she looked for her mum. Coming face to face with the doctor who had been treating her, it was here that Monica was informed that her mum had actually died while she was gone, three years earlier.
Pretty heartbreaking, right?
It's not news that Thanos' Snap had far-reaching and devastating consequences, far beyond the Avengers that were lost (and that downright traumatising scene between a disintegrating Spider-Man and an uncharacteristically helpless Iron Man).
But, while Spider-Man:Far From Home later addressed it with a remembrance tribute, audiences didn't really get to see all that much of The Blip's real-world impact, away from big intergalactic battles and the benefits of super powers.
WandaVision's callback has offered a different perspective of the exact moment the reversal took place, while filling in some more blanks about what Monica's role will be and also confirming the fate of another Captain Marvel character.
Continuing the theme of perception-shifting, much of episode four retraced the steps of what we've seen so far, only this time from the outside looking inward. It offered explanations for the mysterious bee man and the arrival of that toy-size helicopter, as well as confirming that it was Wanda who propelled Geraldine/Monica out of her suburban reality.
The final frame married up with that of the third instalment, bringing everything back to that particular moment in time. Laying flat out on the grass, on the outskirts of that eerie forcefield, Monica has given Wanda's game away.
Or has she?
WandaVision airs weekly every Friday on Disney+.
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