WandaVision spoilers follow – including episode 5.
Monica Rambeau may have just been thrown out of a mystical "hex", but she's not wasting any time in dusting herself off and being a boss.
While strategising with Darcy Lewis and Jimmy Woo about how best to re-infiltrate Wanda's bubble, things suddenly took a little trip down memory lane – and, in MCU land, that usually means a callback or a neat little Easter egg.
Referencing an "aerospace engineer who might be up for this challenge", Monica grabs her phone and starts texting. At this point it's not clear who she might be talking about, but our best guess would be James "Rhodey" Rhodes (Don Cheadle did just tease an appearance in The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, so maaaybe he'll make a pitstop in Westview first? Or did he just provide that retro '80s drone tech from a distance?).
This led to a discussion about Wanda's abilities. With Monica's intel from her time under the control of the Scarlet Witch, the SWORD agents are now aware that everything happening in sitcom land is real.
"If all the sets and props and wardrobe are solid matter, that would mean she's wielding an insane amount of power," Darcy notes.
"Far exceeding anything she's displayed in the past," Jimmy agrees.
At this point, Monica concedes that Wanda could have taken out Thanos on her own "if he hadn't initiated a blitz." Jimmy then took this a step further, also pointing out that Captain Marvel came pretty close to it.
It's long been noted by fans that Wanda and Captain Marvel are among the most powerful heroes in the MCU, and it seems this is now being addressed on screen.
Carol Danvers in particular created a sticking point for the Thanos threat. At the very end of the first Captain Marvel movie, we watched her fly head-on into a warhead and hurl it back at its ship as though it were nothing more than a frisbee – are we supposed to believe that she couldn't destroy a purple muscle man?
It is the same quandary that befalls DC with Superman. Almost too powerful for his own good, he had to be killed off for a time in order for the rest of the Justice League to be able to actually do anything. It was only after he was resurrected that Steppenwolf could be defeated.
In this vein, Captain Marvel was afforded a disappointingly low amount of screen time in Endgame. After swooping in to save Tony Stark (by flying his broken spaceship back to Earth with about as much effort as we'd use to grab the cereal box from the top shelf), she disappeared off on her own space mission. Presumably, this is also where she was at while the events of Infinity War were going on.
Sure, other planets besides Earth need some super attention every now and then. But it was a pretty convenient ploy for the writers to get out of having to deal with her immense power. Given she was able to rip the Infinity Gauntlet fresh off Thanos' arm after it was filled with stones, the movie would have lasted five minutes if she'd been at full disposal from the off.
We know what you're thinking: Danvers couldn't have stopped Thanos before The Snap because she hadn't officially been introduced into the movie universe yet. But that only accounts for the real-world timeline. For the Marvel Cinematic Universe's timeline, the events of the Captain Marvel movie pre-date pretty much everything else, which means that Danvers was flying about in her super suit somewhere.
It's great to see WandaVision finally flexing the muscles of some of its female stars, acknowledging their often untapped and unsung power. The Scarlet Witch herself is now channeling even more of her potential (even if it's for slightly unsettling reasons), so hopefully the show is marking a more level playing field for its heroines...
WandaVision airs weekly every Friday on Disney+.
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