WandaVision Episode 7 Recap: Breaking the Fourth Wall

[Editor’s note: The following contains spoilers for WandaVision, Season 1, Episode 7, “Breaking the Fourth Wall”]

Well, with three episodes in the season, we knew the time was near WandaVision to drop at least one big surprise on us – and really, we got a few this week. “Breaking the Fourth Wall” serves in many ways as a bridging episode that covers Wanda’s crumbling psyche after the events of Halloween, but it also includes some key developments that prepare us for the later season’s final. (How many times can I use the word “endgame” while writing about an MCU show? Probably no more than three. We’ll see if I can stick to that.)

In terms of sitcom eras, Episode 7 jumps from the single cam world of the early 2000s to the genre’s next evolution: the mockumentary. Your first thought might be The office (and in fact the new opening credits don’t contain text, but graphics that combine the mood of the NBC favorite with the style of the opening credits for ABC’s dearly late single cam series happy end).

But really, this episode (at least the parts in Westview) is one Modern family Tribute, with Elizabeth Olsen She embodies every quirk of Julie Bowen’s baffled mother personality as she and the other big city dwellers speak directly to the camera. Sure Julie Bowen seldom faces the complete collapse of their reality, but everyone has to carry his cross.

And Wanda isn’t the only one affected by the disturbances in reality that are emerging now – both Billy and Tommy are noticing the changes, and Billy (the twin with Wanda’s psychic abilities) says things are “noisy” there . It’s all too much for Wanda, who says with certainty to her children that she has no answers and that “I’m starting to believe that everything is meaningless.” But hey, Wanda is lucky because here comes everyone’s favorite neighbor, Agnes, who agrees to take care of the twins so Wanda can have some time with me.

Jett Klyne and Julian Hillard in WandaVision

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While Wanda grapples with her existential crisis, a lot is happening elsewhere. For starters, Hayward and the remaining SWORD agents, who haven’t been sucked up by the Hex’s growing frontier, are preparing to launch a major action later that day. (That’s all we really get from their side of the story in this episode, but it’s certainly a key element for the next episode.)

More importantly, Woo and Monica also managed to escape the hex in episode 6. Unfortunately we seem to have to wait a little longer to find out who Monica’s “aerospace engineer” is – instead they meet a new SWORD agent named Major Goodner, who is on Monica’s side and accordingly delivers a fancy vehicle with whom Monica wants to penetrate the barrier. The rover can’t break through successfully, but Monica decides to give it a try and literally pushes herself into Westview in a trippy sequence that depicts voice cameos from key characters from her life (including Nick Fury and Carol Danvers!) With Monica on the other side and transformed through experience as predicted by Darcy. Monica appears to be able to see electromagnetic fields for a minute before shaking them off and looking for Wanda.

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Oh, I’m talking about Darcy … After Vision was almost resolved in the previous episode, he wakes up in his full form – but again on the other side of the barrier. However, when he finds the circus facility where the captured SWORD agents are now, he recognizes Darcy as someone with whom he had an “unspoken connection” on the other side and frees her from Wanda’s control. Together, the two kidnap a funnel cake cart and set off to track down Wanda. Darcy gives Vision the Cliff’s Notes on his backstory, including his multiple deaths. In a speaking head segment, Vision recognizes how much Wanda has been through – and also remembers that he can fly and flies away in search of his wife.

Monica arrives at Wanda’s house, ready to confront her, but Wanda is not interested, brutally rejects her and appears ready to cause serious magical injuries until Agnes arrives, spreads the situation and leads Wanda to her house. However, once Wanda gets to Agnes’ house, she seems to sense that something is wrong, especially since there is no trace of twins, other than abandoned PB&J sandwiches. And when Wanda goes into the basement to look for her boys, she finds instead … well, a very funny hiding place.

Kathryn Hahn in WandaVision

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“You didn’t think you were the only magical girl in town, did you?” Agnes Agatha Harkness tells Wanda as we return to a flashback montage that is accompanied by another Lopez / Anderson-Lopez theme song – this one with lyrics!

Who messed it all up?
It was Agatha all along
Who pulled every nasty string?
It was Agatha all along
She is insidious
So perfidious
You didn’t even notice
And that is pity
Pity pity pity pity
It’s too late to fix anything
Now that everything went wrong
Thanks to Agatha
Naughty Agatha
It was Agatha all along
And I killed Sparky too.

Montage reveals that Agatha rigged all of Wanda and Vision’s sitcom breakdowns, though that doesn’t explain why; Instead, we hit that damn cover card, “Please Stand By …” even though there’s a twist this week. Evan Peters’ name appears in the credits, despite only brief appearances in the “Previous On …” segment and Agatha’s Montage, but it turns out he’s done a little more to get his paycheck for this episode – in In a surprising mid-credit sequence, we see Monica snooping around Agatha’s house only to be confronted by Pietro. “Snooper will be sniffing,” he said and got the last word here.

WandaVision has a long way to go, but I’m going to notice – while I have no idea what sitcom genre the show might call up next, I sincerely hope this isn’t the end of that aspect of the show. It’s the show’s most creative swing, and a risk that, by and large, has paid off hugely.

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And now for these messages

  • There is something deliciously devious about WandaVision waiting for more than two-thirds of the season to drop a credits sequence on us. Marvel loves to guess us.

  • If only because of the purple haze surrounding Pietro in the flashback montage, it seems like a safe bet that whoever plays Evan Peters it’s not actually Wanda’s brother. (And don’t forget, Wanda literally said this earlier in the episode.) Another question that we hope we can look forward to when the next episode is answered.

  • This week’s commercial evokes some deep Marvel lore. One of the things I look forward to the most in the next two episodes is learning how much of that is explained in the context of the show.

  • Kathryn Hahn as president.
  • There is much to process about Darcy’s claim to vision that “the love you two have is real”. In particular, the massive questions for consent that inspire Wanda’s actions (even if Agatha was a factor). What’s real in WandaVision? Even the hardcore romantic has to wonder how much happy ending can be possible with this manipulation.

New episodes of WandaVision will be streamed on Disney + on Fridays.

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