WandaVision just explored the aftermath of the Blip in Avengers: Endgame, revealing all the chaos that ensued after Thanos’ actions were reversed.
WARNING: The following contains spoilers for Marvel’s WandaVision Episode 4, “We Interrupt This Program,” now streaming on Disney+.
Avengers: Infinity War ended with Thanos snapping half of all life out of existence, delivering one of the most shocking moments in the Marvel Cinematic Universe to date. Of course, the many heroes “dusted” by Thanos’ Snap would return five years later (in the MCU’s timeline, that is) in Avengers: Endgame, when Bruce Banner/Hulk brought them back in an event known as the Blip. Now, WandaVision Episode 4, “We Interrupt This Program,” has revealed just how chaotic the aftermath of the Blip truly was.
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Understandably, given plot and pacing concerns, Endgame didn’t depict the moment when everyone re-materialized after the Blip. Instead, that task fell to WandaVision Episode 4, which flashes back to the aftermath of the event from the point of view of Monica Rambeau, who was one of the billions of people dusted. As it turns out, Monica was in a hospital at the time and vanished just after her mother, Maria, had undergone surgery to have cancer removed. When Monica returns, however, a whole lot has changed.
WandaVision Episode 4 opens with Monica and countless others re-materializing in the hospital, confused and completely unaware of how much time has passed. Things only get worse from there; after tracking down a doctor in the hopes of finding her mother, Monica learns Maria did, in fact, survive her operation, only to pass away when her cancer returned two years later. It’s a whole lot of information for Monica to take in at once and serves to illustrate the seismic impact of Thanos’ Snap, along with the greater disorder it unleashed both before and after the Blip took place.
By portraying the Blip from this perspective, WandaVision provides a brutal juxtaposition to Endgame and the way it handled the event by skipping ahead to Earth’s Mightiest Heroes triumphantly reuniting on the battlefield to take down Thanos. It also makes for a good foil to Spider-Man: Far From Home, which addressed the lingering fallout from the Blip in a far more humorous manner. There, the focus was on the awkward comedy of people turning up in the same spot where they had vanished five years earlier, as opposed to losing loved ones.
Life keeps moving forward, though, and it’s not long before Monica returns to work at S.W.O.R.D. As WandaVision soon reveals, this particular U.S. intelligence agency was founded by Maria and meant to focus on threats from other worlds, but has changed its focus over the last five years to Earth-based dangers like A.I., nanotech and other sentient forms of robotic weaponry. It also comes out that Maria devised a contingency plan for it/when the agency’s dusted staff returned, preventing Monica from heading back into space and forcing her to confront her troubles on Earth head-on.
After three episodes of sitcom shenanigans and one-off moments hinting at the show’s larger mystery, WandaVision Episode 4 provided some welcome insight into what’s really happening in the MCU in the early days of Phase 4. It also painted a clearer picture of the Blip and the ways it threw the universe into chaos once again, similar to what Thanos’ Snap did five years earlier. In doing so, the show raised the narrative stakes for the episodes to come and confirmed that, yes, life will be anything but calm in the MCU.
Written by Jac Schaeffer and directed by Matt Shakman, WandaVision stars Elizabeth Olsen as Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch, Paul Bettany as Vision, Randall Park as Agent Jimmy Woo, Kat Dennings as Darcy Lewis, Teyonah Parris as Monica Rambeau, and Kathryn Hahn as Agnes. New episodes air Fridays on Disney+.
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