This new understanding of SWORD however recontextualizes everything that came before it and poses a new, more fascinating question: Is Wanda the enemy? We see the SWORD field team discovering that WandaVision’s supporting actors are all missing people rather than protests, and therefore the suggestion is that real civilians have been imprisoned and manipulated by Wanda to populate WestView. As much as we can sympathize with Wanda, such actions are difficult to tolerate, and thus the lines between good and evil are blurred. This makes the future of the series less clear, and with the series’ bigger previous questions now tied in, the stage is now set for a complex new mystery, potentially more morally grayer.All of that darkness and serious MCU business means Episode 4 is almost completely lacking in comedy. Kat Dennings brings, as always, lightness with Darcy, and Randall Park continues his sweetly funny and out of depth act with Agent Woo. But all of the elements of the sitcom are seen purely through the lens of an observational experience, completely bypassing the delicate balance of comedy and the underlying threat, as well as its retro camera work. WandaVision’s unique position as a lot of things to many people means that it will likely be seen as both the strongest and weakest episode to date by different camps. But whatever your feelings about WandaVision’s dedication to comedy, Episode 4 is a statement: WandaVision isn’t strictly a Marvel sitcom with a “ serious ” frame. It promises to change the dynamic of the series going forward and may well dilute the overall weirdness of its atmosphere in exchange for something that feels more appropriate for the MCU as a whole.
Digging deeper into the universe also means Teyonah Parris gets an auspicious time in the limelight as Monica, who seems to fit naturally into the MCU’s lineage of Agent Coulson-style characters. With Wanda’s newly revealed darkness, Monica is now in a position that could propel her to exciting new heights. Plus, her mother’s codename Photon – a name used by Monica in the comics – is a nice clue to what might be a more superheroic future for the character.