WandaVision Episode 3: Bowling Fans Over
WARNING: CONTAINS SPOILERS
WandaVision continues to enchant fans, thanks to its unique blend of nostalgia, creative writing, and delicate foreshadowing. The third episode didn’t disappoint fans, as it brought Wanda and Vision into the age of color TV. Quite literally, as the case may be. The first two episodes were predominantly in black and white, and reminiscent of classic television shows of that era. Meanwhile, episode 3 made the jump straight to color.
Naturally, the jump to color also means that the influences for the third episode of WandaVision also changed. Instead of being inspired by I Dream of Jeannie, instead, there’s a strong Brady Bunch feel. Seriously—take a look at their house! It’s totally different, and yet feels so very familiar at the same time.
There’s also a stronger musical influence this time around, or at least it feels stronger. Perhaps that was just the emphasis on The Monkees that makes it feel that way. Either way, the end result is that this single episode truly feels like a thing of the ’70s.
Hat Tips to the Era
As with the first two episodes, there are dozens of delightful hat-tips and Easter eggs to be found all over. Starting with the aesthetic itself, there are plenty of little details to be found. For example, the mere fact that Wanda tried to hide her pregnancy in such (obvious) ways is reminiscent of the ways in which sitcoms would legitimately try to do the same thing for their pregnant actresses.
It doesn’t stop there. The doctor that Vision and Wanda called in is named Dr. Stan Nielson. His very name seems to be a hat-tip. The first half is pretty obvious to any Marvel fan, while the second almost surely stands for Nielsen Ratings. The Nielsen Ratings, of course, is a US-based rating system and is one of the primary ways to track and measure audience numbers.
While it is tempting (so very tempting) to go about listing all of the Easter eggs found in the third episode of WandaVision, I’ll do my best to resist the temptation. Instead, let’s focus on some of the highlights.
Let’s start with the most obvious: while things are certainly going to change, so far there’s a lot about the twins that feels familiar. Their names, for one. Though without seeing how they age, or their powers, it may just be too soon to tell. (Yes, we know it is actually messier than that in the comics, but that could take several pages to properly explain.)
The Mysterious Geraldine
Next, let’s talk about Geraldine, shall we? She was a major player in this week’s episode, being both an ally and, later, a point of contention. It’s worth noting that she mentioned working for an ad agency. A bit ironic, since the ads thus far have showcased some of the worst parts of Wanda’s life.
It suddenly makes her commentary about Pietro feel a whole lot darker, doesn’t it? At this point, it’s fairly clear that Geraldine (who isn’t really Geraldine—in case that wasn’t obvious by now) is a SWORD agent. Hence her wearing their symbol, and her mysterious backstory.
Lastly, let’s take a minute to talk about that commercial, shall we? As with the other two, this commercial also hints at the darkness hidden within this series. Specifically, it is an ad for Hydra Soak, and there are already a few dominant theories about what it could mean.
One theory believes that the focus should be on “Find the Goddess Within”, which could be hinting towards the new Thor movie. That is, Thor: Love and Thunder.
Another theory posits that this could be a reference to how Wanda gained her powers. Or more accurately, it’s hinting at how she DIDN’T gain her powers, instead hinting at the fact that she’s truly a mutant.
Do you have any personal theories about what is happening to the show? If so, did the release of the third episode change or strengthen your theories? Feel free to share and theorize along with us!