'WandaVision': 4 Things We Learned From Episode 4 of the Marvel Series

The fourth episode of WandaVision is now available to stream on Disney+, and it gives viewers a better understanding of what is actually going on in the trippy Marvel Studios series.

Dubbed "We Interrupt This Program," the fourth episode offers some clarity about what's happening outside of the sitcom-modeled Westview community, and also about Wanda's mental state. Naturally, though, there are still plenty of lingering questions that we hope will be answered in the coming weeks.

To mull over this latest installment of WandaVision, let's review five things that we learned.


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Monica Rambeau [Teyonah Parris] after being expelled from Westview in 'WandaVision' Disney+/Marvel Studios

What Happened to Monica and Maria Rambeau?

Episode 3 ended with "Geraldine" (Teyonah Parris) getting ejected from Westview by Wanda; this week, we learn about her backstory.

"Geraldine" is actually Monica Rambeau, an agent of SWORD (more on that later) and the daughter of Maria Rambeau, the best friend of Carol Danvers, a.k.a. Captain Marvel.

In a flashback, we see Monica appear seemingly out of nowhere in a hospital. It turns out that she was one of the victims of Thanos' "blip" in Avengers: Infinity War; so, five years later, after the "blip" is reversed in Avengers: Endgame, Monica suddenly reappears.

From her perspective, she was only gone for 20 minutes. She realizes, though, that it's actually been five years—and, worse yet, her mother died of cancer while Monica was missing.

Monica then returns to her position as a SWORD pilot months later, only to find out that things have changed.

What Is SWORD?

The first couple of episodes of WandaVision contained references to the Marvel Universe organization, but now we've finally learned what exactly it is in the context of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

SWORD—which stands for "Sentient Weapon Observation Response Division"—was co-founded by Monica's mother, Maria, after the events of Captain Marvel. It was created to monitor activity from space; since then, the organization has expanded its purview to train astronauts and deploy them into space, and also to observe—and, eventually, create—artificial intelligence.

Monica's first mission back is to try and figure out what's going on in the town of Westview, New Jersey, which is surrounded by some sort of mysterious energy field. After heading to the scene and meeting up with FBI agent Jimmy Woo (Randall Park), Monica flies a SWORD drone into the town to gather some intel, but it goes offline. This is that toy helicopter that Wanda finds in the second episode.

Then, when Monica puts her hand into the energy field, she's pulled in and becomes a part of the sitcom fantasy world, as the character of "Geraldine."

So, Is Vision Actually Dead?

One of the biggest mysteries of WandaVision is the return of the synthezoid Vision. Thanos killed Vision when he ripped out the infinity stone that gave him life in Infinity War, so his presence in the new show has fans of the MCU (and even some characters) confused.

When SWORD receives the broadcast of Wanda and Vision's sitcom life, thanks to Darcy Lewis (Kat Dennings), even they're wondering how he can still be alive.

Thankfully, we get some insight near the end of the episode. When Wanda casts Monica out of the town, Vision walks into the house; suddenly, the Scarlet Witch sees a flash of how Vision looked when he died. She's startled at first, but Vision then returns to normal. Wanda says that she has "everything under control."

The other residents of Westview are being manipulated by Wanda's powers to act as if they're supporting players in old sitcoms, so it seems like her abilities are also granting Vision life. It's not clear if his body is physically there and being propped up by Wanda, or if she's just created some projection of him. Whatever the details, she's responsible.

Of Course This Is All Wanda's Doing

This one isn't exactly shocking. If you're familiar with Wanda in the comics, you know that her powers have created alternate universes in the past, and it appears that the residents of Westview are all under the spell of the Scarlet Witch.

When Monica comes to after being forced out of Westview, she tells the other agents, "It's all Wanda." The organization had presumed that someone or something was causing Wanda to do this, but it seems like this is all Scarlet Witch's doing.

To add a wrinkle to everything else, Darcy realizes through the course of the episode that the broadcast of Wanda and Vision's lives has bits that are being noticeably edited. We've seen that some bits are rewound and changed to Wanda's liking, but Darcy suggests that someone is censoring it. Is it Wanda doing the censoring, or is there another force at play?

We'll just have to wait and see.

WandaVision is available to stream now on Disney+.