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(This article contains spoilers for the first three episodes of the first Disney+ Marvel series, “WandaVision”) One of the big topics we’re inevitably going to focus on when talking about “WandaVision” over the next couple months will be those fake TV commercials. There was one in each of the first three episodes of the Disney+ show, and there’s little doubt we’ll see more of them as the series goes on. The first of these commercials is for a fancy toaster, the second is for a fancy watch, and the third is for a bath soak. While these asides might seem like just fun gags — they’re references to other parts of the Marvel Cinematic Universe — they’re definitely more than just that. In fact, they’re actually important to the plot somehow. “If this is the very first Marvel MCU thing you’re watching, it’s just a strange version of a 50s commercial or 60s commercial that that you’ll have to keep watching series to understand,” Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige said at a press event. “If you have been watching all the movies, you might be able to start connecting what those things mean to the past.” Also Read: Is 'WandaVision' Setting Up the Young Avengers? So they’re important. And if you’re a fan of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, you probably noticed that they also are references to other MCU characters. The toaster, from Stark Industries, is super obvious, you know, with Tony Stark being Iron Man and his father Howard also being a key figure in the MCU. But also you should recall that the Maximoff twins entered the MCU seeking revenge against Tony Stark because it was a Stark Industries bomb that killed their parents when they were kids. “Is your husband tired of you burning his toast? Try our new and improved Toast Mate 2000. It’s the go-to for clever housewives,” the man in the Stark ad says. Also Read: 'WandaVision': What You Need to Know About That Sword Logo “Set the dial and get the taste back into your toast. Top and bottom heating elements can handle anything, from meat loaf to cherry pie to open-faced cheese sandwiches. The all-new Toast Mate 2000, by Stark Industries. Forget the past, this is your future!” The Strucker watch ad is a bit more obscure, but crucial to Wanda’s personal history: Baron Wolfgang von Strucker is the Hydra guy who used the Mind Stone to give Wanda and her brother their superpowers before “Avengers: Age of Ultron.” “They say a man is never fully dressed without two important accessories: his special lady, and his Strucker. Strucker: he’ll make time for you,” the narrator says. Also Read: 'WandaVision': What's Up With That Creepy 'For the Children' Chant? The Hydra bath soak ad is another obvious tied to Wanda’s past, since Strucker was part of the Nazi organization that almost took down S.H.I.E.L.D. The commercial shows a housewife experiencing a number of TV mom mishaps like burning the roast and the kids making a mess by throwing a soccer ball around in the house. “Do you need a break?” the narrator asks, as the commercial cuts to a shot of the mom soaking in a bubble bath while a man fans her. “Escape to a world all your own, where your problems float away. When you want to get away, but you don’t want to go anywhere: Hydra Soak. Find the goddess within.” Conspicuously, the same man and woman feature in both of the first two of these fake “WandaVision” ads — they’re played by Victoria Blade and Ithamar Enriquez. There’s not enough to go on here, as far as we can tell, to make real guesses about who those people are, unfortunately, though that hasn’t stopped people from doing so anyway. One particular theory that caught our eye was that they’re Wanda’s parents, but there’s really nothing tangible that actually points to that. Also, Wanda’s dad in the comics is the mutant Magneto — a reality that is on the table for the MCU now that Disney has acquired Fox — and it seems like a stretch that Marvel would cast a relative unknown actor like Enriquez in a role like that. No disrespect for Enriquez intended, of course — it would be pretty sick to have a Latino Magneto — it just would be an extremely surprising revelation. The third ad brings back Blade as the mom, with Sydney Thomas and Wesley Kimmel — Jimmy Kimmel’s nephew — as her kids. Neither of the kids have any existing connection to Marvel, so nothing really to glean from that. So all we really know is that these fake commercials hold some major relevance to the overall plot of “WandaVision.” We suspect that this whole thing is some kind of simulation keyed to Wanda’s mind — not sure there’s anything else we can assume at this point — then we can guess that these things are surfacing because of Wanda’s trauma. But we’ll need to see more of these to connect the dots any further. Read original story ‘WandaVision': What You Need to Know About Those Fake Commercials At TheWrap
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(Warning: This article contains spoilers for the Disney+ Marvel series “WandaVision” through the third episode) Eagle-eyed fans watching the first three episodes of “WandaVision” have almost certainly noticed an odd little logo — a sword encased in a circle — pop up at least once in each episode. The symbol came to the forefront at the end of the third episode, when Wanda (Elizabeth Olsen) noticed that Geraldine (Teyonah Parris) was wearing a necklace with that sword logo on it. And then Wanda seemingly ejected Geraldine from the world. The logo in question is almost certainly a reference to S.W.O.R.D., aka the Sentient World Observation Response Department. Also Read: 'WandaVision': What's Up With That Creepy 'For the Children' Chant? What exactly is S.W.O.R.D.? Similar to S.H.I.E.L.D. (Marvel loves their acronyms!), S.W.O.R.D. is a counterterrorism and intelligence agency. Unlike S.H.I.E.L.D., which focuses on more earth-bound threats like Hydra and terrorists, S.W.O.R.D.’s main purpose is to deal with extraterrestrial and space-related threats. S.W.O.R.D. was created by Joss Whedon and John Cassady, and first appeared in the 2004 comic “Astonishing X-Men #6.” In the Marvel Comics world, S.W.O.R.D.’s leader was an agent named Abigail Brand, and the group initially operated with an undercover agent named Lockheed out of the X-Mansion. Brand became the leader of the group when she intervened during Colossus’ intentions to destroy Earth, in what had the potential to turn into an interplanetary war. After that, Nick Fury made her top commander. How might S.W.O.R.D. be relevant to “WandaVision?” Well, for starters, we have no idea what’s behind Wanda and Vision’s idyllic life. It’s clearly some sort of simulation, but we don’t know who’s doing it or why. It could be that S.W.O.R.D. is running the show. Or, if somebody else — like Wanda herself — is running things, then S.W.O.R.D. might be trying to help her escape. Also Read: 'WandaVision': Those Weird Fake Commercials Are Gonna Be Important There are few different disconnected threads here — Wanda and Vision’s sitcom world, folks monitoring that world, and folks interfering with that world like the beekeeper that we saw at the end of the second episode. The beekeeper had the S.W.O.R.D. logo on his back, and Wanda didn’t not react happily when she saw him. And now we have Wanda seemingly booting Geraldine from the simulation after she noticed her necklace. So there’s at minimum a Wanda vs. S.W.O.R.D. situation happening on some level. But it could just as easily be a situation with Wanda vs. S.W.O.R.D. vs. some unknown third party. Maybe some villain trapped her in this place, and S.W.O.R.D. is trying to get her out. We’ll see how it goes. Also Read: There's a Very Specific Reason Monica Rambeau Is in 'WandaVision,' Kevin Feige Says Something to consider while formulating your fan theories about this whole thing is that Wanda doesn’t have anything to do with space, and Geraldine — who we knew coming into the series is secretly a grown-up version of the little girl from “Captain Marvel,” Monica Rambeau — doesn’t have any comic book connection to S.W.O.R.D. Thus, these pieces don’t fit neatly together in a way that would make it easy to guess what’s going on here. So here’s what we’ve got right now. Wanda and Vision are living in some sort of simulation of an idyllic American suburb called Westview. This simulation is a physical place, because when Geraldine was ejected from it she materialized out of thin air — an alternate dimension in the multiverse maybe? People on the outside are able to enter the simulation, as we saw with Geraldine and the beekeeper, and the simulation itself doesn’t seem to like these incursions. Wanda herself seems to have some kind of control over the simulation, since at least twice she has appeared to reverse time in order to delete situations that would cause Vision to question the nature of his reality. But Wanda’s control doesn’t appear to be conscious. She doesn’t know how she got there, and struggles to remember her history. There could be a third party involved, since the voice on the radio Wanda heard in the second episode asked her: “Who’s doing this to you, Wanda?” And, of course, the daughter of Captain Marvel’s best friend is involved but we don’t know why. We’ve also got a big new wild card, in the form of mutants. S.W.O.R.D. history in Marvel Comics is heavily tied to that of mutants, and we know that with the X-Men in Disney’s hands that mutants will show up in the MCU sooner or later. The comic book version of Wanda Maximoff, by the way, is a mutant. Could we somehow be witnessing the introduction of mutants to the MCU right now? Having a S.W.O.R.D. reference in “WandaVision” isn’t exactly out of left field. There’s been growing speculation that S.W.O.R.D. will become a prominent part of Phase 4, particularly as it relates to “Captain Marvel 2.” As the credits scene in “Spider-Man: Far From Home” showed, that Nick Fury is currently in space with the Skrulls, setting up operations intergalactically. Marvel never does anything by accident, and it makes total sense that it would use “WandaVision” to start planting those interconnected seeds. Read original story ‘WandaVision': What’s Up With Geraldine and that Sword Logo? At TheWrap
(This article contains spoilers for the third episode of the Marvel series “WandaVision” on Disney+) Episode 3 of “WandaVision” saw Wanda’s mysterious pregnancy come to fruition, with a little help from new Westview resident Geraldine. Sure, it’s great to see Wanda experiencing some happiness, even if we know there’s some catch to this whole reality. But viewers are probably wondering exactly who those twins are and if they have any significance to Wanda’s life beyond just this series. The answer is yes. And we should pay close attention to their introduction as it’s extremely likely that they are Billy Kaplan and Tommy Shepherd. As we saw in this episode, before they knew they were having twins Wanda and Vision had an argument about what name to go with — Vision wanted Billy and Wanda wanted Tommy. It’s hard to imagine that it’s just a fun Easter Egg and not something more. Tommy and Billy were created by Allen Heinberg and Jim Cheung. They originally debuted in the 2005/2006 “Young Avengers” comic series but their origin story stretches back to the 1980’s, when they were born. As Vision is an android with no way to father children, Wanda magically created twin sons — whose souls were unknowingly made from the demon Mephisto. When Mephisto’s soul becomes intact once again, Tommy and Billy disappear. And to preserve her sanity, Wanda’s witch mentor Agatha Harkness makes Wanda forget she ever had children. (Something that doesn’t quite work out.) Also Read: 'WandaVision': What's Up With Geraldine and that Sword Logo? But Billy and Tommy don’t exactly disappear. Their souls are basically reincarnated in new bodies, which is why they both grow up separately and without the knowledge that they’re the sons of two powerful mutants until later in life. As far as their powers go, they resemble that of Scarlet Witch and her brother, Quicksilver. Tommy is known as “Speed” and has enhanced strength which allows his body to endure extreme force (like vibrating through solid barriers.) Billy is known as “Wiccan” and like his mother, can alter reality, fly, and teleport. It remains to be seen how the twins will fit into “WandaVision,” whether they’ll stay a part of the series or go the route of the comics, disappearing only to reappear later on in reincarnated bodies. The show has already made Mephisto references, and that would allow a way for the twins to be aged up in the future. But as for how they’ll fit into the future of the MCU, it’s pretty clear that Billy and Tommy are part of the foundation Marvel is building for the eventual Young Avengers team-up down the line. Marvel hasn’t confirmed that Young Avengers is happening, but ever since its big Phase 4 announcements at Comic-Con two years ago, rumors have been swirling that there were plans in place to bring some of the young heroes into the MCU. Some of the characters have already been introduced or have been confirmed. Also Read: 'WandaVision': What's Up With That Creepy 'For the Children' Chant? We met Cassie Lang in “Ant-Man” (the character is even being aged up for future appearances), and Kate Bishop will debut in the upcoming “Hawkeye” series. With rumors of Kang the Conqueror joining the MCU a confirmation of another member, Iron Lad, might not be too far off. And this doesn’t include the fact that new, younger heroes such as Ironheart, Ms. Marvel, and Spider-Man who could conceivably join the team. We’ll have to wait to see how it all comes together, but even though “WandaVision” wasn’t originally intended to be the introduction to Phase 4, it’s definitely laying the groundwork for an important future with these two new additions to Wanda and Vision’s life. Read original story Is ‘WandaVision’ Setting Up the Young Avengers? At TheWrap
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