The planning committee drops their facade of normalcy to chant “For the children,” foreshadowing a huge turn of events.
WARNING: The following contains spoilers for WandaVision Episodes 1 & 2, now streaming on Disney+.
The Marvel Cinematic Universe is finally back in action with WandaVision, and the first two episodes spawn multiple intriguing theories. There’s little that’s concrete, but there’s also a growing dread that something is not right in the happy couple’s bucolic town. Some of that dread is coming straight from the behavior of Wanda and Vision’s aggressively normal neighbors. Their cult-like chant of “For the children!” that rings through the air in the second episode might give away a big secret.Continue scrolling to keep reading
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The neighborhood is straight out of sitcom history, and it undergoes changes as the strange, unanchored time in Wanda’s bubble goes by. But as characters begin to act oddly enough to unsettle Wanda, some viewers might find themselves thinking of films like 2007’s Hot Fuzz and 1973’s The Wicker Man. WandaVision is using a trope called the “uncanny village,” and so far the results are both hilarious and unnerving. Far more than that though, the neighbors and their chilling sense of unity may hold clues as to what they really want from Wanda.
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It’s worth noting that there are no children to be found in the child-obsessed neighborhood. Everything about the talent show extravaganza is declared to be “for the children,” yet Wanda’s new acquaintances show off none of their own. That’s not some old-timey nod, either. Children have been funny sources of chaos since the very first US television sitcom, 1947’s Mary Kay and Johnny. Considering the hints that there’s at least two factions pressing against Wanda’s consumed consciousness, it’s a safer assumption that having uncontrollable kids around is not what these forces want.
Though Wanda and Vision are asked curiously hard questions by another couple in the first episode, it’s the planning committee introduced in Episode 2 that advertises the neighborhood fixation on kids. The chant, led by Dottie, is abrupt and jarring. Compared to the friendly sitcom atmosphere, it feels more like some external force is pressing too hard on Wanda and giving a fragment of their game away. Wanda’s shockingly advanced baby bump at the end of the episode clinches it. It’s all for her children.
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Trailers have already shown off what comic fans are braced for — Wanda’s destined to have twins. In comics, they’re a pair of boys, Thomas and William, though that’s not yet a sure thing for the series. But fans don’t have to know that to think of the obvious question: how does a couple as strange as this one have children? And once they’re born, what do these child-obsessed neighbors want with them? To the former, Wanda may use her magic to create them, as she did in the comics. Why they’re so important to the neighborhood remains a mystery, however.
What seems to be clear is that there’s two factions present as early as that mood-twisting committee meeting. Geraldine, as she introduces herself, represents one side. She’s an outsider, as the way she stumbles over her own name suggests. Some easy deduction from the cast list reveals that she’s Monica Rambeau, a SWORD agent working undercover. The other side is nebulous; possibly guided by evil magic, possibly some remnant of Hydra’s influence. Society alpha queen Dottie seems to at least represent this faction when she leads the chant, but it’s hard to not suspect that genre-savvy Agnes is guiding them somehow.
Either way, these dueling influences are bearing down on Wanda. Whoever dominates this space she’s trapped inside might seek to exert that influence on her inevitable children. That certainly seems to be part of the goal, if the committee’s own droning exultations can be believed. There’s no children in Westview yet, but that’s about to change. Right now, all fans can do is keep an eye on Wanda’s child-obsessed neighbors to see what they do next.
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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Maggie David has been a part of geek culture for over thirty years. She’s worked in video game shops, bookstores, music outlets, and movie stores, and had the joy of assisting in the operation of a small but still thriving comic shop in the Midwest. She’s also been a freelance writer almost as long, sometimes in quiet, friendly circles, and often helping friends understand moves in the biggest fandoms of today. Now she’s helping to provide news and up to date coverage of the happy world of geek – when she isn’t snapping up Gundam kits or cross-stitching.
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