The latest episode of Disney+’s Marvel series, starring Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany, showed the return of those who vanished following Thanos’ finger-snapping blip, but from a different, more chaotic, perspective to what fans have seen so far.
In Avengers: Endgame, Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) puts on the Infinity Gauntlet to restore balance five years after half of humanity was wiped out – but the effect of his action is somewhat delayed.
It isn’t until later that we fully see the consequences as the vanished Avengers return to help Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr), Thor (Chris Hemsworth) and company defeat Thanos and his army in one of the most euphoric moments of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) to date.
In WandaVision, fans are finally shown how it played out for civilians – and it’s haywire.
We see events through the eyes of Monica Rambeaux (Teyonah Parris), who wakes up in an empty hospital room waiting for her mother, whose cancer is in remission, to be discharged.
However, as everybody who vanished returns around her, she heartbreakingly discovers that five years have passed and her mother’s cancer returned – and she died.
The footage stitched together (thanks to Twitter user @GuggaLeunnam) shows the contrast in these respective experiences – and it is made all the more chilling because of it.
WandaVision continues every Friday for the next five weeks on Disney+.