WandaVision “goes to be fairly a drive from right here,” says Star
Not all is well in Westview.
Like hedge trimmers on a concrete wall, WandaVision’s January 22nd episode titled “Now in Color” really started to splinter in the pleasant sitcom veneer of the Disney + series. From neighbor Herb’s annoying gardening work mentioned above to the intrusion of a persistent stork, from the reversal Wanda and Vision went through as the birth of twins neared Agnes’s concern for Geraldine, there were even more signs that in Something is wrong in these suburbs.
The character of “Geraldine” (as everyone knows her) was the series’ greatest allusion to a particular MCU story when new mom Wanda remembered her dearly deceased twin – whereupon Geraldine noticed that Pietro had been killed by Ultron. That moment of sharing seemed to spark something in Wanda, who began to question her boyfriend’s identity firmly. Vision comes home next and suddenly finds Geraldine absent while the audience sees the character tumble through a kind of digital “membrane” around Westview and land near a military camp set up outside the perimeter.
“The first couple of episodes of WandaVision are very specific to the period and the sitcoms,” notes Teyonah Parris, who plays Geraldine. “And what’s interesting about these first episodes is that you get the feeling that something is wrong, that something is wrong. Many characters take note of this; Characters cannot remember things, they are unable to put a finger on a thing. “
As the harrowing final sequence suggests, the mystery of what’s really going on here – including presumably where Wanda and possibly Vision (who of course died in the Infinity War) and why – will in fact only escalate over the next six episodes.
“It’s going to be quite a ride to see this all dissolve and come together later on in the series,” assures Parris. “And I hope you all tune in and ride this thing with us because it’s going to be worth it. I know there are so many questions in the first few episodes and just no answers, but we will make it, I promise. “
An answer that is imminent – and here we throw one more SPOILER ALERT, although Marvel Studios announced it back in July 2019 – is the truth about who Geraldine is. That said, Parris actually plays Monica Rambeau, as in the adult daughter of Captain Marvel’s US Air Force pilot Maria Rambeau. And judging by the pendant Geraldine wore, Monica works for SWORD, aka the galactic version of SHIELD
Previewing the upcoming role change, Parris told TVLine, “For Monica Rambeau, I’ve definitely said goodbye to the comics and Akira Akbar’s appearance on Captain Marvel. As well as trying to see what Akira was doing, I was trying to see the relationship young Monica had with her mother Maria Rambeau (played by Lashana Lynch) and Carol Danvers (Brie Larson) – the influences Monica may have had on those relationships. That was definitely part of my personal process of impersonating Monica. “
Unfortunately, Parris’ freedom to talk about her actual WandaVision character (who will also appear in Captain Marvel 2) ends there. “That’s about as much as I can say about Monica until you’ve all seen more,” the actress shrugged and smiled. (With reporting by Rebecca Iannucci)