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‘WandaVision’ Episode 3 Reveals a Gang of Outside Invaders

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WandaVision Explained is our ongoing series that keeps tabs on Marvel Studios’ sitcom saga about TV’s happiest tragic couple. In this entry, we turn our channel to WandaVision Episode 3 and consider the invaders who occupy their domestic dream. Yes, prepare for spoilers.

Along with the release of the latest WandaVision episode, Disney unveiled its titles for the first three: “Filmed Before a Live Studio Audience,” “Don’t Touch That Dial,” and, for this week, “Now in Color.” As if you didn’t know already, Marvel is fully committed to this series’ sitcom sendup. The dedication is impressive but also a little constricting. The walls are closing in on our heroes, and their wide smiles cannot last for long.

While cracks in the fantasy were sensed during the premiere, WandaVision Episode 3 begins properly crumbling the saccharine to reveal the trauma festering beneath it all. We concluded last week’s second installment with a surprise pregnancy and a rainbow wash flooding the black-and-white un-reality of Wanda (Elizabeth Olsen) and Vision (Paul Bettany). “Now in Color” drops our happy couple inside a near-replica of The Brady Bunch home jazzed up with a Partridge Family-style theme song. The aggressively peppy vibe is simply not enough to stamp down the darkness feeding the narrative from the fringes.

With Wanda’s rapidly developing pregnancy, we discover her control slipping. False contractions dismantle the neighborhood power grid, and her children shifting within cause literal butterflies to manifest. When her water finally breaks, the sky opens up, which is most impressive since it does so in the living room.........

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