WandaVision

What is grief, if not love persevering?

WandaVision (2021) is an American television miniseries in which in which Wanda Maximoff and Vision — two super-powered beings living their ideal suburban lives — begin to suspect that everything is not as it seems. The show was created by Jac Schaeffer for the streaming service Disney+, based on the Marvel Comics characters Wanda Maximoff (Scarlet Witch) and Vision.

Filmed Before a Live Studio Audience [1.01]

[Wanda is levitating dishes onto a shelf. Vision walks in and a dish hits his head, breaking it into pieces.]
Vision: My wife and her flying saucers.
Wanda: My husband and his indestructible head.

Agnes: Hello, dear. I'm Agnes, your neighbor to the right. My right, not yours. Forgive me for not stopping by sooner to welcome you to the block. My mother-in-law was in town, so I wasn't. So, what's your name? Where are you from? And most importantly, how's your bridge game, hon?

Vision: Would you be so good as to tell me what it is we do here, exactly? Do we make something?
Norm: No.
Vision: Right. Do we buy or sell something?
Norm: No and no.
Vision: Then what is the purpose of this company?
Norm: All I know is, since you've gotten here, productivity has gone up 300%.
Vision: Yes, but what is it we're producing?
Norm: Computational forms. And no one can process the data quite like you do, pal. You're like a walking computer.
Vision: What? I most certainly am not. I'm a regular carbon-based employee made entirely of organic matter, much like yourself, Norm.

Agnes: So what's a single gal like you doing rattling around this big house?
Wanda: Oh, no, I'm not single.
Agnes: Oh, I don't see a ring.
Wanda: I assure you, I'm married. To a man. A human one and tall.

Wanda: We are an unusual couple, you know?
Vision: Oh, I don't think that was ever in question.

[Wanda "magics" wedding rings on her and Vision's fingers.]
Vision: I do. Do you?
Wanda: Yes. I do.
Vision: And they lived happily ever after.
[They kiss as show credits roll.]

Don't Touch That Dial [1.02]

Wanda, you're not at all worried that the audience might just see through this little charade?
Vision: [practicing a talent-show magic act] Wanda, you're not at all worried that the audience might just see through this little charade?
Wanda: Well, that's the whole point. In a real magic act, everything is fake. Darling, the talent show fundraiser is the most important event of the season, and it's our neighborly duty to participate. Plus, it's our chance to appear as normal as possible while doing so.
Vision: [pointing to his android face] Well, I don't think that should be a problem.
Wanda: This is our home now. I want us to fit in.

Dottie: The devil's in the details.
Agnes: That's not the only place he is.

Agnes: [aside to Wanda, regarding Dottie's meeting] How is anyone doing this sober?

[Dottie has cut her palm on broken glass. Wanda quickly covers it with a cloth dinner napkin.]
Dottie: Pop quiz, Wanda. How does a housewife get a bloodstain out of white linen? [a beat] By doing it herself.

Vision: Hello, Westview! Good afternoon. It's so lovely to be ...[bumping into a handrail] … I'm so sorry. Excuse me. I am Glamour, and this is my delightful assistant, Illusion.
Wanda: I am Glamour and he's Illusion.
Vision: Yeah, what she said. Today, we will lie to you, and yet you will believe our little deceptions because human beings are easily fooled due to their limited understanding of the inner workings of the universe.

Now in Color [1.03]

Dr. Nielsen: We let the little ladies keep tabs of on their growing babies with fruit. Makes it simple for them. [Wanda grimaces at the sexism] At four months, the fetus is about as big as a pear. At five months, a papaya. Six, grapefruit. Seven, pineapple. Eight, honeydew.
Vision: Hypothetically speaking, what size fruit would it be at, say, hmm, twelve hours?
Dr. Nielsen: [confused] Uh, pardon? Twelve hours?
Wanda: [brightly] Well, I think this line of questioning is 'fruitless'. [chuckles]

Vision: Huh. Strangest thing just happened outside with... [turns to see Wanda even more pregnant] Whoa Nelly! Have you gotten bigger?
Wanda: Have I?
[Wanda turns around and knocks into a bowl of fruit with her belly. Vision moves at super-speed and catches the papaya.]
Wanda: [continuing, looking down] I can't tell from this angle.
Vision: I can't wait... [chuckles] ...to be a proud pa-paya.

Vision: Well, if that was the first kick, that puts you at about... six months! Boy, oh, boy, I thought I had superspeed. I can't keep up. Please don't misinterpret; I can't wait to meet you, little Billy.
Wanda: "Billy"?
Vision: Yeah.
Wanda: Well, I was thinking "Tommy". Just a nice, classic, all-American name.
Vision: Hmm, "Tommy". Hmm, yeah. Yeah. Then there's "Billy", isn't there? Named after William Shakespeare. "All the world's a stage. All the men and women merely players."
Wanda: Well, I guess there's only one solution to this debate. Hope for a girl.
Vision: Well, we ought to decide soon. I estimate the baby's due... it's not a constant progression, assumingly logarithmic, but were I to graph the fetal development thus far...
Wanda: He's gonna be here before you figure it out.

Geraldine: Can you believe it? Twins! Hi.
Wanda: ...I'm a twin. [forlornly] I had a brother. His name was...Pietro.
[Wanda sings to the babies is Sokovian]
Geraldine: [confused] He was killed by Ultron, wasn't he?
Wanda: ...What did you say? [a single tear rolls down Wanda's face]

We Interrupt This Program [1.04]

Jimmy Woo: Pardon me, Sheriff. Would you mind repeating your claim about Westview to my colleague here?
Sheriff: [with a billboard declaring "Welcome to Westview" behind him] No such place.
Monica Rambeau: You're saying the town of Westview, New Jersey doesn't exist?
Sheriff: It's what I keep telling your G-man here, but he won't listen.
Monica Rambeau: I see. And, um, I'm sorry, what — what town are you from?
Sheriff: Eastview.

Jimmy Woo: This isn't a missing person's case, Captain Rambeau, it's a missing town. Population 3,892.
Monica Rambeau: Why haven't you gone inside to investigate?
Jimmy Woo: 'Cause it doesn't want me to. You can feel it, too, can't you? [They both look down the road at the Westview outskirts] Nobody's supposed to go in.

Darcy Lewis: FBI, Army. I saw the Air Force Office of Special Investigations out there. Research Lab. Space Command, too. A bona fide joint multi-service response. Really looking forward to the commemorative T-shirt.

Jimmy Woo: We don't know enough about the nature of the threat to send in another agent when the first is yet to return.
Darcy Lewis: Someone must really miss you back at Quantico.
Jimmy Woo: [snidely] No, sir. Softball season's over, sir.

Tyler Hayward: [regarding the WandaVision broadcast] Is it authentic?
Darcy Lewis: I'm not sure how to answer that.
Tyler Hayward: Is it happening in real time? Is it recorded, fabricated?
Darcy Lewis: I don't know. I don't know. And I don't know,.
Tyler Hayward: What do you know?
Darcy Lewis: My equipment registered an extremely high level of CMBR. That's...
Tyler Hayward: Relic radiation dating back to the Big Bang.
Darcy Lewis: Yeah. Entwined was a broadcast frequency. So I had your goons pick me up a sweet vintage TV. And when I plug this bad boy in, voilà, sound and picture.
Jimmy Woo: So you're saying the universe created a sitcom starring two Avengers?
Darcy Lewis: It's a working theory.

[Jimmy and Darcy are watching WandaVision episode 3 as Wanda gives birth.]
Darcy Lewis: [emotional] Twins. What a twist. [off Jimmy's look] What? I'm invested. [sniffles]

On a Very Special Episode... [1.05]

Wanda: [trying to comfort a crying baby Tommy] Please, sweet Tommy, don't you wanna sleep? Mommy wants to sleep. If you go to sleep, I promise, you will be my favorite twin.
Vision: [coming down the stairs carrying a crying baby Billy] Oh, come on now, darling. You know we love them both equally.
Wanda: Well, don't tell him that. [Vision chuckles] No luck with Billy?
Vision: Tried reading to him, but for some reason, Charles Darwin's The Descent of Man made him cry even harder.

Wanda: This will be your only warning. Stay out of my home. You don't bother me. I won't bother you.
Tyler Hayward: I wish it could be that simple. You've taken an entire town hostage.
Wanda: Well, I'm not the one with the guns, Director.

Wanda: [about the boys' grief over their dog's death] The urge to run from this feeling is powerful. I know.
Billy: It's too sad.
Tommy: You can fix anything, Mom. Fix the dead.
Wanda: [shocked] What?.... no.
Agnes: [amazed] You can do that?
Wanda: I am trying to tell you... that there are rules in life, okay? We can't rush aging just because it's convenient. [chuckles] And we can't reverse death. No matter how sad it makes us. Okay? Some things are forever.

Vision: I spoke with Norm.
Wanda: Oh?
Vision: I unearthed the man's suppressed personality and I spoke to him free of your oversight. He was in pain, Wanda.
Wanda: Vision... [light chuckle] Listen, can we just--
Vision: What? Watch TV? Turn in for the night so you can change everything over again? No, Wanda. You can't control me the way you do them.
Wanda: [meaningfully] ...Can't I? [walks out of the room as the credits start to roll]

Wanda: I don't know what you're talking about!
Vision: [levitating into the air] STOP LYING TO ME!
Wanda: [levitating to match Vision] This! All of this is for us. So let me handle it.
Vision: [angered] What is outside of Westview?
Wanda: You don't wanna know, I promise you.
Vision: YOU DON'T GET TO MAKE THAT CHOICE FOR ME, WANDA!
Wanda: [distressed] You've never talked to me like this before!
Vision: Before what!? Before WHAT!? I can't remember my life before Westview! I don't know who I am! I'm scared!

Pietro: Long lost bro get to squeeze his stinkin' sister to death or what?

All-New Halloween Spooktacular! [1.06]

Vision: Well, you have fun tonight, darling.
Wanda: What? What do you mean? You're all dressed (in costume) and ready to go.
Vision: I'm undercover. Halloween is a bacchanal for adolescent trouble-makers, and the neighborhood watch is the only thing standing between the trees and the toilet paper.

Darcy Lewis: Hey, there he is. The guy who almost got murdered by his own murder squad.
Tyler Hayward: [regards Darcy] You work for me?
Darcy Lewis: I actually don't know.
Monica Rambeau: She's with me.
Tyler Hayward: I see. And which one of you is the sassy best friend?

Darcy Lewis: You can't go back into the Hex.
Monica Rambeau: Worst case scenario, Wanda removes my free will and puts me in ultra-low rise jeans.

Vision: [being torn apart from leaving the Hex] Help! The people need help!

Pietro: Hey, don't sweat it, sis. It's not like your dead husband can die twice.

Breaking the Fourth Wall [1.07]

Look, we've all been there, right? Letting our fear and anger get the best of us — intentionally expanding the borders of the false world we created
Wanda: Look, we've all been there, right? Letting our fear and anger get the best of us — intentionally expanding the borders of the false world we created...

Darcy Lewis: [having had her true personality restored by Vision] Oh, hello, self. You know, part of me secretly wanted a guest spot on the show, but seriously, that sucked.

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  • [The Nexus commercial narration]

Vision: So if I understand correctly, my original code dates back to an AI called J.A.R.V.I.S.. But my corporeal form was born of Ultron's plan for global genocide?
Darcy Lewis: Correct-o
Vision: What am I now?
Darcy Lewis: Honestly, I'm a STEM type of lady, so I thought she just flipped a switch on your head and brought you back to life, but... what I don't get is why you can't leave the Hex. [Vision's expression saddens] What I do know is I've been watching WandaVision for the past week, and the love you two have is real. You belong together.

[ from musical theme song "Agatha All Along!" ]
Agatha Harkness: And I killed Sparky, too!

Previously On [1.08]

Agatha Harkness: I can be good!
Evanora Harkness: No, you can not.

Agatha Harkness: [regards Wanda's memory of the Strucker lab where Wanda gained her powers] Ah. Wanda, the rebellious years. Quick question: your reaction to the bombing of your civilian apartment building and the murder of your parents was to join an anti-freedom terrorist organization.
Wanda: We wanted to change the world.

Wanda: I'm so tired. It's, it's just like this wave washing over me, again and again. It knocks me down, and when I try to stand up, it just comes for me again. And I ... It's just gonna drown me.
Vision: No. No, it won't.
Wanda: How do you know?
Vision: Well, because it can't all be sorrow, can it? I've always been alone, so I don't feel the lack. It's all I've ever known. I've never experienced loss because I have never had a loved one to lose. But what is grief, if not love persevering?

[Wanda projects energy into the head of the deceased Vision.]
Wanda: I can't feel you.... [softly] I can't feel you.

Agatha Harkness: You have no idea how dangerous you are. You're supposed to be a myth. A being capable of spontaneous creation, and here you are, using it to make breakfast for dinner.
Wanda: Let go of my children.
Agatha Harkness: Oh, yes, your children. And Vision, and this whole little life you've made. This is Chaos Magic, Wanda, and that makes you the Scarlet Witch.

The Series Finale [1.09]

I take power from the undeserving. It's kind of my thing.
Agatha Harkness: I take power from the undeserving. It's kind of my thing.

Vision: Listen, boys. Your mother and I never really prepared you for this.
Wanda: But you were born for it.

Darcy Lewis: [to a captured Hayward] Have fun in prison.

Vision: You are familiar with the thought experiment the Ship of Theseus in the field of identity metaphysics?
White Vision: Naturally. The Ship of Theseus is an artifact in a museum. Over time, its planks of wood rot and are replaced with new planks. When no original plank remains, is it still the Ship of Theseus?
Vision: Secondly, if those removed planks are restored and reassembled, free of the rot, is that the Ship of Theseus?
White Vision: Neither is the true ship. Both are the true ship.

Wanda: [to Agatha] Thanks for the lesson. But I don't need you to tell me who I am.

Vision: Wanda, I know we can't stay like this. But before I go, I feel I must know: What am I?
Wanda: You, Vision, are the piece of the Mind Stone that lives in me. You are a body of wires and blood and bone that I created. You are my sadness and my hope. And mostly you're my love.
Vision: I have been a voice with no body, a body but not human, and now a memory made real. Who knows what I might be next?
[They look out the window to see the collapsing Hex wall approaching.]
Vision: We have said goodbye to each other before, so it stands to reason--
Wanda: We'll say hello again.
[Vision and the house slowly start to dissolve and dismantle]
Vision: So long, darling. [dissolves completely]

Jimmy Woo: Monica!
Monica Rambeau: Authority looks good on you, Jimmy.
Jimmy Woo: Where's Darcy?
Monica Rambeau: Ah, something about "Debriefs are for the weak."

Quotes about WandaVision

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  • For all its fantastical trappings, WandaVision is perhaps the Marvel project most rooted in reality. Its depictions of trauma, of grief and loss — filtered through a mystery-laden, superpower-driven plot, natch — are moving and resonant.
    Wanda built walls — a contained world, really — so she could drone out her searing pain with laugh tracks and pratfalls. Watching her slowly start to break them down has been cathartic for audiences living through a year of relentless loss.
  • Let’s put it this way: She only saw Avengers: Endgame in theaters once.
    So she didn’t think much of it when she posted what she thought was an innocuous tweet to her 800 or so followers, praising a line from Marvel’s latest hit show, WandaVision. In one scene, a character suggests to another, "But what is grief, if not love persevering?"
    When she heard it, she muttered an expletive under her breath. As both a screenwriter and a casual fan, the line struck her as a standout. "Sometimes you hear a line, and you can tell it would be remembered," she said.
    So on Saturday, intending to poke fun at her "screenwriter self," she tweeted a photo with the line as the caption, adding, "Do you hear that sound? It’s every screenwriter in the world whispering a reverent 'F---' under their breath." That evening, she went to bed, pleased with the 100 likes it received.
    Little did she know that tweet would become a symbol of the almost hyperbolic feelings the MCU inspires online — from both fans and detractors. And how the earnestness of fans of a popular, Disney-controlled product can clash with the cynicism of a place like Twitter.
    The next morning, Hatfield’s tweet had 10,000 likes.
  • Vision knows his time is almost up but before he goes he wants to know how he came to be. Wanda reveals he is part of the Mind Stone that has lived inside her since her initial contact with it. They share one last kiss and then Vision, and the house Wanda built for them, are gone. The only thing remaining is the empty plot of land that was the genesis of the emotional breakdown that led to Wanda casting such a heartbreaking spell to begin with. A spell that was doomed to fail at some point if Wanda were to reclaim her compassion and humanity. Which she did.
    So what about the controversy of WandaVision director Matt Shakman saying he was worried some fans might be "disappointed" in the finale?
    The only explanation for that is the unlimited amount of rumors and theories that WandaVision spawned online. All of which fell flat on their face.
    WandaVision put such a spell on us over these last nine weeks, the internet had many of us believing and hoping that the show was a portal to satisfying the hopes and dreams of Marvel Studios fandom.
  • The series works because it proves an important point: By telling its story in a way that reaches beyond the typical comic fan/superhero movie universe, WandaVision pulls in even those who tend to turn their noses up at capes and cowls and supervillains, while also becoming a TV-sized embodiment of all the best storytelling devices from decades of comic books.
    Talk about revenge of the nerds. WandaVision's success proves that high quality superhero storytelling is just great storytelling. Period.WandaVision has redefined what a small screen superhero series can be in an important and pioneering way.
    And this particular comic book nerd can't wait to see how Marvel's other Disney+ series — and the rest of the TV universe — builds on the ground they've broken.
  • It's unlikely that this show, with this focus, could ever have been successful without Elizabeth Olsen's indelible central performance. Asked to be a sitcom wife, a sitcom mom, a superhero, a witch, a legend, and a woman whose grief was so overwhelming that she broke the whole world, she never wavered. That's what allows her to carry off those cute, quotable Marvel lines without tearing the audience completely away from the story. (Lines like "Boys, handle the military. Mommy will be right back.")
    The very last scene in the finale illustrated what the show wrestled with for nine episodes: that there are two Wandas. There is the mythical, legendary, super-real Witchy Wanda, floating and glowing. There is also the deeply human, traumatized, lonely Sweatpants Wanda, drinking tea and trying to figure out what happens next now that she's alone again. Even if you don't much care about the former, Olsen's work kept the latter visible and unforgettable throughout.

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