WandaVision Episode 3 recap: It’s All in the Family

Elizabeth Olsen as Wanda Maximoff and Paul Bettany as Vision in Marvel Studios' WANDAVISION. Photo courtesy of Marvel Studios. ©Marvel Studios 2021. All Rights Reserved.
Elizabeth Olsen as Wanda Maximoff and Paul Bettany as Vision in Marvel Studios' WANDAVISION. Photo courtesy of Marvel Studios. ©Marvel Studios 2021. All Rights Reserved. /

In WandaVision Episode 3, ‘Now in Color’, the mullets and Monkees are in. Moving into the 70s-esque era, the Disney Plus show’s titular couple await new arrivals to their family.

There are more hints at something strange going on around Wanda and Vision, but could a kindly neighbor have anything to do with it? We’re going to have more questions than answers by the end of this recap.

WandaVision Episode 3 – An Expectant Papa-ya

At the end of the previous episode, Wanda and Vision found themselves expecting and in color. WandaVision Episode 3 picks up almost immediately after, with the local doctor, Stan Nielsen (Randy Oglesby), checking in on them.

Dr. Nielsen seems more interested in getting away on his vacation than in Wanda, who he proclaims is about four months along. The only problem is, it’s only been 12 hours.

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Vision has a lot of questions about the situation, but Wanda doesn’t let him ask them. Interestingly, this version of Vision is so suspicious of everything. He knows something’s not right, but he can’t quite put his finger on it.

Vision is right to be suspicious. When he mentions the oddities around them to Wanda, the scene resets, and he’s suddenly optimistic about becoming a father. Who resets the scene? Was it Wanda not wanting to engage with this fake reality?

It doesn’t help that their neighbor, Herb (David Payton), starts acting strangely. While cutting the tops of his hedges, he saws right through Wanda and Vision’s garden wall. Even after Vision points it out, he keeps at it.

But there’s no time to discuss Herb because Wanda goes into labor.

WandaVision Episode 3 – Geraldine to the Rescue

With Wanda’s pregnancy racing ahead, Vision had calculated when the due date could be. Only, he’s off by a few days—this is the most unpredictable pregnancy ever—and races to get the doctor before he goes off on holiday.

While Vision is out, Wanda is on her own in WandaVision Episode 3. Until Geraldine arrives for a quick chat. Wanda manages to hide her bump with a coat, but each contraction ignites her powers, changing her disguise at will.

Then Geraldine decides to chat. Wanda would have sent her away had it not been for a huge stork marching around the home. Wanda’s powers have gone so haywire that she’s accidentally brought the painted stork from the nursery to life, and now she can’t even banish it.

Desperate to keep the stork out of view and to hide her contractions, Wanda only half-listens to Geraldine’s story about being a badass at work. Still, she manages to congratulate her new friend on her promotion.

Eventually, the contractions become impossible to hide, and Geraldine sees that Wanda is not only pregnant but moments away from giving birth. And Vision and the doctor are taking their time.

Wanda is in luck—Geraldine turns out to be an excellent midwife. She helps Wanda through the birth, and a baby boy is born. Vision and the doctor arrive right after. Great timing. Not!

Wanda and Vision hadn’t been able to settle on a name for their son. Wanda wanted Tommy; Vision wanted Billy. But the moment Vision sees their son, and he knows the right name is Tommy.

Fortunately for Vision, there’s another child. Billy is born moments after, and Vision gets to witness this birth.

Readers of Marvel Comics will note that Tommy and Billy are comics-accurate names of Wanda and Vision’s twins—they take on the superhero monikers Speed and Wiccan as they grow older.

Interestingly, Wanda prefers Tommy/Speed’s name because her brother Pietro had superspeed, and Vision likes Billy/ Wiccan, a magical hero like Wanda.

WandaVision Episode 3 – “What Did You Say?”

Vision takes the doctor back home, but it looks like his vacation is off. The doctor looks a bit terrified as he explains to Vision that small towns are hard to escape. What does that mean? And why is he so scared?

But there’s another mystery to solve in WandaVision Episode 3. Herb and Agnes are chatting, but they appear concerned about Geraldine. Vision questions them about it, but the answers are vague.

According to Herb and Agnes, Geraldine is new to town, and she doesn’t have a family or home in Westview. Why should that matter, is what Vision wants to know. Herb almost answers, but Agnes looks as terrified as the doctor did earlier. They’re hiding something from Vision, but what is it?

Inside the house, Geraldine congratulates Wanda on the twins, and Wanda finds herself talking about her late brother, Pietro. This is the first mention of Pietro since Avengers: Age of Ultron.

But Wanda isn’t the only one thinking of Pietro. Geraldine recalls that Ultron killed Pietro. How does she know that? Who even is she?

Wanda has questions, and even more so when she notices that Geraldine’s necklace is the same symbol she saw on the beekeeper in the previous episode. Geraldine clams up as Wanda starts questioning her, and by the time Vision returns, she is gone. Where?

As Wanda looks on at her sons, the screen changes aspect ratio, and the camera leaves Westview. A barrier is breached—by Geraldine’s body. She lands on open ground and is quickly surrounded by soldiers and helicopters.

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Teyonah Parris as Monica Rambeau in Marvel Studios’ WANDAVISION. Photo courtesy of Marvel Studios. ©Marvel Studios 2020. All Rights Reserved. /

We can assume that Wanda is within the barrier and the real world is outside. But is she there of her own free will? Did she cast Geraldine out? The barrier breach looked like Wanda’s powers, and Wanda certainly has some control over what happens in Westview. So many questions that we can’t wait to get answers to!

Final Thoughts – WandaVision Episode 3 Ramps Up the Suspense

Not much happens in WandaVision Episode 3, but the throwbacks to Wanda and Vision’s comic arcs and to Age of Ultron were fun. The episode had another in-universe advertisement, this time featuring Hydra soap. What part do the ads play in Westview? I hope there’s some connection.

When and how S.W.O.R.D. will be revealed remains to be seen. And what role will they play in the MCU? They should make for an interesting addition to the universe.

WandaVision is an exciting installment and is set to expand the Marvel universe in new and exciting ways. Fridays can’t come fast enough!

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WandaVision is airing weekly on Disney Plus.