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Melissa Villaseñor Resurrected Her Flawless Gwen Stefani Impression From the Archives

By | April 14, 2021

Melissa Villaseñor’s knack for nailing celebrity impressions remains unmatched. During a virtual appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show on Tuesday, the comedian and Saturday Night Live cast member showed off her uncanny ability to mimic the voices of various stars, seamlessly rattling off six impressions in less than two minutes without even breaking a sweat.

She kicked off the game by imitating actress Wanda Sykes riding a rollercoaster before morphing into a hippo-obsessed Owen Wilson on a safari and an exasperated Lily Tomlin ordering a pizza. The real gem came about halfway through when Villaseñor resurrected her flawless Gwen Stefani impersonation from the archives as she spoofed the “Hollaback Girl” singer hailing a cab. If you close your eyes before pressing play on the video above, you’ll undoubtedly think DeGeneres was interviewing Stefani herself – Villaseñor’s that good.

John Stamos Celebrates Elizabeth Olsen’s WandaVision Finale With Adorable Full House Throwback

By | March 7, 2021

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It seems like Uncle Jesse is just as big of a WandaVision fan as we are. Ahead of the season finale on Friday, John Stamos shared an adorable throwback of him and Elizabeth Olsen on the set of Full House, which starred Olsen’s twin sisters Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen. “One day she’s a little girl wandering the set, and next thing you know, she’s taking over a whole town, mindcontrolling the citizens to play out her favorite TV Sitcoms! They grow up so fast . . .” the actor captioned the post before plugging his upcoming Disney+ series Big Shot. “Wanda had a vision we’d both be on @disneyplus Check out #BigShot coming in April and @wandavision Tonight!”

Olsen recently had a chance to pay tribute to her sisters’ Full House roots on WandaVision as the show references various sitcoms throughout the years. In the fifth episode, Olsen goes full ’80s with a getup that looks just like Michelle Tanner. Even the theme song pays tribute to the iconic opening credits from series. “There was something very meta for my own life [working on WandaVision] because I would visit those tapings as a kid, where my sisters were working [on Full House],” Olsen previously told Entertainment Weekly. See the cute snap ahead.

WandaVision Finally Revealed Agatha Harkness’s Powers, and We’re a Little Scared

By | February 27, 2021

After weeks of speculation, we’ve finally gotten confirmation that WandaVision‘s nosy neighbor Agnes is actually the witch Agatha Harkness. Now, we’re getting our first real look at her powers, and it turns out that she’s definitely going to be a tough adversary to take down.

We first learn the extent of Agatha’s powers in a flashback to the 1600s, where, at first, it looks like she’s about to be accused at the Salem witch trials. She’s accused and tied to a stake, that much is true, but it turns out she’s being accused by her own coven of witches for betraying them and experimenting with dark magic. They accuse her of stealing forbidden knowledge and breaking their rules, to which she argues that she simply “bent” them. Unmoved by her pleas, they all send beams of blue-white magic at her (for unclear purposes), presumably as some kind of punishment.

Instead of being defeated, however, Agatha seems to actually get more powerful. The beams of magic slowly turn purple – which we know already is the particular color of Agatha’s magic – and drain the life force from the other witches, killing them. The last one left standing is Agatha’s mother, who tries one last time to defeat Agatha, but eventually succumbs and is drained and killed by Agatha too.

In the present day, we see that Agatha’s powers are strong enough to be a match for Wanda’s and to manipulate things in Westview. In fact, that’s what’s driving Agatha’s actions: she’s a witch who has worked and trained for centuries to gain her powers, but the completely untrained Wanda seems to be just as powerful, if not more so, and Agatha is desperate to know why. Agatha’s magic does seem more tied to “classic” witchy things and rituals: she mentions that her basement is reinforced with runes and that fake-Pietro was created through crystalline possession.

In contrast, Wanda repeatedly insists that she doesn’t know how Westview has been functioning, and we eventually see that she’s telling the truth: in a moment of intense grief, a huge wave of magic emanated from Wanda, transforming the town into its bubble and re-creating a version of Vision out of Wanda’s magic alone. The battle between the two witches and their particular powers will probably be at the center of the conflict on the WandaVision finale, and we can’t wait to see how it turns out!

S.W.O.R.D. Is Planning to Do Bad Things With Vision, Right?

By | February 26, 2021

While the first few episodes of WandaVision led us to believe that S.W.O.R.D. has been keeping track of Wanda, episode five confirms the fact that it is Vision they are truly interested in. When Monica Rambeau begins to get in Director Tyler Hayward’s way after he considers Wanda a terrorist, he sends her and Jimmy Woo away, only for the pair to escape in order to find out what’s truly going on. In episode six, Monica and Jimmy discover that S.W.O.R.D. wasn’t trying to decommission Vision like Hayward initially said; they were trying to bring him back online. But what does S.W.O.R.D. actually want with him?

S.W.O.R.D., which was started by Maria Rambeau sometime after the events of Captain Marvel, stands for Sentient World Observation and Response Department. Initially, it was focused on extraterrestrial threats and space exploration but has since “shifted away from manned missions and refocused on robotics, nanotech, AI” and “sentient weapons,” as Hayward tells Monica in episode four. In episode five, we “learn” that Wanda stole Vision’s body from S.W.O.R.D. nine days before the events of WandaVision, with S.W.O.R.D. having taken the synthezoid apart, which was strictly against Vision’s wishes to not be used as a weapon.

Episode eight, titled “Previously On,” shows us what really happened when Wanda visited S.W.O.R.D. before the events of WandaVision. After seeing Vision in pieces, Wanda does still break the glass and make her way to his body. The difference is that instead of stealing his body, she places her hand on his hand, says “I can’t feel you,” and leaves the room in tears . . . without Vision. Why Hayward wanted Monica, Jimmy, and Darcy to believe Wanda had stolen Vision is still unclear. Particularly when its revealed that he’s been working to bring him back online without the mind stone the entire time.

The idea that S.W.O.R.D. is working to bring Vision back online without the mind stone follows the “Vision Quest” story arc in the Marvel Comics. In the comics, rather than being brought to life by the mind stone, Vision was originally brought to life by Ultron using a superhero named Wonder Man’s brain patterns. After Vision’s death, Hank Pym was able to bring him back to life without Wonder Man, who refused to let his brain patterns be copied once again. While Vision was restored, he now functioned on pure logic and no longer felt human emotion. This was represented by his new all-white color scheme and the fact he no longer felt anything for Scarlet Witch. In the comics, the all-white Vision is just a byproduct of Hank Pym trying to bring him back online and is eventually able to restore the synthezoid’s memories. S.W.O.R.D. just wants a sentient weapon, and it’s highly likely they will not try to make their version of Vision any more human.

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Then, there’s the question of whether or not Ultron could be a part of S.W.O.R.D.’s plan. In the comics, he’s been known for coming back and in the MCU – he certainly did a number on all of our heroes. Technically, he is also a sentient weapon and would fall under S.W.O.R.D.’s expertise. There’s still a Mark Hamill-level cameo left for WandaVision – maybe it has something to do with the evil robot voiced by James Spader? Granted, we’re probably way off base with this one but . . . you never know what’s going to happen in the Marvel Universe.

On WandaVision, Vision has already proven that he has no recollection of his life prior to Westview. It’s also been shown that he cannot exist in his current form outside of the Hex’s boundaries. This isn’t because he’s “dead” outside of the hex, it’s because the Westview version of Vision literally doesn’t exist anywhere. In her grief, realizing Vision is truly gone and she can’t give him a proper funeral, Wanda heads to Westview where the pair where to begin the rest of their lives together. Upon seeing the empty plot of land, she breaks down. Much like in Avengers: Age of Ultron, this breakdown produces an extraordinary amount of magic, creating both the hex and the version of Vision we’ve been seeing throughout the series.

Why Hayward and S.W.O.R.D. were interested in Vision over Wanda makes much more sense in this context. They wanted to know how it was possible for Vision to exist when they still had his body. Thanks to the end credits scene for “Previously On,” it’s incredibly clear that S.W.O.R.D. plans for Vision to continue his role as a sentient weapon. Using the drone Hayward had turned on Wanda in a previous episode, the group brings the synthezoid back online in his all-white “Vision Quest” arc form. Knowing that this version of Vision is likely nothing like the one Wanda loves, has us preparing for a gut-wrenching finale. Wanda’s perfect reality has to come to an end, and this Vision will be a shock to her system.

Did Vision Really Give Wanda the Westview Deed? We’re Not Entirely Convinced

By | February 26, 2021

WandaVision only has one more episode left this season, and with every answer we get, another question pops up in its place. Throughout this season, one of the biggest questions we’ve had on our minds is: how exactly did Wanda and Vision get to the seemingly idyllic town of Westview in the first place? Well, in episode eight, some of that starts coming to light as Wanda watches flashbacks of her life. In addition to seeing what really went down when she visited Vision’s body at S.W.O.R.D. headquarters, we learn that she moved to Westview after receiving a property deed.

When Wanda leaves S.W.O.R.D., we see an envelope placed in the passenger’s seat of her car as she drives to New Jersey. Once there, she pulls up to an empty lot and opens the letter, revealing that it’s actually a deed to the property. So, who exactly sent it to her? If you look closely, the grantees are listed as both Wanda and Vision. The piece of paper also has writing in red ink that reads, “To grow old in V.” with a heart around it.

While the most obvious guess is that Vision bought the lot for the two of them to build a house together, we’re not entirely convinced. After watching these first eight episodes, we now know that not everything is what it seems. Even though Agatha Harkness is the show’s big bad (at least for the moment), it appears that she wasn’t aware of Wanda and her powers until after she created the hex.

So, that leaves Director Tyler Hayward as another suspect. After all, he did lie about Wanda stealing Vision’s body from S.W.O.R.D., so we know he’s not trustworthy. Perhaps after leaving S.W.O.R.D. headquarters, he gave her the deed, hoping it would set off Wanda to use chaos magic and eventually help S.W.O.R.D. get Vision back online. I mean, and that is what ended up happening.

Of course, there could be a third big bad looming that we don’t even know about yet. These past few episodes, many fans have spectated that the demon Chthon will be making an appearance. Is the mysterious deed simply setting us up for Chthon’s arrival in the very final episode? We guess we’ll have to wait and see!