Commercial’s RECAP Wanda and Vision’s Past
The long wait is over! Finally, the first two episodes of WandaVision are available for streaming on Disney+, and fans worldwide can see what two of our favorite heroes, Wanda Maximoff and Vision (?), are up to since Avengers: Endgame in 2019. If you haven’t watched the first two episodes, and you care about spoilers, then STOP READING HERE! If that doesn’t describe you, then please keep reading for more of this week’s WandaVision coverage on MarvelBlog!
If you already got a chance to watch the first two exciting half-hour glimpses into the fourth phase of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, you probably noticed something unusual in the middle of each episode: faux commercials! But never fear: the WandaVision commercials aren’t some new advertising agreement with Disney+ trying to sell us a great big beautiful tomorrow, they’re just part of the show.
But what do they mean? Let’s find out!
VISION’S ToastMate 2000 Toaster Over
In the first episode of WandaVision, the sitcom proceedings and laugh tracks are interrupted by a commercial at the midpoint. The commercial advertises the ToastMate 2000 Toaster Oven, which is produced by none other than Stark Industries.
During the ToastMate commercial, the two hosts – who are played by Ithamar Enriquez (Arrested Development, Teachers, Stumptown) and Victoria Blade (Doom Patrol, The Outsider, Watchmen) – juggle several foods that can be made using the toaster, and the dishes are presented in unappetizing black-and-white.
However, the commercial may be more of an inside joke than some viewers realize. In Marvel Comics’ series with Wanda and Vision as a couple, a long-standing joke has been for Wanda to refer to Vision as a “toaster.”
Furthermore, in 2015’s Avengers: Age of Ultron, Tony Stark creates the Vision.
To build Vision, Stark uses his techno know-how, resources, money, and J.A.R.V.I.S. (who is programmed with a natural-language comptuer interface with a British accent as memorial to Agent Carter‘s Edwin Jarvis) that he inherited along with Stark Industries from his father.
WANDA’s Von Strücker Swiss-Made Watch
In the second episode, the sitcom story is again interrupted partway through the episode by a commercial hosted by the same pair of actors. However, this time the advertisement is for a Strücker Swiss-made wrist watch. And the watch references Baron Von Strücker (played by Thomas Kretschmann), the HYDRA scientist who experimented on Wanda and her twin brother, Pietro, using the Mind Stone, which is seen in the end-credits scene for 2014’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier.
While Baron Von Strücker is killed during the events of Age of Ultron, you can see what happens to his teenage self (played by Joey Defore) in the television series Marvel’s Agent’s of S.H.I.E.L.D. Additionally, the Von Strücker watch in the commercial includes the HYDRA logo, reminding viewers of the tragic source of Wanda’s super powers.
Just what could these sinister adverts be hinting at? And will we be seeing more easter egg filled commercials in the upcoming episodes? The new episode of WandaVision is released for streaming Friday on Disney+. Will you be tuning in this week?