“We Interrupt This Program” opens on Monica… or, some form of Monica, at least. As Thanos’ now-familiar dust regains a human shape, Monica awakens in an empty hospital room chair, and opens the door to find total chaos, with doctors and patients alike running hurriedly through the hallways as more of the missing citizens of the world return to Earth.
Tragically, Monica, who is looking for her mother Maria (played by Lashana Lynch in Captain Marvel), finds out some awful news from Lana Young’s Dr. Highland. Monica has been missing for five years, like all the rest of the vanished living beings, and her mother has since died. However, this scene also reveals something super important — specifically, the frenzy that really ensued when Thanos’ snap was reversed by Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) in Avengers: Endgame.
The only other MCU movie to take on this issue so far was 2019’s Spider-Man: Far From Home, which opens with two high school reporters relaying what’s happened, although it takes a much lighter, breezier tone; in WandaVision, viewers get a much darker sense of the difficulties faced by facilities like hospitals that saw patients return from the ether.
The first four episodes of WandaVision are streaming on Disney+ now, and new episodes drop every Friday at midnight PST.