WandaVision: What Happened to Maria Rambeau?
WandaVision Finally on screen confirms what Marvel has admitted for a while: Teyonah Parris’ character is actually Monica Rambeau, daughter of Captain MarvelMaria Rambeau. What we didn’t know until now was where Mary herself is in all of this. Thanks to WandaVisionIn the fourth episode we finally have our answers and it’s a bit of a tear.
As the episode begins, we see Monica seemingly pieced together and resuscitated in a hospital chair, in an unknown location. It quickly becomes clear that she’s not the only one, and that this is the consequence of the Avengers undoing Thanos’ snapshot and bringing it all back in 2023 Avengers: EndgameAnyone who has been “caught” is about to go back to where they were when they were torn from life in 2018. So Monica returns to a hospital room that is now empty.
A disoriented Monica finds a doctor she recognizes and asks about her mother Maria. We learn that when the blip happened, Monica was with her mother, who was recovering from what appeared to be a successful surgery to remove a cancerous tumor. When Monica tries to find out what happened to her mother (she thinks she just fell asleep and has not yet realized what really happened), the doctor gently explains that it has been five years and tells her that Maria is before died three years after her cancer returned more aggressively.
Later, when Monica returned to work at SWORD, we learned from the organization’s current deputy director that Maria was the one who founded the organization, built it from the ground up and ran it as director until her death. Under her direction, SWORD ceased its work on space missions after the blip and instead focused on technology on Earth – but she also left an instruction that any agents returning from the blip must remain on the ground even after the space missions resumed which signaled that she actually believed that the people who were wiped out would return.
Maria’s fate is one of the rare things that comic book fans haven’t had a big preview of. In the comics, she is just a minor character to her daughter Monica, who later takes on the Captain Marvel cloak. Her story is only lightly sketched: she is a seamstress and a former member of the military, where she met her husband Frank. in the Captain MarvelThere’s an Easter egg for comic book fans: her nickname, which is painted on her plane, is “Photon” – one of the identities Monica uses in the comics. Finding out her death is a flow of tears for both the characters and fans, but she would definitely be proud to have her daughter take the lead and work on the Westview mystery!