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Jennifer Lopez is 51 years old. This is important to note right away, because you are likely looking at the photographs that accompany this profile and thinking to yourself, Wait, how old is JLo again? Because it’s not that Lopez “looks good for her age,” it’s that she somehow looks even better than she did when she was in her twenties and thirties, when she originally hit the scene and became part of the first wave of pop music’s Latin explosion. She looks even better now than when she rocked that famous Versace jungle-print dress, which led to the invention of Google Images, for God’s sake—defying, in the process, all the rules of Hollywood, of celebrity, and possibly of the concept of time itself.

Now we are in the midst of another Latin explosion, and Lopez is still here, going head to head and toe to toe with the new wave of brilliant Latin performers like Bad Bunny and Maluma. “I was part of that [first wave], and that was Latin artists coming over and singing in English, but now this is such a different thing. This is Spanish music becoming American music, becoming global music,” Lopez tells me over Zoom. Wearing a neon-
pink crewneck sweater and thick gold hoops, with her hair pulled back in a high bun, she is sitting inside a conference room in a nondescript office in Los Angeles, the setting sun reflecting in the window behind her, at one point setting behind her right ear and giving her an otherworldly glow. Throughout our conversation, she takes sips of water from a pink bedazzled tumbler with a straw, a signature accessory that was once available for sale in a similar style at the official JLo store, and has since yielded copycat versions on Etsy. (Want a glamorous way to enjoy your drink like Jennifer Lopez?) Her face is, of course, flawless. Subtle browns and bronzes on her eyes and cheeks, a glossy pink lipstick. It’s the kind of face that brings to mind the word effortless.

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Appearances aside, Lopez’s real life is anything but effortless. She has just released two songs with the 27-year-old Colombian singer Maluma, “Pa’ Ti” and “Lonely,” as an amuse-bouche to get fans excited for their major upcoming project: a romantic comedy called Marry Me, which she also coproduced and which is scheduled to be released in May. Lopez and Maluma star as Kat and Bastian, two larger-than-life pop stars who are about to get married during a world-televised joint concert, when Kat finds out Bastian is cheating on her, and decides to marry a random guy in the audience instead (Owen Wilson). It is wildly implausible, yes, but it’s also very funny and charming, and full of new songs from both Lopez and Maluma (expect an album, and if we are still in quarantine by the time it comes out, expect to deeply, deeply miss being at a club when you listen to it). The two have such incredible chemistry onscreen, it’s hard to believe that they weren’t already good friends before filming began.

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“Jennifer just has this really beautiful energy, you know?” Maluma says via Zoom from deep in the Colombian mountains, where he is spending time with his family and his two dogs, Bonnie and Clyde. “And energy doesn’t lie.” The two artists seem to have a similar disciplined, all-or-nothing approach when it comes to their projects. The release of “Pa’ Ti” and “Lonely” offers proof of this: “She told me that it would be a good idea if we released a song together before the movie, and I told her, ‘No way! I was already thinking about that, and I have a song for you.’ ” He sent her “Lonely,” but she thought the song was too Maluma, so she sent him “Pa’ Ti,” which he thought was “too JLo.”

“I was like, ‘You record the one I sent you, and I’ll record the one that you sent me,’ and then we both loved the songs so much that we decided both songs should come out as one project,” he recalls.

If it seems like Lopez is always working, that’s because she is. In the past few years, she shot Hustlers, performed in a sold-out summer tour for her fiftieth birthday, filmed Marry Me, and sang and danced her heart out alongside Shakira at the 2020 Super Bowl. She’d always intended to take last year off. “I didn’t plan to be trapped at home,” she says, laughing. “But I had planned to be home, and it’s been good.” Still, just because she’s been at home doesn’t mean she hasn’t been working. The video for her single “In The Morning” will drop on her Triller channel on February 13th and hit YouTube on the 15th. And at the beginning of this year, she finally launched her long-awaited beauty line, aptly titled JLo Beauty, a tightly curated collection of eight products: a cleanser, a serum, a sheet mask, a night cream, an SPF moisturizer, an eye cream, a bronzer/complexion booster, and a dietary supplement.

“Wherever I go, the number one question people ask is, ‘What do you do for your skin?’ ” Lopez tells me. At the launch event for her line, Lopez reiterated this sentiment to a group of beauty editors. “Even my closest friends are like, ‘Come on, bitch, what are you doing with your skin?’ ”

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Most people would just take the compliment and move on with their lives, but Lopez is not like most people. She says she’d been thinking about a beauty line for 20 years, and then finally, about four years ago, decided it was time to make it a reality. “I think I had to be ready,” she says. “[I had] to become more realized in myself as a woman—knowing what I needed, knowing my skin better, and getting to the point where I felt cool enough to share that with the world in a way.”

The products are all rooted in Lopez’s signature “five s’s,” or the five things she considers responsible for keeping her “youthful and timeless at every age”: sleep, sunscreen, serums, supplements, and vivir sano, which is Spanish for “living a healthy lifestyle.” Her approach to skin care is a holistic one, which explains the inclusion of the dietary supplement. The supplement features olive extract, which is also the core ingredient in several of the JLo Beauty products—the real beauty secret in her routine, the one she learned from her mother and her aunt when she was a little girl.

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    “Some of us had drier hair than others, and they’d take out a bottle of olive oil and they’d put it in your hair,” she remembers, laughing. “Then it would drip down onto your face, and the next day, your complexion looked like you were 10 years old. Even when I was working in the business, and they would be gluing stuff to my head, and hitting me in the face with a fan at 100 miles per hour on movie sets, I’d come home and lather myself in it.” From the very first meetings with her team, she was adamant that the products have this natural ingredient as their anchor.

    Her proprietary Olive Complex figures prominently in three of her products, but especially JLo Glow, aka her multitasking serum. Talking with Lopez about the creation of this serum feels a lot like talking to your best friend, exchanging tips and recommendations on your favorite beauty products. “I sent it back, like, 26 times over two years,” she tells me excitedly. “They were ready to strangle me, but I was like, ‘No, it has to have an instant effect, so that when you put it on, it tightens and you get a glow, and right away your skin feels better and looks more beautiful.’ You have this gorgeous glow, but then, over time, it also makes your skin healthier if you use it regularly.” I’m basically ready to give her my credit card number over the phone when she adds, “I use it every day, twice a day now.” I don’t need any more proof about this product’s possible holy grail status, but it’s there anyway, in the form of That Limitless Glow, a sheet mask soaked in one ounce of the JLo Glow serum.

    “We postponed the wedding twice… We just have to wait to see where the world lands.”

    “I’ve tried everything from the cheap products at the drugstore to the most expensive stuff—and some of these masks can run you $50 to $200, okay? They are expensive,” she says. “My kids are, like, trying to put it on, and I’m like, ‘Don’t touch that mask, that’s too expensive to play around with,’ ” she says in an extremely relatable way. But surprisingly, it’s not Max or Emme, her 12-year-old twins from her marriage to Marc Anthony, that she has to worry about stealing her beauty products. It’s her fiancé, Alex Rodriguez, whom she’s been dating since 2017. It turns out JLo Beauty is not just meant for women.

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    “[Alex] tries everything. We did the mask together on the first night, and I filmed myself and it was just life-changing. I was like, My God, I feel like I have a baby face!” she remembers, laughing. “He loves it, and now we’re always fighting for the mask since they’re not in full production. [These products] are for anybody who has skin, which is everyone.”

    If you follow Lopez on social media, you are probably not surprised by this at all. Alex and JLo—or J-Rod, as they were once christened on the cover of a magazine—have the kind of relationship that makes people say things like “#goals.” There are pictures of the couple with all their children, Lopez’s twins plus Rodriguez’s daughters, Natasha and Ella, from his previous marriage; there are TikTok challenges and TikTok skits, all showing two people who genuinely love spending time with each other. You know, just normal people in love. The two were supposed to get married last year in Italy, plans that were put on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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        “We postponed the wedding twice. We had planned what we really, really wanted to do, [but] I don’t know if we’ll be able to re-create that. We canceled it, and since then we haven’t really talked about it. There’s no rush. We want to do it right when we can do it.”

        She adds, “We just have to wait to see where the world lands.”

        “I remember thinking that [a Trump win] could never happen. We can’t take anything for granted.”

        We first speak the week before the election, and “waiting to see where the world lands” is the name of the game in more ways than one. Lopez and Rodriguez have been campaigning for Biden on social media. She’s already voted. “I’ve told everybody who works around me, all my family, ‘Don’t even talk to me if you haven’t voted.’ ” Lopez gets more animated as she speaks. “The world right now is so confusing to me, because I feel like we all know that things need to change. It doesn’t matter if you’re Republican or Democrat, if you’re looking at the world right now, you know that we can do better—you know that. We can’t stay with this administration, we just can’t. It’s the definition of insanity.”

        Four years ago, she was at Hillary Clinton’s election-night party. “I just remember thinking that [a Trump win] could never happen. So we can’t take anything for granted.”

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        This past summer also found Lopez and Rodriguez taking part in a Black Lives Matter protest. She worked with Emme and Max to make signs for the Los Angeles event they attended in early June, spurred in part by Max’s realization that his mother had a big social media following, “like some of [his] YouTuber gamers.

        “He wanted me to make sure I realized that I had power and that I should use it, and I thought that was very insightful. It was one of those parenting moments when you’re like, Oh, maybe I’m raising a conscientious, kind, loving kid here,” she says. “I’m not used to being in big crowds like that, but it felt very empowering, and it was great to see so many young people out there, really young people. I don’t think it should ever be looked at as anything except trying to make things better, trying to make sure that people don’t get hurt, that people are treated fairly.”

        This isn’t the first time Lopez has used her platform to raise awareness—and money—for a good cause. Back in 2017, after Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico, where her parents are from, Lopez and Rodriguez helped raise over $30 million for the island’s relief efforts. Like pretty much all Puerto Ricans and Nuyoricans (Nuyorican Productions is also the name of the production company she cofounded with her longtime manager, Benny Medina), the Bronx-raised performer has always worn her Puerto Rican heritage with pride, and nowhere was this more evident than during her performance at the Pepsi Super Bowl LIV Halftime Show last February. “It was super important to me, knowing that I was going to have such a big stage, a big audience, to really say some things about what was going on in this country with Latinos: people in cages, and moms and daughters being ripped apart from one another,” she recalls. The crescendo of the performance came when she sang her 1999 song “Let’s Get Loud,” which featured an interlude of Bruce Springsteen’s “Born in the U.S.A.,” sung by her daughter Emme.

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        “The idea of using the song ‘Let’s Get Loud’ [was about] never staying quiet and always using your voice against any injustices in this world. I feel like sometimes people act like it’s not our country, too,” Lopez says. “It was very important to me to put in ‘Born in the U.S.A.’ and have my daughter sing it, because she was [born here] and I was, too. My mom came here. She was not born here; she was born in Puerto Rico, and [my parents] moved to New York. We are proud Puerto Ricans and Latinos, but we’re proud Americans, too. ” Although Puerto Rico is part of the United States and its citizens are American citizens, the island’s identity has always been something separate and distinct from a mainland American identity. As someone who is also proudly Puerto Rican, I understand exactly what she means: We are from the U.S., but not really from the U.S. We get mad when an online store doesn’t ship to Puerto Rico because they consider it to be “international shipping,” but nothing is more important to us than showing off our national flag whenever possible—on T-shirts and bandannas, hanging from the rearview mirror in our car, or even as a tattoo. So you can imagine the level of excitement when Lopez emerged onto the stage wearing a feathered cape adorned with the American flag, opening it to reveal a Puerto Rican flag underneath, as Emme sang “Born in the U.S.A.” It was a singular, unforgettable statement. Turns out the reveal was almost a complete surprise.

        “I never showed some of the things that we were going to do until the last minute, because [I] didn’t want anybody to tell me that I couldn’t do it. Everybody in the show knew it, but when I opened it up, I was just literally opening it up to the world.” She adds, “I [told] Donatella Versace, ‘I want to be an American flag because I’m going to be singing “Born in the U.S.A.” with my daughter, but when I open it up, I want them to know that my heart and soul is Puerto Rican.’ ” ▪

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        Photographed by Micaiah Carter; styled by Alex White; hair by Chris Appleton for Color Wow, makeup by Scott Barnes at SixK.LA, and manicure by Tom Bachik for Dior Vernis; set design by Lizzie Lang at Walter Schupfer Management; produced by Meghan Gallagher at Connect The Dots Inc.

        This article originally appeared in the February 2021 issue.

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Hilary Duff Bundles Up in A Pretty Pink Tweed Coat

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Hilary Duff is in New York City right now, filming her TV Land show, Younger. She was photographed in a cozy-looking pink tweed coat with a hot-pink blouse and pussy bow underneath.

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Duff is expecting her third child and her second with her husband, Matthew Koma. In an Instagram post on October 24, she posted a video on her of Koma rubbing her stomach on her Instagram story. “We are growing!!! Mostly me…,” she wrote. She and Koma, who married in late 2019, share a daughter, Banks Violet, who was born in October 2018.

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Duff also has an 8-year-old son, Luca Cruz, with her ex-husband, Mike Comrie.

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This past week, Duff shared on Instagram that she is seven months pregnant:
“Worked till midnightWoke up took Banks to gymnasticsHoused an empanada….and a 1/2 OK. …BACK to work.Repeat.Still hanging on to some fashion 7 months pregnant. love you @zara for these stretch pants. Anyone tried that PISTACHIOOOOO drink @Starbucks. Heavy on my mind rn…. I got a lot more thoughts right now but these were the important ones.”

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In December, Duff shared another update with her fans—this time about her long-beloved Disney Channel character, Lizzie McGuire. Initially, a reboot of the early aughts show had been in the works, but after show-runner Terri Minksy left the project, it was up in the air.

“I’ve been so honored to have the character of Lizzie in my life,” Duff wrote in December, confirming the project was officially off. “She has made such a lasting impact on many, including myself. To see the fans’ loyalty and love for her, to this day, means so much to me. I know the efforts and conversations have been everywhere trying to make a reboot work but, sadly & despite everyone’s best efforts, it isn’t going to happen.”

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Who Are Wanda and Vision’s Twins, Billy and Tommy, in WandaVision?

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At the end of Wanda Maximoff’s so-fast-it-makes-my-heart-palpitate pregnancy in WandaVision, she gives birth to twin boys named Billy and Tommy. By the looks of it, they’re about 2-3 months old when they’re born. That could be because Hollywood almost never makes newborns actually look like newborns. Alternatively, it could be a sign of Wanda’s sitcom-verse reality moving so quickly it begins to crumble around her. We just don’t know!

Here’s what we do know: The Marvel Cinematic Universe is bringing Billy and Tommy into the fray for a reason. They’re well-known, well-liked characters in the Marvel comics, and their existence in the MCU opens up enormous questions about the future of the franchise. Before we start speculating, here’s what’s important to understand about the Maximoff kiddos.

Billy and Tommy have superpowers.

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Like their mother and father, Billy and Tommy have superhuman skills, which could make raising them in the “normal” suburb of Westview a challenge. (It’s safe to guess that will factor into the Brady Bunch-esque humor of the next few episodes.) In the comics, Billy Maximoff has reality-warping abilities à la his mother, Scarlet Witch, while Tommy can run as fast as his deceased uncle Pietro. Notably, neither of them seem to share any abilities with their father, Vision.

Which makes us wonder if…

They might’ve been crafted from shards of a demon’s soul.

Concerning, I know!

So far, the MCU hasn’t dipped its toe too deep into the mythological components of the Marvel comics universe, apart from its Thor- and Loki-centric storyline. But Marvel has long loved creating larger-than-life villains that take the form of demons, gods, and goddesses (and cosmic entities that like to eat planets whole). So it’s not a stretch to think WandaVision might shepherd in some new, more otherworldly villains. Which brings us to the demonic Mephisto.

Many fans believe Mephisto will be WandaVision’s ultimate big bad. In the comics, Wanda is so desperate to have children with her android husband Vision that she creates a false pregnancy, then uses her magic to conjure her two twins into existence. What she doesn’t learn until later is that she pulled Billy and Tommy’s souls from shards of Mephisto’s soul, imbuing them with something evil. When Mephisto comes to reclaim those soul shards, the twins disappear, effectively “dying” and sending Wanda spiraling into grief.

I’d be surprised if WandaVision follows this exact arc: A) because it’s predictable and B) because it’s extremely dark—but it would be the perfect opportunity to reveal Mephisto’s clutching the show’s strings.

We might see a different version of them in the upcoming MCU films.

What makes Billy and Tommy’s appearance in WandaVision so earth-shattering is not necessarily how they’ll affect the show itself (though those implications could be huge). It’s how they could impact all the upcoming MCU films.

You see, in the comics, Billy and Tommy are reincarnated as Billy Kaplan and Tommy Shepherd, two super-teens who eventually go by Wiccan and Speed. At the time, they don’t know they’re brothers, and they don’t understand their connection to Scarlet Witch and Vision. Eventually, Billy fits the pieces together: When he starts telling people he’s Scarlet Witch’s reincarnated son, they sort of imply he’s a crazy super-fan and urge him to, er, stop being a weirdo. But Billy—ever a darling—persists, and eventually it’s revealed he’s telling the truth: Billy and Tommy have, indeed, returned from beyond the grave!

At this point, Billy and Tommy are leading members of the Young Avengers. Billy is one of the first gay characters in the Marvel universe, deeply in love with his team member Teddy Altman, aka the shape-shifting Hulkling. We know from previous casting announcements that other Young Avengers are headed to the MCU screen: Hailee Steinfeld will play Kate Bishop in the upcoming Disney+ show Hawkeye; Kathryn Newton will play an older Cassie Lang in Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania; and Xochitl Gomez will play America Chavez in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. These news nuggets are almost a dead giveaway that a Young Avengers franchise is on the horizon, and Billy and Tommy could be its next heroes.

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Who Is Geraldine? Monica Rambeau Wandavision Theories

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In case Marvel Studios hasn’t drilled this into your brain yet, allow me to do so: Everything is connected. Avengers: Age of Ultron and WandaVision? Connected! Doctor Strange and Spider-Man? Connected! So, if Geraldine’s (Teyonah Parris) introduction in last week’s episode of WandaVision on Disney+ made you go, Huh, she’s probably more important than she seems, then bingo! You’re catching on.

As of the airing of episode 3, “Now In Color,” this spunky Westview-dweller has yet to reveal her true identity. But virtually every fan has already checked IMDB to discover Geraldine is, in fact, “Monica Rambeau/Geraldine,” as confirmed by MCU overlord Kevin Feige. This means there’s an obvious reason why Wanda Maximoff gets so irked when Geraldine mentions Wanda’s deceased twin brother, Pietro, near the end of the episode: Geraldine is an imposter in Wanda’s sitcom-verse. And her inclusion in the series could have enormous ramifications for the next few chapters of the show—as well as the Marvel Cinematic Universe as a whole.

To make sense of the Maximoff vs. Monica debacle, here’s a quick primer on the powerful Miss Rambeau. Then, we’ll run through a few theories as to what Monica is doing in the Wanda-verse. Patience, MCU fans. It’ll all make sense eventually. Hopefully.

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You’ve seen Monica Rambeau before.

Or, at least, you have if you’ve watched Captain Marvel. In the ’90s-set adventure, Carol Danvers, aka Captain Marvel, frequently visits her bestie Maria Rambeau, a former Air Force pilot and single mother. Her daughter is named Monica—Carol sometimes calls her Lieutenant Trouble—and the two are super close. At this point in the MCU, Monica shows no clear signs of a superheroic future, though she obviously idolizes her “Aunt” Carol. At the end of the film, Nick Fury implies that if she wants to fly to space like Carol, she’ll need to get “glowy.”

Flash forward to WandaVision, which takes place after Endgame, and Monica has grown up. We can assume from the S.W.O.R.D. pendant Wanda notices around her neck that she’s working with the Sentient World Observation and Response Department, a subdivision of S.H.I.E.L.D. What we don’t know is if she has any superpowers (yet), or if she ever teams up with her aunt.

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Monica and Wanda in WandaVision episode 2, “Don’t Touch That Dial.”

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In the comics, Monica was actually the first female Captain Marvel.

Way back in 1982, comics writer Jim Starlin killed off the original Captain Marvel—a man by the name of Mar-Vell—in The Death of Captain Marvel. Monica, then a lieutenant in the New Orleans Harbor Patrol, had gained superpowers from a blast of extra-dimensional energy via a criminal weapon, and so she took up the Captain Marvel mantle. It wasn’t until 2012 that Carol Danvers assumed the role of Captain Marvel—she was previously known as Ms. Marvel.

If your head is spinning, don’t worry—in the MCU, Carol is indeed the first and only Captain Marvel, and we’ve yet to learn Monica’s superhero name (if she has one). But this comics backstory is important context to keep in mind: Rambeau has been a comics fan-favorite for decades, and that will likely contribute to her role in WandaVision and beyond.

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She goes by many names.

Confusingly, Captain Marvel is far from the only alter ego Monica has assumed over the years. She changed her name to Photon when Genis-Vell, the son of the O.G. Captain Marvel, took up his father’s title. She changed it again, to Pulsar, when Genis-Vell, in a truly iconic display of masculine entitlement, decided he wanted to be Photon instead. Monica then changed her identity—again—to Spectrum, which she held onto when Thanos launched his attack on Earth.

All this is to say, we have no clue which name Monica will assume if and when she reveals her powers in the MCU.

In an interview with Variety, Parris explained, “Monica Rambeau has held many monikers over the decades, and I think they’ve all been really special in a very particular way. I don’t know how or who she will be in the MCU. Because when I tell you, she changes names and she kicks butt in all of them. So, I don’t know who she will be in her superhero form. But I am excited by the thought of many of them.”

She has a lot of powers, any one of which could shift the landscape of WandaVision.

Among Monica’s many accolades, she is also, arguably, one of the more powerful heroes in the Marvel universe. She can:

  • Use her power over light beams to change others’ perception of her appearance, in effect shape-shifting
  • Fly
  • Move at superhuman speed
  • Phase through solid matter, much like Vision himself
  • Absorb and blast energy through her hands
  • Share a sort of “energy consciousness” with the cosmic universe, perceiving what is happening elsewhere without being near it

    In the comics, she’s also…well, immortal. So that might be important!

    We, of course, don’t know how many of these powers, if any, Monica might have in the MCU, but that last one in particular could open up major possibilities. If she can sense where something is wrong in the universe, she might be able to discern imbalances within the multiverse, thus allowing her to penetrate different realities—such as Wanda’s sitcom-verse.

    She could be the key to unraveling the mystery of WandaVision.

    At the end of “Now In Color,” we watch Geraldine crash-land from her comfy spot in Westview into a field in New Jersey, where she lies groaning in the grass. We can’t be positive who sent her away, though it’s probably safe to assume Wanda was involved.

    Here’s where we start theorizing. If Geraldine is Monica, and Monica is a S.W.O.R.D. agent, she must have infiltrated the sitcom-verse somehow, whether intentionally or unintentionally. If intentionally, it’s likely S.W.O.R.D. sent her in directly—maybe via some sort of photon beam. (Don’t concern yourself too much with the physics of the MCU. You’ll hurt yourself.)

    Why Monica? Well, if she does indeed have superhuman abilities, she’s probably one of the only heroes Wanda wouldn’t recognize, given Miss Maximoff’s adventures with the Avengers. If, say, Natasha Romanoff or Carol Danvers had suddenly appeared in Westview, that might have tripped one or two of Wanda’s alarms. But Monica might also have some of that “energy consciousness” I mentioned, which could make her more perceptive to Wanda’s irregular energy spikes.

    But if Monica is just a mere human like the rest of us, she might have some sort of insight to the multiverse that the other S.W.O.R.D agents don’t, perhaps due to her connection with Carol. Regardless, now that Monica’s been sent spiraling back to, presumably, a S.W.O.R.D base in the “real” world, it’s likely we’ll start seeing more of the outside looking in. WandaVision is finally peeling back the curtain.

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