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TV Review | WandaVision (Episode 9: The Series Finale)

WandaVision was a truly amazing series and the perfect way to start Phase 4. The writers really know how to hit us right in the feels!

Today is the day, it’s the final episode of WANDAVISION. This one is entitled “The Series Finale“. We all knew the end was coming and yet I wasn’t ready for it! Before I start talking about the finale, if you expected some big cameos or crazy theories to become real, you’re going to be disappointed. That’s not what the finale is.

(L-R): Elizabeth Olsen as Wanda Maximoff and Paul Bettany as Vision in Marvel Studios’ WANDAVISION exclusively on Disney+. ©Marvel Studios 2021. All Rights Reserved.
A Fight Of Visions

During last week’s post-credit scene, we got our first look at the White Vision. This new Vision has been rebuilt from the rest of the real Vision. However, it’s been programmed to destroy Wanda and her family. As you may have guessed, the cameo Paul Bettany talked about was actually himself. You can only love him for doing this!

The Hex Vision and White Vision scenes are great! The first half of their scenes are action-packed. It really feels like an epic MCU movie like the cast told us during interviews!

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Marvel Studios’ WANDAVISION exclusively on Disney+. ©Marvel Studios 2021. All Rights Reserved.

Though, during the fight, Vision helps White Vision to realize that it’s meaningless to fight because he’s not the real Vision. In all honesty, neither of them are. Still, White Vision is the closest to the real Vision. SWORD built him from the rest of the real one. After a good talk, Hex Vision restores his memories. From there, it’s a brand new beginning for White Vision. And only the future will tell where it leads him. I do have a feeling that he could show up in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.

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Elizabeth Olsen as Wanda Maximoff in Marvel Studios’ WANDAVISION exclusively on Disney+. ©Marvel Studios 2021. All Rights Reserved.
The Scarlet Witch Is Born

In truth, this series is all about Wanda’s story. It’s about how she deals with her grief and how she tries to heal. She has lost so many people in her life. Her parents, her brother, and Vision (twice) – while she never really had time to properly mourn for them. She’s a broken character and it’s been quite a journey to see her in this series. It’s obviously a heartbreaking story but in the end, there is a chance for her to heal, to start a new beginning.

That new beginning is becoming the Scarlet Witch. This episode fully reveals her as such. That means a brand new costume for her! It’s an absolutely beautiful costume. At the same time, it borrows elements from Wanda’s costume and also from the Scarlet Witch’s comics costume. Thus, you get to see her with a tiara but this one is adapted to today’s world. Just like everything they’ve done with the MCU costumes.

Kathryn Hahn as Agatha Harkness in Marvel Studios’ WANDAVISION exclusively on Disney+. Photo by Suzanne Tenner. ©Marvel Studios 2021. All Rights Reserved.

The Scarlet Witch’s fight is with Agatha Harkness. It’s also an impressive fight with a lot of magic involved. This one takes place throughout the episode with some pauses of dialog and twists and turns. For most of the fight, it’s Agatha who has the high ground. However, when Wanda finally takes the high ground she ends her quickly.

Agatha doesn’t die though. Wanda strips Agatha of her powers making her harmless and giving her back the role she had in the series – the nosy neighbor. I highly doubt this will be the last time we see Agatha. She could play a role in helping Wanda control her powers. By becoming the Scarlet Witch, Wanda unlocked new capabilities and she is going to have to learn how to deal with that.

(L-R): Julian Hilliard as Billy Maximoff and Jett Klyne as Tommy Maximoff in Marvel Studios’ WANDAVISION exclusively on Disney+. ©Marvel Studios 2021. All Rights Reserved.
It’s Hard To Say Goodbye

A series finale also means you have to say goodbye. And it’s finally time for Wanda to say goodbye to the Hex. Here it means she has to say goodbye to Billy and Tommy along with the Vision she created. However, before it all ends Billy and Tommy get some action in which they can showcase their powers.

Starting the series, I knew that the Hex would disappear by the end but I didn’t know it would be such an emotional goodbye. Throughout these nine episodes, we got to learn about this new Vision, Tommy, and Billy, and seeing them go is obviously sad. And it’s even more heartbreaking because of what it means for Wanda. Removing the Hex means she sacrifices her family. She loses everything again.

(L-R): Paul Bettany as Vision and Elizabeth Olsen as Wanda Maximoff in Marvel Studios’ WANDAVISION exclusively on Disney+. ©Marvel Studios 2021. All Rights Reserved.

The farewell is poignant and beautifully done. Wanda and Vision put the kids to bed and wish them goodnight. Then the two of them say their goodbyes as the Hex is slowly converging to them as it disappears. The writers really know how to hit us right in the feels!

A New Beginning

Having said that, the end is only a new beginning and it’s not the last time we’re seeing some of these characters. In the second post-credits scene, we see the Scarlet Witch alone in the mountains using magic and reading the Darkhold. It’s the book of the Damned. A dangerous book of spells. In the final seconds of the series, Wanda hears her children pleading for her to help them. It’s a great way to end the series – on a HUGE cliffhanger. However, there is one big problem. We have to wait a full year to see what happens next. Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is set to be released on March 25th, 2022. It’s a long time to wait. But, it’s a long time to think of new theories!

Elizabeth Olsen as Wanda Maximoff in Marvel Studios’ WANDAVISION exclusively on Disney+. Photo courtesy of Marvel Studios. ©Marvel Studios 2021. All Rights Reserved.

Is this really Billy and Tommy that Wanda created or are they from another universe? The title of Doctor Strange 2 is the Multiverse of Madness so it could be that. But it could also be the twins Wanda created. WandaVision established her as the most powerful Avenger (as if it wasn’t already obvious after Avengers Endgame) and who knows what else she is capable of? Whoever they are, I think it’s the (younger) versions of Billy and Tommy who will be part of the Young Avengers team. I’ve said it many times but I’ll say it again, a Young Avengers storyline is coming. Phase 4 seems to serve as the introduction to the characters from this team.

Evan Peters as Ralph in Marvel Studios’ WANDAVISION exclusively on Disney+. Photo courtesy of Marvel Studios. ©Marvel Studios 2021. All Rights Reserved.
What Else?

Does this episode also answer some other questions like who’s Pietro? And what are Agatha’s true motivations? Let’s start with Pietro. He is actually a regular guy named Ralph, the Ralph Agatha often mentioned. I actually didn’t see this one coming but that’s what Marvel is so good at – subverting expectations! As for Agatha, she wanted to steal Wanda’s powers, she obviously fails and is instead stripped of her powers.

Hayward is a bad person until the end. He keeps making all the wrong choices. He even tries to kill the twins but a gun can’t do much against superpowers. Hayward’s defeat is total. He tries and fails to kill both the twins and Monica Rambeau. Then he tries to escape and he even fails at that as Darcy stops him. He gets what he deserves – a ticket to prison. Jimmy Woo also shows up in this episode. He doesn’t do much as he stays outside the Hex the whole time. However, he calls his FBI friends to help with the aftermath.

Marvel Studios’ WANDAVISION exclusively on Disney+. Photo courtesy of Marvel Studios. ©Marvel Studios 2021. All Rights Reserved.

Speaking of the aftermath, a first post-credit scene sets things up for Captain Marvel 2. Indeed, Monica encounters a Skrull telling her an old friend of her mother wants to meet her in space. That old friend could be Nick Fury or Talos. Exciting things are coming!

Verdict

WandaVision was a truly amazing series and the perfect way to start Phase 4. It was Wanda’s story and how she dealt with her grief. A truly emotional journey. We were reunited with old friends while being introduced to awesome new characters like Billy, Tommy, and Monica. I just can’t wait for Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness to see what comes next in Wanda’s story now!

 

WandaVision is streaming exclusively on Disney+ NOW!

 

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