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WandaVision is a 2021 superhero-mystery show created by Jac Schaeffer. It is currently streaming on Disney+. All nine episodes of the show are now available. The series stars Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany. It is based on various Marvel Comics. The show shares continuity with the Marvel Cinematic Universe, acting as a sequel to Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame. It will be followed by The Falcon and the Winter Soldier.
"We'll say hello again." -Wanda Maximoff
The events of WandaVision come to a climax as Wanda and Vision have to face Agatha Harkness and the White Vision to save Westview and their family.
IF YOU HAVE NOT SEEN THE FINALE OF WANDAVISION, STOP READING!!!!!!!
Episode 9 "The Series Finale" Review
We are now officially done with the first part of Phase Four.
WandaVision brings everything to a close in epic fashion. This episode is essentially one huge action sequence between the fights with Agatha and Wanda, Vision and White Vision, and the S.W.O.R.D. agents and Hayward arriving to take out Wanda.
This episode really brings the Marvel into WandaVision. We get the huge action sequences and big payoffs of everything, and it works really nicely. We see the full fledged Scarlet Witch costume, which looked somehow fabulous and not utterly ridiculous. The action is great and really entertaining to watch. We've gotten glimpses of Wanda and Vision's full, unrestrained power before, but never like this. The only problem that I have with Infinity War is that it weakens Vision's character when he is supposed to be super powerful, and that is fixed here.
This action is more in the style of a Harry Potter movie than a Marvel movie. There's a lot of flying, colored globs that slam into characters and affect them in a negative way. The scene where Wanda gives up her power to Agatha is actually pretty cool. Everything that had been built up in the show is payed off really nicely.
That said, there will be people who are disappointed with this finale. There are way too many fan theories revolving around this show. Inherently, that will cause some people to be disappointed when their expectations are met. No Mephisto showing up. No Doctor Strange or Magneto. Reed Richards isn't Monica's engineer friend. The fans of the show have created their own level of expectations for WandaVision because they want this incredible amount of references and cameos that is unrealistic. The MCU isn't great because of fan service and references. It's great because of the characters, acting, and stories that are told, which WandaVision delivers.
They did a really fantastic job of crafting an emotional finale. That last scene where Wanda and Vision say goodbye is just devastating. Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany just crush it. The tear that rolls down Vision's face is heartbreaking and cements this as the second most emotional MCU finale, behind Endgame, of course.
And, right away, I will say that Olsen, has given of the best performances we've seen in the MCU and in a superhero movie/show. It's different than Robert Downey, Jr.'s iconic portrayal of Iron Man or Chris Evans' regal performance as Captain America. I've always thought Elizabeth Olsen was underrated, but she shines in this show. The theme of the series is grief. The residents of Westview feel Wanda's grief. And Elizabeth Olsen makes us feel like the residents of Westview. Kathryn Hahn and Paul Bettany are still fabulous, but she has been the standout throughout this series.
While I still loved this episode, there are things that I was not a fan of. It was a funny reveal that Pietro was Ralph, Agatha's hidden husband, but that felt like a cheat. They teased Evan Peters' X-Men Quicksilver, but didn't actually relate it to the Fox X-Men universe. It just so happened that there's a guy in the MCU who has the same face as Quicksilver in the X-Men universe...and that's who Agatha plucked out of the crowd and had pretend to be Quicksilver in the MCU. That's the biggest problem with this show.
Finally, the post-credits (which there are two of) are both actually pretty interesting. The Skrulls appearance was fun and quick, but I also think it's very important. The quiet dropping of Skrulls around the MCU is very smart, because we know that they are setting up a Secret Invasion TV show. If you don't know what that is, Secret Invasion is an infamous storyline where the Skrulls invade Earth. They've now appeared as people in the after-credits of both Far From Home and WandaVision.
And the second after-credits scene is also pretty cool. WandaVision supposedly ties into Doctor Strange: In the Multiverse of Madness, and there was a tiny bit of information that hinted at that. We see real Wanda go to get tea in a cabin that she's living in. The camera then moves past her and into a bedroom where an ASTRAL PROJECTION of her is reading the Darkhold and learning magic. The astral projection was first introduced in Doctor Strange, and I think that this shows she may be learning from our favorite Sorcerer Supreme. I also found out that the Doctor Strange theme song is playing during that part, so that was definitely a reference. Also, she hears Billy and Tommy cry out, which means that they are still alive.
Overall Thoughts and Final Score
WandaVision has been one of the most unique and exciting Marvel experiences. I love the show one it's own, but the problem that I can't shake is simple: What is the significance of WandaVision? This is the start to the post Endgame era of the MCU, and it feels like it doesn't have big implications. Maybe it will tie in to Multiverse of Madness and become a more important story, but for right now, I don't know the importance of this series. Don't get me wrong, I still had a great time with this show, but I just don't know what the connection to the larger MCU is. Once that is answered, I will like this show more.
That said, I still love it. The performances, story, and payoff all reach top Marvel tier. I can't wait for more Scarlet Witch in this franchise. Marvel is far from gone and will continue to dominate the industry on the big and small screen.
I will give WandaVision a Sweet rating. Age range is 8+.
SWEET N' SOUR SCALE
Savory (Good) Sour (Bad) Moldy (Terrible)
Fun Factor: 9/10
Created by Jac Schaeffer
Rated TV-14 for superhero violence and action, disturbing themes and behavior, scary images
Episode runtime: 38 minutes
Elizabeth Olsen as Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch
Paul Bettany as Vision
Kathryn Hahn as Agatha Harkness
Teyonah Parris as Monica Rambeau/Spectrum
Josh Stamberg as Tyler Hayward
Julian Hilliard as Billy Maximoff/Wiccan
Jett Klyne as Tommy Maximoff/Speed
Kat Dennings as Darcy Lewis
Randall Park as Jimmy Woo
Evan Peters as Ralph Bohner