‘WandaVision’ Season Finale Recap: We’ll Say Hello Again
What if Marvel wanted to break reality and the hearts of fans at the same time? You’d have to be as cold and dead inside as Vision 2 to not feel something during the finale of Marvel’s first series.
*Please Note: spoilers from the series finale of WandaVision below
Episode 9: What Had Happened Was…
Big MCU action and CG superhero stunts took center stage this week with the arrival of another Vision and a good old fashioned witch off! Vision 2 meets Wanda and immediately tries to crush her head. Just brutal. The answers and reveals come at a rapid pace confirming and debunking theories left and right.
This finale doesn’t have the time to fully explore every reveal and answer, but it does give moments of joy like a look into Quicksilver’s man cave as he lives out his puka shell fantasies. Getting back to the serious, Agatha forces Wanda to meet the real people of Westview and she brutally chokes them by mistake. Speaking of mistakes, Agatha should have never shown Wanda the runes because the Scarlet Witch is a speed learner.
Even in their small moments, Jimmy and Darcy shined in their own small ways. This finale definitely shifted its focus away from our fan-favorites, but it was the right move to dial in on its stars, Wanda and Vision. The biggest casualty in the runtime was Monica; her excellent setup has a lackluster ending (though this is just the start for her). From the Vision vs. Vision battle to a classic witch off, Wanda’s world delivered on action, despair, and some well-deserved emotional closure for one of the best MCU love stories.
MCU Threads & Marvel Connections
One of the bigger connections in episode nine was the emergence of The Darkhold, last seen on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (with Robbie Reyes Ghost Rider). If the last after-credits scene reveals a concerning state for Wanda’s sanity and her future, Wanda is being set up to be the next big bad and potentially a Thanos-level threat in the multiverse saga.
The ship of Theseus is taking the internet by storm, but the real thunder is Vision’s future. It’s rare in a show that you create a way for you to live on when the current version of your character dies in the same episode. There were some other call backs to Wanda and Vision’s shared history, including a great Ultron nod showing off her old mind-warping ways. Speaking of nods, Wanda’s incredible hero outfit has some serious Magneto in Age of Apocalypse parallels, although who knows if it’s intentional or not.
What are theories, if not hype persevering? This year, we got pretty bold and very wrong in this section. It was not the best batting average, however, we did have some fun ideas over the weeks. The credit scenes do what any good Marvel chess move does: acknowledge the past and set the table for the future. Monica heading to space for Captain Marvel 2 lines up, and will likely put her in the Secret Invasion series. Vision will live on, less emotional, but still “Vision” and Wanda is on her way to Badsville.
This show was an excellent first series for Marvel; a mysterious ride and the perfect showcase for Elizabeth Olsen, Teyonah Parris, and Paul Bettany.
WandaVision is streaming now exclusively on Disney+!
P.S. Marvel, please give us a Tom King “The Vision” show!