All good things must come to an end…
Disney+ aired the ninth and final episode of WandaVision March 5. The series has starred Elizabeth Olsen as Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch, Paul Bettany as Vision, Kathryn Hahn as Agnes/Agatha Harkness, Teyonah Parris as Geraldine/Capt. Monica Rambeau, Kat Dennings as Dr. Darcy Lewis and Randall Park as FBI Agent Jimmy Woo.
There will be spoilers ahead, so read with caution.
Last week, we took a painful stroll down memory lane and revisited all the Wanda moments that made us reach for the tissues. Some of the history behind Wanda’s magic was also revealed. In a mid-credits scene, S.W.O.R.D. director Tyler Hayward, portrayed by Josh Stamberg, is shown bringing the original Vision back online.
This episode was an almost perfect climax to the series. Wanda battled Agatha for control of Westview while Vision battled himself. Monica freed Fake Pietro before joining Billy and Tommy, played by Julian Hilliard and Jett Klyne respectively, to take down Director Hayward.
I’ve invested a good chunk of my life into Marvel, both with the comics and the movies and TV shows, so I wasn’t disappointed in the ending of WandaVision. It had the climactic battle scene that’s a staple in any MCU entertainment along with a seamless revolution, a mid-credits scene and a post-credits scene to keep viewers on their toes. I have a feeling that these two particular mid and post-credits scenes are going to tie into other events coming soon for Marvel’s Phase Four, especially in upcoming films Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, scheduled for release in March 2022 and Captain Marvel II, set to release in November 2022.
However, parts of this episode felt a little unsatisfying to me. In the mid-credits scene of episode 8, it built Hayward up to be the big twist villain of the series. I wasn’t extremely shocked to see Hayward become a villain since something about his character had always irritated me, but the way Darcy just plowed into him and knocked him out after he shot at the boys left a little more to be desired.
Something else that left me wanting more was the conversation that took place between Wanda and Monica. After a brief goodbye, Wanda flew off to who knows where. Wanda now has no one left that she can turn to and Monica said she identified with Wanda’s pain. Instead of just a goodbye, I would have loved to see more of a “if you ever think about taking an entire town hostage again, look me up so I can talk you out of it” kind of goodbye. It would have been something of a redemption arc for Wanda that she needs now that she’s back to having nothing.
WandaVision has been a wild ride and I’ve enjoyed watching Wanda confront her demons. In a way, the series is Wanda’s redemption arc, and of all the characters in Marvel who could use one, she needed it the most. Unlike other Marvel shows, I have a feeling that this one will hold a bit more sway in future movies since it was the kickoff for Phase Four. I’m looking forward to seeing what’s next for Wanda as she learns to harness her powers, for Vision since he’s back online and has all the memories of the previous Vision and for Monica as her character develops more.
All nine episodes of Season 1 are available exclusively on Disney+.