Kudos to WandaVision for the simplest episode title. The show comes to an end and spoilers follow below.
It has been a strange arc for the series. It started with a bizarre premise as an homage to classic sitcoms and it ends as a conventional superhero show with a full-on battle of powered beings. We’ve known that it was probably heading this way since episode 4 but this finale is both satisfying and also disappointing that we didn’t get more of the weird comedy show that episode 2 (in particular) offered.
The plot, in short order, Wanda fights Agatha, Vision fights the other Vision, Monica and the Wanda-Kids fight SWORD. The Other Vision gets to grip with questions of identity with a nice use of the ship of Theseus thought experiment, making Vision the Chidi of Westview (which makes Wanda both Elanor Shellstrop and Michael the Architect).
It’s a great big superhero final confrontation, which is all very Marvel and fun. It also gets very sad. Wanda is confronted with the horror of what she has done to the people of Westview but in the process comes to understand that to end everything means letting go of not just Vision but also her two children. It is not a surprising outcome but no less sad for that. Obviously “mum loses her kids” doesn’t need a lot of set-up to be intrinsically moving as a plot point, but given that the two boys have really only had two episode with much of a focus, the show did very well to give them a sense of character.
At the end, Wanda has embraced her identity as powerful magical being. The ambiguity of the Scarlet Witch in the comic books (Mutant? Avenger? Magic user?) hadn’t really transferred to her MCU version but the show has managed to make it part of the character now, even though the original ambiguity was just due to usual comic book wacky plotting. In the other-after credits scene, we see that she is now a powerful being – presumably a lead into the next Doctor Strange movie.
Monica Rambeau also gets a segue into further adventures with an encounter with a Skrull. Presumably, a lead into the next Captain Marvel film?
As for our multiplicity of fan theories, let’s check off where things ended up:
- Yes, Agnes was Agatha Harkness but also a baddy.
- Agatha Harkness’s son didn’t turn up and wasn’t Pietro but I guess could still have been the bird-eating rabbit.
- Fake Pietro was just some guy — making him an actual casting easter egg rather than a multiverse-Pietro or the beachhead of an X-universe incursion.
- Other Vision’s fate is a bit unclear.
- The commercials never get an in-universe explanation as such but textually were just recaps of Wanda’s journey (although the Nexus one hints at events yet to occur).
- Hydra weren’t involved except in Wanda’s backstory.
- They never did a pun on “The Wanda Years” for a sitcom.
- Darcy wasn’t in this episode much – that’s just an observation rather than a fan theory.
- The other superhero turning up played by an actor that Paul Bettany always wanted to work with really was just him playing the Other Vision.
- Wanda definitely owes Westview compensation for all her shitty (albeit grief fuelled) behaviour.
- Speaking of which, Wanda’s idea of punishment for Agatha (returning her to the suburban life of Agnes) is also a pretty shitty attitude towards the people of Westview.
- If this was a just universe the missing pilot from season 1 of Discovery would have turned up but that would have required a corporate merger between Paramount and Disney.
- Speaking of which, Disney still haven’t paid Alan Dean Foster. They really should.
Overall? This was a fun and inventive series that didn’t live up to all of its promises but was entertaining every episode. It did a lot with shorter episodes and maybe that helped the show avoid spinning its wheels. Paul Bettany was always fun to watch but his best episode was the second one. Elizabeth Olsen proved she was an actor of considerable talent. WandaVision allowed her to play the same character in different ways, which also did wonders for adding depth and likeability to what had been a relatively minor addition to the MCU superhero roster. Of course, ‘likeability’ is an odd way to describe a person so driven by her own ego that she enslaves a whole town but in the annals of terrible-things-superheroes do, I can think of worse. Anyway, evil can be likeable and there Wanda takes second place to Kathryn Hahn’s Agnes/Agatha who I really hope gets to form a supervillain team with Tom Hiddleston’s Loki.