A part of me left the final episode of WandaVision feeling underwhelmed; but, after some thought and contemplation, I realise that a lot of the reason I had felt that way was due to unreasonable, great expectations that I had ultimately conceived in my own mind. Not unlike Wanda conceived the reality of the Hex in her mind, I had conceived several notions about what and who I thought should appear in this series. However, this was never meant to be a show about Reed Richards, Mephisto, and the X-Men universe’s Quicksilver, this was always meant to be a show about Wanda Maximoff and The Vision, and it is only fitting that this final episode gives them the spotlight—no surprise cameos or shocking twists to steal their thunder.
Ultimately, most everything is wrapped up neatly as the episode concludes, leaving the major plot lines of the series resolved. Wanda defeats Agatha at her own game, Vision and White Vision have a big CGI fight (and then a philosophical debate), Fake Pietro was just a dude named Ralph Bohner, Director Haywood fails in his plans and is put to jail, Monica is no longer “grounded” by S.W.O.R.D., and tragically Wanda must say goodbye to her family in order to free all the people she has held captive.
I found it rather interesting that the show chose not to shy away from the fact that what Wanda had done was nothing short of villainous. In many ways she was the “bad guy” of this series. But not unlike Thanos, Marvel’s greatest villain, we can understand and to some extent sympathise with their feelings and motivations. Wanda was stricken by grief and didn’t mean to do what she did; but, at the same time, even after becoming aware of the situation she was reluctant to undo matters. She has to bare the consequences of her actions now. Can she be a member of the Avengers going forward? One could argue that she doesn’t deserve the title of Avenger anymore.
While the episode was largely made up of CGI battles, it was in the final moments—which saw Wanda saying goodbye to her children and to her husband—that the episode really shined. The final conversation between Wanda and Vision is some of the most beautiful dialogue ever shared in the MCU, and it’s hard not to feel your heart break with them.
Now that Vision and the kids are gone, Wanda has isolated herself in some unspecified cabin in some unspecified mountain location, and we see her astral projecting similarly to what we had seen Doctor Strange do in the past. We see her in her full Scarlet Witch garb learning from the Dark Hold book. We hear her children screaming out for help and we cut to black. This seems to imply that she may be able to some how retrieve her children. How exactly that would happen is anyone’s guess at this point, but I got a feeling that we might get more of an idea in Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness.
Overall, I thought that WandaVision was a beautifully heartfelt show with some incredible characterisation for our two leads that many could argue was much needed. There were countless memorable moments and there are some serious ramifications for the MCU’s future. With the now-reprogrammed White Vision out in the wild and Wanda potentially finding a way to bring back her children, could we possibly see a reunion of the Scarlet Witch’s family in the future? Time will tell. But for now we can look forward to the next stop in the MCU which is Falcon and the Winter Soldier—stay tuned for our weekly Writings of that series. Until then, I will leave you all with a quote from our favourite Marvel couple:
Vision: I have been a voice with no body. A body, but not human. And now a memory made real. Who knows what I might be next? We have said goodbye before, so it stands to reason-—
Wanda: We’ll say hello again.