WandaVision Episode 9: “The Series Finale” | The Final Chapter of Wanda’s Journey for Closure

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The heart-warming finale of WandaVision aired with a runtime of around 52 minutes on March 4, 2021.  Wanda finally unleashed her true powers in a satisfying conclusion, and also delivered a somber scene that struck the audience’s hearts.  WandaVision was a series that should be remembered as one of the most groundbreaking forms of cinema in the MCU.  Its mix of sitcom-style episodes and action-packed fight scenes both contrast and mix the show into a unique and interesting form of media we’ve never seen before on the big screen; it is phenomenal.  The episode consisted of 2 separate fight scenes, one of which was intricately designed,  and the other a battle of elaboration and existential reasoning.  For a somewhat long episode, it didn’t quite fulfill some peoples’ expectations, but it still performed the task at hand.  Some theories that many people would believe to be true would ultimately ruin their viewing experience, and the reason for this is simple; they weren’t true in the slightest.  

One of these theories was the existence of Mephisto in the MCU.  Some suspected he would be the big baddie of the show ever since the existence of Agatha was hinted at in the first episode.  This, however, was proven wrong as there was no known evidence to prove his existence at any point during the series.  Another theory that most viewers became somewhat dissatisfied by was the backstory of the fake Pietro played by Evan Peters, who portrayed Quicksilver in the X-Men movies of the 2000s’.  Many people suspected that he was going to be the original Quicksilver from the X-Men series who traveled across universes to suppress Wanda from reaching insane levels of power.  Firstly, why did any of us believe this? And second, why did the MCU waste such a prime opportunity to announce the existence of the multiverse in their universe?  Quicksilver is a wasted opportunity that could’ve been the staple of Phase 5’s main theme throughout each of its movies.  In a turn of events, it turns out that he was some random dude in Westview who was being controlled by Agatha, truly disappointing.  

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However, we now know that a certain super-heroine could turn into one of the main villains of the current phase: Wanda Maximoff, or as she is now called, the Scarlet Witch.  Yes, we haven’t called her the Scarlet Witch until this point; we’ve only known her as Wanda Maximoff, but maybe there is a real reason for this.  The parallelism between the Dark Phoenix and Scarlet Witch is now more similar than ever before.  

Scarlet Witch seems to be the much more powerful yet uncontrollable persona of Wanda, which compares very much to Jean Grey’s alter ego as the Dark Phoenix.  This could introduce the House of M story-line where Wanda rids the world of all mutants in an act of somber experience and personal trauma.  Then again, we don’t exactly know how the mutants will be introduced into the universe as we only know of two currently: Wanda Maximoff and Monica Rambeau, but we still know nothing of the more prolific characters such as Wolverine or Professor X ever making an appearance in the near future.  We do know that Marvel Studios acquired the rights to both the Fantastic 4 and X-Men movie rights, but we still don’t have a full explanation as to how certain staples of the Marvel Universe would be introduced so late in the cinematic universe as well.  There are aspects of this episode, however, that will be revolutionary to the future of the upcoming phase, one of which is the resurrection of Vision.

WandaVision finale — Where did White Vision go?

  If you don’t remember from episode 8’s post-credits scene,  Vision — White Vision — was put back together by S.W.O.R.D to be a synthetic weapon of mass destruction.  The android retains no memories of the previous Vision, so he could be much more easily controlled to achieve a certain objective: destroy the original Vision.  He barely succeeds in his goal when both Vision and the White Vision crash into the town library.  This is when the White Vision calls for insight as to the original Vision’s understanding.  Vision recalls the Ship of Theseus scenario where the boat that was once sailed by Theseus was put into a museum to be displayed for many citizens.  However, the ship’s past materials such as wood begin to rot on display, leading to them being replaced by newer materials.  If the ship is fully restored by new materials, is it still the ship of Theseus?  What if the ship isn’t replaced by newer materials but still doesn’t retain the original history of Theseus?  The answer is that they are both the original ship, but neither is the original at the same time.  They are both parts of the ship, yet they are excluded from one another in the general scenario.  The White Vision quickly understands Vision’s explanation and how it relates to their specific predicament.  They are both Vision, but each one displays the physical and mental personas of the original hero. In a call for full restoration, Vision gives the White Vision his distant memories to better understand his past self and soon has a realization of his current, hollow state .  White Vision leaves Westview to places unknown; this is confirming that Vision will play a bigger part in the future of the MCU rather than…being dead.  

Agatha meets her doomed fate at the end of the episode after her overwhelming defeat to Wanda.  She is forced to play the part of the “nosy neighbor” that she chose back at the beginning of the show to blend in with the rest of Westview.  This way, if Wanda needs any help from Agatha and her broad knowledge of the mystic arts, she can come back to Westview and converse with her; but until then, she will be stuck playing the part of Agnes for the rest of time… not the rest of time but a good chunk of it.  However, Agatha knows something that the viewer does not. She stated in her final words, “you don’t know what you’ve done”, showing that maybe Wanda unlocking her true powers will have a much more darker side than that of what we know. This might lead heavily into Doctor Strange 2 as Agatha will play a much larger role but we still have no confirmation of any sort. We do know that it will have a transition from this show meaning that they both must correlate to each other in some way.

The Post Credits Scenes

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The mid-credits scene that builds up the Captain Marvel sequel comes from Monica’s secret meeting with a Skrull in the Westview theater.  Jimmy Woo shows his authority over Quantico as he tries to clean up Westview during the aftermath of the finale.  Monica is called out to the theater during the cleanup when a Skrull invites her to meet with an old friend, who we all know as Talos.  He also appeared in Spider-Man: Far From Home who filled in for Nick Fury as Nick took a quick vacation on a spaceship that circled the orbit of Earth.  This will build-up to the eventual Secret Invasion Disney+ 6-episode series that will start shooting in April of 2021 and the Captain Marvel Sequel, which will build up the confrontation between both Captain Marvel and Monica Rambeau.  

There is another post-credits scene at the end of the episode where Wanda rests in a home at a location that is reminiscent of where Thor and the rest of the Asgardians took refuge in the foreign lands of planet Earth.  She goes inside of her home to fetch tea from the whistling kettle when the camera pans to the bedroom.  Scarlet is seen reading the book of the damned that Agatha held on a pedestal in her secret witch basement.  Wanda is researching her magical abilities that she was unaware of during Phases 2 & 3; she will be far more powerful in her appearance in Doctor Strange: Multiverse of Madness than we have ever seen her before.

WandaVision Episode 9: Vision vs Vision, rise of the Scarlet Witch and the  Darkhold headline an emotional finale

After 9 episodes, WandaVision is finally coming to a close.  It has been a journey exploring and understanding the characters of not only Wanda and Vision but the rest of the roster as well.  I know many people will be incredibly disappointed with the season finale, but it delivered its purpose in the end.  If anything, this will be a perfect transition to the Doctor Strange sequel and Sam Raimi’s vision for the film will be fantastical to see.  All loose ends have been closed, all theories have either been over-hyped or were proved true in the end, and Wanda is finally becoming the heroine she was meant to be.  She is the chaos witch, or as we now know her,  the Scarlet Witch.  WandaVision starring Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany aired episodes weekly on the amazing streaming service: Disney+, but it has finally come to a close and to say the least, it was a satisfying conclusion.

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These images were used from WandaVision (2021) created by Marvel Studios

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