The final episode of WandaVision, episode 9, released today on Disney+, following on from the intense episode 8 last week. You can read my thoughts on the previous episodes here or continue reading for my thoughts on the season finale. Be warned – spoilers below!
Last week I mentioned that episode 9 had a lot of questions to answer and boy did the season finale deliver! The action picked up straight from where it left off at the end of episode 8, with Wanda coming head to head with Agatha Harkness and “hex Vision” up against White Vision.
“Hex Vision” up against White Vision was a really entertaining spectacle and I really enjoyed the fight being resolved via a philosophical debate on the Ship of Theseus, fitting for pair of androids too smart for their own good! WandaVision has really affirmed my love for Vision as a character and Paul Bettany as an actor for that matter. Plus, I love how in the credits of episode 9 Paul Bettany is credited as both Vision and The Vision! He’s been brilliant throughout the series and I hope we’re going to see more of the ‘new Vision’ in the future.
We finally find out the identity of Agnes’s “husband” Ralph and it comes in the form of a boner joke! I actually burst out laughing when Pietro was revealed to be Ralph Bohner, a Westview resident simply cast under Agatha’s spell. Early on in the series I was confident that Agnes’s missing husband Ralph was in fact Marvel Supervillain Mephisto, a theory which a lot of people were also throwing around at the time. I’m kind of glad that through all the theories and speculation, Marvel still don’t fail to surprise us – even if it is with a boner joke!
The fights between Agatha and Wanda throughout the final episode provides a number of fantastic moments, from pop culture references in the form of The Wizard of Oz through to Wanda donning the Scarlet Witch outfit; complete with crown and cape. Agatha is essentially draining Wanda’s magic throughout the episode, which is very reminiscent of the Yo-Magic yoghurt commercial in episode 6. I’m looking forward to re-watching the entire series and putting together the pieces like with the commercial, now we know the true outcome.
In one particular scene, Agatha states that Wanda’s power exceeds that of the Sorcerer Supreme – the character known in the MCU as Doctor Strange. The gives a clue into pitting Wanda up against Doctor Strange, given that we know Elizabeth Olsen is set to reprise her role as Wanda in upcoming film Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. Whilst the early guessing is that Wanda/Scarlett Witch will be portrayed as the villain (as alluded to throughout the series), I have a feeling that Agatha might reprise her role in the film too which would be great to see as Kathryn Hahn has brilliant throughout.
The residents of Westview finally manage to escape Wanda’s mind control and it’s quite a distressing sight to behold. We learn that the Westview residents under Wanda’s control feel her pain and that when they go to sleep at night, they have Wanda’s nightmares. Mrs Hart (or Sharon Davis outside of the hex) says to Wanda, “if you won’t let us go, let us die”, which is pretty ominous and shows the trauma Wanda is putting the residents through. You can’t help but feel for the residents of Westview, a town which was already suffering and just recovering from the ‘reverse snap’ before becoming trapped by the Scarlet Witch.
We get both a mid-credits scene and post-credits scene which is of course a Marvel tradition. In the mid-credits scene we see a Skrull agent tell Monica that a friend of her mother’s wants to meet her. I’m guessing that this is going to be Nick Fury and will link directly to Captain Marvel 2, given that the Skrull points to up (implying in space) and that we last saw Nick Fury on board a Skrull ship in space, in the post-credits scene of Spider-Man Far From Home.
Before Wanda left Westview, she tells Monica that she is going to learn about her magic and in the post-credits scene, we see Wanda in a rather remote setting, studying the Darkhold. The way in which Wanda was studying very much had a Doctor Strange vibe to it and what’s more, the Doctor Strange theme tune is actually playing during this scene! Wanda then hears her children call out to her for help, could this mean they are trapped in another multiverse?
I was surprised at the number of questions the season finale actually managed to answer, given the state of play at the end of episode 8. I guess the main questions posed now are; where has White Vision gone and will he return to Wanda now his memories have been restored? How long will it take for Agnes to switch back to Agatha Harkness? Where will Darcy go next? What will happen to Director Hayward?
Only time will tell, but I think we can all agree that WandaVision exceeded all of our expectations!