Back in mid-January, audiences around the world watched as the Marvel Cinematic Universe launched a whole new era of the franchise with the arrival of WandaVision, and for eight weeks the show has kept our brains in a pretzel shape trying to figure out all of the twists and turns unfolding from episode-to-episode. It’s been a wild journey, featuring all kinds of revelations about major characters, and it all came to a head tonight with the launch of the ninth chapter, featuring the appropriately meta title “The Series Finale.”
Between the battle of Wanda Maximoff vs. Agatha Harkness, the dual of the two Visions, and conclusions for characters like Monica Rambeau and Fake Pietro, the show keeps a lot of balls in the air in its conclusion – and even makes time for two post-credits scenes. Ultimately, though, it leaves each of the main characters in interesting places going forward in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. This in mind, we’ve decided to break it all down and create this handy to both keep track of where things stand, and where things could go in the near future…
Wanda Maximoff a.k.a. Scarlet Witch
By the time it’s all wrapped up, WandaVision essentially proves to be a superhero therapy session for Wanda Maximoff – and one that further develops the character as one of the most powerful in all of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. As revealed by Agatha Harkness, Wanda isn’t just some ordinary girl from Sokovia who got powers from an Infinity Stone, but instead a legendary agent of chaos magic who has the capacity to totally change reality at her whim. Gaining this understanding and managing her grief through her experience in Westview, she is put on a wholly new path in the wake of the Disney+ show, and one that will apparently only see her enhance her abilities further. In the “Series Finale” post-credits scene, Wanda is shown not only living in isolation, but also further honing her incredible skills as the Scarlet Witch, and while doing so she receives a faint but important message (more on that in a bit).
One of the biggest questions we’re left with in the aftermath of WandaVision pertains to whether or not Vision is actually alive, and the answer almost entirely depends on your definition of who Vision is. The nature of identity is parsed in “The Series Finale,” as the thought experiment known as the ship of Theseus is debated by both Hex Vision and White Vision, and the conclusions are left a bit ambiguous. Audiences do witness the ultimate fate of Hex Vision, as he fades away as Scarlet Witch brings an end to her Westview spell, but what ends up happening to White Vision is unclear. His mind is cleared of S.W.O.R.D. control, and there is the suggestion that his full memories are restored, but we don’t really have time to get a full grasp on his full situation because he then quickly leaves and doesn’t come back.
Agatha Harkness’ quest to harness more magical energy in WandaVision leads her to do some pretty terrible things, including killing a dog and kidnapping children… but being evil doesn’t typically play in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and in “The Series Finale” she winds up getting her comeuppance and suffering a rather disturbing fate. Before she can totally drain Scarlet Witch of her magic, Agatha finds herself unable to cast spells due to runes that the titular heroine places on the walls of her hex, and this leaves her totally helpless. Rather than killing the antagonist or having her sent to some kind of special prison, Wanda opts to leave her in the state in which audiences first met her – which is to say as a nosy neighbor living in Westview, New Jersey. This is definitely a more open-ended conclusion than most villains get in the franchise, so it will be interesting to see if this is really the last we see of her in the canon.
From being part of a real-life sitcom, to being un-blipped, to gaining superpowers, Monica Rambeau goes through a hell of a lot in WandaVision, and in “The Series Finale” she gets her big hero moment – using her energy manipulation powers to jump in front of bullets being shot by Tyler Hayward and save the lives of Billy and Tommy. It’s made clear by the end that she is ready for even bigger and more exciting things, and thanks to the mid-credits scene the audience is left watching her get a call to action. Brought into a movie theater by a woman she believes to be a fellow S.W.O.R.D., Monica discovers that her colleague is instead a Skrull in disguise, and she is informed that an old friend of her mother’s wants her to head into space for a special meeting. Could it be Talos, setting up the plot for either the upcoming Secret Invasion series or possibly Captain Marvel 2? We’re not certain for now, but it certainly has us excited.
Billy & Tommy
Audiences went into the WandaVision finale questioning the ultimate fate of Billy and Tommy, with a particular focus on whether or not they are actually real children, and the show has delivered us answers… kind of. The majority of the episode suggests that, like Vision, Wanda’s kids were created by magical energy and that they can only survive within the walls of the hex that their mom has set up around Westview – hence their disappearance when the spell is ended and Scarlet Witch departs New Jersey. That being said, the post-credits scene suggests that Billy and Tommy may not be as fake as we assumed, as their voices can be heard calling for help. Perhaps they shall return with their mother in Doctor Strange In The Multiverse Of Madness?
Jimmy Woo’s first appearance in WandaVision came with a special Ant-Man And The Wasp Easter egg, with the FBI agent performing a bit of Scott Lang-inspired sleight-of-hand with his business card, but in the finale his quick fingers turn out to be useful for a lot more than just magic tricks. While S.W.O.R.D. attempts to keep him detained, his skills allow him to steal a phone and call his colleagues for back-up – and they wind up arriving at exactly the right time in the end to help settle all of the chaos. And while it’s not shown in the episode, we’re hoping that Jimmy also manages to track down the person in witness protection that drew him into the whole situation to begin with.
Darcy Lewis only has a very small role to play in the WandaVision finale, but it’s ultimately an important one. While she got sidelined in the seventh episode when Vision abandoned her so that he could get past all of the Agatha-imposed delays, she returns with a vengeance in “The Series Finale” to successfully stop Tyler Hayward from either getting away, or making an attempt at running over Monica Rambeau with his Humvee. She doesn’t stick around the scene long, with Monica passing along the message to Jimmy in the mid-credits sequence that “debriefing is for the weak,” but we don’t expect that it will be too long before she makes her return to the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
As alluded to, Tyler Hayward is a villain who doesn’t get the opportunity to get away with his crimes in WandaVision thanks in part to the efforts of Darcy Lewis. Working as the acting director of S.W.O.R.D., Hayward operates against the law when he makes the attempt at bringing Vision back online – something that Jimmy Woo identifies as a Sokovia Accords violation – and while he tries to frame Scarlet Witch, his efforts turn out to be in vein. We don’t actually see him after his Humvee gets pinned, but it seems like a fair assumption that Jimmy Woo’s colleagues take him out of Westview, New Jersey in handcuffs.
Fake Pietro a.k.a. Ralph Bohner
Fans spent weeks wondering how it could be that the Peter Maximoff a.k.a. Quicksilver of the X-Men universe could possibly appear in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Theories have been thrown around about breaks in the multiverse, and about it being a hint of what’s to come with mutants in the franchise. But it turns out the real answer to the mystery is that there is no interesting mystery. While you may have thought that the casting of Evan Peters seemed special, it turns out he just plays an ordinary guy in WandaVision – or more specifically an actor named Ralph Bohner whom Agatha manipulates to do her bidding. He’s defeated when Monica is able to overpower him in his own man cave, and she breaks the magic necklace he’s wearing, but what happens to him after that is not shown.
This brings to an end the chapter of the Marvel Cinematic Universe known as WandaVision, but don’t be too upset because the larger story is obviously far from over – and the next chapter is right around the corner. The second MCU exclusive series on Disney+, The Falcon And The Winter Soldier, is just a couple weeks away, set to debut on March 19, and we here at CinemaBlend will be counting down the minutes until its arrival.