WandaVision Episode 9, “The Series Finale,” wrapped up the show's storylines while opening others for the MCU's Phase Four. A huge part of the finale was Wanda Maximoff (aka Scarlet Witch) finally seeing the effects of her magic on Westview’s residents. But the finale left many fans questioning whether the Scarlet Witch was let off the hook for her actions. Now, series director Matt Shakman has responded.
In Episode 9, Scarlet Witch was confronted by the residents of Westview (thanks to power-hungry Agatha Harkness). After saying goodbye to Vision and her sons, Wanda Maximoff decided to leave the small town and, as she departed, she felt the hate from the residents through their glares. But does that mean Wanda technically got off easy after everything she'd done? Matt Shakman spoke about this with Rolling Stone, stating:
As Matt Shakman pointed out, Wanda Maximoff did feel the ramifications of her actions as she left the town. According to Shakman, the unkind looks from the Westview residents is a larger representation of Wanda's status as an outcast. Although she didn't suffer physical consequences from the town, this entire ordeal has now solidified the fact that she'll never be welcome in the town -- and potentially in other places, too, depending on how fast word of the Westview Anomaly spreads.
Overall, the Disney+ series really allowed the Scarlet Witch to deal with the pain of loss in a way she couldn’t in any of the films. I mean in those cases, she didn’t have much time given she typically had a universe to help save. Unfortunately, the controversial element of this for fans is that her handling of grief and loss here led to others having to suffer as well. Needless to say, Jac Schaeffer’s writing and Elizabeth Olsen’s acclaimed performance have given viewers a lot to chew on.
Wanda's status has definitely changed and, given the WandaVision post-credits scene, it appears she has a major journey ahead of her (specifically in regard to Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness). Even the Spider-Man: Far from Home rumors hint at further ramifications from the Disney+ series. Many questions remain after the finale and, until we see more, we can only speculate. Hopefully, the Phase Four slate might provide some answers in the future.
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