WandaVision: “The Series Finale” Review

In the first piece of MCU material released since 2019’s Spider-Man: Far From Home, WandaVision managed to take an unusual premise and captivate millions week after week.  All of it culminated together in the series finale that’s poised to impress some, disappoint others, and even confuse a few…

(Spoilers Ahead – You’ve Been Warned)

Battle of the Witches and Visions
Following the deep dive into Wanda’s past, she confronts Agatha in all out of battle of magic.  Wanda is far more powerful, but Agatha far more experienced and knowledgeable in her powers.

It’s a cool battle that involves Wanda using her old mind control trick we saw in Age of Ultron, and even a new trick that she learned from Agatha.  Eventually the whole family gets involved and Wanda is able to defeat Agatha, sparing her life, but returning her to her sitcom character identity (which is another issue we’ll get to).

Meanwhile, Westview Vision (who we now know was a completely original creation by Wanda) battles against “White Zombie” Vision with the corpse that S.W.O.R.D. reprogrammed.

“Vision, stop hitting yourself!”

While it does have some exciting moments, it ultimately comes down to a philosophical battle as Westview Vision gets all deep, citing the Ship of Theseus paradox to question which one of them (if any) is the true Vision.

Through this, he gets “White Zombie” Vision to cease his attack, who then proceeds to fly away and never be seen or heard from again in the rest of the episode (more on that later).

Satisfying Ending?
Initially it seemed like a cop out to have Agatha “behind” everything because it absolved Wanda of any guilt or moral ambiguity in what she had done.  While that theory was proven wrong, as Agatha was just merely attracted to the energy, this series finale doesn’t go nearly far enough into the greater implications.

The most compelling component of this series has been Wanda’s character growth, that’s been going for several movies. So naturally, it should have been the most important feature of the finale.

Part of Wanda’s entire arc in Age of Ultron was realizing that she has falsely followed a villain.  This arc continued into Civil War with her guilt over causing the civilian casualties in Lagos, thus sparking the entire Sokovia Accords debate.

While we do see a bit of the Westview residents being afraid of and angry towards Wanda, the episode is very quick to gloss over the messy ethical issues at play.  We also see “White Zombie” Vision fly away and he’s never heard from again.

We do finally get a comic book inspired outfit for Wanda that isn’t a Halloween costume.

In many ways, the series would have benefited from having one more episode after last week’s but before the final climax, as a 50 minute episode (with about 15 minutes of credits) wasn’t enough to properly wrap up this series up.

With less than an hour to go, this episode had to feature a climactic battle between Wanda and Agatha and both Visions, bid farewell to Westview as Wanda moved on, wrap up the S.W.O.R.D. plotline, and set up future Marvel movies/shows with Monica and the Skrulls.

The end result was a bit of a mess that barely had time for Jimmy Woo or Darcy (who gets a glorified cameo).  It wasn’t a terrible ending by any means, just one that didn’t live up to the creative or emotional potential set forth in the first 8 episodes.

Just when this series was doing Darcy justice, it criminally underuses her the same way the Thor movies did.

Ultimately, it was great story to watch week after week, it just needed a little more time so as not to rush its ending.  The final verdict was an okay ending to an amazing series.

What did you think of this episode of WandaVision?  What did you think of the series overall?  Let us know in the comments!

WandaVision is streaming exclusively on Disney+

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