WandaVision Episode 9


Let me start with the rant.

When the director of the show has to come out the week before the finale and say to the fans of the show that they may be disappointed in the finale because of all the theories and fan speculation that is going on online, there is something wrong. Simple fact is this… speculation is fun, but because the show does not go the way you have imagined that it should inside your heads or on your reaction videos, that does not make it a failure or a “piece of garbage.” You can dislike what they do, but you cannot be angry because there is no Mephisto in the show. I saw a video entitled “WandaVision Better Bring Us Mutants or We RIOT!” Now, I did not watch the video, so maybe that is just a clickbait type headline to get a view, but, if not, how pretentious. After I saw that video headline, I was ecstatic that mutants did not show up. Have fun rioting, kiddos.

This is the biggest issue on the internet among the reactors and the commentators. You can’t speculate what they are doing, pick out specific details in the background and believe that meant something. If you judged what the show gave you and you did not enjoy it, then fine. You have a right to your opinion. But if you are crying about what you thought was going to happen and didn’t, then you should reexamine your priorities.

Enough of the rant. The finale was entitled “Series Finale” and it kicked off where we left off, with Agatha holding Wanda’s kids captive and Wanda confronting her on the street outside their home. Best moment… When she realized that Agatha was absorbing her magic when she used it, Wanda hit Agatha with a car. That was a funny moment and a great homage to the Wizard of Oz.

Let me talk about the biggest issue most people have with the episode. That is the Evan Peters Pietro/Ralph Bohner reveal. I was not a huge fan of it either, but I was not offended by it. As much as I would have liked this to have been FOX X-Men Quicksilver, that is not what they wanted to do. Now, admittedly, the use of the actor Evan Peters was simply a crappy thing for Marvel to do. It was just trolling the audience as they must have known how the fan base would have reacted. It is obvious that Marvel wanted the debate to rage online and that the bit of casting Evan Peters was stunt casting.

After that, I loved just about everything else that happened. The battle between Wanda and Agatha was tense. I will admit that the CGI battle between the witches felt kind of DCish because of the reddish background. Still, as Wanda wound her way to becoming the Scarlet Witch and gaining the comic accurate costume. I was invested in the battle. This was the benefit of having Elizabeth Olson and Kathryn Hahn as the actresses. They have been knocking their performances out of the park all year long.

There have been some people wondering whether or not SWORD Acting Director Tyler Hayward was a villain. That was pretty clear here as Hayward showed his hand. Heck, he got out of his car after his armed forces breached the barrier and he tried to shoot Billy and Tommy. I mean… what a jerk. Thankfully, Monica was able to prevent the bullets from hurting anyone. And Darcy stopped Hayward from trying to run the kids down with his vehicle. As Darcy said “Have fun in prison” Hayward.

The Vision vs. Vision battle was great, but I especially loved how it ended up in a theoretical discussion about what makes Vision a Vision. White Vision did take off pretty quickly after Wanda’s Vision reignited his memories. One has to wonder what is next for the white android.

The scenes with Wanda and Vision back at their house as the Hex was closing up was devastating. The writing in that scene was tremendous. The absolute best parts of WandaVision has been the quiet moments between Wanda and Vision. This attempt to say their goodbyes was punctuated with yet another great quote from Vision, “I have been a voice with no body. A body, but not human. And now a memory made real. Who knows what I might be next? We have said goodbye before, so it stands to reason-
Wanda: We’ll say hello again.

The two post credit scenes set up these characters for future Marvel Studio projects. We know that Monica is heading to Captain Marvel 2 and the appearance of the Skrull with a message from a “friend of her (Monica) mother” shows where our newest hero is headed. Monica Rambeau was a huge success in this series and I have more of a connection to this character than I ever had for the character in the comics. Marvel did a fantastic job of creating Monica Rambeau and give me a reason to root for her.

The other post credit scene sets up what will be happening with Wanda, as we see her isolated in a cabin in the wilderness while her astral form reads the Darkhold. What was even more compelling was how we heard the cries of Tommy and Billy, who had apparently been wiped away with the Hex in Westview. What does that mean moving forward? I don’t know, but I cannot wait to find out.

Other things:

  • Jimmy Woo and his “flourish” quote was epic as he picked the handcuffs that Hayward had him in.
  • I would have loved to have more with Darcy, but her final line was pure sass.
  • Before people complain… I do not need to know what happened to the Beekeeper.
  • Agatha surviving is great and I love the “prison” that Wanda found for her.
  • It was cool to see the whole family (Vision, Wanda, Billy, Tommy) in an Avengers/Incredibles pose and fighting together.
  • The scene where white Vision was going to crush Wanda’s head was intense.
  • Two super hero landings in one episode!
  • Jimmy Woo and his bluff!
  • Sorcerer Supreme name drop
  • The townspeople turning on Wanda when they were awake was painful.
  • The Scarlet Witch “crown”… whoa

Now that WandaVision is over, I am not sure what I am going to do. I totally loved this series and I literally planned my week until I was able to see the next episode of WandaVision. I have been a huge MCU fan, but this show took it to new heights. Elizabeth Olson, Paul Bettany and Kathryn Hahn deserve so much credit and all of the awards for their pitch perfect performances. The new Scarlet Witch outfit is beautifully designed. The show gripped my emotions and made me feel for these characters more than I had ever done before. This has been an epic eight week adventure that I am so grateful that I got a chance to see.

Okay Disney +… bring on The Falcon and Winter Soldier.

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