What started off as a simple Marvel character spin off with a dark side, “WandaVision” took on multiple risks when it comes to creativity and the possibilities of the MCU in the series concluding episodes.
The show overall tells the story of Wanda Maximoff (Elizabeth Olsen) living in her sitcom style reality with Vision (Paul Betteny). In the eighth episode, viewers take a look through the memories of Wanda, seeing how the grief of losing Vision in Avengers: Endgame lead to Wanda creating her own reality with a living vision to experience the life she planned before his death. This reality however isn’t all it seems, slowly it begins to fall apart around Wanda. The tormenting chaos is later revealed to be the work of Agatha (Agnes) Harkness (Kathryn Hahn).
However, the series wasn’t all pain and loss. It brought multiple items to the table for MCU and Marvel Comic fans alike. For example, comic accurate costumes, incorporation of the multiverse, and hints at future projects for the MCU. For example, in the eighth episode post credit scene, viewers see Tyler Hayward, the director of S.W.O.R.D. (Josh Stamberg) manage to bring Visions corpse back online to kill Wanda, as a colorless, emotion lacking, husk of what he once was. White Vision is a direct callback to the 1989 Marvel comic, “Vision Quest.” The storyline follows Vision and Wanda who just moved to the suburbs where Vision is abducted and pieced in parts. He is later pieced back together but lacking his memories and emotion.
In the final episode, a showdown occurs between Wanda and Agatha, as well as Vision and White Vision. The showdown brings the defeat of Agatha and the loss of her powers (now gained by Wanda, making her the Scarlet Witch), and White Vision getting a look into what he once was, and what he has become.
The final scenes of this episode gave viewers a depth of emotion in each character, showing loss, love, family, and finally hope. As she said goodbye to Vision, Wanda explained that his existence was “a memory made real.” The show ends with Wanda and her newly found power, accepting her reality as it is and remembering that, in the words of Vision, “What is grief, if not love persevering?”
Marvel, being notorious for post credit scenes, ensured that the story didn’t truly end there, giving two post credit scenes to give fans anticipation of upcoming projects for the MCU. Most fans found that the conclusion wasn’t quite as great as the build-up, however, director Matt Shakman and writer Jac Schaeffer still pulled off a great series that opened up multiple possibilities for the Marvel Franchise