WandaVision Episode 9 Spoiler: Is it good? How The Story ends?
Read on to know how the story ends, and other information about future Marvel shows.
"The Series Finale" leaned hard on big battles and emotional goodbyes, while leaving a lot of lingering questions about heroes, villains, and escaping reality.
This week's finale of Disney+'s "WandaVision" featured massive spectacle, heartfelt goodbyes and an Avenger saving the day – although there's a major question about whether a grieving hero has turned to the dark side. And like other Marvel projects, the multiple end-credits scenes teased big moves coming to upcoming films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
At the center of the "WandaVision" ending, though, was Wanda Maximoff (Elizabeth Olsen) coming to grips with loss and also smacking down centuries-old witch Agatha Harkness (Kathryn Hahn) for the soul of Westview.
Using her chaos magic after the death of her beloved Vision (Paul Bettany), Wanda had turned the New Jersey town into her own sitcom utopia, re-creating her "husband" and also conjuring superpowered twin boys, Tommy (Jett Klyne) and Billy (Julian Hilliard). Agatha, who branded Wanda a "Scarlet Witch" and had been manipulating her, tried to take her magic for herself yet was defeated by a sly Wanda.
Meanwhile, Vision faced off with White Vision, the dead Avenger's android body fixed up and jumpstarted with orders to kill by the government organization S.W.O.R.D. Vision also outfoxed his foe, rebooting his memories and watching White Vision fly off to parts unknown.
Wanda had to choose between her family and the residents of Westview who had their lives ostensibly taken over by her magic, and she went for the latter – though her former neighbors see her as a monster. More painfully, she had to say goodbye first to Tommy and Billy as she made everything go back to normal and then, tearfully, to Vision as well.
How the story ends
WandaVision's latest episode, "The Series Finale," starts right where things ended in the previous episode, with Agatha Harkness (Kathryn Hahn) holding Billy and Tommy hostage. Wanda (Elizabeth Olsen) is able to free her boys as they run away, leaving the two magical women to face off. Agatha reveals her ability to "take powers from the undeserving," offering to let her stay in Westview in exchange for her magic. Wanda responds by hitting her with a car, only to find that the witch has disappeared.
Suddenly, she sees a friendly face in a new body: The White Vision (Paul Bettany). The S.W.O.R.D.-created synthezoid cradles her face in his hands, before he malevolently tries to crush it. His efforts are interrupted by Vision proper, reuniting with his wife. Despite everything that happened, the two decide to fight for their home. And as they take off, it's revealed that Monica Rambeau (Teyonah Parris) is trapped in Pietro's (Evan Peters) man-cave, being held at bay by the speedster.
Outside the Hex, a captured Agent Woo (Randall Park) meets back up with Director Hayward (Josh Stamberg). As Woo surreptitiously grabs a phone off a desk, Hayward gloats about his White Vision plan, saying it will end with Wanda dead and him in possession of the sentient weapon he wanted. Woo then puts in a call to the FBI, bringing in reinforcements to stop S.W.O.R.D.
Agnes tells Wanda about the legend of the Scarlet Witch from the grimoire known as "The Darkhold." She says her magic has no coven and supersedes even the Sorcerer Supreme, with a destiny to destroy the world. When Wanda denies that role, Agnes gives her a stark reminder of what she did in creating the Hex. She brings all of the townspeople out of their sitcom reverie, as they begin to turn on their creator.
Back in the man-cave, it's revealed that Pietro has been Agatha's off-screen husband "Ralph" all along. Monica's able to subdue him and rip off the puka shell necklace that Agatha was using to control him. Wanda insists to the Westview residents that she makes them feel at peace. But they reveal that they have been feeling her pain and grief all alone, begging to go back home. Overwhelmed, she lets out a burst of magic that begins to choke them.
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As Agatha points out "heroes don't torture people," Wanda sends up a beacon of magic, tearing a hole in the Hex and telling everyone to leave town. Unfortunately, this allows Hayward and S.W.O.R.D. to charge in, as well as Vision and her sons to begin to disintegrate. Wanda realizes she has to make a choice: Save Westview or save her family. She elects to do the latter, closing the hole back up. The newly-reunited family is left standing in town square as Agatha, White Vision, and S.W.O.R.D. all charge in.
The quartet divide and conquer among their foes. Billy and Tommy subdue the military, but Hayward tries to shoot them, only to be stopped by Monica. As the director tries to escape, he gets stopped by the funnel cake van driven by a delighted Darcy (Kat Dennings). Vision is able to stop his counterpart for a few seconds, reasoning that he is not the true Vision that he's after. He's able to convince White Vision to access the memories S.W.O.R.D. has kept from him, making him realize his identity. He simply states, "I am Vision" and takes off, with a new goal seemingly in mind.
Wanda sneaks up on Agatha, transporting her back to the Salem flashback from last episode, where she killed her coven and her mother in the pursuit of power. Her undead victims come back to life, but they turn on Wanda, affirming her identity as the Scarlet Witch. Agatha once again offers to take Wanda's power in exchange for her family and a life free of pain. Wanda takes them back to the present, as Agatha continues to drain away at her magic until there's nothing left.
With Wanda's magic finally in her possession, Agatha reveals her deal was never real. A spell can never be broken, leaving Westview just as broken as its creator. But as she attempts to destroy Wanda, she finds herself powerless. Wanda reveals that, just like Agatha did to her last episode, she's trapped her in a circle of runes. "Thanks for the lesson," she says, "but I don't need you to teach me who I am." With that, she absorbs both her and Agatha's magical powers, donning a familiar headpiece and outfit in the process. The Scarlet Witch is born.
With Agatha now subdued, Wanda decides to keep her trapped in Westview as the "nosy neighbor" role she's played since the beginning. The witch warns her that she'll need her help after what she just unleashed before being transformed back into her sassy Agnes character. As the family's reunited, Vision acknowledges that his wife will set everything right, "just not for us." We then see the Hex begin to recede, transforming Westview back to what it was.
Their world crumbling down around them, the family heads back home, with Wanda and Vision transforming back to their sitcom outfits. The two tuck the boys in, musing that "a family is forever" and saying goodbye to the twins forever. Vision asks what he is, to which she replies that he's the incarnation of the Mind Stone that lives in her, but most importantly, her love. The two kiss as they reason that the synthezoid, or at least a form of him, will show up again. With that, the Hex sweeps over the house as it, Vision, and the twins disappear.
Wanda is once again left alone, standing on an empty plot of land. She puts her hood up and walks through town, receiving glares from the newly-restored townspeople. She does have an ally in Monica, though, who sympathizes with the want to bring someone back to life. As Wanda promises to understand her power one day, she flies off, finally leaving Westview behind.
Are there end-credits scenes in the ‘WandaVision’ finale?
The first mid-credits scene focused on Monica Rambeau (Teyonah Parris), a S.W.O.R.D. agent helping Wanda with connections to Captain Marvel (Brie Larson). When cleaning up the mess in Westview, a policewoman pulls her aside and reveals herself as a shape-shifting alien Skrull. She comes bearing a message from an old friend of her mother's and says "He'd like to meet with you" in space, putting a smile on Monica's face.
WandaVision finishes on a post-credits scene, as we go from New Jersey suburbia to the woodland mountains. Wanda is living in a cabin alone, tending to a cup of tea. But in the bedroom is the Scarlet Witch, ruminating in her magic, the echoes of her children's cries for help in her head. Wanda's grief is sure to stick with her, certainly going into Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. But whether it's her new role as the Scarlet Witch, or Monica going up to space once more, WandaVision's nine-episode saga has made one thing clear: The MCU is going places.
How to watch WandaVision
"WandaVision" premiered on Disney Plus on January 15. The show features nine episodes in total, and the entire series is now available to stream. You can visit DisneyPlus.com or download the Disney Plus app to sign up for the service.
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What does this mean for future Marvel movies?
With "WandaVision" directly leading into the movie sequel "Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness" (due in theaters March 22, 2022), there's an intriguing dynamic afoot: Will Wanda and Strange, who fought Thanos together in "Avengers: Endgame," be allies or enemies when they meet again?
"Captain Marvel 2" (scheduled for Nov. 11, 2022) is also coming soon, and any mention of the movie's title hero Carol Danvers in "WandaVision" made her former confidante Monica clam up. So there's some tension there. The "friend" Monica's supposed to meet is probably Skrull leader Talos (Ben Mendelsohn) or Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) – both of whom appeared in the '90s-set first "Captain Marvel" film – which will lead not only into the sequel but perhaps the upcoming Disney+ series "Secret Invasion" as well.
As far as other "WandaVision" supporting players, lovable astrophysicist Darcy Lewis (Kat Dennings) is a safe bet to reappear somewhere soon, and FBI agent Jimmy Woo (Randall Park) first appeared in "Ant-Man and the Wasp," so he might be back in "Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania" (expected next year).
Folks likely haven't seen the last of Vision, either, since his old body's been rebooted. Wanda and her Vision's emotional final conversation before he disintegrated seemed to foreshadow an eventual return.
"We have said goodbye before," Vision says. "So it stands to reason..."
"...we'll say hello again," she finishes.
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