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WandaVision: A Review After the Finale

Wanda and Vision standing on a street
Photo courtesy of CNN

Spoilers ahead

If you’re anything like me, your eyes have been glued to your television screen every Friday since the first episode of WandaVision premiered on Jan. 15. As avid Marvel fans and curious onlookers alike have watched all the episodes in this series in anticipation as the dark secrets of Westview unfold before them. While the season and possibly the series has come to an end, many fans have been left wondering what comes next.

For those who have not yet seen WandaVision, the series is composed of nine episodes thematically organized to reminisce on mid- to late-20th century sitcoms. The show follows the everyday antics of Wanda Maximoff and her android husband, Vision, as they navigate life in the small town of Westview, New Jersey. It doesn’t take long, however, for the couple to find out about all the strange quirks of their new town.

This story, set just three weeks after the events of Avengers: Endgame has left many viewers on the edge of their seats. A previously-deceased Vision is seen back alive and intact carrying out the role of a suburban husband and a once-grief-stricken Wanda is now using her abilities of telepathy, time manipulation and psionics to clean and prepare meals. A huge disparity in power usage from the last time we saw the couple.

Each and every episode has been meticulously planned — from costumes to lighting to storyline delivery. The first episode is set in the ‘50s and resembles shows like The Dick Van Dyke Show and I Love Lucy. While the rest of the series continues through the decades, we get various episodes modeled after Bewitched, I Dream of Jeannie, The Brady Bunch and Malcolm in the Middle.

During the last three episodes, we learn the true nature of Wanda’s powers as she comes to fully recognize her powers as the Scarlet Witch — a powerful being foretold in the Darkhold book who can use magic without the aid of incantations or a coven. During the final episode, we see the full prowess of Wanda's powers as she fights to protect her family and learn to control her powers. Fans of the Marvel universe were not shocked to see that WandaVision did indeed leave many open-ended cliffhangers that could be the lead up to several Marvel movies scheduled to release within the next year or two. The most prominent and obvious lead up is during the post credits scenes, which sets up viewers to see the second installment in the Dr. Strange series: Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. Unfortunately, this movie is not set to premiere until late March 2022.

With the season, and possibly series, at an end, many still have questions: What happened to the twins and Vision after they disappeared? When will we see Wanda and Vision together again? Is Wanda now officially the strongest Avenger? Was the use of X-Men's Quicksilver just a ruse to get fans creating theories about a possible crossover from X-Men into the Marvel Cinematic Universe?

While I am truly sad to see this series end with no possible answers for quite some time, I am grateful we finally got a creative and exciting backstory for Wanda Maximoff.

By Rachel Van Horne, News Editor


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