WandaVision had a lot of weight on its shoulders. Not only was it the beginning of the new phase of the MCU (also the beginning of a new saga), it was also the first ever Disney+ series produced by Marvel Studios. The MCU for the past decade has relied solely on films, so if that success could be replicated in the form of weekly episodes was a question everyone was eager to find out. The show recently concluded and in my eyes, it was an incredible success. I'll delve into some of the main talking points not just from the finale, but the series as a whole. I can't do so without spoiling the story, so if you haven't watched it yet, this post will massively spoil it for you.
Birth of the Scarlet Witch
One of the best things we saw in the series was the transformation of Wanda to the Scarlet Witch, and her rebirth was all down to the main difference between the two - knowledge. While she always had the power, she didn't have the knowledge to properly realise her full potential. Wanda said so herself, nobody taught her magic, she just used it. Using the runes that Agatha first used against her enabled her to defeat Agatha, and it was a sign that Wanda will now study her powers properly, which we saw in the post-credit scene at the end of the finale. As Agatha said, her powers "exceed that of the Sorcerer Supreme", who we know as Dr. Strange. Having seen what Wanda is already capable of, and knowing that she will only be stronger the next time we see her is extremely exciting!
The WandaVision relationship
We never fully understood Wanda's and Vision's relationship. We saw them together briefly in Civil War and of course Infinity War, but their story was always in the background. WandaVision allowed their relationship to be in the spotlight, and during episode 8 we got a glimpse into the past which shows us how their relationship started. The ending of the series was heartbreaking as Wanda lost Vision again (which was the catalyst to her "alternate reality" in the first place), but as they said in their final exchange, "We have said goodbye before, so it stands to reason, we'll say hello again." That line and that scene was gut-wrenching, but it gives us hope that we'll see them together again.
Vision vs Vision
The battle between Vision's "soul" and his "body" was masterfully done. It started out as a fist fight but ended after a philosophical discussion which is honestly one of Vision's best attributes. He has always been the voice of reason, a personification of all of man's philosophical knowledge, and the discussion on a thought experiment known as the “Ship of Theseus” between the two "Visions" was the perfect solution to this problem.
WandaVision was the most unique entry into the MCU as it blended humour, drama, action, and emotion in a way that we haven't seen before in previous films. I mean come on, telling a story through classic sitcoms from the past few decades? No other MCU story will ever do that. The pacing was great over the nine episodes, with the sitcoms giving us a great dose of humour involving both Wanda and Vision (Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany were amazing btw), then slowly things started getting weird and we got a bit of suspense, then we understood what was really happening in "The Hex", then we saw what was happening outside, then we learned about Agatha, then we had the finale which was an epic mix of action and heartbreak. It's the tried and tested MCU formula perfectly translated to episodic format.
The surprise cameo wasn't the cameo we expected
Everyone was expecting, hoping even, to see Dr. Strange make a cameo before the show ended. It was a reasonable expectation, considering how WandaVision will tie-in to the Dr. Strange sequel, and the fact that Paul Bettany himself teased a big cameo that was coming up (which in the end turned out to be a huge troll), but alas that was not to be. Dr. Strange did not show up in WandaVision, but we did get a cameo that nobody saw coming. Evan Peters shocked viewers when he showed up at the end of episode 5, prompting massive hysteria. Did Quicksilver from Fox's X-Men universe just show up in the MCU? Is this Pietro from another universe? Ultimately, this was just clever casting by Marvel Studios to throw fans into a frenzy, as it was later revealed that this fake Pietro (some have dubbed him "Fietro") was merely another resident of Westview who was being controlled by Agatha. So no, there's no Fox/Disney crossover yet in the MCU, but this was still a very fun surprise, and who knows, maybe it is foreshadowing some eventual crossover that we'll see in the future.
Where do we go from here? WandaVision was the start of Phase 4 of the MCU, so naturally it left us with a lot of questions.
What will happen to Agent Jimmy Woo and Dr. Darcy Lewis? This unlikely couple turned out to be a fan favourite of the series, and many people are hoping they get their own spin-off show, which is a already a real possibility.
Monica Rambeau developed superpowers during the events of WandaVision, and at the end of the finale a "friend" of her mother's wanted to meet with her. This friend is almost certainly Nick Fury, and his wanting to meet with Monica could be setting up the Captain Marvel sequel.
What's going to happen to S.W.O.R.D now that Director Hayward is supposedly under arrest and Monica will be going off to space? It appears that S.W.O.R.D will be taking the place of S.H.I.E.L.D in the MCU moving forward, so what happens to it after the events of WandaVision could be of significant importance.
Where did (white) Vision go? Is he the "real" Vision now? A physical body imbued with all of the memories from Wanda's created Vision? And what about Wanda's kids? They dissolved together with The Hex, but in the post-credit scene of the finale she could hear them calling out for her. Was it really them, or merely a trick someone is playing on her?
WandaVision was an amazing opening act for Phase 4, one that has set many potential story lines in motion. It has also setup what could potentially be a very magical and mystical future for the MCU. The direct follow-up to WandaVision, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, is still a year away, but we won't need to wait long for the next Disney+ MCU series, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, and not long after that, Loki, both of which look like will be amazing as well. WandaVision has shown that Marvel Studios can indeed pull-off a weekly episodic format, and with many more shows to come, not to mention the movies that are already lined up, it's gearing up to be an exciting time for fans.