“The Series Finale” Of “WandaVision”

Well, “The Series Finale” of “WandaVision” has come and gone. Only time will tell whether it truly is the last of the series. I hope that it isn’t because I’d like to spend more time with these specific characters. I know they’ll show up elsewhere, but likely not in this configuration. Wanda will be a big part of the upcoming “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness,” so we’ll see her soon. I feel like it will leave me wondering where Agatha, Billy, Tommy, Norm, and yes, probably even Vision are.

Just What You Want In “The Series Finale” Of “WandaVision”

“The Series Finale” of “WandaVision” does just what you want in the last episode of a show. It ties up most of the strings of the season and leaves you feeling good and wanting more. There are a few missed items, but overall you won’t walk away with questions. You do want more, though, and that is one thing “WandaVision” does that a lot of other Marvel Cinematic Universe projects miss on – It makes the larger MCU feel accessible. The MCU has officially entered its fourth phase with “WandaVision,” and yet it’s only now that I feel comfortable taking more in without necessarily visiting all of its past. Not bad for just under 6 hours of television.

The Hero Grows Stronger In The Last One

We wouldn’t be talking about any of this if it wasn’t for Elizabeth Olsen’s take on Wanda Maximoff. The suffering that leads to the creation of Westview doesn’t get swept under the rug. Wanda ends up with an extended chance to say goodbye, which is more than most can hope for, but she can finally process some of the grief. The show also doesn’t give us a typical happy ending for her journey. She isn’t reunited with a rebuilt Vision or transported to a different Cinematic Universe with her brother. She is alone in processing what life has dealt her, stronger than before but still alone.

Does The Hero Grow Stronger Though?

Still, we have to reckon with what Wanda did, and it isn’t a hero’s moment. She eventually realizes what she was doing to the people of Westview, but whether she was conscious of that before remains a bit of a question. It’s also questionable whether she would have stopped doing it if not prompted by Agatha’s pushing. Wanda’s grief rightly ends up being the ‘big bad’ of the series, though that phrase doesn’t necessarily apply here. Her grief isn’t the enemy, though it does cause her to do ‘detestable’ things, even if unintentionally. I wish the show had done more to show that it’s ok to ask for help when you can’t process what is happening to you alone. ‘WandaVision’ shows that mental health is an unrecognized struggle globally, but the resolution feels a bit empty. Even just having Wanda talk more about it with Monica would have been more fulfilling.

Who Or What Is The Villain In The Series Finale?

Agatha also really gets an odd play here. Kathryn Hahn is delightful in the series and brings a lot to the character. ‘Villain’ is a questionable term to use for her, though. Ok, I realize that she didn’t come to Westview to save its citizens; she is only there to try and grab Wanda’s power. The result is the same, though. There is also something to be said about trying to manage the capabilities of someone who doesn’t understand what they have. Who knows what will happen in “Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness,” but I’m guessing that Strange’s role won’t be all that different from what Agatha was doing. He’ll appear as Wanda’s savior as opposed to Agatha’s being her destroyer. The problem here is Wanda didn’t need an enemy in “WandaVision.” Her mental state was her enemy. Agatha could have ultimately helped her with that. Instead, witches/women still get viewed as bad, and we wonder why we have a problem with sexism today.

The MCU And “The Series Finale” of “WandaVision”

Still, for these faults, “The Series Finale” of “WandaVision” is ultimately a satisfying show. The MCU has always been capable of telling a big story, but here the ‘big’ is in the quieter moments. While they may not ever take this approach on the big screen, it is a refreshing change. Not all of the upcoming Disney+ series will do the same, but it wouldn’t hurt for some to try. One thing is for sure, though; I now understand why the MCU is so addictive.
I’m looking forward to diving deeper.

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